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Latin American Writers Series 2019

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Latin American Writer Series
Spring 2019

The Latin American Writers Series will showcase the most representative writings of the continent. The acclaimed Ecuadorian writer and Tulane’s Greenleaf Scholar-in-Residence, Gabriela Alemán will conduct in-depth interviews with a dozen authors, that treat a territory defined by massive migrations, multiple forms of violence, economic precariousness and environmental struggles. These writers whose texts circulate in a territory defined by mass migrations, multiple forms of violence, economic precariousness and environmental struggles. These authors – from different generations, countries and traditions – will describe their lives, influences and the mechanisms that tie their interests and concerns with their writing. The interviews will serve to feed an archive that will reflect the way writing and publishing takes place in Latin America today.

El Latin American Writers Series reunirá a lo más representativos de la escritura continental. La reconocida escritora ecuatoriana y “Greenleaf Scholar-in-Residence” de Tulane, Gabriela Alemán realizará entrevistas en profundidad con una docena de autores que se mueven en un territorio definido por migraciones masivas, múltiples violencias, precariedad económica y luchas medioambientales. Los autores, de generaciones, países y tradiciones distintas hablarán sobre sus vidas, influencias y los mecanismos que unen sus intereses y preocupaciones con su escritura. Las entrevistas servirán para alimentar un archivo que reflejará la manera en que se escribe y publica en América Latina hoy en día.

Join us for the following interviews in Spanish in the Greenleaf Conference Room, 100 Jones Hall at 5:30 PM.


April 12, 2019
ACHY OBEJAS
Achy Obejas was born in Havana, in 1956. She is a poet, novelist, journalist, translator, and teacher. When she was six years old, she and her family immigrated to the United States during the Cuban Revolution. Her published books of poetry, short fiction and novels include: We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress like This? (1994), Memory Mambo (1996), Days of Awe (2001), Ruins (2009), Aguas y otros cuentos (2009), This is What Happened in Our Other Life (2009) and The Tower of the Antilles & Other Stories (2017). Memory Mambo and Days of Awe won Lambda Awards. Obejas is also an accomplished journalist; she worked at the Chicago Tribune for more than ten years, and her articles have been featured in a variety of publications, including the Village Voice, Vogue, and the Nation. She has translated more than twenty books, amongst them: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz, 2007) into Spanish and the works of Wendy Guerra and Rita Indiana, amongst many others, into English. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is the former Sor Juana Visiting Writer at DePaul University. She currently lives in Oakland, where she is the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College.


April 18, 2019 – POSTPONED
YURI HERRERA
Yuri Herrera was born in Actopan, Mexico, in 1970. He studied Politics in Mexico, Creative Writing in El Paso and took his PhD in literature at Berkeley. He has written four novels, three of them translated into several languages: Trabajos del reino (Kingdom Cons, And Other Stories, 2017) Señales que precederán al fin del mundo (Signs Preceding the End of the World, And Other Stories, 2015) and La transmigración de los cuerpos (The Transmigration of Bodies, And Other Stories, 2016) and El incendio de la mina El bordo (Periférica, 2018). He has published short stories, articles, non-fiction and essays in magazines and newspapers in the US, Latin America and Spain. He was editor and founder of the literary magazine el perro. His first novel to appear in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, was published to great critical acclaim in 2015 and included in many Best-of-Year lists, including The Guardian’s Best Fiction and NBC News’s Ten Great Latino Books, going on to win the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. He is currently teaching at Tulane University.


April 23, 2019
CLAUDIA HERNANDEZ
Claudia Hernández González was born in San Salvador, in 1975. She has a degree in Communications from the Technological University of El Salvador, and has also studied law. Hernández has published six collections of short stories and two novels: Otras ciudades (2001), Mediodía de frontera (2002), Olvida uno (2005), De fronteras (2007), La canción del mar (2007), Causas Naturales (2013), Roza, tumba, quema (2017) and El verbo J (2018). Her stories have been published in several anthologies, including: The Central Americans (2002), Papayas und Bananen. Erotische und andere Erzählungen aus Zentralamerika (2002), Pequeñas resistencias 2. Antología del cuento centroamericano contemporáneo (2003). Sangría Publishing House, based in Brooklyn, published her bilingual book They Have Fired Her Again in 2016. She has been anthologized in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the United States. The translation of Roza, tumba, quema will appear in English in 2019. She won the prestigious Anna Seghers award in Germany in 2004.

Publishing in Puerto Rico After Hurricane María

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Join us in welcoming Mayda Colón and Zayra Taranto, founders of Trabalis Editores, who will speak about their singular approach to publishing in Puerto Rico (they own their own printing press and use the royalties ceded by their world renown authors to publish new writers) on Wednesday April 24, at 5:30 PM. In the aftermath of Hurricane María they organized several readings and published a series of books of historical importance (Bitácora de una transmisión radial, transcripciones de una histórica transmisión radial durante el Huracán María desde Wapa radio, Sandra Rodríguez Cotto; Huracanada, Mayra Santos-Febres, amongst others).

Trabalis Editores started publishing in 2014. Their collections include poetry, fiction, essays, children’s, young adult and art books. Their catalog is composed of eighty titles of international (Claudia Hernández, Rafael Courtoisie, Ana Lidia Vega-Serova, José Cozer) and Puerto Rican writers (Ángel Lozada, Alejandro Álvarez Nieves, Mónica Lladó).

Mayda Colón was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her poetry books are Dosis (2006), Prosac (2010), Recuentos y Volteretas (2016) and La casa del vacío (2018); her poems have been included in several anthologies. She is currently the editor of the poetry collection of Trabalis Editores.

Zayra Taranto was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. She is a writer, editor, photographer, graphic artist and videographer. She is currently the Executive Director of Trabalis Editores.

For more information contact us at rtsclas@tulane.edu or by phone at 504.865.5164. Tickets are not required.

Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Bate Papo! Practice you Portuguese during the spring semester

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Every Friday during the Spring 2019 semester, practice your Portuguese in an informal setting where students can enjoy some delicious homemade Brazilian treats and conversation! Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at portuguese@tulane.edu. These events are sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

25 de janeiro, 11hrs / January 25, 11 AM
LBC “Pocket Park”
We’re getting back into the groove. Join us for peanut-flavored brigadeiro, called cajuzinho. We’ll be in Pocket Park or inside the LBC near the water features in case it‘€™s too cold outside.

1 de fevereiro, 14hrs / February 1, 2 PM
LBC “Pocket Park”
Special edition bate-papo! Join Tulane, Loyola and Xavier students and faculty from Africana Studies, Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Studies as we celebrate Black History Month. We will be doing a bilingual poetry reading of O Navio Negreiro followed by bate-papo. We will eat cocada, a reference to the millions of lives destroyed on the sugar cane plantations of the northeast of Brazil. This event is sponsored by Africana Studies, TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

8 de fevereiro, 16:30hrs / February 8, 4:30 PM
4th floor Howard Tilton Library
Special edition bate-papo! Join us on the 4th floor of the Howard Tilton library for an Amazon-themed bate-papo before the Amazônia Ocupada event in the Latin American library. We’ll dine on açaí-infused brigadeiros to get you ready for the visceral photographic exhibit.

14 de fevereiro, 19hrs / February 14, 7 PM
Warren Residence Hall
Special edition bate-papo! We’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a recent LGBT film Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho. Also, free beijinhos. And by that we mean coconut-flavored brigadeiros, not kisses.

22 de fevereiro, 12hrs / February 22, 12 PM
PJs Coffee on Willow
Join us as we put PJs coffee to shame with our very own brigadeiro cappuccino. We’ll meet at PJs on Willow at noon to add some zip to your day.

1 de março, 14hrs / March 1, 2 PM
Sharp Residence Hall
Special edition bate-papo! Up late last night? This will get you out of bed! Join us in the lobby of Sharp Hall for a professional dessert chef’s particularly decadent take on our cuisine theme: bolo de brigadeiro. That basically translates to a brigadeiro lava cake; not to miss.

15 de março, 10hrs / March 15, 10 AM
LBC Mezzanine
Welcome back, everyone! Join us this week for brigadeiro de leite ninho in the LBC Mezzanine. See you at 10 AM!

22 de março, 13:30hrs / March 22, 1:30 PM
Labyrinth Café on 7102 Freret St.
Special edition bate-papo! Join us for a bate-papo alongside a special film showing of Alapini. Instead of popcorn, we’ll have brigadeiro de biscoito maria as a snack.

29 de março, 15hrs / March 29, 3 PM
Greenbaum House
Special edition bate-papo! We’ll be learning the art of brigadeiro in the Greenbaum House. Join us to learn how to make a brigadeiro de Nutella. Don’t worry: we’ll be sure to sample as we go.

5 de abril, 12hrs / April 5, 12 PM
LBC Mezzanine
This week we‘€™re bringing two great chocolate traditions together: brigadeiro and oreo cookies. Join us for a taste in the LBC Mezzanine at noon.

12 de abril, 11hrs / April 12, 11 AM
LBC “Pocket Park”
Special edition bate-papo! This week we celebrate gaúcho culture. We’ll be drinking chimarrão alongside our brigadeiro de tapioca and someone will leave with a mate gourd. Find us at 11 AM in Pocket Park.

26 de abril, 14hrs / April 26, 2 PM
O “Boot”
We made it! Celebrate the end of classes with some strawberry sweet: brigadeiro bicho de pé. Meet you outside the Boot at 2 PM.

The 2019 Afro-Brazilian Film Series at Tulane University

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This spring, join the Africana Studies Program, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Departments of Spanish & Portuguese, the Latin American Library, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University in collaboration with The Labyrinth-NOLA Wesley for the 2019 Afro-Brazilian Film Series. The films are free and open to the public.

2019 Spring Schedule

Friday, February 22
Black Orpheus

Friday, March 22
1:30 PM
Yemanjá: Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil + Bate Papo

Friday, April 26
2:00 PM
Ebony goddess: Queen of IleÌ’ AiyeÌ’

2019 Global Read Webinar Series: Diversity in children's literature for the classroom

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This spring, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Middle East Book Award, South Asia Book Award, and the Freeman Book Award) will sponsor a free 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom.

The 2019 Global Read Webinar Series will focus on the theme diversity in children’s literature. Each webinar will feature a presentation by an award-winning author with discussion on how to incorporate multicultural literature into the classroom. The books are appropriate for students in grades 7 – 12. Please read along with us this spring as we explore the world through these award-winning books. We encourage all readers to join in on the conversations each month and ask the author your own questions live.

Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2019ReadingAcrossCultures.

To register and learn more information about the Spring 2019 series, please visit:
internationalizingsocialstudies.blog

Webinar Schedule

January 22, 2019
Middle East Book Award
The first webinar of the series is co-sponsored by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and the Middle East Outreach Council. The webinar will explore the book, The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Joukhadar, winner of the 2018 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature. The Map of Salt and Stars is part cartography, part poetry, and part call to action. The gripping narrative interweaves the journeys of two strong and intelligent female protagonists: Nour, a Syrian-American girl escaping the violence of the civil war, and Rawiya, a 12th-century girl who dresses as a boy to become apprentice to the famous mapmaker al-Idrisi. Beautifully written descriptions of Nour’s synesthesia help us understand her experiences in new ways.

February 15, 2019
Africana Book Award
This month’s book award is sponsored by the Africana Book Award. Please join us in learning more about the book, When Morning Comes by Arushi Raina. This fictionalized account of a student uprising that began in Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, unfolds through the first-person narratives of four young adults from different backgrounds whose lives intersect. An African student, Zanele, secretly organizes the protest against the Afrikaans Medium Decree Act, which required the use of English and Afrikaans (“the language of the oppressors”) in schools. Her apolitical friend Thabo heads a local gang, extorting money from an Indian store owner, whose daughter Meena, is sympathetic to the students. Meanwhile, Jack, a white Afrikaner, meets, befriends, and comes to love Zanele.

March 20, 2019
Américas Book Award
We will explore the book, Lucky, Broken Girl by Ruth Behar a 2018 Honorable mention Américas Book and winner of the 2018 Pura Belpré award. In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age novel – based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s – a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie’s plight will intrigue readers and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay with them for a long time. Additional support generously provided by Florida International University, Tulane University, University of Florida, University of Texas at Austin and the University of Utah.

April
Freeman Book Award
Join the Freeman Award for an evening with author Alan Gratz and his book, Grenade. It’s 1945, and the world is in the grip of war. Hideki lives on Okinawa, an island near Japan. When he is drafted to fight for the Japanese army, he is handed a grenade and told: Don’t come back until you’ve killed an American soldier. Ray, a young American Marine, has just landed on Okinawa. This is Ray’s first-ever battle and all he knows is that the enemy is everywhere. Hideki and Ray each fight their way across the island, surviving heart-pounding clashes and dangerous attacks. But when the two of them collide in the middle of the battle, the choices they make in that single instant will change everything.

May 8, 2019
South Asia Book Award and picture books from all book awards
The South Asia Book Award highlights the work of Mitali Perkins with her work, You Bring the Distant Near. Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve her Bengali identity.

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, and The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

Mexican Cultural Institute's showcasing new exhibition by artist Carmen Mariscal

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in conjunction with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation will be showcasing a exhibition titled Calladita te ves mas bonita by Carmen Mariscal from March 21 to May 24, 2019.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.

Cover photo credit: Headdresses 1/6/2013/, printed in 2018