Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University


PORTraits: Jessica Glass (Portuguese at Tulane Video Series)

April 13th, 2021

Meet the PORTulane community! Jessica Glass is a Latin American Studies Ph.D. student now living and researching in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has been…  read more

Tulane Undergrads Present at Rollins College Symposium on Latin American and Latinx Studies

April 7th, 2021

Congratulations to our four Tulane participants at this Friday’s national Latin American and Latinx Studies Symposium sponsored by Rollins College: Seniors Riley Moran and Tess…  read more

PORTraits: Raleigh Kreis (Portuguese at Tulane Video Series)

March 29th, 2021

Meet the PORTulane community! Raleigh Kreis is a first-year student studying Political Economy and Finance through the Altman program. With a background in Spanish, she…  read more

PORTraits: Jonathan Gutmann (Portuguese at Tulane Video Series)

March 22nd, 2021

Meet the PORTulane Community! This week, we meet Jonathan Gutmann. Jonathan started studying Portuguese his first year at Tulane. He earned his degree in 2020…  read more

PORTraits: Grant Little (Portuguese at Tulane Video Series)

March 16th, 2021

Meet the PORTulane Community! Grant Little is a Tulane senior studying Business Management and Sociology with the Altman Program. He studied abroad in Rio de…  read more

Research Group MEGA Held Virtual Workshop

March 15th, 2021

On February 22, CIPR hosted a virtual workshop for members of Research Group MEGA (Mobilization, Extractivism, and Government Action). Research Group MEGA is a network…  read more

PORTraits: Abby Cramer (Portuguese at Tulane Video Series)

March 8th, 2021

Meet the PORTulane community! Abby Cramer participated in the Summer in Brazil program while she was an undergraduate studying Latin American Studies and Studio Art…  read more

Anjana Turner - School of Liberal Arts Alumni Spotlight

February 18th, 2021

Originally written by Emily Wilkerson, published by Tulane School of Liberal Arts “Law informs culture and culture informs law, and the liberal arts allowed me…  read more

Anthropology Graduate Student Receives National Science Foundation Award

February 18th, 2021

Originally written by Emily Wilkerson, published by Tulane School of Liberal Arts Rachel Witt, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology, has been awarded…  read more

PORTTulane and BRASA Decorate Brazil-themed House-Float for Mardi Gras 2021

February 17th, 2021

Despite the pandemic, city shut-down, and freezing cold temperatures, we’re still celebrating this special holiday that links our city with cities and towns across Latin…  read more

PORTraits: Hannah Palmer (Portuguese at Tulane Video Series)

February 10th, 2021

Meet the PORTulane community! Hannah Palmer is a Program Manager at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane. She started studying Portuguese as…  read more

Ph.D. Alum Shearon Roberts selected as fellow with Center for Public Diplomacy

February 9th, 2021

The Stone Center is excited to announce that Shearon Roberts, an alum of our Ph.D. program, has been selected as a fellow with the Center…  read more

PORTraits: Carolina Timoteo de Oliveira (Portuguese at Tulane Video Series)

February 1st, 2021

Our PORTraits interview series is back in action for the spring semester! The PORTulane community is a vibrant collection of people that have diverse trajectories…  read more

Tulane Sociology Professor Featured in Washington Post Op-Ed about Trump-Era Policy Impacts in Venezuela

January 20th, 2021

Written by Kyle Young David Smilde, a Tulane professor currently engaged in research on the ever-worsening crisis in Venezuela, was recently featured in the op-ed…  read more

Stone Center Announces 2021 Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Fellows Competition

January 15th, 2021

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is now accepting applications for the 2021 Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Fellow in Latin American Studies. The program is intended…  read more


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Upcoming Events

Teaching and Understanding Women's Activism in the Face of Violence

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(Description via Vanderbilt CLAS)

Join Vanderbilt CLAS and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University for a teacher workshop about incorporating topics of social justice and gender equality in the curriculum. In 2019, Amalia Rubin and Parker Benedict joined forces to create She Stands Up, a project that aims to spark meaningful conversations in high school classrooms about the power of women’s activism in the face of violence. While the project’s lesson plans focus on social mobilization in Latin America, where reporting of violence against women has been steadily increasing in recent years, She Stands Up creators hope to inspire teachers and students alike to tackle relevant and difficult topics in the classroom. In this special workshop, Amalia and Parker will take us through the research behind the project, introduce us to their website (full of resources!), and lead us in an activity from one of their lesson plans. Current and aspiring high school educators are encouraged to attend, and all educators are welcome.

Data across the Disciplines: Notes from Field Research in Latin America

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This discussion will focus on how Latin Amercanist scholars use data in their research. Marcello Canuto (Tulane University) will present on the use of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and other geospatial methods in his work in Maya archaeology. In a discussion moderated by Claudia Brittenham (University of Chicago), we will then discuss benefits and challenges, helpful tools, and various approaches to implementing new technologies into field research. This event workshop is for students in any field who are thinking about the possible uses of spatial imaging and other types of technology-collected data in their own research.

Marcello A. Canuto is Director of the Middle American Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. He has undertaken archaeological excavations in the Maya region, South America, India, north Africa, and the northeast US. His primary research interest in the Maya area has been on the integrative mechanisms that the ancient Maya used to build and maintain a socio-politically complex society throughout both the Preclassic and Classic periods. He now co-directs a project in the understudied Northwest Peten, Guatemala where he investigates the construction of social categories and the mechanisms by which complex socio-political organizations develop and were maintained.

Claudia Brittenham is Interim Director of the Center for Latin American Studies and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the art of ancient Mesoamerica, with particular attention to the ways that the materiality of art and the politics of style contribute to our understanding of the ontology of images. Her current book project, Unseen Art: Vision and Memory in Ancient Mesoamerica, explores problems of visibility and the status of images in Mesoamerica. Ranging from carvings on the undersides of Aztec sculptures to Maya lintels, and buried Olmec offerings, it examines the distance between ancient experiences of works of art and the modern practice of museum display.

Register in advance for this meeting with this link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sponsored by the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago, under the auspices of the Tinker Field Research Collaborative.

Download the pdf of the flyer here.

A Discussion of Obscuro Barroco: "Imaginaçoes de Carnaval"

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Join Drs. Ana López, João Luiz Vieira, Leslie Louise Marsh, and Catherine Benamou for a discussion of the documentary film Obscuro Barroco.

Obscuro Barroco is a documentary-fiction film about the dizzying heights of gender and metamorphosis in Rio de Janeiro. Following the path of iconic transgender figure Luana Muniz (1961-2017), the film explores the different quests for the self, through transvestism, carnival and political struggle. In turn, it asks questions about the desire for transformation of the body, both intimate and social.

The full film is available to watch here.

You can also watch the film, browse resources, and meet the panelists on the event webpage, here.
We encourage all attendees to watch the film prior to the event.

Special thanks to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the PORTulane community, the Department of Communication, and the Howard Tilton Memorial Library for co-sponsoring this project.

Kaqchikel/K'iche' Language Table: K'iche' Language Learning

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Join fellow students, teachers, and native speakers to practice your Kaqchikel language skills and deepen your understanding of Kaqchikel culture. This event is held on the last Thursday of each month for the duration of the Spring 2021 semester.

The April 29th session will focus on K’iche’ language learning with guest speaker Nela Petronila Tahay Tzay. It will be facilitated by Ignacio Carvajal.

Global Read Webinar Series Spring 2021

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies coordinates the annual CLASP Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and is excited to collaborate with other world area book awards on this exciting online program. Join us this spring 2021 as we invite award winning authors to join us in an online conversation about social justice, the writing process and an exploration of culture and identity across world regions. This annual Global Read Webinar series invites readers of all ages to join us as we explore books for the K-12 classroom recognized by world area book awards such as the Africana Book Award, the Américas Award, the Freeman Book Award, the Middle East Outreach Council Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award.

Each webinar features a presentation by an award-winning author with discussion on how to incorporate multicultural literature into the classroom. Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2021ReadingAcrossCultures.


SPRING 2021 SCHEDULE – Read more about the program here.
All webinars are at 7:00 PM EST.

  • January 12 – The Américas Award highlights the 2020 Honor Book, The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
  • February 3 – The Children’s Africana Book Award highlights the 2020 book award winning, Hector by Adrienne Wright
  • March 11 – The Middle East Outreach Award presents 2020 Picture Book award winner, Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron
  • April – Freeman Book Award, a project of the National Consortium for Teaching Asia will present a book TBD.
  • May 13 – South Asia Book Award presents The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani


All sessions are free and open to the public. All times listed refer to Eastern Standard Time (EST). Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, and African Studies Outreach Council, The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

Reading Latina Voices Online Book Group for High School Educators

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This spring 2021 we invite all K-12 educators to join us once a month in an online book group. This past year has been a challenging one for everyone but especially K-12 educators. Sign up and join us as we explore the stories of women confronting identity as Latinas in the United States. Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, AfterCLASS and the New Orleans Public Library partner to host this online book group. The books selected are recognized by the Américas Award and focus on the Latina experience. The group begins with the work of award-winning author and poet, Elizabeth Acevedo who will speak in a unique online format on March 23rd presented by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Newcomb Institute.

  • B) Free – you find your own copies of the books at your local library.


Reading Schedule – Thursdays at 6:00 PM CST

  • February 11 – Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • March 18 – The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • April 15 – American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • May 13 – The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Sponsored by AfterCLASS and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the New Orleans Public Library.