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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CIPR post-doctoral fellow Christopher Chambers-Ju to present on labor politics and teacher mobilization in Latin America

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Tulane University’s department of Political Science in association with the Murphy Institute and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research is proud to begin the 2018-19 Political Science Seminar series with a presentation by Christopher Chambers-Ju titled, Varieties of Labor Politics: Teacher Mobilization in Latin America on Friday, October 19.

Dr. Christopher Chambers-Ju received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. His research examines the politics of education through a focus on teachers’ unions. Studying the cases of Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico, he examines why some teachers take to the streets while others form an organized voting bloc, with distinct relationships to political parties. By focusing on teachers, Christopher seeks to shed light on broader dynamics of education policy-making and political change in contemporary Latin America. Dr. Chambers-Ju is currently a post-doctoral fellow with the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research.

9th Annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica

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The 9th annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica will be hosted by the University of Texas San Antonio and the San Antonio Museum of Art on October 19 through October 21, 2018. The South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica is a regional conference that provides a venue to bring together scholars in the fields of archaeology, ethnography, art history, and others, as well as the general public, to share information and interpretations on current research focused on the cultures of the Mesoamerican region.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Vera Tiesler, who has been a research professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico for nearly 20 years. Her academic interest lies in illuminating the human conditions of the Maya and of past society, by correlating data gleaned from human skeletal remains from archaeological contexts with information from other material and documentation. In her keynote address Ancient Maya Life, Death, and Identities: A View from Yaxuná, Yucatan, Mexico, Dr. Tiesler will discuss perceptions of life and death of the Yucatecan Maya prior to and during the rise of the ancient city of Chichén Itzá. This northern cultural arena is poorly understood compared to other regions of the Maya kingdoms. Tiesler anchors her explorations of ancient Northern Maya Lowlanders through examinations of the burial population at Yaxuná, another ancient urban center located in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula and connected to Chichén Itzá by a causeway. The human remains unearthed during excavations provide valuable insight into everyday life, evolving social roles, collective identities, and manners of death experienced by Yucatec Maya. To reveal these mysteries, Tiesler combines several approaches, including bioarchaeology, mortuary archaeology, and artifact-based iconography. Her discussion will address the fate of individuals and neighborhoods, the regional trajectory that resulted in Yaxuná‘s rise, and then, ultimately, the city’s abandonment. She will conclude with thoughts on the advent of Chichén Itzá‘s political networks and what was perceived as a new cosmic era for the Maya.

During her career, Dr. Tiesler has conducted work on some 250 Maya burials. Her publications discuss living conditions and lifestyle among Maya social classes, social aspects of age and gender, physical appearance and body enhancement, violence, sacrifice, and ancestor veneration. Dr. Tiesler recently published her findings from Yaxuná in the book Before Kukulkán: Bioarchaeology of Maya Life, Death, and Identity at Classic Period Yaxuná (University of Arizona Press).

All conference events will be held at the San Antonio Museum of Art. The conference is free and open to the public.

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Registration for the 9th Annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica is now open. To register please fill out the registration form.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 19
Keynote Address
Ancient Maya Life, Death, and Identities: A View from Yaxuná, Yucatan, Mexico
Dr. Vera Tiesler

Saturday, October 21
Screening of Out of the Maya Tombs
Panel Discussion lead by David Lebrun, Michelle Rich, and Jason Yaeger

Saturday October 20 – Sunday, October 21
Paper Presentations

CIPR talk series Critical Issues in Democratic Governance to host political scienctist Victor Menaldo

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Join the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Victor Menaldo as part of the fall speaker series Critical Issues in Democratic Governance, on Friday, October 26, in 110A Jones Hall. Dr. Victor Menaldo will give a talk titled Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy.

Victor Menaldo (Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009) is an associate professor of Political Science at University of Washington and an affiliated faculty of the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS), Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Center for Environmental Politics. Dr. Menaldo specializes in comparative politics and political economy. Menaldo’s research focuses on the political economy of taxation and redistribution, the political economy of regulation, the political economy of regime change, and the political economy of natural resources.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.

Outgoing authoritarian rulers sometimes design democratic institutions in ways that preserve their political and economic advantages. For example, over two-thirds of countries that have transitioned to democracy since World War II have done so under constitutions written by the outgoing authoritarian regime. This lecture will examine the reasons behind this phenomenon, as well as how different types of political power and economic resources in a society following democratization. Not only do these disparate origins determines polities’ basic architecture, the rights of citizens, and how representative and inclusive the political system becomes, but also has a big impact on the size of future governments and their commitments to social justice and egalitarianism. Statistical analysis and case studies of Chile, Sweden, and several other countries show why some democratic transitions yield unequal political representation and rights for citizens.

Celebrate Caribbean culture and heritage during Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans

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Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, is back for its 16th annual celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage. Presented by Friends of Culture, Bayou Bacchanal will include two days of Caribbean cuisine, dance, music and celebration.

World Wide Dance
Beginning Friday, November 2 stop by the newly-opened, Algiers based, Haitian restaurant Rendezvous, for World Wide Dance. This late-night dance party begins at 10:00 p.m. and doesn’t end until the final dancer clears the floor. Enjoy live sets by locally and regionally based, Trinidadian DJ Phil and DJ Spice. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door and includes access to the World Wide Dance celebration. A cash bar and bites from Rendezvous will be available for purchase.

Bayou Bacchanal Parade and Party
After an evening of dancing and celebrating, rest up for the annual Bayou Bacchanal Parade on Saturday, November 3. Assembly begins at 11:00 a.m. and the parade takes off at noon from Harrah’s. Parade-goers are welcome to come dressed in traditional carnival attire while engaging, marching and dancing to the beats of Soca music along with Casa Samba throughout the French Quarter. The parade’s final destination will be at North Peters & Mandeville Street where the party will then transition to Crescent Park.

From 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. several Dancehall, Soca and Reggae performers will grace the Bayou Bacchanal stage for this daylong festival. Guests can expect live performances by local, national and international artists such as: Soca Artist Preacher, Pan Vibrations, Tigress of Trinidad & Tobago, and Mystic of Trinidad & Tobago.

Beats will be provided by DJ Spice and hosted by Lady Pepper. Authentic Caribbean foods, drinks and special merchandise will be available for purchase. Trini Lisa and Boswell’s will be among the official vendors for Bayou Bacchanal 2018. Fest-goers can expect Caribbean staples such as salt fish, curry goat and roti. Tropical drinks including ginger beer, passionfruit juice and Sorrel will also be available. Guests are also encouraged to dress in tradition Carnival attire for a chance to win a grand prize of $2000.

Admission to the Bayou Bacchanal fest is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information on Bayou Bacchanal or Friend of Culture, visit their onsite information booth during the festival or click here.

Bayou Bacchanal Post Party
Closeout Bayou Bacchanal at Island Flavor Bar and Grill and enjoy tasty Caribbean bites, music and dancing. DJ Ray will be spinning beginning at 11:00 p.m. Celebrate the closing of Bayou Bacchanal with a bang!

Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821

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On Wednesday, November 14, the Latin American Library at Tulane University will host Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, for a talk titled, Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821.

This presentation is part of the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Jane and Herbert Longenecker Lecture Series. The event is dedicated to María García Daly.

La Hora del Cuento: Fall Bilingual Story Hour at the Pebbles Center

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This fall, join us for La hora del cuenta bilingual readings series at the Pebbles Centers of the New Orleans Public Libraries!

On the first and last Saturday of every month, we will read a bilingual book at the Algiers Regional Library and the Children’s Resource Center Library beginning on Saturday, August 25 until Saturday, December 29. Children and parents are welcome!

Story Hours Dates and Locations

Algiers Regional Branch
Saturday, September 1
10:30 AM

Saturday, October 6
10:30 AM

Saturday, November 3
10:30 AM

Saturday, December 1
10:30 AM

Children’s Resource Center Library
Saturday, August 25
10:30 AM

Saturday, September 22
10:30 AM

Saturday, October 27
10:30 AM

Saturday, November 24
10:30 AM

Saturday, December 29
10:30 AM