Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Fall 2004

Gaze at the Moon, Stars and Southern Art
Thursday, October 28, 2004, 5:30-8:30 PM
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Latin American Resource Center is partnering with the Ogden Museum of Southern to offer teachers the chance to explore the world of the stars and southern art at Ogden After Hours. Teachers will be treated to an evening music, food and fun, while touring the Ogden gathering sample lesson plans, making a Dia de los muertos altar and more. Activities will include Gallery Activity Sheets and Lesson Plans Relating to Science and Art, featuring lesson plans for Keith Sonnier’s Sculptures That Glow: Making Art Out of Neon Light and “Revisiting the World’s Fair: Art and Science of Yesteryear,” learning to make a Dia de los muertos altar featuring calaveras, papel picado, small figurines for the altar, lesson plans and recipies, and a video about Dia de los Muertos in Oaxaca. Teachers will also get to hear a talk entitled Ahau ti Diose: Maya Interpretations of Christianity which will explore religion in Yucatan from the pre-colonial to the modern day and how Christian concepts make sense to the Maya. Presented by Amy George Hirons, Ph.D. Teachers will also have the opportunity to use telescopes to gave at the stars and moon from the terrace of the Ogden.

Ogden Teacher Members Pre-Registration is free. Non-Ogden Members Pre-Registration $5.00 at the door. Music, Food, Drinks, and Friends! Join in the Celebration! To register online or look for more details, please visit http://www.ogdenmuseum.org or email Debbie Randolph at . View photos from this event at the Stone Center’s Flickr site.

Third Annual Maya Symposium and Workshop: Fifteen Centuries of Maya Literature from the Northern Lowlands
Tulane University
October 29 – October 31, 2004

The Yucatán Peninsula is unique in the Maya world in having a continuous literary tradition dating from the prehispanic to the contemporary period. We invite you to join us for an exploration of hieroglyphic, Colonial, and contemporary texts written by the Yucatán Maya. This year’s program features a series of lectures, discussions, and workshops led by specialists in the fields of epigraphy, linguistics, anthropology, and Colonial history. For more information, please contact Brian Knighten.

The teacher workshop on Friday afternoon will feature a talk on the northern Maya lowlands, and MARI’s role in studying this area, by David R. Hixon and David S. Anderson, of Tulane University. Their presentation is entitled A Photographic Tour of the Northern Maya Lowlands through the Lens of the Middle American Research Institute. Teachers are encouraged to attend Friday’s keynote lecture “The Sky in Mayan Literature” by Anthony Haven. The talk provides an overview of what we have learned about Maya astronomy and its relationship to social and religious practices from a study of the hieroglyphic Maya codices over the past three decades. On Sunday, all teachers will participate in the afternoon workshop What’s Your Sign?: Maya Interpretations of the Zodiac. This hands-on workshop will explore the book of Chilam Balam Kaua allowing teachers to read their birthdate chart from this Maya book. Lunch will be provided on this day. Attendance at the Sunday morning glyph workshops and the Saturday symposium talks is optional.

Workshop at the Louisiana Council for the Social Studies
November 12-13, 2004
Lafayette, Louisiana

LARC will offer a three-hour workshop at the 38th Annual Louisiana Council for the Social Studies on November 12, 2004. This workshop will introduce teachers to the many resources available through National Resources Centers, as well as on the web. This session will also: discuss implications of Free Trade; provide examples of how to use case studies to enrich concepts such as globalization, human rights, and environmental justice; make with a strong connection between content standards and diversified content; and offer “best strategies“ to introduce Latin America content into the curriculum. Visit the LCSS website for more information.

Including Latin America in the K12 Curriculum
Pre-NCSS workshop
November 18, 2004
Baltimore, Maryland

LARC and the Teresa Lonazo Long Institute for Latin American STudies at the University of Texas at Austin are co-sponsoring a day long pre-conference clinic at NCSS. The clinic is entitled “Including Latin America in the K-12 Curriculum” and will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2014, prior to the start of the NCSS Conference. The 84th Annual NCSS conference themed “Democracy and Diversity: Social Studies in Action,” takes place the following three days, November 19-21, 2004. This Annual Conference will include hundreds of exhibit booths, 300 professional development sessions, dozens of clinics and tours, and two Pulitzer Prize Winners. The intent of this three-day event is to explore the meaning of democratic foundations and the diversity that has always characterized the global community. For more information visit NCSS.

SPRING 2005

Learning from Everyday People: Teaching Your Students to do Cultural Research with the GarÃfuna of Central America and New Orleans
Thursday, March 10, 2005
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall, Tulane University

The Garífuna culture was born in 1635 when Africans headed for slavery in the New World escaped from a Spanish shipwreck and began to mix with the Carib-Arawak inhabitants of the island of Saint Vincent. After a series of conflicts with the British they were exiled and landed on the shores of present day Honduras in 1797. The Garífuna language is primarily of Carib and Arawak origin, and they have distinct cultural practices. Today the Garífuna primarily live along the Caribbean coast of Central America, with the majority (an estimated 200,000) living in Honduras. It is believed that the fourth largest stateside contingent of this Afro Carib group reside in New Orleans. The goal of this symposium on the Garífuna is twofold, sponsored by Xavier University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, one objective is to provide information on a fascinating culture which has a strong presence in our local community, as well as a unique place in the world at large. The second intent is to offer some insight into the study of groups of human beings, including some basic resources and curricula for teachers. Though the Garífuna are the focus and case study for this symposium, the insights and resources presented will be useful for a variety of investigations individuals or teachers and students may want to undertake. Participants will receive a list of basic resources related to the Garífuna and ethnographic research, as well as a curriculum for ethnographic work which tough best suited to secondary students, can be modified for elementary students also.

Topics and Presenters:

  • “The Garífuna of Honduras”: Marco Bicchieri, doctoral candidate in Latin American Studies (History and Anthropology), Tulane University, Peace Corps volunteer and teacher in Honduras, high school teacher for seventeen years
  • “Learning from Everyday People: My Experience Working With Garifuna People and Bringing Ethnographic Research into the Classroom”: Donna Bonner, Ph.D., Assistant Director of African Diaspora Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, Tulane University, Anthropologist with 10 years experience working with and learning from the Garifuna people of Belize
  • “Cultural Pride: The Experience of First and Second Generation Garinagu in New Orleans“: Carmen Villegas Rogers, Associate Professor of Spanish and French, Xavier University, researcher in a project at Xavier, â’‘¬Å“The Garífuna of New Orleans: A Vibrant Culture Speaks,â’‘¬Â that has been interviewing local Garífuna and presenting research results for the last two years
  • “Personal Accounts“: A panel of Garífuna community members from New Orleans will tell their stories and answer questions from participants.

View photos from this event at the Stone Center Flickr Site

Cuba Connections
March – April 2005
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley, New Orleans, LA

Cuba Connections is a series of public lectures, teacher workshops and concerts about Cuban music and its connections to New Orleans. Cuba and New Orleans are two undeniable focal points in the history of Latin Jazz. Five Cuban music experts will speak about different aspects of Cuban music and how it relates to New Orleans. Every event will end with a 30-minute teacher session on integration strategies and lesson plan development. A handout of benchmarks and GLEs covered during each session will be made available. This event is co-presented with CubaNOLA. For a further description of the lectures, please visit the LARC website.

The schedule and speakers are as follows:

Wednesday, March 16 6:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Bill Summers – “Afro-Cuban Yoruba Sacred Music and Dance”: Grammy award nominated percussionist of Los Hombres Caliente. Mr. Summers is a New Orleans resident and has traveled extensively to Cuba over the last 30 years to study Afro-Cuban drumming. He will talk about Afro-Cuban sacred music and dance.
  • Ned Sublette – “Other Afro-Cuban Religions”: Author of Cuba and It’s Music: From the first drums to the mambo, an in-depth history of Cuban music, and a professional musician. Mr. Sublette was born in Louisiana and he’s currently a Rockefeller Fellow at Tulane. He will present on the European and African roots of Cuban music as well as Cuban influences on American popular music.
Wednesday, March 30 6:00 – 8:30 PM
  • Arturo O’Farrill – “Jazz and Latin jazz”: The director for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz Orchestra, the son of Chico O’Farrill (the father of Afro-Cuban jazz in New York City during the 1950’s and 60’s), and an accomplished jazz musician in his own right. Mr. O’Farrill will be traveling to New Orleans from New York City, and he will look at the complex relationship between jazz and Latin jazz.
  • Tomás Montoya – “Street Parades: Second Lines and Congas”: A resident of Santiago de Cuba, Mr. Montoya will add a distinctly Cuban perspective to the series by looking at “Conga“ street parades in Santiago de Cuba and Second Lines in New Orleans. Mr. Montoya’s participation is a unique opportunity since he is one of only a handful of scholars from Cuba to have received visas to enter the United States in the last year. He is in New Orleans to do comparative research on Congas and Second Lines.

Wednesday, April 6
6:00 -8:30 PM

  • Ned Sublette – “African and European Roots of Cuban Music”: Author of Cuba and It’s Music: From the first drums to the mambo, an in-depth history of Cuban music, and a professional musician. Mr. Sublette was born in Louisiana and he’s currently a Rockefeller Fellow at Tulane. He will present on the European and African roots of Cuban music as well as Cuban influences on American popular music.
  • Michael Skinkus – “Transmission of musical traditions in Cuba and in New Orleans”: A local musician and scholar, Mr. Skinkus performs with many popular local ensembles and holds a Master’s degree from Tulane Latin American Studies. He has traveled to Cuba many times to study Cuban percussion and he will present on the transmission of musical traditions in Cuba and in New Orleans.

View photos from this event at the Stone Center Flickr Site

SUMMER 2005

Summer Institute on Performance in Latin America
June 16-18, 2005
Tulane University

This workshop will use performance and participant-observation as a means of fostering multicultural understanding, appreciation and interpretation in the classroom. Teachers will work with artist and scholars of understudied and underrepresented traditions in order to learn how active engagement with live performance can serve as an entry point to discussions on language, race, and cultural heritage. Our special guest will be the Afroperuvian music and dance troupe Teatro del Milenio whose performance we will use as a case study for modeling these integration strategies. At the same time, presenters will work with teacher practitioners on how to develop partnerships with local musicians and other performing artists so that the performative richness of one’s own community can be brought into the classroom. This workshop will be beneficial to dance, history, language, music and social studies teachers as well as teachers in other disciplines who are interested in incorporating an arts in education component to their curricula.

Co-sponsored by University of Florida, Florida International University, and University of Texas at Austin.

For more information, please visit the Summer Institute Webpage.

Teaching Through Art: Exploring Latino Culture through Art
July 25-29, 2005
Maryhill Museum, Goldendale, Washington

Explore the art and history of Latino culture in this week-long course featuring lectures, study of original artwork in the galleries, and hands-on sessions. Special emphasis will be given to the development of teaching strategies that integrate art into the classroom. Guest speakers and artists will participate throughout the week. The exhibition: People, Places and Perceptions: A Look at Contemporary Northwest Latino Art, will be the focal point for activities and discussions. Credit pending through Graduate School of Education/Continuing Education, Portland State University. For more information visit or call 509-773-3733.

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Lunch with LAGO featuring Ruben Luciano

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Join the Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) on Friday, 1/24 at 12pm for the latest installment of our bi-weekly lunch series. Ruben Luciano is a Ph.D. student in the Tulane University History department, specializing in modern Latin American (specifically, Dominican) history, the military under dictatorship, intersectionality, and gender. He also has two Master’s degrees in the Social Sciences and Health Communication. He’ll be speaking on his thesis project, entitled “Queering the Trujillato: Reinterpretations of Loyalty, Criminality, and Homosociality in the Dominican Military from 1930-61.” Afterwards, we’ll open the floor for a Q & A, allowing for further conversation about Ruben’s work, more practical questions about the dissertation research and writing experience, and navigating the grants application process as a Ph.D. student.

The Labyrinth will be serving mini paninis, bagels, savory spreads and dips, desserts (including tres leches cake) and fresh juices. Please come hungry!

Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture in the Classroom

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture in the Classroom

This collaborative workshop is designed for middle to high school Social Studies educators to enhance the teaching of the Tunica community while highlighting this group as part of a series of ancient civilizations currently taught at the K-12 level. This workshop is the first one in the series aimed at increasing and extending the current teaching of ancient civilizations in the Americas. The local focus on Louisiana indigenous people and culture will enable educators to create deeper connections when teaching about indigenous identity across the Americas such as the Maya, the Aztec and the Inca.

This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Language Instructors Donna Pierite and Elisabeth Pierite Mora of the Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture Revitalization Program (LCRP) will share the history of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe beginning in 1541 up to the 1700s when the tribes reached the Avoyelles Prairie. Through story, song and dance they will share the Tunica language and Tunica-Biloxi culture. They will highlight the cultural educational initiatives of LCRP, and provide a list of online resources and samples of pedagogical materials for attendees.

Sponsored by the Middle American Research Institute, S.S. NOLA, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Bate Papo! Primavera 2020

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome! Meetings take place on Fridays at different hours and locations. See the full schedule below:

January 17th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de maracuja

January 24th, 3 PM, Boot
Treat: Suco de caju

January 31st, 4PM, Cafe Carmo (527 Julia St.)
Treat: Suco de caja

February 7th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Agua de coco

February 14th, 11 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Guarana

February 21st, 12PM, PJs Willow
Treat: Cha de maracuja

February 28th, 2PM, Sharp Residence Hall
Treat: Cafe brasiliero

March 6th, 10 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Cha matte

March 13th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de goiaba

March 20th, 3 PM, Greenbaum House
Treat: Limonada a brasiliera

March 27th, 12 PM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Batido de abacate

April 3rd, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de acai

April 17th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Caldo de cana

April 24th, 2 PM, Boot
Treat: Groselha

Graduate Student Writing Group

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The Graduate Student Writing Group convenes on Fridays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. These structured writing sessions are open to 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.

Ancient Civilizations K-16 Series for Social Studies Educators

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Ancient Civilizations
K-16 Educator Workshop Series
Spring 2020

For educators of grade levels: K-12

Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS), S.S. NOLA, and AfterCLASS will host a professional development workshop series open to all K-16 school professionals. These workshops will challenge educators to learn about the unexpected impact and connections of Ancient civilizations from Central America to the Gulf South. In particular, the workshops will foster a deeper comprehension of how to incorporate art, language and food across the disciplines. Participants will learn unique ways to incorporate the Tunica, Maya and Aztec cultures into the classroom in a variety of subjects. Registration for each workshop is $5 and includes light snacks, teaching resources, and a certificate of completion.

The workshop series will prepare teachers:

  • To utilize digital humanities resources in the classroom;
  • To design culturally appropriate primary and secondary research projects;
  • To teach about Pre-Columbian and ancient civilizations, language, geography and foods;
  • To encourage student self-determination through meaningful and relevant cultural projects.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Tunica of the Lower Mississippi River Valley
Middle American Research Institute – Seminar Room
6823 St. Charles Avenue
This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Participants will explore the physical, cultural and linguistic characteristics of the region. Representatives of the Tunica community will introduce their language and culture and the work they do to preserve their language.

Friday, March 6, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Understanding Maya Fare: Beyond Tamales and Cacao
AfterCLASS – Taylor Education Center
612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. #4003
In collaboration with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, this workshop focuses on foods of the Maya. Participants will explore the foods of the Maya focusing on the role of food over time. Join us as we hear from chocolate specialists and our Kaqchikel language scholar will discuss the importance of corn. REGISTER HERE.

Thursday, May 2020
Aztec Mexican Art and Culture
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community. Date TBD

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2020
Cost: $3580

Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and the Cuban national literacy campaign.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 15, 2020.

Additional materials needed:
  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school) Please email your recommenders the PDF above. They submit via email the complete recommendation letter.
  • Copy of Passport
  • $200 program deposit

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation

THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare to/from the U.S.: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.

APPLICATION

Please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.

Preview the Itinerary here