Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Program Schedule

Session One
July 9 – August 17 (6 weeks)

  • 1. Core Seminar (3 credits)
    The seminar will assess the current state of scholarship on Latin America on selected themes, engage students with current literature and thinking in the study of the region, and guide students in the development of a research project and seminar paper through using a variety of theoretical approaches and social research methodologies. It also includes exposure to professional and career development practices. The seminar will guide students at the outset of the program to formulate the intellectual and conceptual foundations for the 6-credit policy research project undertaken in the fourth and final session of the program. (3 credits)
  • 2. Socio-cultural Foundations of Central American Society (3 credits)
    This course examines the longstanding debates about the role and meaning of community, political participation, social organization, economic structure, and cultural transformation that have influenced Central Americans since the encounter with Europeans.

Session Two
August 27 – November 30 (13 weeks)

  • 1. State and Civil Society in Central American Politics (3 credits)
    This course examines the dynamics of political and economic development in Central America. Topics include: political institutions, political parties, state bureaucracies, the rule of law, corruption, transnational organized crime, social movements, and the new role of the armed forces.
  • 2. Health and Environment in Central America (3 credits)
    This course is intended to help students understand international environmental health problems, especially in developing countries. Topics include rural water supply and treatment, human waste collection and disposal, food protection, insect and rodent control, solid waste collection and disposal, pesticide use and abuse, ecological footprints, sustainable practices and adaptation to climate change, and the challenges the region faces as a transit point for illegal narcotics.
  • 3. Human Rights in Central America (3 credits)
    The goal of this course is to identify and facilitate understanding of each of the main issues and debates in Central American human rights and encourage the application of this foundational knowledge to international human rights both globally and locally. Topics include: the institutions of inter-American human rights, the politics of gender, state violence against organized opposition of identity and environmental groups, migration, homicide and incarceration rates, social exclusion, and poverty.

Session Three
December 10 – March 15 (13 weeks)

  • 1. Central American International Relations (3 credits)
    This course deals with relations among Central American nations as well as relations between those nations and the United States, Europe, China, and multinational institutions. Topics include: Central American integration institutions, bilateral conflicts in the Isthmus, relations with the U.S., the challenges posed by extra-continental powers, especially Russia and China.
  • 2. Youth, Citizenship, and Education in Central America (3 credits)
    In this course, students will examine the distinctive natures of the challenges in the nations of Central America facing the large population under 35 and will review a number of social, educational, and policy initiatives created to ameliorate these tenacious and widening national challenges. Topics include: demographic characteristics of the region, gangs, youth inclusion in the educational system and the quality of education, civil society organizations and citizen engagement, and the challenges of mass incarceration.
  • 3. Inequality and Poverty in Central America (3 credits)
    This course will present a comparative analysis and in-depth country studies of inequality and poverty in Central America. Topics include: measures of inequality and poverty, causes and consequences of inequality and poverty, and assessment of public policies and their effectiveness.

Session Four
March 25 – May 10 (7 weeks)

  • 1. Semester-long policy project (6 credits)
    Building upon the knowledge and experience accumulated over the previous three sessions, students will spend the final 6-7 weeks of the program concentrating exclusively on the production of a substantial and critical position paper and analysis of policy alternatives in one or more countries in the region.

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Summer Reading at the Pebbles Center Algiers

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Celebrate and learn about Latin America with your kids through the Stone Center’s Pebble Center at the Algiers Regional branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Our summer story hour will take place in June, July, and August on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 AM. All books are read in English and Spanish and readings are followed by an activity based on the book. Past books include Counting Ovejas, Drum Dream Girl, and Mango, Abuela, and Me. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

Story Hour Dates/Themes

June 13
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July 11
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August 8
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Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.