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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Cuban National Literacy Campaign Documentary Screening: Silvio y el Poder de la Palabra

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Stone Center Masters student, Lilian Lombera has been working on this project and it is ready to launch THIS SUNDAY. Check out the launch of the new documentary & a tribute to Silvio Rodriguez y el Poder de La Palabra! Exclusive (free!) livestream presented by HotHouse. This 25-minute documentary film thoughtfully weaves archival footage of the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961 and a rare, exclusive interview with Cuba‘€™s iconic singer/songwriter and international recording artist, Silvio Rodriguez, as he recounts his first calling. At the age of 14, Silvio volunteered to join the brigade of over one hundred thousand teenagers that went into the Cuban mountains and countryside to teach rural campesinos how to read and write. In this exclusive interview, Silvio shares his memories on how he was impacted by the experience and how it shaped his life.

Check out the 1-minute trailer on the Literacy Project Films Youtube Channel

The event combines the debut screening of Silvio Rodriguez: Mi primera tarea, with a TRIBUTE CONCERT to Silvio Rodriguez.

The concert features globally renowned artists: Duo Made y Feña; Rochy Ameneiro-Rodrigo Garcia Ameneiro + Tania Haase (Duo Espiral); Katia and Nina Cardenal; Francisco Herrera; Quetzal; Rodstarz de Rebel Diaz and Franco Valdes; Kelvis Ochoa; Roly Berrio; Susana Baca & Lila Downs!

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.