Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2012

Signs of Change: A Glimpse of Past & Present Cultural Landscapes of Guatemala
July 25 – August 3
Guatemala

Explore and learn about the diversity of Guatemala through the Tulane Summer Teacher Institute on the Maya. Tulane University invites you to travel to Guatemala to meet with artisan cooperatives and affiliated grassroots NGOs. Participants will travel to the colonial town of Antigua. In learning about Guatemalan culture, language, and history, teachers will visit a traditional highland market in Chichicastenango, explore the coffee farms of Finca La Azotea, hike around ancient Maya ruins of Tikal and relax around Lake Atitlán. Participants will experience a Kaqchikel Maya language class with Tulane’s annual summer intensive language course. They will also make a visit to a local school to meet with students and their teachers to learn more about identity in the indigenous community. Participants will gain the experience and learning necessary to teach about the Maya in their own classroom. This institute is designed to engage educators in the culture, language, and geography of the Maya through travel and curriculum development. All participants will bring home valuable resources to incorporate into their own curriculum project at the end of the trip. For more information visit the institute webpage, view the trip itenerary, or investigate the curricula created from the trip.

Spring 2012

Jewish Latin America
January 14
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
100 Jones Hall, Tulane University

This workshop explored the diversity of the Latin American experience by looking at the impact of Jewish immigrants on the social, economic, political, and especially, the intellectual and cultural life of Latin America. Participants in this workshop will receive resources and lesson ideas for working into their classroom to address the following issues: (1) Understand the role of Jews in the formation of Latin American countries, acknowledging their presence and participation in the very enterprise of colonization; (2) Recognize the connections established by Latin American Jewish authors between a Jewish past of expulsion and Inquisition and a Latin American present of immigration and military dictatorships; and (3) Understand how Jewish cultural production is woven into the fabric of national culture in Latin America. Click here to register.

In the Time of the Maya
Friday February 24, 2012
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

A K-12 teacher workshop workshop featuring Marc Zender, Tulane University, and Stanley Guenter, Idaho State University. Maya hieroglyphs are the best understood writing system from the prehispanic Americas. It flourished during the Classic period (A.D. 250-950) on monumental inscriptions and portable artifacts like ceramic vessels in the southern Maya lowlands (parts of modern Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Mexico). As a logosyllabic writing system with approximately 1000 different signs, it is in structure and content different from writing systems developed in the old world. The workshop introduces participants to Maya inscriptions and focuses on the ways in which the ancient Maya counted time. To register and for more information visit the event webpage.

Global Teachers for Global Classrooms
April 19 – 20, 2012
Pontchartrain Center, Kenner, LA

Tulane University’s Teacher Certification Program is working with the Stone Center to develop a special opportunity for local educators to internationalize the classroom. Funded by the Longview Foundation, this two day conference will share the latest methods, resources, and curricula available for K-12 teachers to teach global competence. Specialized educators and consultants will work with participants on how to incorporate international issues across the curriculum.

A special screening of Justicia Now! (Directed by Robbie Proctor and Martin O’Brien) will highlight the work of the Stone Center’s Latin American Resource Center. The Latin American Resource Center is pleased to screen the film which won “Best of the Fest” award during the Stone Center’s 2009 Latin American Environmental Media Festival. Two local teachers creates curriculum aligned to national standards to accompany the film. The film screening will be followed by a presentation from both teachers on the lessons they developed and their work internationalizing the classroom. Learn more by reading the curricula. For more information and to register, please visit the Teacher Preparation and Certification Program or call 504.865.5342.

Fall 2011

Day of the Dead
November 1, 2011
Celebrate Day of the Dead at the Stella Jones Gallery
Stella Jones Gallery 201 Place St. Charles Ave.
6:00 PM

Celebrate Day of the Dead at the gallery. Educator and Artist Cynthia Ramirez will discuss her altar on exhibit at the gallery which is on display through November. Musical performance by Mariachi Jalisco is sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans. For more information about scheduling class visits, please visit: or call 504.568.9050

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Virtual Summer Teacher Institute: Central America People & Environment

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The 2020 summer teacher institute is the second in a four-year series that will explore Central America with a focus on people and environment. Hosted online by the University of Georgia (UGA), the 2020 Virtual Summer Institute will highlight diverse topics related to Central America and provide teacher participants with training in Instructional Conversations (IC) pedagogy, pioneered by faculty in UGA‘€™s College of Education. Teachers will work together in virtual breakout groups to develop shared, subject-specific IC lessons based on institute content and corresponding to grade appropriate educational standards. Teachers and organizers will also explore ways of integrating digital tools and technologies to facilitate and improve education via online formats.

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The institute is ideal for educators of high school and community college, and pre-service students teaching History, World Geography, Science, and Environmental Science. This four-year series of institutes is sponsored by the Centers for Latin American Studies at The University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University, and Tulane University. Register Now.

Questions? Contact Derek Bentley [dbent@uga.edu].

Coronavirus and Latin America: Education in Mexico and Argentina

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Public Webinar – Requires Advanced Registration

Join us for an informal online conversation with Vanderbilt Humphrey Fellowship Program scholars about the impact of Coronavirus on education in Mexico and Argentina. Patricia Garcia, former Executive Director of Misiones Rurales Argentina, and Maika Maria Dorantes Moguel, supervisor of primary education for the Secretary of Public Education in Yucatan, Mexico, will explore how the education systems of their countries have responded to the COVID-19 crisis. This one-hour program will focus on the challenges and opportunities for both government and non-government educational organizations, particularly in rural areas of Mexico and Argentina. The conversation will be held in English and moderated by Dr. Nancy Dickson, Humphrey Fellowship Program Director, and followed by an open Q&A with webinar participants.

Advanced Registration Required. All registered participants will receive the Zoom link on June 15.
This webinar is the second of the series “Coronavirus and Latin America” sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

Global Read Webinar Series 2020

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Diverse Books for the K-12 Classroom
February – June 2020 – All webinars are 6 PM CST
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Once a month, the World Area Book Awards (Américas Award, Africana Book Award, Freeman Book Award, Middle East Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award) will sponsor a 60-minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards. Each webinar features a presentation by an award-winning author with discussion on how to incorporate multicultural literature into the classroom. Please read along with us this spring as we explore the world through these award-winning books. We encourage all readers to join in on the conversations each month and ask the author your own questions live.

Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2020ReadingAcrossCultures. Visit www.internationalizingsocialstudies.blog for more information and to register for free.

  • AFRICAFEBRUARY 26, 2020 Africana Book Award
    Grandpa Cacao, A Tale of Chocolate from Farm to Family by Elizabeth Zunon
  • MIDDLE EASTMARCH 18, 2020 Middle East Book Award
    Darius the Great is Not OKAY by Adib Khorram
  • SOUTH ASIAAPRIL 14, 2020 – South Asia Book Award
    The Secret Kingdom: Nek Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art by Barb Rosenstock
  • LATIN AMERICAMAY 11, 2020 – Américas Award
    Auntie Luce‘€™s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour
  • ASIAJUNE 23, 2020 – Freeman Book Award
    Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman

All sessions are free and open to the public. Register by visiting internationalizingsocialstudies.org. Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, the African Studies Outreach Council, and The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

Online Summer Book Group for K-12 Educators

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For pre-service, early career and veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature who want to explore award-winning books for the middle and early high school classrooms. Join us as we read four books that explore stories of coming-of-age from multiple perspectives. Participants will receive a copy of each book and participate in an open discussion with other K-12 educators. We will launch the book group with The Other Half of Happy. The group will meet online and explore the real story behind this award-winning book with the author Rebecca Balrcárcel. Join us this summer as we discover new stories and books for your classroom.

Register here for $15 (includes all 4 books).

All online Zoom meetings are at 7:00 PM CST.

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Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and AfterCLASS at Tulane University. For more information, please email crcrts@tulane.edu.