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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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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Please contact lago.tulane@gmail.com with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.

Lecture: Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas (1977, 1980, 1982)

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Please join us for a work-in-progress talk titled “Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas (1977, 1980, 1982): Contradicciones y resignificaciones en el campo conceptual de las negritudes y su impacto en la creación y la crítica literaria y artística,” by Silvia Valero, 2017-2018 Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow at the Latin American Library. The talk will be in Spanish and all will be invited for refreshments afterwards. Abstracts for the lecture in both Spanish and English below.

Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas (1977, 1980, 1982): contradicciones y resignificaciones en el campo conceptual de las negritudes y su impacto en la creación y la crítica literaria y artística

Los Congresos de la Cultura Negra de las Américas, realizados en 1977 (Colombia), 1980 (Panamá) y 1982 (Brasil), fueron los primeros grandes intentos internacionales en América Latina por reunir académicos, intelectuales y escritores de diferentes lugares del mundo, con el objetivo de reflexionar y debatir acerca del aporte realizado por los pueblos de ascendencia africana a la historia y la cultura. Considerando que los organizadores fueron todos hombres de letras negros, me pregunto si, en el período de influencia de los Congresos, es posible establecer una retórica hegemónica en las letras en torno a conceptos claves como negritud, estéticas negras, afrodiáspora y panafricanismos similar a lo que ocurrió en los últimos 20 años con el movimiento afrodescendiente en América Latina.

Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas (1977, 1980, 1982): Contradictions and Resignifications in the Conceptual Field of Blackness and Its Impact on Creation and Literary and Artistic Criticism

The Congresses of Black Culture of the Americas, held in 1977 (Colombia), 1980 (Panama) and 1982 (Brazil), were the first major international attempts in Latin America to bring together academics, intellectuals and writers from different parts of the world, with the objective of reflecting and debating about the contribution made by people of African descent to history and culture. Considering that the organizers were all Black men of letters, I aim to explore if, in the period of influence of the Congresses, a hegemonic rhetoric was developed around key concepts such as Negritude, Black aesthetics, Pan-Africanisms, and Afro-Diaspora, similar to what occurred in the last 20 years with the Afro-descendant movement in Latin America.

Tulane Culture Workshop with Pamela Neumann: "The Social Construction of Women's Ambivalence in Nicaragua"

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Join Pamela Neumann as she hosts a workshop on her paper, “The Social Construction of Women’s Ambivalence in Nicaragua.”

A workshop is different from a lecture series, where the audience passively listens to an oral presentation. In a workshop discussion, participants have read the article and the presenter gives only a brief introduction. Participants and presenter then “workshop” the piece, providing critical feedback with the goal of helping the author rethink, rework, and polish their research. E-mail dlagomar@tulane.edu for a copy of this paper. This workgroup is funded by a Lavin-Bernick grant.

Professor Fridman to present research from his recently published book, Freedom from Work

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Daniel Fridman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Texas, Austin. Professor Fridman will present research from his recently published Freedom from Work: Embracing Financial Self-Help in the United States and Argentina (Stanford University Press, 2016). Freedom from Work analyzes how people in the US and Argentina are taught to think about themselves as economic actors today. The author follows groups of fans of financial success best-sellers and associated practices, like seminars, and even a board game. Fridman uses ethnographic methods and in-depth interviews to unpack the core ideas and practices of financial self-help, which exhorts readers to endure a tough self-exploration and self-transformation in order to achieve “financial freedom.”

This talk is in partnership with the Tulane Altman Program, and the Tulane Department of Sociology. For more information please contact Professor Camilo Leslie at cleslie1@tulane.edu or check out the flyer for the event here.

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

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Bate Papo! Stop by PJs on Willow to try a classic Brazilian treat (cajuzinho) and to take a quick break before getting back into your routine. 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.

Lecture by Kent Eaton: Territory and Ideology in Latin America

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Join Dr. Kent Eaton from the Political Science Department at University of California at Santa Cruz as he gives a lecture titled: “Territory and Ideology in Latin America.” This talk will examine territorial conflicts in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru over economic policy during the commodity boom in the early 21st century. Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.

For more information, please check out the flyer here.