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From Tulane News: Project Ecuador saves species, opens world to Tulane students

January 21st, 2020

This story originally appeared on the Tulane News website and was written by Barri Bronston. Jordan Karubian has been conducting tropical research in northwest Ecuador…  read more

From the School of Liberal Arts - The Paquete: Transforming Media Ecology

January 17th, 2020

This story originally appeared on the Tulane University School of Liberal Arts website and was written by Emily Wilkerson. This spring, Laura-Zoe Humphreys, a professor…  read more

LAST 4000 Career Speaker Series connects current students with recent alumni

January 15th, 2020

Story by Erika Pettersen, Stone Center graduate student and Publicity Assistant Each Fall, LAST 4000—the capstone seminar for graduating seniors in the Latin American Studies…  read more

Stone Center Summer Program Applications Now Open

January 10th, 2020

Applications for the Stone Center summer programs in Cuba, Brazil, and Guatemala are now open to Tulane and non-Tulane students at all levels. Please visit…  read more

Desigualdad y descontento social en América Latina

January 8th, 2020

Es posible que no estemos midiendo bien la inequidad. Mientras esto ocurra tendremos una mirada parcial y sesgada Nora Lustig A raíz de la oleada…  read more

Venezuela's Opposition Finds an Air Pocket

January 8th, 2020

But its best hope of unseating an illegal regime still lies at the negotiating table. Mac Margolis For months now, Venezuelan politics has been trapped…  read more

The Latin American Library welcomes three recipients of the 2019 - 2020 Richard E. Greenleaf Fellowship

January 7th, 2020

The Latin American Library is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 Richard E. Greenleaf Fellowship. Out of 52 applications from 11 different countries…  read more

Teaching Latin America at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference

December 19th, 2019

Story by Erika Pettersen, Stone Center graduate student and Publicity Assistant Last month, the Latin American Resource Center (LARC) participated in the National Council for…  read more

From the School of Liberal Arts: Linking Academic Research and Community Work Through Technology

December 18th, 2019

This story originally appeared on the Tulane University School of Liberal Arts website and was written by Emily Wilkerson. “There is a huge discrepancy between…  read more

Upon Havana's 500th anniversary, Prof. Lupe García examines the city's built environment and Cuba's legacy of slavery

November 26th, 2019

“Rutas/Routes” by Associate Professor of History Guadalupe García was published on November 14th by PLATFORM, an online forum for discussions on the buildings, landscapes, and…  read more

From the School of Liberal Arts: Student Conference on Latin America Celebrates 17th Anniversary

November 22nd, 2019

This story originally appeared on the Tulane University School of Liberal Arts website and was written by Emily Wilkerson. Each year the Tulane University Student…  read more

Power Paola engages young New Orleans writers with the art of the graphic novel

November 18th, 2019

Story by Erika Pettersen, graduate student and Publicity Assistant Earlier this month, Colombian writer, visual artist, and filmmaker Power Paola participated in the Stone Center’s…  read more

Dr. Carol Wise Presentation Summary

November 14th, 2019

For the third presentation of the 2019 Fall Speaker Series, CIPR welcomed Dr. Carol Wise, an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of…  read more

Protestas en Chile

November 11th, 2019

El “milagro chileno” choca con la realidad El coste de la vida, los sueldos, las pensiones y los sistemas de salud y educación se imponen…  read more

Louisiana educators gain S.T.E.A.M. tools for connecting their classrooms with Central America

November 5th, 2019

Story by Erika Pettersen, Stone Center graduate student and Publicity Assistant On Saturday, October 26, the Stone Center collaborated with the Audubon Nature Institute to…  read more

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Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture in the Classroom

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture in the Classroom

This collaborative workshop is designed for middle to high school Social Studies educators to enhance the teaching of the Tunica community while highlighting this group as part of a series of ancient civilizations currently taught at the K-12 level. This workshop is the first one in the series aimed at increasing and extending the current teaching of ancient civilizations in the Americas. The local focus on Louisiana indigenous people and culture will enable educators to create deeper connections when teaching about indigenous identity across the Americas such as the Maya, the Aztec and the Inca.

This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Language Instructors Donna Pierite and Elisabeth Pierite Mora of the Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture Revitalization Program (LCRP) will share the history of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe beginning in 1541 up to the 1700s when the tribes reached the Avoyelles Prairie. Through story, song and dance they will share the Tunica language and Tunica-Biloxi culture. They will highlight the cultural educational initiatives of LCRP, and provide a list of online resources and samples of pedagogical materials for attendees.

Sponsored by the Middle American Research Institute, S.S. NOLA, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

This Bridge Called our Backs: Judith F. Baca, Muralism, and Community Engagement

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A Lecture by Dr. Anna Indych-Lopez
The City University of New York

Monday, February 3, 2020
6:00 PM

Woldenberg Art Center
Room 210

FLAS Summer Fellowship Application Deadline: February 14th, 2020

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS fellowships administered by the Stone Center are available to undergraduate and graduate students for the intensive study over the summer of Kaqchikel Maya, Portuguese, or another less-commonly taught Latin American language. Graduate students wishing to engage in intensive study of such a language are encouraged to apply for one of these fellowships. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply; and only intensive summer language programs that meet the FLAS guidelines will be considered. A listing of some of the approved programs is prepared by CLASP and available on-line. Program information and application packets for Tulane sponsored summer language programs can be found here.

The following FAQs offer further information on the application process and program guidelines for undergraduates and graduates respectively:

Summer FLAS FAQ for Undergraduates
Summer FLAS FAQ for Graduate Students

The Stone Center staff held an on-line information session on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. You can access the video and PowerPoint presentation here: FLAS SUMMER APPLICATION MATERIALS for 2020 All materials are PDF files, forms are in fillable PDF format.

All application materials, including the faculty recommendation form, proposal narrative, and financial need statement or FAFSA EFC, should be submitted electronically by email according to the application guidelines. Please review these guidelines carefully.

For questions regarding the FLAS Fellowship, please contact Dr. Jimmy Huck by email at jhuck@tulane.edu OR Valerie McGinley at vmcgmar@tulane.edu.

Bate Papo! Primavera 2020

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome! Meetings take place on Fridays at different hours and locations. See the full schedule below:

January 17th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de maracuja

January 24th, 3 PM, Boot
Treat: Suco de caju

January 31st, 4PM, Cafe Carmo (527 Julia St.)
Treat: Suco de caja

February 7th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Agua de coco

February 14th, 11 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Guarana

February 21st, 12PM, PJs Willow
Treat: Cha de maracuja

February 28th, 2PM, Sharp Residence Hall
Treat: Cafe brasiliero

March 6th, 10 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Cha matte

March 13th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de goiaba

March 20th, 3 PM, Greenbaum House
Treat: Limonada a brasiliera

March 27th, 12 PM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Batido de abacate

April 3rd, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de acai

April 17th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Caldo de cana

April 24th, 2 PM, Boot
Treat: Groselha

Graduate Student Writing Group

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The Graduate Student Writing Group convenes on Fridays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. These structured writing sessions are open to 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.

Ancient Civilizations K-16 Series for Social Studies Educators

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Ancient Civilizations
K-16 Educator Workshop Series
Spring 2020

For educators of grade levels: K-12

Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS), S.S. NOLA, and AfterCLASS will host a professional development workshop series open to all K-16 school professionals. These workshops will challenge educators to learn about the unexpected impact and connections of Ancient civilizations from Central America to the Gulf South. In particular, the workshops will foster a deeper comprehension of how to incorporate art, language and food across the disciplines. Participants will learn unique ways to incorporate the Tunica, Maya and Aztec cultures into the classroom in a variety of subjects. Registration for each workshop is $5 and includes light snacks, teaching resources, and a certificate of completion.

The workshop series will prepare teachers:

  • To utilize digital humanities resources in the classroom;
  • To design culturally appropriate primary and secondary research projects;
  • To teach about Pre-Columbian and ancient civilizations, language, geography and foods;
  • To encourage student self-determination through meaningful and relevant cultural projects.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Tunica of the Lower Mississippi River Valley
Middle American Research Institute – Seminar Room
6823 St. Charles Avenue
This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Participants will explore the physical, cultural and linguistic characteristics of the region. Representatives of the Tunica community will introduce their language and culture and the work they do to preserve their language.

Friday, March 6, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Understanding Maya Fare: Beyond Tamales and Cacao
AfterCLASS – Taylor Education Center
612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. #4003
In collaboration with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, this workshop focuses on foods of the Maya. Participants will explore the foods of the Maya focusing on the role of food over time. Join us as we hear from chocolate specialists and our Kaqchikel language scholar will discuss the importance of corn. REGISTER HERE.

Thursday, May 2020
Aztec Mexican Art and Culture
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community. Date TBD