Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Student Organizations, Activities, and Communications


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.


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)




All Events

Upcoming Events

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

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What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
For more information contact Ryan Joyce at or Fayçal Falaky at

Newcomb Art Museum to host María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for Gallery Talk

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Join us at the Newcomb Art Museum in welcoming Mexican artists María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for a noontime gallery talk as they discuss the current exhibition Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics (which features works by María José de la Macorra) and the focus and process of their work. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Newcomb Art Museum is featuring two ceramic exhibitions entitled Clay in Transit featuring contemporary Mexican ceramics and Clay in Place featuring Newcomb pottery and guild plus other never-before-exhibited pieces from the permanent collection.The exhibit presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. The exhibit will feature works by Ana Gómez, Saúl Kaminer, Perla Krauze, María José Lavín, María José de la Macorra, Gustavo Pérez, Paloma Torres.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.” While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture.

The exhibit will run from January 18, 2018, through March 24, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit the Newcomb Art Museum’s website.

Clay in Transit is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jennifer Wooster (NC ’91), Lora & Don Peters (A&S ’81), Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Andrew and Eva Martinez, and the Newcomb Art Museum advisory board

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

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Bate Papo! Try a bit of Brazil’s Middle Eastern flavor with these kibe treats. 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

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. 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

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