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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Diverse Roots of Migration in Latin America & the Caribbean: A K-12 Educator Workshop in Washington DC

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Join us to explore the roots of migration and its effects on the family in Latin America and the Caribbean. Highlighting the 2017 Américas Award titles, this workshop will prepare K-12 educators and librarians to engage students with topics of migration, family, and the socioeconomic barriers within Central America and the Caribbean today. The Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs presents the 2017 Américas Award teacher workshop hosted by American University’s International Training & Education Program. Speakers will include 2017 Américas Award winning author of The Only Road Alexandra Díaz, as well as Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us, an honor book, and Nadia L. Hohn, author of Malaika’s Costume, another honor book. These authors, along with a curriculum specialist, will engage participants with teaching strategies to accompany the books.

To learn about this year’s 2017 Américas Award winners, please view the video announcement here.

Participants will receive dinner, a book, and a certificate of completion with registration.

Register BEFORE SEPTEMBER 7 at a special rate of $25. AFTER SEPTEMBER 7 registration increases to $35.

AU ITEP students may register for $10 BEFORE SEPTEMBER 7.

For more information, please visit claspprograms.org/americasaward

The program is sponsored by CLASP and American University. It is coordinated by Tulane University and Vanderbilt University with generous support provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, University of Florida, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, and the University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee.

Celebración Latina at Audubon Zoo

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Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 13 years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field is set for Sunday, October 15, 2017 and will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities, and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand crafts, and local social service, health, and education organizations will offer wellness, education, and social service information.

Celebración Latina is included with Zoo admission or Audubon membership. No outside food, beverages, or tents please!

Check out these pictures from past celebrations!

For more information, please visit the Audubon Zoo website.

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.

La Hora del Cuento: Pebbles Center Bilingual Fall Reading Series

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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 and New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

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, Mango, Abuela, and Me, and Arroz con Leche. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

Story Hour Dates/Themes TBA

Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with the Middle American Research Institute, will present a teacher workshop in conjunction with the 15th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium on March 9, 2018.

Since 2002, Tulane University has hosted a weekend of talks and workshops dedicated to the study of the Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America. This yearly meeting has called upon scholars from a wide spectrum of specialties—archaeology, art history, cultural anthropology, epigraphy, history, and linguistics—to elucidate the many facets of this fascinating Mesoamerican culture. In developing a broad approach to the subject matter, the conference aims to draw the interest of a wide ranging group of people—from the expert to the beginner.

For more information, visit the Middle American Research Institute website.