Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Latin American Immersion Project
McMain High School and Thurgood Marshall Middle School
New Orleans, LA

High School Initiative

Now in it’s third year, the Latin American Immersion Project allows students at a Orleans Parish Public School to expertise the richest of Latin America via the offering of a Latin American Studies course at the high school level. This course is team taught with a Stone Center graduate student and the teacher on-record at McMain High School. The class meets twice weekly to explore Latin America through lens of one Latin American country. Many times, the instruction is supplemented by guest lecturers, specialized performance workshops, school wide presentations, and more. Throughout the year LAIP works to raise money to bring the students to their country of study. So far our fund raising goals have been achieved, allowing the students and teachers to travel to Peru (2003), Brazil (2004) and hopefully the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2005.

In addition to the course and travel component at McMain, LAIP also purchases resource materials for the school’s library. These materials include curriculum guides for the teachers and videos for the teachers and books and magazines for the students.

View photos from Capoeira and Dance Workshop, February 2004.

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Middle School Initiative

Thurgood Marshall Middle School was selected as the project site for LAIP’s middle school initiative involving art and culture through literacy. Working with the teachers of Marshall, the Latin American Resource Center and the Americas Award, five books were chosen as an entry point for LAIP at the middle school level. Facilitators of the project worked with Marshall teachers to develop curriculum materials to accompany the selected books. LAIP also brought guest speakers, showed films and had school wide activities at Marshall.

International School of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA

Each semester, five undergraduate Latin American Studies majors, teach weekly courses on Latin America to classes at this Spanish/French immersion school. The International School is the only elementary Spanish immersion school in the city. Our students work with the classroom teacher and school headmaster to develop content rich materials based on the schools prescribed curriculum. This internship is offered every semester. Please note: This project will resume in the Fall. At the moment, LARC has established an initiative with the Teacher Certification Program at Tulane to enhance the exposure of pre-service to Latin America. These students will then begin working as interns at the International School of Louisiana in the fall.

Visit the blog for the Latin American Experience.

High School Initiative

Metairie Park Country Day School
This project allows high school students to gain expertise and learn about the riches and diversity of Latin America through an interdisciplinary Latin American Studies course. This course is team taught with a Stone Center graduate student and the teacher on-record at the High School. The class meets four times a week to explore Latin America through many disciplines. Many times, the instruction is supplemented by guest lecturers, specialized performance workshops, school wide presentations, and more. This course has been running at Metairie Park Country Day School for the past three years.

In the past, this project raised money to bring the students to a Latin American country which was the focus of the course. Students and teachers have travelled to Peru (2003), Brazil (2004) and the Dominican Republic (2005). To see pictures of these trips please see our Past Projects.

In addition to the course and travel component, the Latin American Collaborations project purchases resource materials for the school’s library. These materials include curriculum guides for the teachers and videos for the teachers and books and magazines for the students.

Middle School Initiative
Last year this project was at Samuel J. Green Middle School, an Orleans Parish Charter School. The Latin American Studies course integrated an arts-oriented approach to teaching the diversity and culture of Latin America. The curriculum involved Americas Award-winning books as well as outside lectures, dance workshops, and a music performance by grammy-award winner Juan-Carlos Formell. Pre-Katrina, this project has collaborated with Thurgood Marshall Middle School.

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Community Engagement Information Session

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Join us on Thursday, October 1st for this informal discussion to learn more about the Latin American Resource Center and the long history of community engagement offered through the center. This event is part of a series of information sessions to help orient and update the Tulane community about programming and resources offered through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

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All sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Stone Center YouTube Channel.

2020 Américas Award Ceremony and Book Talk

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Please join us as we celebrate the 2020 Américas Award books in a virtual award ceremony and an online book talk with award winner, Mitali Perkins.

October 5, 2020 at 6 PM CST
Book Talk with Author Mitali Perkins: Between Us and Abuela
Join the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and the Library of Congress for a virtual conversation with Mitali Perkins, author of 2020 Américas Award winning children’s book Between Us and Abuela. Mitali will share context for her beautiful book, as well as tips for classroom incorporation. The 60-minute program will also include an open Q&A with attendees moderated by Luciano Marzulli at the University of Utah. Educators and parents alike are highly encouraged to attend, and all are welcome! We encourage you to find Between Us and Abuela at your local library or purchase a copy before the October 5 program, if possible. See you online!
Register Now for the link to join this special conversation with Mitali Perkins!

October 12, 2020 at 6 PM CST
2020 Virtual Award Ceremony
Video streaming hosted by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. The program is part of the national Hispanic Heritage Month programming. In order to attend, please register here.

Coordinated by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University, the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University and sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.

Online Latinx Speaker Series

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This speaker series was developed by Professor Caballero as part of her class, Introduction to Latinx Studies. It is designed to share the diversity and contributions of the local New Orleans Latinx community. Each speaker shares their perspective on a wide array of important topics relating to community and the city. In order to attend these online events, please REGISTER HERE

  • Thursday, September 17th – Rafael Delgadillo, PhD Candidate at UC-Santa Cruz in Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Thursday, October 1st – Leticia Casilda, Familia Unidas en Acción Familias Unidas en Acción was founded in 2018 with the vision of providing immigrant families in the greater New Orleans area and Louisiana with the resources needed to thrive in a new community without forgetting their own culture and history. We are the only community organization in New Orleans and Louisiana primarily focused on providing shelter and transitional support to recently arrived immigrant families. Our membership is made up of impacted immigrant families who believe that our families and children deserve equal opportunities, respect as human beings, access to their histories and culture, and to be acknowledged as productive members of society.
  • Thursday October 15 – Fermín Ceballos, musician and writer – Fermín Ceballos is a tri-lingual Afro-Dominican songwriter, musician, bandleader, composer, actor, and poet living and creating art in New Orleans, Louisiana. He studied art & music at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) and was a professor of music for the Dominican Republic Secretary of State for Culture National School System. His primary musical instruments are the accordion, guitar, piano, and voice. Fermín continually works on several musical projects in the Gulf South and the US; such as Merengue4-FOUR, a musical project focused on Dominican Music (Bachata & Merengue Típico), Fermín‘€™s Latin Fusion Orchestra performing original salsa inspired compositions, and Fermín Acústico a musical concept based on guitar and voice. With all his projects, he performs original compositions based on his fusion of different sounds and musical rhythms. In 2019, he released his first book of poems in Spanish and English entitled Pisando Mi Sombra (Walking My Shadow).
  • Thursday, October 29th – Christopher Louis Romaguera. Romaguera is Cuban-American writer who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was born in Hialeah, Florida and graduated from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Romaguera has been published in The Daily Beast, Curbed National, Peauxdunque Review, New Orleans Review, PANK Magazine and other publications. He is a monthly columnist at The Ploughshares Blog. He has an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans.
  • Thursday, November 12th TBD

For more information, please contact 504.865.5164.

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.