Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Katie Gray, '13

Account Representative for Latin America, Intralox

Katie Gray is currently working for Intralox, a world leader in conveyor belting, located in Harahan, Louisiana. At Intralox, Katie is an account representative for the Latin American region, specifically Brazil and Mexico. Through this position, Katie is in daily contact with customers in Latin America and even has yearly travel opportunities to meet customers and better understand their needs. Katie believes that her year abroad and the field research she conducted while in Brazil gave her the confidence and perseverance that helped her get to where she is today.

Katie reflects on her time at Tulane…

Why did you choose to major in Latin American Studies?
I was drawn to Latin American Studies because I wanted to apply my studies of Spanish and International Relations to an area rich in culture and offering dynamic research opportunities. This program offers countless opportunities and activities outside of the classroom, as well as a broad range of options for courses and studies.

How has your background in LAST helped you since graduation?
Having a background in Latin American Studies helps me tremendously each day, as I have a better understanding of the customers I work with and their circumstances in their countries. I am able to relate to the people I speak with daily and visualize the places they live. People are impressed by my language abilities, considering the short time I spent abroad, which speaks to the value of the study abroad programs at Tulane. They are also impressed by my understanding and interest in what is happening in Latin America. Rather than a removed existance connected only through language, I have, because of my time at Tulane with the LAST program, a genuine respect and understanding of the cultures present in this region, in a broad sense, and also specifically in the areas I focused on in my studies.

In hindsight, what would you have done differently as a LAST major?
I would have done more volunteer work and internships that the LAST department does a great job of advertising to students. I wish I had had more involvement with the department and its efforts.

Any words of wisdom for LAST undergraduates?
Do everything you wish to do while at Tulane, and take what you are passionate about and find a way to direct your passion to something productive academically or socially in the community. You will surely be able to find a professor who is interested in the same topic and who will support you and guide you.

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Speaker Series; Sept 20 at noon: Does Political Representation Increase Participation? Evidence from Party Candidate Lotteries in Mexico

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Does Political Representation Increase Participation?
Evidence from Party Candidate Lotteries in Mexico
By: Dr. Mathias Poertner

The first in our 2021 Fall Series: Political Accountability and Representation of the Excluded in Latin America

Monday, September 20th at noon on Zoom
Registration Required here

For a one-on-one meeting with Dr. Poertner, contact Post-Doctoral Fellow Jared Abbott

Kaqchikel Language Table

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. Hosted by expert instructor Mtro. Byron Socorec (aka Oxlajuj B’atz’), the Sept. 23 session will focus on where we come from. Bring a picture of a special place and come ready to describe your hometown.

Link to join: https://tulane.zoom.us/j/93988469399?pwd=bkk3eDIzOEhQVjVEV1ZxTHFDTnJvQT09

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.

Qué Vola, Nola? - Live Book Reading!

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Join us for a live bilingual reading of their book Qué Vola, Nola?. From the vibrant jazz scenes and Spanish-colonial architecture to the food and weather, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Havana, Cuba, have much in common. And they are both home to anole lizards who love jazz! After a jazz song lures Ramito through a hotel window in Havana, he crawls into in a convenient, comfy suitcase for a nap. When he awakens, Ramito can’t quite find the way back to his tree. His new friend Bernard, an American anole lizard, unsuccessfully tries to convince Ramito that he’s in New Orleans. Is he? Readers of all ages will find the lush, tropical illustrations and the frustrated refrain of “but that is something we have in Havana” endlessly entertaining. In fact, they just might agree that the cities, and their inhabitants, share a lot! We are honored to welcome local author, Abigail Isaacoff and illustrator originally from Cuba, Ramiro Díaz for a bilingual story time at both Pebbles Center locations. Check below and make sure to join us at one of these events. Families will explore this unique story and learn to create their own craft based on the book.

Saturday September 18 at 2 pm
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive

Saturday, September 25 at 1 pm
Children’s Resource Center
913 Napoleon Avenue

This event is a program of the Pebbles Center which is a collaborative project of the New Orleans Public Library and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Please follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information on these programs. For more information, email crcrts@tulane.edu.

Kaqchikel Language Table

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. Hosted by expert instructor Mtro. Gonzalo Ticun (aka Sotz Aq’ab’al), the Oct. 8 session will focus on the creatures that share our homes and lives. Bring your favorite animal friend to join the discussion.

Link to join: https://tulane.zoom.us/j/93988469399?pwd=bkk3eDIzOEhQVjVEV1ZxTHFDTnJvQT09

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.

Kaqchikel Language Table

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. Participants in the Oct. 28 session will get the chance to read the short story “Ri töp chuqa’ ri kär”/“The Crab and the Fish” alongside its author, Mtra. Magda Sotz (aka Ixkamey).

Link to join: https://tulane.zoom.us/j/93988469399?pwd=bkk3eDIzOEhQVjVEV1ZxTHFDTnJvQT09

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.

Kaqchikel Language Table

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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. Nov. 12 is game day with Mtro. Edy Rene Guaján (aka Lajuj B’atz’)! Come prepared to play along and laugh.

Link to join: https://tulane.zoom.us/j/93988469399?pwd=bkk3eDIzOEhQVjVEV1ZxTHFDTnJvQT09

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.