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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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for 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.

Latin American Writers Series: Alberto Barrera Tyszka

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Ecuadorian writer and Tulane Visiting Scholar Gabriela Alemán interviews Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera Tyszka about his life, interests, and influences. Their discussion will be followed by an open Q&A and an informal 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 Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.

Pan-American Life in New Orleans: Exhibition Opening and Reception

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Pan-American Life Insurance Group and The Latin American Library at Tulane University cordially invite you to an exhibit opening and reception to unveil the Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) Collection. The PALIG Collection, generously donated to The Latin American Library, documents the company’s 109 years connecting New Orleans with Latin America. The exhibit will feature photographs, manuscripts, and other materials from the PALIG archives as well as other holdings from the LAL that shed light on the long history of commercial and cultural ties between New Orleans and Latin America.

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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: Bala de maracujá.

Latin American Writers Series Fall 2019 Book Display

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The Latin American Library has put together a display of books written by authors participating in the Fall 2019 Latin American Writers Series: Luis Negrón, Power Paola, Alberto Barrera Tyszka, and Gabriela Weiner. All books on display are available for check out. When you visit, be sure to grab a free bookmark commemorating the series!

Café con Alberto Barrera

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The Stone Center invites you to Café con Alberto Barrera. This intimate meet and greet will be an opportunity to connect with Barrera, an influential writer and thinker from Venezuela. In addition to his creative work as a poet and novelist, he has co-authored, with journalist Cristina Marcano, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal, the first biography written on this controversial figure. He has also penned Alta Traición and Un país a la semana, two texts that chronicle the tumultuous political landscape in the Venezuela of recent years. Barrera will be answering questions about his non-fiction work during this casual conversation with faculty and students.