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M.A. In Latin American Studies – Costa Rica: PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Session One
July 9 to August 17, 2018 (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 to November 30, 2018 (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, 2018 to March 15, 2019 (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 to May 10, 2019 (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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To apply visit Tulane’s Applying to a School of Liberal Arts Graduate Program. For any questions or more information, please call 504-865-5164 or email the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at rtsclas@tulane.edu.

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Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

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Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at mloveles@tulane.edu.

Latin America at a Crossroads Series to host Dr. Wendy Hunter for a seminar on Brazil

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Please join us in welcoming Dr. Wendy Hunter for a seminar on Brazil as part of the Latin America at the Crossroads spring seminar series. Democracy is under threat in Brazil. The economy has stagnated, crime is rife, standards of living are deteriorating, and a massive corruption scandal, “Operation Car Wash,” is sweeping up a large swath of the country’s political and economic elite, exposing the dark underbelly of past administrations. Ex-President Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva, who is seeking a third term, has been convicted of corruption and sentenced to a long prision term – potentially leaving the Workers’ Party bereft of leadership and fragmented the popular vote. With multiple presidential contenders, including a fiery right-wing authoritarian Pentecostal, who is likely to emerge as the front runner? And how might Lula influence the election, whether or not he is ultimately allowed to run?

Dr. Wendy Hunter, professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas – Austin, studies Comparative Politics, with an emphasis on Latin American affairs. She has done in-depth work on the military in Brazil and the Southern Cone, as well as research on social policy issues in Latin America, with special attention to the politics of education and health reform. She has also published a book on the Workers’ Party of Brazil and numerous articles in leading political science journals. Professor Hunter currently works on issues concerning identity documentation in the developing world.

Throughout the Americas, countries are facing questions about the future direction of their domestic and international politics. In Latin America at the Crossroad, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research will host speakers to discuss the critical junctures currently facing Honduras, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil.

Join us as speakers address the big picture of domestic politics, including the current political environment and recent political developments, as well as the state of each country’s bilateral relationship with the United States.

Events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

For more information and to reserve your seat, please contact Sefira Fialkoff at cipr@tulane.edu or (504) 862-3141.

Congreso de Jornaleros: Experiences and Perspectives from Immigrant Workers in New Orleans

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The Congress of Day Laborers, an organization of immigrant workers and families founded by the day laborers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, is a leadership pipeline for hundreds of members into public life and social movement participation. A panel of immigrant leaders from Congreso will share how they have formed alliances across the community and influenced elected officials, as well as how students can help build a more tolerant society.

For more information please email Kate Rose (Vice President, BridgeTulane) at krose4@tulane.edu.

This event is sponsored by BridgeTulane, the Payson Graduate Program, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Anthropology and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

Chantalle Verna to Present Research on U.S. and Haitian Relationships in Post-Occupation Haiti

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Chantalle Verna for a talk on her book Haiti and the Uses of America: Post- U.S. Occupation Promises on April 26, 2018, at 6:00 PM.

In her book, Dr. Verna makes evident that there have been key moments of cooperation that contributed to nation-building in both countries. Dr. Verna emphasizes the importance of examining the post-occupation period: the decades that followed the U.S. military occupation of Haiti (1915-34) and considering how Haiti’s public officials and privileged citizens rationalized nurturing ties with the United States at the very moment when the two nations began negotiating the reinstatement of Haitian sovereignty in 1930. Their efforts, Dr. Verna shows, helped favorable ideas about the United States, once held by a small segment of Haitian society, circulate more widely. In this way, Haitians contributed to and capitalized upon the spread of internationalism in the Americas and the larger world.

Dr. Verna received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is currently a professor in the History Department in Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Verna focuses on the culture of foreign relations, specifically concerning Haiti and the United States during the mid-twentieth century.

Co-sponsored by: Department of History, Graduate Studies Student Association, Newcomb College Institute and XUTULAC (the Xavier and Tulane Latin American & Caribbean Studies Partnership).

Fridays at Newcomb to host Sabia McCoy-Torres for talk on the anthropology of dance

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Join us in welcoming Sabia McCoy-Torres who will present on her research in a talk titled, Shifting the Lens from Harm to Pleasure: What We Learn from Women in Dancehall. Sabia McCoy-Torres is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies at Tulane University. She has a Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology from Cornell University. Her research focuses on the English and Spanish speaking African Diaspora, race, gender, sexuality, transnationalism, and popular music and performance. Geographically, her work is based primarily in the United States and Coast Rica. Dr. McCoy-Torres’s work has been published in Transforming Anthropology and Black Music Research Journal.

The lecture includes a free lunch and is open to the public.

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: caipirão

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Bate Papo! Celebrate the end of the semester with a caipirão happy hour at the local watering hole. We’ll meet outside and quench our thirst while cramming for an exam or two or simply procrastinating. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at mloveles@tulane.edu.