Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2004

Brazilian Music and Dance Summer Institute
May 16-22, 2004
University of Florida

This summer, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, University of Texas-Austin and the University of Florida, will offer a Brazilian Music Institute, May 17-22, 2004. The institute will provide unique opportunities for student and community artists, as well as choral teachers to learn about Brazilian music and culture through a series of performance classes, lectures and workshops with experts in the field of Brazilian music. The week long institute features informative lectures on Brazilian music and its history, workshops focusing on vocal and guitar repertoire/technique, rehearsals, and performance showcases exploring the rich and diverse cultural/artistic traditions of Brazil. Additionally, on Saturday May 22, we will offer a workshop in Brazilian vocal and choral literature designed for choral instructors (appropriate for middle school, high school and community college). University of Florida CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be available. For more information, visit the institute website.

Language, Culture, and Content Connections: Mexico and the Zapotec Culture
July 12-22, 2004
Iowa State University

In collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) and National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center (Iowa State University) this institute will provide PK-12 Spanish teachers with experience developing content-related and culturally-rich thematic units, and will help them develop skills in teaching strategies, curriculum design, technology, and use of information sources on Mexico and the Zapotec culture. This institute will offer daily Spanish immersion sessions on aspects of Mexican history and culture such as pre-Colombian origins, religion, astronomy, literature, and arts, geography and archeological sites, and the view of the environment, the conquest and colonization, and Magical Realism in works by contemporary Oaxacan authors and artists that allude to the pre-Colombian roots. Participants will experience Spanish model lessons from existing thematic units that exemplify teaching strategies and learning activities appropriate for language lessons, including pair and small group work, stimulation of higher order cognitive skills, and integration of cultural information. Participants will apply the knowledge and understandings gained by forming pairs or small groups to develop curriculum units that address language, content, and culture, and incorporate national student standards and aspects of the history and culture of Mexico. Teachers will be invited to complete and field-test their units in their own classrooms and to create action research projects to examine more closely the impact of the new materials and strategies on student learning. Informed by the field-testing and action research, teachers will be encouraged to revise and finalize their units for sharing at professional conferences or publication on their school or district’s website. For more information please visit the institute website.

Summer Programs For Children:

World Language & Culture Camps for Children
University of New Orleans
Summer 2004

Teaching children about the world, raising them as global citizens, embedding an understanding of new cultures, and planting the seeds for learning a foreign language is more important now than ever. The UNO s new language and culture camps for children ages 10-14 strive to assist in these endeavors, building on its 30-year experience in international education as well as its successful Mini College series, arranged by Metropolitan College for local children each summer.

In addition to Mini College, UNO now offers two new World Language & Culture Camps in the summer of 2004, focusing on the countries, cultures, and languages of Brazil and France. The participants will learn the basics of Portuguese and/or French while being introduced to the cultures and people of these countries as well. The primary design of the language lessons is immersion-style instruction with a native speaker as well as a certified teacher. Music, visual arts, games, and skits will complement the learning experience, targeting all learning styles. Each camp lasts 5 days, 8:30 am-3:30 pm each day, and costs $160.00 per student. The dates for the Brazil Camp are June 14-18, while the France camp takes place July 12-16.

For more information and to sign up please contact Mary Hicks at the UNO Critical Languages Program at 280-6388 or mihicks@uno.edu

Spring 2004

Latin America in the Elementary Classroom
Saturday, March 6
9:00 AM -3:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

How much do young students know about Latin America? Is it possible to introduce Latin America in a way that young students will understand and appreciate? This workshop will feature representatives from KidSMART, WYES’s Ready to Learn program, and the International School of Louisiana. Elementary resources from the Latin American Resource Center will also be highlighted. By weaving history, culture, and language into arts, activities and literacy, Latin America can be integrated into the elementary curriculum.

Topics will include:

  • Story telling
  • Art in the classroom
  • Literacy and Television
  • Elementary materials from LARC
  • Focus on games for students

Sports in Latin America
Saturday, March 27
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

What better way for your students to learn about other cultures then through sports! In this workshop presenters will discuss the Maya ballgame in Mesoamerica, soccer in Brazil, baseball in Venezuela, and more. Students will view sports as more than just games by learning how to analyze the context in which they have evolved. This workshop will help teachers utilize sports as a vehicle for teaching about Latin America.

Topics will include:

  • Maya Ballgame
  • The spread of soccer in Brazil and other Latin American countries
  • Baseball in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic
  • A look at the film “Solo: Law of the Favela”
  • Physical Education and Culture
  • Capoeira by one of Brazil’s greatest Mestre’s
  • Resources for Sports in Latin America

*Caribbean Soundscapes: A Conference on Caribbean Musics and Culture**
March 12-14, 2004
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Popular music has often been singled out as a central defining characteristic of the Caribbean imaginary. This conference responds to the need to expand our scholarly paradigms in this area, recognizing intense regional transnationalization and change in the region in recent years. Speakers and participants will address several key questions: what is the significance of the Caribbean as a specific locale for the production and circulation of popular music? What role does popular music play in the creation and continued performance of national identities throughout the circum-Caribbean and other zones, such as continental Latin America, northern North America, and Europe? The conference will feature several plenary speakers, among them Prof. Gerard Béhague (University of Texas at Austin) and Prof. Juan Flores (Hunter College, CUNY). Further details about the conference will be available on line at http://cuba.tulane.edu.

This event is open to the public. For more information, call or e-mail Ana M. López at 504.862.8629 or lopez@tulane.edu respectively. The event is being hosted by Latin American Studies, and is sponsored by Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute and the Department of Music.

Fall 2003

Dia de los Muertos
Saturday, October 11, 2003,
9:00 AM -12:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

One of the most commonly taught cultural activities in the Spanish classroom, can also be a great art lesson and introduction to Mexican culture. This professional development opportunity will present slides and films that show Dia de los Muertos events throughout Mexico and feature materials available through the Lending Library.Participants of this workshop will also be treated to a hands-one activity that demonstrates how to build Dia de los Muertos artifacts in their classroom. Please join us for this fun filled morning. Space is limited and registration is required.

Maya Teacher Luncheon and Workshop
November 1-2, 2003
Tulane University

As part of the Second Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop, LARC will offer a special luncheon and workshop registration price to teachers. The $25 registration fee for this event will include a luncheon on Saturday, November 1, 12:30-2:00PM with two presenters; registration for Sunday’s workshops; and curriculum materials to supplement Sunday’s sessions. Presentation topics include An Introduction to the Maya and Astronomy of Maya Monuments. Space is limited for this special event, so register soon. Registrations are now being excepted. Please make checks payable to Tulane University.

International Education Week
November 17-21, 2003
Tulane University and University of New Orleans

The Latin American Resource Center, in partnership with the Division of International Studies at the University of New Orleans, will present a weeks worth of cultural activities to celebrate International Education Week. These events, designed for educators and students, will include film screenings, guest lectures, musical and dance performances and much more. All events are free and open to the public and K12 student participation is highly encouraged. Check back here up-to-date information. For more information visit the event webpage

Environmental Justice and Human Rights in Latin America Film Series
September 20, 2003
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room 100 Jones Hall
Tulane University

Latin American Film Series
Most Thursday Night’s, 7pm
102 Jones Hall

No registration is required for the Latin American Studies Film Series.

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Virtual Summer Teacher Institute: Central America People & Environment

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The 2020 summer teacher institute is the second in a four-year series that will explore Central America with a focus on people and environment. Hosted online by the University of Georgia (UGA), the 2020 Virtual Summer Institute will highlight diverse topics related to Central America and provide teacher participants with training in Instructional Conversations (IC) pedagogy, pioneered by faculty in UGA‘€™s College of Education. Teachers will work together in virtual breakout groups to develop shared, subject-specific IC lessons based on institute content and corresponding to grade appropriate educational standards. Teachers and organizers will also explore ways of integrating digital tools and technologies to facilitate and improve education via online formats.

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The institute is ideal for educators of high school and community college, and pre-service students teaching History, World Geography, Science, and Environmental Science. This four-year series of institutes is sponsored by the Centers for Latin American Studies at The University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University, and Tulane University. Register Now.

Questions? Contact Derek Bentley [dbent@uga.edu].

Coronavirus and Latin America: Education in Mexico and Argentina

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Public Webinar – Requires Advanced Registration

Join us for an informal online conversation with Vanderbilt Humphrey Fellowship Program scholars about the impact of Coronavirus on education in Mexico and Argentina. Patricia Garcia, former Executive Director of Misiones Rurales Argentina, and Maika Maria Dorantes Moguel, supervisor of primary education for the Secretary of Public Education in Yucatan, Mexico, will explore how the education systems of their countries have responded to the COVID-19 crisis. This one-hour program will focus on the challenges and opportunities for both government and non-government educational organizations, particularly in rural areas of Mexico and Argentina. The conversation will be held in English and moderated by Dr. Nancy Dickson, Humphrey Fellowship Program Director, and followed by an open Q&A with webinar participants.

Advanced Registration Required. All registered participants will receive the Zoom link on June 15.
This webinar is the second of the series “Coronavirus and Latin America” sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

Global Read Webinar Series 2020

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Diverse Books for the K-12 Classroom
February – June 2020 – All webinars are 6 PM CST
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Once a month, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Freeman Book Award, Middle East Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award) will sponsor a 60-minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards. Each webinar features a presentation by an award-winning author with discussion on how to incorporate multicultural literature into the classroom. Please read along with us this spring as we explore the world through these award-winning books. We encourage all readers to join in on the conversations each month and ask the author your own questions live.

Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2020ReadingAcrossCultures. Visit www.internationalizingsocialstudies.blog for more information and to register for free.

  • AFRICAFEBRUARY 26, 2020 Africana Book Award
    Grandpa Cacao, A Tale of Chocolate from Farm to Family by Elizabeth Zunon
  • MIDDLE EASTMARCH 18, 2020 Middle East Book Award
    Darius the Great is Not OKAY by Adib Khorram
  • SOUTH ASIAAPRIL 14, 2020 – South Asia Book Award
    The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock
  • LATIN AMERICAMAY 11, 2020 – Américas Award
    Auntie Luce‘€™s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour
  • ASIAJUNE 23, 2020 – Freeman Book Award
    Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman

All sessions are free and open to the public. Register by visiting internationalizingsocialstudies.org. Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, the African Studies Outreach Council, and The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

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.