Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Writers Series 2019

April 12th, 2019 - April 23rd, 2019
5:30 PM

Location
100 Jones Hall
Greenleaf Conference Room

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 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.


April 30, 2019
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.

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Latin American Library Greenleaf Fellow Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera to present research on violence and migration of Hondurans

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Please join the Latin American Library in welcoming Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera, a 2018-2019 LAL Richard E. Greenleaf scholar, who will be giving a work-in-progress talk titled Global Entanglements in the Production of Violence and the Migration of Hondurans on Monday, May 20, from 3:00-5:00 PM in the Latin American Library seminar room.

The talk will be in English. Refreshments will follow the talk.

Abstract
Honduran migration to the U.S. is not new. My research at The Latin American Library and conversations with members of the Honduran communities in New Orleans confirm the changing patterns of Honduran migration in the past decades. In recent years, violence combined with lack of economic opportunities appear to be the main reasons for leaving. Most studies tend to understand violence, crime, and inequality within regional or local processes as a consequence of state weakness, or a combination of both. I claim that Hondurans’ reasons for leaving their country are entangled with global processes. In this talk, I explore U.S.-Central America relations (in particular the ‘war on drugs’), the global agenda on migration control, and its connections to contemporary Honduran migration. These global processes contribute to reproducing violence, crime, and inequality in the region and the country, leaving many low-income Hondurans with no option but to leave the country.

Lirio Gutiérrez Rivera is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She studied Political Science at the Freie Universitat Berlin and Anthropology at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Her research investigates urban violence, contemporary prisons, youth gangs, social mobility, and state responses to crime and violence in Latin America, particularly Honduras and Colombia. She is currently working on two research projects: the first explores gender and urban planning in Medellín, Colombia; the second is based on her work as an expert witness for Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S. The latter explores the connections between different forms of violence experienced by women and contemporary migration in Central America. Her book, Territories of Violence: State, Marginal Youth, and Public Security, was published in 2013 with Palgrave.

The Richard E. Greenleaf Fellowship Program at the Latin American Library is made possible by a generous gift from the late Richard E. Greenleaf.

About Richard E. Greenleaf (1930-2011)
Until his retirement in 1998, Richard E. Greenleaf served as the France Vinton Scholes Professor of Colonial Latin American History, and as the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. He also served as Chair of the Department of History. Dr. Greenleaf grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and took his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of New Mexico, where he studied under the dean of Inquisition scholars, France V. Scholes. Greenleaf’s doctoral dissertation, Zumárraga and the Mexican Inquisition 1536-1543, served as the basis for his many excellent publications on the history of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in Latin America. Greenleaf authored eleven major scholarly books, co-authored or contributed to seventeen others, and published almost four dozen articles in the field of Latin American and New Mexico history. He was the recipient of many distinguished awards, among them the Silver Medal, the Sahagún Prize (Mexican National History Award), and the Serra Award of the Academy of American Franciscan History for Distinguished Scholarship in Colonial Latin American History. In his long and distinguished teaching career in New Mexico, Mexico City and New Orleans, Greenleaf served as mentor to 34 doctoral students at Tulane, and countless masters and undergraduate students. Richard E. Greenleaf died on November 8, 2011.

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

Explore the Stories and Creatures of Latin America: Pebbles Center collaboration with the Audubon Nature Institute

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Join us as we learn about rainforests and the creatures that live there through books and with the help of special visitors from Audubon Zoo. This program is part of the Pebbles Center series of programs on Latin America. It will incorporate S.T.E.A.M. [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math] activities and highlight the importance of the arts. Participants will meet several animals native to Central and South America with Audubon’s Zoomobile. We will discuss their ecosystems and the challenges they face then learn how art can help conservation. A summer reading list provided by the Pebbles Center will explore the diverse geography of Latin America. If readers read all books by the end of the Summer Reading Program, they will be presented with an honorable award during the annual Celebración Latina at the Zoo this Fall 2019.

Sponsored by the Audubon Nature Institute and Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Photo credit: Macaw, the Audubon Nature Institute

The People and Environment of Central America: A Professional Development Institute for K-12 Educators

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Travel Scholarships Due March 1, 2019
Registration Due April 26, 2019

The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, in collaboration with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute at the University of Georgia and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies are proud to announce a professional development opportunity for K-12 educators titled Central America: People and the Environment on June 24 through June 27, 2019.

This summer’s institute is the first in a four-year series that will explore Central America with a focus on people and the environment. The institute will highlight diverse topics of Central America and incorporate hands-on STEM activities. It will focus on indigenous people’s relationship with the environment, as well as broader environmental issues regarding health, infrastructure, and land and water rights. Summer 2019 will focus on climate change and impacts of deforestation, environmental politics and sustainability, and access to water and its relationship to health. The institute is ideal for educators of high school and community college, and pre-service students teaching History, World Geography, Science, and Environmental Science. This four-year series of institutes is sponsored by the Centers for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, Tulane University, and the University of Georgia, and will be hosted at each institute over the course of the four years beginning at Vanderbilt University. Additional support is generously provided by Florida International University.

The registration fee covers breakfast, lunch, and on-campus parking for each day of the institute, as well as materials.The cost per participant is $50 if registration is submitted by April 26, 2019. The cost is $75 if the participant registers after April 26, 2019. There is free registration for pre-service (student) teachers.

Scholarships to cover travel to and from the institute are available through a competitive application. Applications are due March 1, with applicants being notified of their status on/by March 15.

For more information on travel scholarships, schedules, and lodging, visit the official event website.

CANCELED: Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: MARCH 29, 2019
Cost: $3300

Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and hear firsthand about the Cuban national literacy campaign from the teachers themselves. In collaboration with The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 29, 2019. In addition, supplemental materials are also needed by March 29th in order for application to be considered complete.

Applicants also have the option to fill out and submit an Adobe PDF version of the APPLICATION. Please submit this application and the supplemental materials via email to crcrts@tulane.edu by March 29th, 2019.

Additional materials needed:
  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school) Please email your recommenders the PDF above. They submit via email the complete recommendation letter.
  • Copy of Passport
  • Sample lesson plan
  • $500 program deposit

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation

THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare to/from Miami: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 29, 2019

Please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.

Jaguar Jungle Educator Workshop at the Audubon Zoo

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Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Audubon Nature Institute will be hosting a K-12 educator workshop on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. This workshop will focus on conservation efforts and environment of Central American rainforests. This workshop is a great way to learn how to bring real world science into your classroom. Activities will incorporate a variety of sciences and other subjects including: art, environmental science, cultural components, anthropology, computer science and technology. While it is geared for middle and high school teachers, this workshop is open to all educators formal and informal.

Additional details coming soon.