The LAST 100: A Century of Tulane and Latin America

The Stone Center will celebrate 100 years of research and teaching in the field of Latin American Studies at Tulane University in 2024. In preparation, we are assembling historical documentation of this endeavor, with a particular focus on the creation of academic programs starting in the 1940s. Some of the core elements of this project include:

  1. The creation of a digital collection that includes both historical sources (documents, press, photographs, videos) and contemporary knowledge (interviews, oral histories, event records).
  2. The recording of audiovisual content (personal profiles, conversations, oral histories) featuring current and former faculty, staff, and students.

These sources will be brought together in a sustainable digital humanities exhibit/site (Scalar) to engage both general and academic audiences in the story of Latin American Studies at Tulane. The LAST 100 commemoration will culminate in a series of in-person academic and celebratory events beginning in Spring 2024.

Latin Scholars: (From left) Hortensia Calvo, Ludovico Feoli, Marcello A. Canuto, Elizabeth Boone, Nora Lustig, and Thomas Reese pose with a commercial exchange map from 1883 in the background. The map, part of the Map Collection at the Latin American Library, shows shipping and transportation lines connecting New Orleans to the rest of the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The photo was used in the article "Gateway to the Americas" in the March 2015 issue of Tulane Magazine, and was taken by Paula Burch-Celentano. 

How can you participate?

Just as The LAST 100 has witnessed such a great change, we cannot help but to ask ourselves what transformations Latin American studies will experience in The Next 100. We are looking to gather your ideas for The Next 100 to use in a pluri-vocal, multi-media page featured on our online LAST 100 exhibit. If you were part of The LAST 100 anyhow, we want to hear what you envision for The Next 100. Your response may be text-based, voice-based, or audiovisual; a short video, a collage, an image, a graph, a voice note, a paragraph, a poem, or any other form of expression that can be posted online. It may be academic or intimate, short or long. There are no formal guidelines or minimum/maximum lengths.

What does The Next 100 years of Tulane and Latin America entail? What does it look like? What does it feel like? What does it sound like? What directions and areas of study does it include? What partnerships does it embark upon? Where are we going?

Submission form

We seek your meaningful contributions to our digital collection. Please submit your question or comment to

Project Staff at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies:

  • Thomas F. Reese, Executive Director—Creative Leadership and Research
  • Valerie McGinley, Associate Director, Administration—Strategic planning, Administrative Coordination, and Budget Oversight
  • Hannah Palmer, Assistant Director, Academic Projects and Programs – Audiovisual Supervision, Administrative Coordination
  • Alejandro Kelly-Hopfenblatt and Olivia Cosentino, Zemurray-Stone Postdoctoral Fellows– Digital Storytelling
  • Patricia Lagarde, Archivist and Curator– Metadata, Digital Collection, and Physical Archive Supervision
  • Clarice Castillo López, Audio/Video Technician – Audiovisual Planning, Execution, and Editing
  • Cami M. Maggiore De Almeida, Kaillee Coleman, Nicole Jozwik, Emma Kainz, María Carrillo Marquina, Kendall Medford, Carolina Helena Timóteo de Olivera, Lauren Romaguera – File Manipulation and Scanning, Metadata Entry, Data Collection, Filming Assistance, Research and Information Organization