Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University


Podcast  Dr. Gabriel Hetland Speaks on Participatory Democracy

On September 20, 2017, political sociologist Dr. Gabriel Hetland (SUNY Albany) presented his research on urban participatory governance in Latin America. While conducting his research,…  read more

Podcast  Brigadistas: Stories from Cuba's Literacy Campaign

Image by Denise Tullier Holly, 2016 From June 18th to July 2nd, 2016, a group of K-12 educators from the U.S. traveled to Cuba as…  read more

Podcast  Alumni Amanda Parker (BA, 2007) Introduces the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)'s ParLu Project

In 2006, when Amanda Parker submitted her autobiography for the Stone Center’s annual undergraduate TUCLA conference, she could not have imagined how prophetic her blurb…  read more

Podcast  The Banana Republic of New Orleans

Samuel Zemurray is a controversial figure. Known as the Banana King, he established a banana trade empire founded in New Orleans. Learn more about this…  read more

Podcast  Challenges Before and After the Border

Alexis Zickafoose and Lucy Lloyd speak with several Central American immigrants, who either came to New Orleans as children, or whose children migrated here alone.…  read more

Podcast  Cuban Culture in New Orleans

Local scholars and Cuban migrants note similarities in the cultures and lifestyles that characterize Cuba and New Orleans. Yet, the search for Cuban influence is…  read more

Podcast  The Effects of the Cuba Normalization on New Orleans

Produced by Meghan McAllister, James Lambert, and Rebecca Singer in the Fall of 2015, this podcast reflects on the developing nature of business ties between…  read more

Podcast  Dr. Steve Ellner Stresses Context in Evaluating Social and Economic Programs in Chavista Venezuela

On October 21st, CIPR welcomed Dr. Steve Ellner, visiting professor and research fellow, to present his talk entitled: “Populism and Pragmatism in Chavista Venezuela: The…  read more

Podcast  From Amazon to Bayer Pharmaceuticals: A New Perspective on Costa Rica's Foreign Direct Investment

Produced by Andrew Landseidel and Katherine Fisher in San Jose, Costa Rica, this broadcast explore how Costa Rica encourages foreign direct investment (fdi) particularly from…  read more

Podcast  Measuring the Impact of Microfinance in Costa Rica

Amanda Verdi, Caroline Blatt, and Adrian Arnold report from San Jose, Costa Rica on a microfinance campaign in Costa Rica. Acorde, a NGO, provides low-interest…  read more

Podcast  Looking at Sustainable Development in Costa Rica's Fishing Cooperative in Tarcoles

Anna Strnisha, Rachel Lewis, and Robert Bond report from San Jose, Costa Rica on sustainable fishing practices on the Costa Rican coast. They report on…  read more

Podcast  Costa Rica's Migration Problem

Franny Hocking and Gabby Lysko report from San Jose, Costa Rica on the Costa Rican migration process. Costa Rica sees high numbers of migrants from…  read more

Video  Mayan Language Institute 2015 Students Collaborate on K'iche' Blues song

On the 2015 Mayan Language Institute program in Guatemala, students and teachers collaborated in writing and performing a K’iche’ song for fun. It was sung…  read more

Video  Los Muñequitos de Matanzas Demonstration

On June 27, 2015 the Stone Center’s Summer Teacher Institute in Cuba participated in an interactive demonstration/performance on the roots of Afro Cuban rhythm and…  read more

Podcast  The Inter-American Court of Human Rights

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights is based in San Jose, Costa Rica. Molly Noonan and Sara Scott explore the history of this court, its…  read more




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Upcoming Events

Africana Studies Brown Bag Lecture with Prof. Dan Sharp

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Naná Vasconcelos: Afro-Brazilian Percussion in Paris and New York City

Dan Sharp is currently conducting research for a book that revolves around the 1980 album Saudades by Afro-Brazilian Naná Vasconcelos. The book will situate Naná‘s reimagining of percussion and voice in the context of his itinerant life in New York, Europe and Brazil in the 1970s and 1980s. Snacks provided!

New Worlds, Indigenous Technologies and European Cabinets of Curiosities

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“New Worlds, Indigenous Technologies and European Cabinets of Curiosities”
Lecture by Dr. Surekha Davies

In the early modern period, European perceptions of distant peoples shifted from curiosity and admiration to a growing conviction that Europe resided at the top of a cultural, technological, and racial hierarchy. Making knowledge about both humans and the natural world became increasingly visual pursuits. This paper explores descriptive methods and classificatory schemes for overseas artifacts through the close reading of inventories and catalogs of early modern curiosity cabinets. It argues that these texts were material and discursive objects that helped to constitute cultural hierarchy through typologies of objects. The processes of inventorying human variety also shaped European identities in relation to both classical antiquity and to the material antiquities of new worlds.

Dr. Surekha Davies is Assistant Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University. She writes on cultural encounters, visual and material culture, cartography, monster theory, collecting, and the history of mentalities. Her first book, Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge University Press, 2016), won the 2016 Roland H. Bainton Prize in History from the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, and the 2016 Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the Journal for the History of Ideas. Dr. Davies is currently working on a new book project, Collecting Artifacts in the Age of Empire, and is a Mellon longterm fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library for 2017-18.

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

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What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
For more information contact Ryan Joyce at or Fayçal Falaky at

Newcomb Art Museum to host María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for Gallery Talk

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Join us at the Newcomb Art Museum in welcoming Mexican artists María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for a noontime gallery talk as they discuss the current exhibition Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics (which features works by María José de la Macorra) and the focus and process of their work. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Newcomb Art Museum is featuring two ceramic exhibitions entitled Clay in Transit featuring contemporary Mexican ceramics and Clay in Place featuring Newcomb pottery and guild plus other never-before-exhibited pieces from the permanent collection.The exhibit presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. The exhibit will feature works by Ana Gómez, Saúl Kaminer, Perla Krauze, María José Lavín, María José de la Macorra, Gustavo Pérez, Paloma Torres.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.” While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture.

The exhibit will run from January 18, 2018, through March 24, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit the Newcomb Art Museum’s website.

Clay in Transit is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jennifer Wooster (NC ’91), Lora & Don Peters (A&S ’81), Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Andrew and Eva Martinez, and the Newcomb Art Museum advisory board

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: kibe

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Bate Papo! Try a bit of Brazil’s Middle Eastern flavor with these kibe treats. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English