Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2011

Through the Lens: Teaching about Latin America through Film
June 5 – June 10, 2011

The Latin American Resource Center and Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies will collaborate to offer a week-long institute on Latin America for high school teachers. The institute will be held on the campus of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Teachers will study different aspects of Latin America through feature films and documentaries with specialized faculty from Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Millsaps. Enriching their knowledge of Latin America, teaches will develop curricula for increased coverage of Latin America in their school. Housing & per diem allowance for food as well as CEUs will be provided.

Learn more about the films screened at the institute and resources developed from the institute by clicking here.

Spring 2011

Coffee, Culture, and Community Development Teacher Workshop
March 17, 2011
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, LA

In collaboration with Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies, Institute for Coffee Studies, Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the National Coffee Association L present a K-12 teacher workshop in coordination with the NCA centennial convention March 17-19, 2011 at The Roosevelt Hotel.

This workshop will introduce teachers to the history of coffee around the world and explore the industry within Latin America. Participants will hear from acclaimed author Mark Pendergrast as well as receive a copy of his recent book Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World. Coffee roaster and Latin American Studies educator Elizabeth Van Sant will trace coffee through Latin America and work with teachers on preparing hands-on and engaging activities to work into a curriculum on Latin America and/or Geography. This workshop is open to all K-12 teachers seeking to engage their students in the world of coffee. It is recommended that all teachers attend the public symposium, Coffee, Culture & Community Development immediately following the workshop.

Cost of participation is $15 and includes lesson plans, Pendergrast’s book, parking, and lunch. All teachers may receive professional development CEUs for full participation from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

K-12 Maya Teacher Workshop
February 17, 2011
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Workshop on the ancient Maya. Featuring a session called Classroom archaeology: Methods used to understand the lives of the ancient Maya by Diane Davies, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. This session will discuss how to teach the subject of archaeology in the classroom in reference to the ancient Maya civilization. A general background to archaeology and what archaeologists do will be given, followed by techniques that archaeologists use to aid in the understanding of how the ancient Maya lived. The second session Mayan Lives in 21st Century Guatemala, by Judith Maxwell, Professor of Anthropology, will discuss the modern Maya. Mayan peoples of Guatemala count their friends on Facebook as well as in base twenty. They carry cellphones, often in handwoven pouches designed for that purpose. They surf the internet, download and upload music, text-message and e-mail. They may commute to work either in urban offices, street markets, or local fields and sweatshops. They may worship in Catholic or Protestant Churches as well as on hillsides. They have recently won the right to give their children Mayan names and to ask that their children be educated, at least partially, in their own languages. Mayan activists have strategically deployed a checklist of essential Mayan traits to argue for their collective and human rights (Mayan cosmovision, Mayan language, Mayan dress). In this session, we will explore this trait list and some “traditional“ cultural arenas, situating them within the modern socio-political context.

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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.