Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Student Organizations, Activities, and Communications

LAGO

The primary relationship between the Stone Center and its graduate students is on an individual basis. Students ordinarily address individual questions and concerns to the appropriate individual in the office. However, the Stone Center recognizes the Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) as the official conduit to the Administration of Latin American Studies and the Stone Center. LAGO is the channel through which collective complaints and concerns are voiced and addressed, as well as the organization through which collective student feedback about the Center is provided to the Center administration.

Concerns that are not effectively resolved on an individual basis should be brought to the attention of LAGO during their regularly scheduled meetings. In those meetings, members will discuss the issues and determine whether or not they need to be drawn to the attention of the Executive Director of the Stone Center. In addition, LAGO is the channel through which suggestions and reviews about the effective functioning of new Research and Project Associate Program should flow.

Reciprocally, LAGO is the organization to which the Stone Center administration should direct any collective concerns, suggestions, or issues that cannot be handled on an individual basis or through mechanisms already in place (i.e. memos to students, fliers announcing Center-sponsored events, etc.). The Facilitator(s) of LAGO is (are) the official point of contact for LAGO in its relationship to the Stone Center.

Facilities

The Center has the following facilities for graduate students:

  • Stone Center Lounge, Jones Hall 101

This space plays an important role for Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Latin American Studies. It is a place of information, (bulletin boards and mailboxes), congregation (tables and coffee), and sustenance (food). Informal meetings are frequently held there. This room is open 8:30 to 5:00 work days and by special arrangement. We hope that in the near future we will be able to move some of these functions to the new student basement lounge, affectionately labeled by previous graduate students as “La Cueva.”

  • Information Center, Jones Hall 100F

Triangular interview-research room (across from receptionist). This room contains a computer bookmarked with Latin America-relevant websites. You may use this room for research or meetings. Use of this room must be reserved ahead of time with the Stone Center receptionist.

  • Greenleaf Conference Room, Jones Hall 100A

This room has space for about 18 people in seminar format or 40 in classroom format. Use of this room must also be reserve well ahead of time with the Stone Center receptionist. Please observe regulations for this room. Return all chairs and tables to their original positions, clean up trash, and observe the “no food-beverage” regulations.

  • The George Norton Graduate Student Lounge, Jones Hall 107

In 1999 graduate students asked that the Stone Center try to provide space for them to congregate in or near Jones Hall. We were able to secure permission to renovate one unassigned space, Jones Hall 107. The George H. Norton Graduate Student Lounge (named for the donor whose son received a Masters in Latin American Studies from Tulane in 1991) is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all graduate students in the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. The lounge is equipped with workspace, a computer, telephone (865-5174), radio, chalkboard, bulletin boards, sofas, and chairs for relaxation and meetings.

  • TA Office, Jones Hall 103

Each year approximately five/six doctoral candidates in Latin American Studies teach over 180 undergraduates. They share an office in Jones Hall 103, where they prepare courses and meet with students.

  • Center Offices, Jones Hall 100 (Staff/TAs/Student Workers)

The following is a list of room assignments within the Center suite with their designated functions and occupants:

  • Reception (Daniela Alvarez)
  • A: Office of the Executive Director (Thomas Reese)
  • B: Development & External Affairs (Valerie McGinley Marshall)
  • C: Graduate Advisor (James Huck)
  • D: Undergraduate Advisor (Edie Wolfe)
  • E: International Programs
  • F: Information Center
  • G: Administration (Sue Inglés)
  • H: Fax & Supplies
  • I: Latin American Resource Center (Denise Woltering-Vargas)

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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal 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 Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

See the LAL Facebook page for more details and updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/454592075187553/

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: Bala de maracujá.

Latin American Writers Series Fall 2019 Book Display

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The Latin American Library has put together a display of books written by authors participating in the Fall 2019 Latin American Writers Series: Luis Negrón, Power Paola, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, and Gabriela Weiner. All books on display are available for check out. When you visit, be sure to grab a free bookmark commemorating the series!

Café con Alberto Barrera

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The Stone Center invites you to Café con Alberto Barrera. This intimate meet and greet will be an opportunity to connect with Barrera, an influential writer and thinker from Venezuela. In addition to his creative work as a poet and novelist, he has co-authored, with journalist Cristina Marcano, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal, the first biography written on this controversial figure. He has also penned Alta Traición and Un país a la semana, two texts that chronicle the tumultuous political landscape in the Venezuela of recent years. Barrera will be answering questions about his non-fiction work during this casual conversation with faculty and students.