Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Cultures in Connection: Louisiana, Latin America, and the Middle East

October 12th, 2013
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tulane University
100 Jones Hall
Greenleaf Conference Room

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New Orleans is a city that celebrates its diverse cultural heritages. From Mardi Gras to the blues, in the wrought-iron railings and architectural features of the French quarter to the spices used in creole cooking, everything has a story, some of which originate in surprising places and times. The Middle East Outreach Council or MEOC and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane are teaming up to offer a Saturday workshop for K-12 educators on the diverse Middle Eastern, North African, European, Latin American, and Caribbean origins of cultural traits that permeate everyday life right here in Louisiana and the southern United States. This workshop, held in conjunction with the annual Middle East Studies Association conference, is a one-of-a-kind chance to study the Middle East and Latin America in comparison, drawing from a pool of nationally renown scholars and local experts, and using New Orleans as a starting point. You’ll leave with ideas on how to infuse your curriculum with a global approach, gather lists of resources to use in your classroom as well as learn about two outstanding children’s book awards – the Américas Award and MEOC’s book award.

This workshop is sponsored by the Middle East Outreach Council, Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the World Affairs Council of New Orleans.

Register before September 30 for a $10 discount!

For a printable flyer, please click here

  • Pre-registration – $15
  • Regular registration – $25

Register today by clicking here! Workshop attendees will also get access to the MESA Film Festival and the MESA book exhibition (held at the Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street, starting on Friday, October 11 through Sunday October 13) as well as receive a special discount for registration with WACNO. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

Transportation Information

The workshop will take place in 100 Jones Hall, 6801 Freret St., on the Tulane Campus.

Public Transportation
From Downtown/French Quarter
The St. Charles Streetcar line stops in front of the Tulane Campus. For information on the route and schedule please consult the RTA website.

NOTE: Construction on the line means that buses are currently running between Napoleon Avenue and the University campus. This means transferring from a streetcar to a bus. Please check the RTA website for the latest information and any information on service stoppages.

Once you have arrived on the Tulane campus walk straight through campus until you reach a road. This is Freret St. When you cross the street (at a stoplight) Jones Hall will be on your left. A campus map is available on the Tulane website. Jones Hall is Building 25 on the map.

From Uptown/Riverbend
If you are staying uptown, or near the Riverbend area of New Orleans the streetcar is the best way to reach campus. Construction on the line means that buses are currently running instead of streetcars. Please see the RTA website for the latest updates on the schedule and any service stoppages. Follow the directions above (for reaching campus by streetcar) when you reach campus.

Transportation by Taxi
Several reliable taxi companies exist in New Orleans. If you are staying at any area hotel you can ask for someone to call you a taxi. If you need to call a taxi company on your own you can call United Cabs (504-522-9771) or visit this website for a list of cab companies around the city.

Tell the taxi to drop you off at McAlistar Place and Freret St. McAlistar Place is a pedestrian walkway, Jones Hall is located on Freret two buildings from McAlistar

Parking and Driving Instructions
If you plan to reach the Tulane Campus by car, detailed instructions on how to reach campus from a variety of directions can be found on the Tulane website.

Parking on campus will be free as the workshop is on a Saturday. NOTE: much of the parking located most proximately to Jones Hall is currently blocked off due to construction at the library. Parking is available around Newcomb Hall. Parking is also available in the Diboll Parking Complex, although there is a charge to park there. See the campus map for directions to the Diboll Parking facility. On-street parking is available in much of the neighborhood around Tulane; however, much of it is 2-hour parking so please be cautious and make note of signs when choosing a parking space.

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Upcoming Events

The Right to Memory: The Making of São Paulo's Resistance Memorial

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Kátia Felipini, Coordinator, São Paulo Resistance Memorial, will give a talk entitled “The Right to Memory: The Making of São Paulo's Resistance Memorial.” The talk will be in Portuguese.

The Resistance Memorial is Brazil's first national memorial dedicated to preserving memories of the political resistance and repression that occurred during the civil-military dictatorship that governed the country from 1964 to 1985. Kátia Felipini, who participated as a museologist in developing the memorial and now serves as its coordinator, will discuss the complex process of the memorial's creation and the lessons it offers for other sites in Brazil and around the world. This lecture will be given in Portuguese.

Sponsored by the Center for Scholars, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Newcomb-Tulane College, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For more information please contact Rebecca Atencio (

The Traveler and the Ethnographic Ethos in the work of Juan José Saer and Bernardo Carvalho

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Anderson da Mata, an Assistant Professor of literary theory at Universidade de Brasília, will give a talk entitled “The Traveler and the Ethnographic Ethos in the work of Juan José Saer and Bernardo Carvalho.” The talk will be given in Portuguese.

Anderson da Mata is an Assistant Professor of literary theory at the Universidade de Brasília and author of O silêncio das crianças: representações da infância na narrativa brasileira contemporânea (Londrina: EDUEL, 2010).

Sponsored by Newcomb-Tulane College and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. For more information please contact Rebecca Atencio (

Bruno Bosteels speaks at Loyola University

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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Loyola University presents: “Politics and Violence in Latin America: Democracy in the Criticism of Arms,” a talk by Bruno Bosteels, Professor of Romance Studies at Cornell University. Bosteels is the author of Badiou and Politics, Marx and Freud in Latin America, and The Actuality of Communism, among other works.

For more information on this event, please contact Josefa Salmon at

This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Caribbean, The Languages & Cultures Department at Loyola University, Rev. Scott Youree Watson, Gregory F. Curtin & Rev. Guy Lemieux SJ SAK Distinguished Professorships.

For the event flyer, click here.

The Pebbles Center turns 10!

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The Pebbles Center is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The 10th anniversary falls on Dia, a celebration of children and reading. To celebrate, the Pebbles Center is hosting renowned children’s book author Jorge Argueta. Mr. Argueta was a guest at the inauguration of the Pebbles Center 10 years ago. See photographs from Mr. Argueta’s previous visit here. He will present an interactive presentation based on some of his most recent books.

Jorge Tetl Argueta is a celebrated Salvadoran poet and writer whose bi-lingual children’s books have received numerous awards. A native Salvadoran and Pipil Nahua Indian, Jorge spent much of his childhood in rural El Salvador. He feels that everybody is capable of writing, especially young children who are natural poets! Argueta has written a series of delicious cooking poems perfect for reading while cooking or incorporating food into the classroom. Come out and celebrate with us!

Children and parents will be able to enjoy a wonderful reading and a workshop highlighting the delicious foods found in his books. We will be of course providing snacks as well as be able to distribute a handful of bilingual books donated by the New Orleans Public Library.

El 30 de abril es una fecha muy significativa para los niños. Se celebra el día de los niños y de los libros. Esta celebración se conoce como El día de los niños/ El día de los libros, y celebra la alegría y las maravillas de la infancia y la importancia de los libros en nuestra vida. Ven a celebrar con nosotros el día con autor salvadoreño Jorge Argueta.

Para una lista con la dirreción de todas las bibliotecas, por favor visite la página de web de la biblioteca pública de la Nueva Orleáns.

For more information or if you have questions please contact the Latin American Resource Center at or check our Facebook page.

Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the New Orleans Public Library.

Photo by Nina Menconi.

Art Syncopation

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival are pleased to present an art exhibit of renowned artist Angel Gonzalez de la Tijera entitled “Art Syncopation.” An opening reception will be held on April 22nd at 6 PM. The exhibit will be on display through May 20th.

Angel Gonzalez de la Tijera is an important Mexican Painter and one of the most significant contributors to contemporary figurative Mexican art. His work primarily focuses on figures and portraits in conjunction with music. His art reveals form and substance in a realistic manner.

Gonzalez de la Tijera was born in Mexico City in 1958. He developed his painting style, figurative realism, as a student of master painter Santiago Carbonell.