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[CANCELLED] Architect Hermes Mallea presents "Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now"

CANCELLED: Due to concerns surrounding coronavirus, this event has been cancelled until further notice. We will attempt reschedule it, most likely during the Fall semester. Please check our website or subscribe to a Stone Center listserv to receive updates and more information. If you’d like to be added to one of our listservs, email with your name and affiliation. Community members are welcome.

Two special events in New Orleans featuring Hermes Mallea will be sponsored by The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation (NOHHF), Tulane University’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), and Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI), and The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans (PRC).

Thursday, April 16, 2020 6:00PM
The Preservation Resource Center (PRC), will host a Round Table Discussion, The Tropical Influence: Architecture, Art, and Design, in New Orleans and Havana, exploring the myriad of ways which the aesthetics of New Orleans and Havana draw on one another. Panelists will include Mr. Mallea, Cuban painter Piki Mendizabal, and photographer, author and teacher Richard Sexton. A reception and book signing of Mr. Mallea’s latest book Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now will follow. The event will take place at 923 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA. 70130. The book will be available for purchase.

Friday, April 17, 2020 6:00PM
Mr. Mallea will present Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now, published by Rizzoli, 2017. This exciting and timely event will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center located on Newcomb Circle. A reception and book signing will follow in Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium. The book will be available for

Admission to both events is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

While documenting Havana’s landmark historic houses, architect Hermes Mallea was stunned to discover that the gracious family life traditionally associated with the city’s grand houses had not disappeared with the Cuban Revolution. Since 2010, he has encountered stylish Havana houses brimming with personality, homes that had been created despite the island’s economic hardships and isolation. Mallea appreciated these interiors not just for their esthetic beauty, but for the way they keep Havana’s design traditions alive, making a direct connection to the style of the city before its political upheavals.

Dozens of homeowners—art collectors, expats, lawyers, painters, businessmen, fashion designers, musicians—welcomed him into homes that lovingly reflected their unique personal styles. His latest book HAVANA LIVING TODAY: CUBAN HOME STYLE NOW celebrates the homeowners’ individual flair and ingenuity and brings the reader inside a world that has never been presented in this depth, countering long-held preconceptions about how people live in this vibrant city. Mallea sees these interiors as evidence of the Cuban peoples’ hopes for their future and their vision of what Havana Style might be.

Hermes Mallea, who lives in New York City, received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami, attended the Master’s Program in Historic Preservation at Columbia University, and is a licensed architect in the State of New York and a member of the AIA. He has published and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad on the subjects of Caribbean architecture and historic Cuban family life in Havana and elsewhere and has presented papers on the design links between Paris and Havana, historic photographs of Cuban domestic interiors, and Havana lifestyles stories chronicling the individualism and self-expression that has been accomplished in Cuba in spite the island’s severe constraints over the last sixty years.

Additional background information on Mr. Mallea’s most recent book can be found in the following link: Havana Living Today by Hermes Mallea





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Bate Papo! Primavera 2020--NOW ONLINE!

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Bate Papo will now be held virtually! Join the conversation!

A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome! Meetings take place on Fridays at different hours and locations. See the full schedule below:

January 17th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de maracuja

January 24th, 3 PM, Boot
Treat: Suco de caju

January 31st, 4PM, Cafe Carmo (527 Julia St.)
Treat: Suco de caja

February 7th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Agua de coco

February 14th, 11 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Guarana

February 21st, 12PM, PJs Willow
Treat: Cha de maracuja

February 28th, 2PM, Sharp Residence Hall
Treat: Cafe brasiliero

March 6th, 9:30 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Cha matte

March 13th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de goiaba

March 20th, 3 PM, Greenbaum House
Treat: Limonada a brasiliera

March 27th, 12 PM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Batido de abacate

April 3rd, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de acai

April 17th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Caldo de cana

April 24th, 2 PM, Boot
Treat: Groselha

Teaching Aztec History through Art: Online K-12 Webinar

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Join us for the final webinar in the series on Ancient Civilizations. This workshop has moved online and will consist of a 60 minute online webinar that includes an introduction to teaching Aztec history, a discussion of different art objects that the Aztecs created which reveal insights into their history, and a discussion of new online resources to incorporate into your teaching.

The webinar is free an open to educators of all grade levels. In order to access the session, please register here.

Please email for more information.

Co-sponsored by S.S.NOLA.

Pebbles Center Launches Virtual La hora del cuento/Story Time

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Join us every Thursday at 3 PM CST for a live reading of books in Spanish from the Pebbles collection. Books from this collection share stories of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latinx community in the U.S. The Pebbles collection is a collaborative between Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New Orleans Public Library. Author and educator, Andrea Olatunji shares the latest top Spanish language picture books. Originally scheduled to share her work at the Tulane Book Festival (cancelled due to COVID-19), she is now jumping online to help young readers explore Latin America in Spanish from home. Check out her work to learn more.

Make sure to ‘like’ The Pebbles Center on Facebook to receive updates. This program takes place live on this Facebook page.

Ancient Civilizations K-16 Series for Social Studies Educators

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Ancient Civilizations
K-16 Educator Workshop Series
Spring 2020

For educators of grade levels: K-12

Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS), S.S. NOLA, and AfterCLASS will host a professional development workshop series open to all K-16 school professionals. These workshops will challenge educators to learn about the unexpected impact and connections of Ancient civilizations from Central America to the Gulf South. In particular, the workshops will foster a deeper comprehension of how to incorporate art, language and food across the disciplines. Participants will learn unique ways to incorporate the Tunica, Maya and Aztec cultures into the classroom in a variety of subjects. Registration for each workshop is $5 and includes light snacks, teaching resources, and a certificate of completion.

The workshop series will prepare teachers:

  • To utilize digital humanities resources in the classroom;
  • To design culturally appropriate primary and secondary research projects;
  • To teach about Pre-Columbian and ancient civilizations, language, geography and foods;
  • To encourage student self-determination through meaningful and relevant cultural projects.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Tunica of the Lower Mississippi River Valley
Middle American Research Institute – Seminar Room
6823 St. Charles Avenue
This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Participants will explore the physical, cultural and linguistic characteristics of the region. Representatives of the Tunica community will introduce their language and culture and the work they do to preserve their language.

Friday, March 6, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Understanding Maya Fare: Beyond Tamales and Cacao
AfterCLASS – Taylor Education Center
612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. #4003
In collaboration with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, this workshop focuses on foods of the Maya. Participants will explore the foods of the Maya focusing on the role of food over time. Join us as we hear from chocolate specialists and our Kaqchikel language scholar will discuss the importance of corn. REGISTER HERE.

Thursday, APRIL 29, 2020
Aztec Mexican Art and Culture
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community.