Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

History

The Stone Center’s Role in New Strategic Initiatives at Tulane University

Thomas Reese (Art History) became the Center’s third director in January 1999. He joined the Tulane community just as Tulane’s new President Scott Cowen determined to institute a process to define a new strategic plan for the university. The plan, approved in 2000, defined new initiatives on education and research that established four specific “areas of concentration of interest and expertise.” These areas are:

  • Environmental
  • Health Science/Biomedical
  • International/Area Studies (coterminous with Latin American Studies and African and Diaspora Studies at Tulane)
  • Urban/Community

In 1999, in conjunction with university-wide strategic planning, the Stone Center defined six areas of faculty expertise across the university. They are:

  • Literature, Performance and Cultural Studies
  • Art, Ethnography and History
  • Archaeology, Preservation and Cultural Heritage
  • Environment, Ecology, and Health
  • Social Action, Community Planning and Public Policy
  • Economy, Technology and Information Exchange

These coexist in dynamic relationships with older institutes with more tightly defined parameters (e.g. the Middle American Research Institute, Neotropical Ecological Institute, Cuba Studies Institute), and with existing and emerging programs and councils (e.g. the African Diaspora Studies Program and the Brazilian Studies Council).

The new research clusters map the unique character of Tulane Latin Americanists’ research and teaching. They do not follow traditional liberal arts divisions (humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences), but reflect the particular strengths and interests of Tulane faculty and resources across the liberal arts, professional schools, and university research centers.

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K-14 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Havana, Cuba | June 17 – July 1, 2017

The Application Deadline has Passed
$3,500.00 for 15 days

This two-week program through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban and Caribbean Studies, and in collaboration with Primary Source provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

Tulane’s summer program is locally sponsored and supported by the National Union of Writers and Artists. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón, and Viñales.

For more information and for the institute application, please visit the institute webpage.

Summer Reading at the Pebbles Center Algiers

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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 of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Our summer story hour will take place in June, July, and August on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 AM. 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, and Mango, Abuela, and Me. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

Story Hour Dates/Themes

June 13
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July 11
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August 8
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