Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2007

Border Crossing: A Look at Migration in Latin America through Music and Film
July 12 – 15, 2007
Tulane University

This year’s summer institute offers a glimpse into the migration of people within Latin America through music and film. Musicians, scholars, and filmmakers will lead hands-on workshops which will explore the many issues behind migration. K-12 teachers from any discipline will follow the migration of communities and their music throughout Latin America tracing it through Africa, Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and eventually to New Orleans. Participants will also learn the importance of using film in a classroom discussion on immigration and migration movements. Resources, cultural packets, and curriculum packets are supplied as part of the institute. Designed to fit National and State standards. For more information, visit the institute webpage.

Spring 2007

Celebraciónn Latina 2007!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Pebbles Center – 913 Napoleon Avenue
Children’s Resource Center

The Third Annual Latin American Children’s Festival took place on April 21st, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in front of the Pebbles Center and the Children’s Resource Center on the corner of Napoleon and Magazine in Laurence Square. The festival provided children and families of New Orleans with a fun introduction to the many cultures of Latin America through interactive music and dance performances, arts and crafts, food and local representatives of Latin American countries. This year’s festival’s goal was to build a stronger understanding and appreciation for our community. We had taco truck, “Taqueria Chaperal” serving up some of the best tacos and quesadillas around town as well as some of the hottest local latin bands kicking everyone into dance mode. Tulane students as well as the Children’s Resource Center’s librarians taught and showcased their art projects from around Latin America to educate local families and children about latin culture.

Indigenous Identity and Environment
Friday, April 20, 2007
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100 Jones Hall
Tulane University

This workshop will allow educators to learn about indigenous identity and the complexity of globalization through the Nahua community of Tepoztlán, in the valley of Morelos, just south of Mexico City. The film A Defender of His People by Bruce Lane is used to explore these issues. The filmmaker, along with two anthropologists will conduct the workshop introducing classroom materials. The workshop will delve into the culture of the Nahua and explore the land and resources of Mesoamerica. The workshop will teach useful tools and resources for curriculum planning and techniques on bringing issues of indigenous rights, globalization, and the environment into the classroom. Please fill out a registration form. Space limited to 25. Registration due April 13.

Latin American Environmental Media Festival Curriculum Writing Project
March 30 – April 1, 2007
Lavin-Bernick Center, Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Tulane University

The media festival is a weekend-long event which will bring to audiences films, videos, and innovative works in digital media whose subjects call critical attention to major environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information about the festival check the website.

Introduction to the Maya – 4th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, “Murals and Painted Texts by Maya Ah Tz’ibob”
February 1, 2007
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
100 Jones Hall, Tulane University

This workshop introduces participants to the mythical and spiritual world of the Maya. It explores the land and resources of Mesoamerica, as well as reviews the art and artifacts of this culture. After the workshop, join us for a tour of the Middle American Research Institute (MARI) and discussion at 4:00 pm. This teacher workshop is intended to prepare educators for the weekend Maya Symposium starting the following day Friday, Feb. 2. In order to sign up for this pre-conference workshop, click here.

FALL 2006

Bringing Latin American Literature into the Classroom – Faulkner Society Words & Music Conference
November 2-6, 2006
Hotel Monteleone

This five-day workshop focuses on the contributions of Spain and Latin America to US life and literature. This conference brings many renown Latin American authors to the city for a stimulating journey into the culture and literature of Latin America in the US. As a K-12 educator, you gain access to this wonderful event for free and learn more about the influence of these cultures on US literature. In this conference, educators learn to lead dialogues on multiculturalism and build a curriculum based on cultural heritage.

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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal reception. This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

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Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Bala de maracujá.

Latin American Writers Series Fall 2019 Book Display

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The Latin American Library has put together a display of books written by authors participating in the Fall 2019 Latin American Writers Series: Luis Negrón, Power Paola, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, and Gabriela Weiner. All books on display are available for check out. When you visit, be sure to grab a free bookmark commemorating the series!

Café con Alberto Barrera

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The Stone Center invites you to Café con Alberto Barrera. This intimate meet and greet will be an opportunity to connect with Barrera, an influential writer and thinker from Venezuela. In addition to his creative work as a poet and novelist, he has co-authored, with journalist Cristina Marcano, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal, the first biography written on this controversial figure. He has also penned Alta Traición and Un país a la semana, two texts that chronicle the tumultuous political landscape in the Venezuela of recent years. Barrera will be answering questions about his non-fiction work during this casual conversation with faculty and students.