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The Américas Award will kick off the 2021 Global Read Webinar Series on Tuesday, January 12 (6:00-7:00 PM CST) with a conversation with Aida Salazar, author of 2020 Américas Award Honorable Mention title The Moon Within.

The Stone Center will be hosting an information session regarding the 2021 Summer FLAS Fellowship Applications. We will be answering questions regarding the application process, the unique circumstances of COVID-19, and other details.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you might have concerning the FLAS fellowship or the application process.

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.

At the beginning of 2021, the Cuban economy finds itself in very precarious conditions. The presentation analyzes recent macroeconomic trends in Cuba with a focus on GDP growth, merchandise and service trade patterns, the external debt, and the country’s overall financial situation. It also identifies systemic problems and external factors that negatively affect the overall performance of the Cuban economy. On the internal front, Cuba continues to suffer from all the inefficiencies, red tape, and distortions of its state-dominated and overly centralized economy.

Cecilia Aldarondo is a documentary director-producer from the Puerto Rican diaspora who works at the intersection of poetics and politics. Her feature documentaries MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART (2016) and LANDFALL (2020) premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and were co-produced by the award-winning PBS series POV. LANDFALL’s many awards include the 2020 DOC NYC Film Festival Viewfinders Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary, as well as a Cinema Eye Spotlight Award nomination.

The triumph of the Cuban Revolution gave the Communist Party a monopoly over both politics and the mass media. However, with the subsequent global proliferation of new information and communication technologies, Cuban citizens have become active participants in the worldwide digital revolution. While the Cuban internet has long been characterized by censorship, high costs, slow speeds, and limited access, technological developments since 2013 have allowed for a fundamental reconfiguration of the cultural, economic, social, and political spheres of the Revolutionary project.

This online workshop focuses on books for the Spanish language classroom and highlights interdisciplinary connections for the language, arts and science classrooms. Increase the diversity of books in your school library with these stories from Latin America.

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Korea, South Africa and India. An acclaimed writer of both fiction and nonfiction, she is the author of the essay collection Sidewalks; the novels Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth; Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions and Lost Children Archive. She is the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur Fellowship and the winner of two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, The Carnegie Medal, an American Book Award, and has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kirkus Prize, and the Booker Prize.

From Brazil to El Salvador, prison gangs have transformed the state's disciplinary institutions into headquarters for building drug empires, organizing street crime, and orchestrating terrorist attacks capable of bringing the state to heel. At the same time, they govern, “providing order and physical safety for millions of low-income residents across vast informal peripheries neglected by governments.

In this talk, Laura-Zoe Humphreys contextualizes the current 27N protest movement within a longer history of Cuban artists and intellectuals’ effort to counter censorship and negotiate a new relationship between dissidents and revolutionaries and between Cubans on the island and the diaspora.

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