Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

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TULASO

Tulane’s Undergraduate Latin American Studies Organization (TULASO) was founded to bring together undergraduates who share an interest in Latin America, ranging from career opportunities to cultural experiences to academic study. It is an independent student organization that collaborates with the Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO), faculty members and other entities to sponsor academic, service and social activities related to Latin America. All Tulane students interested in Latin American affairs are invited to join TULASO, but the organization draws heavily on student majors and minors in Latin American Studies. Officers for the organization are elected in the Spring semester and working committees are formed in the Fall semester.

TULASO sponsors two live music events each semester, often in collaboration with other undergraduate student groups. These Pachangas en el Patio feature local and international musicians who perform a variety of music from Latin America and the Caribbean. The entire Tulane community is invited to attend. Check the Stone Center’s Events page for upcoming activities.

TULASO activities are decided by the organization’s members. Past activities range from salsa dancing at local clubs, to excursions to Latino restaurants and bakeries, to volunteer work and charity fundraisers, to world-cup football viewing, to workshops geared toward preparing students for future career and academic work, to a weekend trip to the School of the Americas protest and teach-in at Ft. Benning, GA.

For information or suggestions regarding TULASO, contact the 2012-2013 Student Executive Committee:
  • Chair of Administration: Alexa Schwartz aschwar@tulane.edu
  • Chair of Finance: Abigail Sebton asebton@tulane.edu
  • Chair of Community Service: Haley Ade hade@tulane.edu

Model Organization of American States, Washington D.C.
Each spring the Stone Center sends a Tulane delegation to the Washington Model of the Organization of American States, a five-day simulation of the OAS General Assembly held annually in Washington D.C., designed to introduce participants to the structures and processes of the OAS itself, to familiarize students with topical issues facing the hemisphere and a Member State of the OAS, and to teach the art of international diplomacy. Universities from throughout the United States and Latin America participate at the Model each year. Tulane’s WMOAS is run as a club in fall and as a class (LAST 4960) in spring. Students must participate in the club to be eligible to apply to be a delegate and participate in class.

This unique collaboration allows students unprecedented access to the OAS and its member state missions. The opening and closing ceremonies are held at the Hall of the Americas at OAS Headquarters; these sessions are attended by ambassadors and the OAS Secretary General. Committee sessions are held at the Fairmont Hotel near Georgetown. The WMOAS faculty works closely with the OAS Department of External Relations to offer a realistic, academically challenging, and unique opportunity for students to learn about the OAS and its mission, its member states, and the important issues that face the Hemisphere.

Latin American Studies Student Conferences
The Stone Center’s annual TUCLA conference is an interdisciplinary undergraduate symposium in which seniors from the Latin American Studies core seminar present their individual research projects. TUCLA was formally launched in Fall of 2003 as a means to provide Latin American Studies undergraduates with an opportunity to present papers in the style and atmosphere of an academic conference. The conference is designed to enlist all of Tulane’s LAST seniors in a shared discussion of the region, its society and its cultures. Although participation is restricted to seniors in the core seminar, Tulane students in other majors, Latin American Studies students at all levels, professors and friends and family are encouraged to attend to support the presenters and get a feel for character and quality of our undergraduate program and students.

In addition, the Stone Center provides workshops and advice on writing abstracts, grant proposals and on presenting research at other conferences. Our undergraduate students have presented their core seminar research at The University of Texas at Austin’s Annual ILASSA Student Conference, generally held in February. This student run conference on Latin America is the oldest of its kind. Undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and Latin America present their research on a wide range of critical topics, including immigration, human rights, social movements, indigenous rights, and social policy. It provides an opportunity to present research activities, develop presentation skills, exchange ideas and information, and meet other scholars from around the world. The call for papers is circulated in early fall, which we forward to all of our undergraduate list-serve. Research conducted for any class on Latin America (not just LAST 4000) can be submitted for the conference.

Each year as a group organized through the Stone Center in coordination with TULASO, Latin American Studies Students attend the Birmingham-Southern College Annual Latin American Studies Symposium, generally held in mid-April. The largest undergraduate conference on Latin America in the country, this inter- and multi-disciplinary event offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students get to present their research, get to know other Tulane LAST majors and begin to accrue scholarly experience. The call for papers is circulated at the end of the fall semester. Research conducted for any class on Latin America (not just LAST 4000) can be submitted for the conference

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Online Summer Book Group for K-12 Educators

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For pre-service, early career and veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature who want to explore award-winning books for the middle and early high school classrooms. Join us as we read four books that explore stories of coming-of-age from multiple perspectives. Participants will receive a copy of each book and participate in an open discussion with other K-12 educators. We will launch the book group with The Other Half of Happy. The group will meet online and explore the real story behind this award-winning book with the author Rebecca Balrcárcel. Join us this summer as we discover new stories and books for your classroom.

Register here for $15 (includes all 4 books).

All online Zoom meetings are at 7:00 PM CST.

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Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and AfterCLASS at Tulane University. For more information, please email crcrts@tulane.edu.

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164.