Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

"Revolutionary Cuba: Memory, Culture and Politics" - A Title VI-A UISFL Meeting

February 19th, 2010

Location
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

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The Title VI-A Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) Project Directors‘€™ Meeting – “Revolutionary Cuba: Memory, Culture and Politics”

This symposium is co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University.

Note: This event is only open to Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program grantees.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Ned Sublette: Musician, Author, Independent Scholar

Ned Sublette, who served as a Rockefeller Humanities Fellow at Tulane University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies from 2004-2005, is the author of the recently published book The Year Before the Flood which chronicles Sublette’s experience of living in New Orleans during the year prior to Hurricane Katrina. He is also the author of The World that Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square (2008). Sublette’s range of musical experience is unusually broad, ranging from original musicological field work in New Mexico, to conservatory study in classical guitar and composition, to aggressive loud-guitar bands, to cutting-edge Latin music. In 1990, he traveled to Cuba for the first time and was inspired to co-found Qbadisc, the first American record label dedicated to marketing contemporary Cuban music in the U.S. He was soon recognized as a major U.S. advocate for Cuban music, introducing American audiences to Cuban artists. His book on Cuban music, Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo, was published in 2004.

PANEL DISCUSSION

“Architecture & the Revolution”
John Loomis: Architect

Loomis’ multidisciplinary career spans architecture, teaching, scholarship, and writing. He holds a B.A. with Distinction in Art History from Stanford University and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University. He is a licensed architect registered in New York where he lived and worked for fifteen years and was an associate professor of architecture at the City University of New York. His book, Revolution of Forms, Cuba ‘s Forgotten Art Schools, examines the convergence and collision of architecture, ideology, and culture in 1960s Cuba through the architectural design for the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte. This book prodded the Cuban government to commit to the preservation and restoration of these works of architecture, and has received an award from the World Monuments Fund. It is also the basis for the operatic work in progress by Charles Koppelman Revolution of Forms. John’s other activities involving Cuba have been chairing the 2002 ACSA International Conference ‘€œArchitecture, Culture, and the Challenges of Globalization – Havana /La Habana‘€ and as a member of the 2002 California State Business Delegation to Cuba. His honors and awards include a World Monuments Fund Certificate of Significant Accomplishment, Honors from the XII Bienal de Arquitectura de Ecuador, an NEA Award for Superior Design, and an AIA Education Award. He has been a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute.

Communication, Film & Politics
Ana López: Director of the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute, Senior Associate Provost, and Associate Professor of Communication, Tulane University

A long-standing faculty member of the Stone Center, Ana M. López became the director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute in Fall 2000. She is also an Associate Professor in the Communication Department and Associate Provost of the university. She holds both an M.A. in Communication and Theater Arts and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa. Her scholarship and publications are focused on Latin American film, media, television, and popular culture. She has also worked extensively with Latino cultural production in the U.S. Her work has been widely published in film and Latin American studies journals and she is the co-editor of the volumes Mediating Two Worlds (BFI, 1993), The Ethnic Eye: Latino Media Arts (University of Minnesota, 1996), and the three-volume Encyclopedia of Latin American Culture (Routledge, 2000). As director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, she oversees the Summer in Cuba program, the Summer in the Dominican Republic program, and academic and cultural programming aimed at promoting a true Cuban and Caribbean presence on Tulane‘€™s campus. López will be discussing the movie Coffea Arabiga (1968, Nicolás Guillén Landrián) and the history of both the “high point” of the Cuban documentary as well as its complex political valences.

Visual Imagery of the Revolution
Guadalupe García: Assistant Professor of History, Tulane University

Lupe García is a recent addition to the Department of History at Tulane, joining the faculty after spending two years as an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida. She received her M.A. in Latin American Studies from California State University and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. García specializes in late-colonial and early-modern Latin American history, with a particular focus on urban history, the Caribbean and Cuba. Her research interests include race and ethnicity in urban spaces, border identities in Latin America, and social revolution. García is currently working on her first book project tentatively entitled ‘€œBeyond the Walled City: Race and Exclusion in Colonial Havana.‘€ The manuscript offers a comprehensive analysis of urbanization in colonial Havana and explores the ways in which racial ideologies and black colonial subjects shaped and reshaped the urban environment. She is also working on a collaborative book project on the visual iconography of revolutions.

EXHIBIT

Newcomb Gallery of Art
Polaridad Complementaria

Developed by the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Polaridad Complementaria offers audiences the opportunity to become acquainted with the island‘€™s current and upcoming artistic talent. The more than 50 works of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation art provide a sense of the serious aesthetic and conceptual concerns that characterizes Cuban art today. The 27 artists presented here are mainly young artists who have attained international recognition. The majority of these artists have taken part in fairs and biennials abroad and all have exhibited in Europe, Latin America and were featured in the 2009 Havana Biennial. Several have exhibited in the United States, including René Peña, Abel Barroso, Aimeé García, Yoan Capote and Roberto Fabelo.

Diverse in medium and ideology, the artists featured in Polaridad Complementaria understand the power of their art to address a wide range of social issues. Curator Margarita Sánchez pays particular attention to the works that illustrate the artists‘€™ capacity to connect the local reality to global concerns and universal human issues. Often compared to American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, René Peña explores the relationship between individuals within society and the struggle for their own identity. Abel Barroso carves three-dimensional pieces using wood and various printing methods to create a conversation about technology and the third-world. From Zulueta, Cuba, Duvier del Dago takes it one step further combining drawing with handmade 3D design examining the unattainable, whether it be the material or the ideal. Other artists include Juan Carlos Alom, Lidzie Alvisa, Luis Enrique Camejo, Ricard Elías, Adonis Flores, Aimée García, Glenda León, Douglas Pérez, Sandra Ramos, Fernando Rodríguez, Ángel Ramírez, René Francisco Rodríguez Olazábal, Lázaro Saavedra, Ludmila Velasco, Nelson Arellano, and Reinerio Tamayo. From simplistic to intricately fabricated, these artists create a narrative of Cuba today.

UISFL

For more information visit the website of the U.S. Department of Education‘€™s Office of Postsecondary Education‘€™s International Education Programs Service.

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Note: Pre-Registration runs through January 22, 2010. After the 22nd, full registration fees are required for attendance.

There are several ways in which to register for the Project Directors’ Meeting.

To pay by credit card:
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New Orleans, LA 70118

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Join us for an evening with Tom Friel, Coordinator for Interpretation and Public Engagement as he walks through an innovative tool developed to share the Newcomb Art Museum’s latest exhibit, Laura Anderson Barbata: Transcommunality. The program is designed to introduce K-12 educators to Laura Anderson Barbata’s work and focus on specific elements of the exhibit that connect deeply to the K-12 classroom. While the exhibit is open to limited public access, it plans to open to the public and school visits by Fall 2021. Educators from across the country will find this online introduction to Barbata’s work a valuable resource as the virtual exhibit serves as a unique tool for online learning.

Read more about this exhibit from the Newcomb Gallery of Art About the Exhibit page below:

“The process-driven conceptual practices of artist Laura Anderson Barbata (b. 1958, Mexico City, Mexico) engage a wide variety of platforms and geographies. Centered on issues of cultural diversity, ethnography, and sustainability, her work blends political activism, street theater, traditional techniques, and arts education. Since the early 1990s, she has initiated projects with people living in the Amazon of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Norway, and New York. The results from these collaborations range from public processional performances, artist books and handmade paper, textiles, countless garments, and the repatriation of an exploited 19thcentury Mexican woman ‘€” each designed to bring public attention to issues of civil, indigenous, and environmental rights.

In Transcommunality, work from five of Barbata‘€™s previous collaborations across the Americas are presented together for the first time. Though varying in process, tradition, and message, each of these projects emphasize Barbata‘€™s understanding of art as a system of shared practical actions that has the capacity to increase connection. The majority of the works presented are costumed sculptures typically worn by stilt-dancing communities. Through the design and presentation of these sculptures, Barbata fosters a social exchange that activates stilt-dancing‘€™s improvisational magic and world history. At the core of this creative practice is the concept of reciprocity: the balanced exchange of ideas and knowledge.

The events of this past year ‘€” from the uprisings across the country in response to fatal police shootings to the disproportionate impacts of Covid-19 among Black and brown communities to the bitter divisiveness of the 2020 presidential election ‘€” have renewed the urgency for Barbata‘€™s multifaceted practice. In featured projects such as Intervention: Indigo, participants from various backgrounds reckon with the past to address systemic violence and human rights abuses, calling attention to specific instances of social justice. In The Repatriation of Julia Pastrana, Barbata‘€™s efforts critically shift the narratives of human worth and cultural memory. The paper and mask works presented in the show demonstrate the impact of individual and community reciprocity, both intentional and organic. Through her performance partnerships in Trinidad and Tobago, New York, and Oaxaca, represented throughout the museum, onlookers are invited to connect to the traditions of West Africa, the Amazon, Mexico, and the Caribbean and the narratives these costume sculptures reflect on the environment, indigenous cultures, folklore, and religious cosmologies.

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An Evening with Multi-Award Winning Author Elizabeth Acevedo

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Join us for an evening with Elizabeth Acevedo. Acevedo presents her third book, Clap When You Land, and discusses her writing process and performance background. The discussion will be followed by a reading.

Poet, novelist, and National Poetry Slam Champion, Elizabeth Acevedo was born and raised in New York City, the only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She is the author of Clap When You Land, (Quill Tree Books, 2020); With the Fire On High, (Harper, 2019); the New York Times best-selling and award-winning novel, The Poet X. (HarperCollins, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, the 2019 Michael L. Printz Award, and the Carnegie Medal; and the poetry chapbook Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths. (YesYes Books, 2016), a collection of folkloric poems centered on the historical, mythological, gendered and geographic experiences of a first-generation American woman. From the border in the Dominican Republic, to the bustling streets of New York City, Acevedo’s writing celebrates a rich cultural heritage from the island, inherited and adapted by its diaspora, while at the same time rages against its colonial legacies of oppression and exploitation. The beauty and power of much of her work lies at the tensioned crossroads of these competing, yet complementary, desires.

This online program is free and open to the public. It is part of our ongoing series of public engagement programs with Latinx writers that explore Latin America, race, and identity. Read more about Acevedo’s work in this recent article from The Atlantic.

Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Newcomb Institute.

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For more information, please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164.

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The March 25th session will focus on sociolinguistic variations within the Kaqchikel language. It will be facilitated by Rebecca Moore.

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The April 29th session will focus on K’iche’ language learning with guest speaker Nela Petronila Tahay Tzay. It will be facilitated by Ignacio Carvajal.

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies coordinates the annual CLASP Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and is excited to collaborate with other world area book awards on this exciting online program. Join us this spring 2021 as we invite award winning authors to join us in an online conversation about social justice, the writing process and an exploration of culture and identity across world regions. This annual Global Read Webinar series invites readers of all ages to join us as we explore books for the K-12 classroom recognized by world area book awards such as the Africana Book Award, the Américas Award, the Freeman Book Award, the Middle East Outreach Council Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award.

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All webinars are at 7:00 PM EST.

  • January 12 – The Américas Award highlights the 2020 Honor Book, The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
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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, The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

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This spring 2021 we invite all K-12 educators to join us once a month in an online book group. This past year has been a challenging one for everyone but especially K-12 educators. Sign up and join us as we explore the stories of women confronting identity as Latinas in the United States. Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, AfterCLASS and the New Orleans Public Library partner to host this online book group. The books selected are recognized by the Américas Award and focus on the Latina experience. The group begins with the work of award-winning author and poet, Elizabeth Acevedo who will speak in a unique online format on March 23rd presented by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Newcomb Institute.

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Reading Schedule – Thursdays at 6:00 PM CST

  • February 11 – Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
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  • April 15 – American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • May 13 – The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Sponsored by AfterCLASS and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the New Orleans Public Library.