Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2017

Somos Nós: Infusing Brazil into the Classroom
June 20 – 23, 2017
University of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
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 workshop will focus on the environment. Visit the institute website for more information or the registration page.

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
June 17 – July 1, 2017
Havana, Cuba
LARC, the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, and Primary Source present a K-12 educator summer study abroad program. This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Don‘€™t miss the chance to witness the changes occurring on the island and to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom. Visit the institute website for more information. Visit the institute website for more information and to apply.

Summer Reading at the Pebbles Center Algiers
June 13th, 2017 – August 8th, 2017
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!

Spring 2017

Teaching Latin America through New Orleans: A K-12 Educator Workshop
100A Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
February 4, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
This workshop focuses on the longstanding connections between Latin America and New Orleans. Topics will include economic, cultural, and political connections between New Orleans and Latin America. The workshop will include overviews of curricula which examine these connections and additional resources for teaching about these issues. Visit the workshop webpage for more information.

14th Annual Maya Symposium Educator Workshop
March 3, 2017
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
This workshop, organized in conjunction with the Tulane Maya Symposium will explore various aspects of the ancient Maya and the ways in which the Maya can be explored in the classroom. More details will be forthcoming as the workshop approaches. Visit the workshop page for more information or the Maya Symposium webpage.

Teaching Haiti: K-12 Educator Workshop
April 8, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
This workshop will highlight the rarely studied but important Caribbean nation of Haiti. The workshop will focus on cultural traditions, particularly the music and dance of Haiti.

Fall 2016

Finding Diverse Voices through the Américas Award: A Teacher Workshop
Mulebone Restaurant, Washington, D.C.
September 22, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM
This K-12 educator workshop will focus on the diversity of literature recognized as part of the Américas Book Award. The workshop will feature the work of Alma Flor Ada who will discuss the use of her books for teaching about Cuba, and Ashley Hope Perez who will present resources for teaching about her 2016 award winning book, Out of Darkness. For more information visit the workshop webpage.

Day of the Dead Teacher Workshop at the Ogden
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
October 5, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 PM
This workshop will focus on the Day of the Dead altar on display at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and provide resources for teachers about creating their own altar for the classroom. For more information visit the workshop webpage.

Day of the Dead Across the Americas: Peru
100A Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
October 8, 2016
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Learn about traditions of Dia de los Difuntos, as Day of the Dead is called in Peru, and the ways in which this pan-American tradition is celebrated in Peru. This workshop will highlight the pre-Columbian roots of the tradition and the music which accompanies the celebrations. For more information visit the workshop webpage.

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Screening of De Lo Mio at the New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is proud to sponsor two screenings of De Lo Mio at the New Orleans Film Festival.

SAT OCT 19 | 3:45PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE)
MON OCT 21 | 11:00AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE)

Director Diana Peralta will be in attendance at both screenings.

Film Description

After a years-long absence, sisters Rita and Carolina finally return to their birthplace in the Dominican Republic to prepare their dead father’s childhood home for sale. There, they rejoin their brother Dante, their main link to the family back home. As they excavate the house’s literal and emotional junk, they discover that there’s more than years and miles separating them. In this affecting chamber piece, first-time director Diana Peralta zooms in past the postcard prettiness of the island setting, framing intimate scenes that raise big questions: whether a patriarch’s death severs a sibling bond or starts it anew, and how to square the longing for a home that’s an ocean away with the reality that you’ve forever left it behind.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Screening of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival

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The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is proud to sponsor two screenings of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival.

THURS OCT 17 | 12:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC
TUES OCT 22 | 3:45PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC

Film Description

The sun rises over Havana, Cuba, and awakens not just a city, but the people who live on its rooftops. Amidst poverty and dilapidated buildings left by the Special Period‘€“the worst economic crisis the country has ever seen‘€“lie people with a deep love for the city and their towering views. Through sun-soaked visuals and interviews with rooftop dwellers, we get a sense of their hopes, history, and the reality of living in Cuba post‘€“Special Period. What begins as a portrait of everyday life becomes an exploration of the effects of socio-economic disarray and increased foreign influence on a fiercely independent nation. Despite their adversity and separation from the world, the rooftop dwellers of Havana, like all others, search for happiness.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Queerness within Latinx Dance & Food

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In honor of LGBTQ+ Hxstory Month, Latinx Heritage month, and OGSD LGBTQ+ Hxstroy & Celebration Days programs we invite you to Queerness within Latinx Dance & Food on Tuesday, October 22nd from 7-9:30 pm in LBC Rathskeller Lounge.

Join OGSD, TU Genté, Gender Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC), The Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and Newcomb Institute for gourmet tacos from Chef Melissa Araujo a Honduran Chef who is based in New Orleans and performances and workshop by Jose Richard Aviles.

Jose is a multi-media artist who draws from their identities as a Queer, Brown body, Angeleno native, and Scholar. Aviles’ work puts theory and practice in dialogue and their art is a result of their scholarly explorations and lived experience. Callejera is the embodiment of theories of Spatial Production and Aviles’ lived experience as a Pasajera (Bus Rider).

RSVP and learn more at the official FB event page.

Latin American Writers Series: Andrea Palet (Editorial Laurel)

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Editorial Director Andrea Palet presents the history, philosophy, and ongoing projects of Editorial Laurel, a publishing house founded in Santiago, Chile in 2014. Her presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by a reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Speaker

Andrea Palet is the founding editorial director of Editorial Laurel, established in 2014 in Santiago, Chile. Under her leadership, the house has released the works of more than 20 novelists, essayists, and chroniclers. Paleta also oversees the Master of Editing program at the Universidad de Diego Portales. A collection of her columns, Leo y olvido, was released in 2018 by Ediciones Bastante.

Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Biscoito de maracujá.

K-12 Educator S.T.E.A.M Workshop: Teaching Central America at the Zoo

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Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Audubon Nature Institute will be hosting a K-12 educator workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2019. This workshop will focus on conservation efforts and environment of Central American rainforests. This workshop is a great way to learn how to bring real world science into your classroom. We will explore the zoo with Professor Kathy Jack, a primate behavioral ecologist who works on conservation efforts in Dry Forests of Costa Rica. Activities will incorporate a variety of sciences and other subjects including: art, environmental science, cultural components, anthropology, computer science and technology. While it is geared for middle and high school teachers, this workshop is open to all educators formal and informal.

Register here.