Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Program Schedule

Session One
July 10 – August 18 (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 28 – December 2 (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 16 (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 26 – May 11 (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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Call For Papers- Haiti: Paradoxes, Contraditions, Intersections in the Making of a People

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Haitian Studies Association’s 29th Annual Conference

The Haitian Studies Association will hold its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, a site that offers scholars a look at how the “making of the people” occurs outside of the geopolitical spaces associated with a nation-state. Indeed, the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 forced not only the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, but also the migration of slaves, slave owners, and free blacks and mulattos between the two former French territories. These movements of people led to the creation of new spaces where migrants linked to an emergent Haiti would become part of a new North American dynamic also characterized by inequalities and exclusion.

The Haitian Studies Association seeks a diverse set of scholarly interrogations of these themes from disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. We are especially interested in fully constituted panels, and will prioritize panels that speak directly to our themes and attempt an interdisciplinary dialogue.

Panel and roundtable proposals are to be no longer than 500 words, clearly listing the individual paper titles and authors. Individual paper abstracts should be around 250 words. Presenters are expected to register for the conference in advance to ensure their names are in the program.

Proposals with be accepted until June 1st, 2017. Fore information regarding the conference and guidelines for proposals, click here.

Somos Nós: Brazil on the Move K-12 Educator Workshop

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LARC, along with Vanderbilt and the University of Georgia, is sponsoring a workshop on Brazilian culture and teaching Portuguese. K-16 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 5 day institute. Throughout the week, educators will work to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. The focus of the workshop will be the environment.

Register today!

Check out these photos from the 2015 workshop held in New Orleans.

Check out LARC’s curriculum on Brazil and Portuguese to get ready for the workshop!

Please visit the workshop webpage for more information.

K-14 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Havana, Cuba | June 17 – July 1, 2017

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$3,500.00 for 15 days

This two-week program through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban and Caribbean Studies, and in collaboration with Primary Source provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

Tulane’s summer program is locally sponsored and supported by the National Union of Writers and Artists. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón, and Viñales.

For more information and for the institute application, please visit the institute webpage.

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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