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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Screening of De Lo Mio at the New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is proud to sponsor two screenings of De Lo Mio at the New Orleans Film Festival.

SAT OCT 19 | 3:45PM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE)
MON OCT 21 | 11:00AM | BLUE ORLEANS THEATER (THE ADVOCATE)

Director Diana Peralta will be in attendance at both screenings.

Film Description

After a years-long absence, sisters Rita and Carolina finally return to their birthplace in the Dominican Republic to prepare their dead father’s childhood home for sale. There, they rejoin their brother Dante, their main link to the family back home. As they excavate the house’s literal and emotional junk, they discover that there’s more than years and miles separating them. In this affecting chamber piece, first-time director Diana Peralta zooms in past the postcard prettiness of the island setting, framing intimate scenes that raise big questions: whether a patriarch’s death severs a sibling bond or starts it anew, and how to square the longing for a home that’s an ocean away with the reality that you’ve forever left it behind.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Screening of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival

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The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is proud to sponsor two screenings of Havana, From on High at the New Orleans Film Festival.

THURS OCT 17 | 12:30PM | THE RANCH THEATER AT CAC
TUES OCT 22 | 3:45PM | TUBI THEATER AT CAC

Film Description

The sun rises over Havana, Cuba, and awakens not just a city, but the people who live on its rooftops. Amidst poverty and dilapidated buildings left by the Special Period‘€“the worst economic crisis the country has ever seen‘€“lie people with a deep love for the city and their towering views. Through sun-soaked visuals and interviews with rooftop dwellers, we get a sense of their hopes, history, and the reality of living in Cuba post‘€“Special Period. What begins as a portrait of everyday life becomes an exploration of the effects of socio-economic disarray and increased foreign influence on a fiercely independent nation. Despite their adversity and separation from the world, the rooftop dwellers of Havana, like all others, search for happiness.

The Stone Center will be offering a limited number of free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Please stay tuned for announcements on how to redeem these tickets.

Queerness within Latinx Dance & Food

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In honor of LGBTQ+ Hxstory Month, Latinx Heritage month, and OGSD LGBTQ+ Hxstroy & Celebration Days programs we invite you to Queerness within Latinx Dance & Food on Tuesday, October 22nd from 7-9:30 pm in LBC Rathskeller Lounge.

Join OGSD, TU Genté, Gender Sexuality Advisory Council (GSAC), The Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and Newcomb Institute for gourmet tacos from Chef Melissa Araujo a Honduran Chef who is based in New Orleans and performances and workshop by Jose Richard Aviles.

Jose is a multi-media artist who draws from their identities as a Queer, Brown body, Angeleno native, and Scholar. Aviles’ work puts theory and practice in dialogue and their art is a result of their scholarly explorations and lived experience. Callejera is the embodiment of theories of Spatial Production and Aviles’ lived experience as a Pasajera (Bus Rider).

RSVP and learn more at the official FB event page.

Latin American Writers Series: Andrea Palet (Editorial Laurel)

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Editorial Director Andrea Palet presents the history, philosophy, and ongoing projects of Editorial Laurel, a publishing house founded in Santiago, Chile in 2014. Her presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by a 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 Speaker

Andrea Palet is the founding editorial director of Editorial Laurel, established in 2014 in Santiago, Chile. Under her leadership, the house has released the works of more than 20 novelists, essayists, and chroniclers. Paleta also oversees the Master of Editing program at the Universidad de Diego Portales. A collection of her columns, Leo y olvido, was released in 2018 by Ediciones Bastante.

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: Biscoito de maracujá.

K-12 Educator S.T.E.A.M Workshop: Teaching Central America at the Zoo

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Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Audubon Nature Institute will be hosting a K-12 educator workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2019. This workshop will focus on conservation efforts and environment of Central American rainforests. This workshop is a great way to learn how to bring real world science into your classroom. We will explore the zoo with Professor Kathy Jack, a primate behavioral ecologist who works on conservation efforts in Dry Forests of Costa Rica. Activities will incorporate a variety of sciences and other subjects including: art, environmental science, cultural components, anthropology, computer science and technology. While it is geared for middle and high school teachers, this workshop is open to all educators formal and informal.

Register here.