Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Student Status

Full-time Residence Status

To hold a fellowship or scholarship or any of the various kinds of assistantships, a student must be registered in full-time residence status. To determine student privileges and assess tuition and fees, a student in full-time residence status must be registered for at least nine hours of graduate credit per semester, or a combination of course work and equivalent academic activities such as teaching or research.

After the student has completed the minimum hours of course work required for the degree and is working on the thesis or dissertation, the student can continue to be classified as a full-time student entitled to full student privileges. The student must register for master’s or dissertation research (LAST 9980 and LAST 9990, respectively) and then the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center must certify that the student is engaged in academic activities equivalent to full-time residence commitment. Any off-campus employment for remuneration may disqualify a student from receiving Graduate School financial aid

Part-time Residence Status

For the purposes of determination of student privileges and for the assessment of tuition and fees, a student in part-time residence status is any student who is registered for less than nine hours of graduate credit and who is not certified by the department or the program committee as taking a total academic program.

Tenure for Degree Seeking Students

Tenure is the maximum period of time normally permitted for the completion of all requirements for a degree, and it is determined on the basis of consecutive academic years from the date of initial registration for graduate study at Tulane. To be clear, this means that for students who begin as MA students at Tulane, whether in Latin American Studies or in another program, and continue into the Ph.D. program, tenure begins with their enrollment in their Tulane MA program. Tenure is not affected by residence status, nor is it affected by leaves or absence or stipend deferrals. In extreme circumstances, as explained below, tenure may be extended for a short period of time; but a student whose period of graduate study is extended may be required by their committees to retake examinations or to perform additional work.

Master’s Degree

The Stone Center expects that students will complete the MA degree in two years. Occasionally, unforeseen and extraordinary circumstances may prevent a student from completing degree requirements within the two-year time period. In such instances, students may submit a one-time petition for an extension of one or two additional years as the circumstances may warrant. To seek such an extension, students must submit to the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center before the end of their second year in the MA program the following items: (1) a detailed letter which explains the extraordinary circumstances requiring the need for the extension; (2) a detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the degree requirements during the extension time period; (3) and, if relevant, a letter of support for the extension signed by every member of the thesis committee certifying that they each understand the extraordinary circumstances necessitating the extension and that they agree to the detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the thesis. Within a month of submitting this petition of tenure extension, the Stone Center’s Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Committee will review the petition and will render a decision, which will be communicated to the student. Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to continue in the MA program beyond the maximum allowable 2-year tenure extension period.

Ph.D. Degree

The Stone Center expects that students will complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including the completion of all comprehensive examinations and the submission of a defended dissertation, in seven years. Occasionally, unforeseen and extraordinary circumstances may prevent a student from completing degree requirements within the seven-year time period. In such instances, students may submit a one-time petition for an extension of one, two, or three additional years, as the circumstances may warrant. To seek such an extension, students must submit to the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center before the end of their seventh year in the Ph.D. program the following items: (1) a detailed letter which explains the extraordinary circumstances requiring the need for the extension; (2) a detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the degree requirements during the extension time period; (3) and, if relevant, a letter of support for the extension signed by every member of the dissertation committee certifying that they each understand the extraordinary circumstances necessitating the extension and that they agree to the detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the dissertation. Within a month of submitting this petition of tenure extension, the Stone Center’s Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Committee will review the petition and will render a decision, which will be communicated to the student. Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to continue in the Ph.D. program beyond the maximum allowable 3-year tenure extension period.

Advising

Role of the School of Liberal Arts

The School of Liberal Arts provides information on university policies, interprets those policies, and makes exceptions to its rules. It is the final arbiter about most questions of admission, financial aid, and university-wide degree requirements.

Role of the Stone Center

Careful advising is vital to the success of all students’ education, professional training, and completion of all degree requirements. Advising carries even greater responsibility in an interdisciplinary program, where courses are selected from a number of departments and where students work with professors throughout the campus. It is the role of the Graduate Advisor to help all students develop a meaningful program from this wide array of resources and to guide you through the many requirements of our different degree programs. Students in both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs have many different advisors and committees throughout the various departments and schools. These advisors and committees also play fundamental roles in the definition of the student’s program and research at distinct phases in the student’s training.

However, the Graduate Advisor is the principle advising resource for Stone Center graduate students. Each student should plan to meet with the Graduate Advisor at least four times during the year for general advising in late-August, late-October, mid-January and mid-March. The goals of these sessions are to plan your degree curriculum and to evaluate your progress. The Graduate Advisor’s office hours are posted at the beginning of each semester. Students are welcome to drop in unannounced during these hours, but scheduling an office visit ahead of time, whenever possible, is always appreciated. Non-office hour appointments may easily be arranged by direct communication with the Graduate Advisor.

Additionally, students should schedule appointments with the Graduate Advisor to discuss mid-semester corrections and changes, career or degree plans, or any difficulties students may be having with their classes. It is preferred that students make an appointment rather than seek counseling over the phone or in the halls.

Role of Departmental Contacts

Disciplinary and department-based expertise is often vital in advising students about the selection of appropriate methodology courses for primary concentrations, about finding faculty members to serve on thesis committees, or about writing scholarly papers in a disciplinary background different from your primary concentration. Consequently, the Stone Center maintains a list of affiliated faculty contact in each department who are familiar with the Latin American Studies Program. These faculty members are the first individuals students should contact when seeking departmental advice. They are not responsible for advising you directly, but rather for directing you to the faculty member within their department who can best answer your question. Although you can visit them directly, it is recommended that you first speak with the Stone Center’s Graduate Advisor so that he can refer you to the correct department and perhaps to a specific faculty member within that department.

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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.

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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.