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.

Download the LAIP promote packet

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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Bate Papo! Primavera 2020--NOW ONLINE!

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Bate Papo will now be held virtually! Join the conversation!

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, 9:30 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

Teaching Aztec History through Art: Online K-12 Webinar

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Join us for the final webinar in the series on Ancient Civilizations. This workshop has moved online and will consist of a 60 minute online webinar that includes an introduction to teaching Aztec history, a discussion of different art objects that the Aztecs created which reveal insights into their history, and a discussion of new online resources to incorporate into your teaching.

The webinar is free an open to educators of all grade levels. In order to access the session, please register here.

Please email dwolteri@tulane.edu for more information.

Co-sponsored by S.S.NOLA.

Pebbles Center Launches Virtual La hora del cuento/Story Time

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Join us every Thursday at 3 PM CST for a live reading of books in Spanish from the Pebbles collection. Books from this collection share stories of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latinx community in the U.S. The Pebbles collection is a collaborative between Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New Orleans Public Library. Author and educator, Andrea Olatunji shares the latest top Spanish language picture books. Originally scheduled to share her work at the Tulane Book Festival (cancelled due to COVID-19), she is now jumping online to help young readers explore Latin America in Spanish from home. Check out her work www.cuentacuento.com to learn more.

Make sure to ‘like’ The Pebbles Center on Facebook to receive updates. This program takes place live on this Facebook page.

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, APRIL 29, 2020
Aztec Mexican Art and Culture
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community.