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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Lunch with LAGO featuring Ruben Luciano

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Join the Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) on Friday, 1/24 at 12pm for the latest installment of our bi-weekly lunch series. Ruben Luciano is a Ph.D. student in the Tulane University History department, specializing in modern Latin American (specifically, Dominican) history, the military under dictatorship, intersectionality, and gender. He also has two Master’s degrees in the Social Sciences and Health Communication. He’ll be speaking on his thesis project, entitled “Queering the Trujillato: Reinterpretations of Loyalty, Criminality, and Homosociality in the Dominican Military from 1930-61.” Afterwards, we’ll open the floor for a Q & A, allowing for further conversation about Ruben’s work, more practical questions about the dissertation research and writing experience, and navigating the grants application process as a Ph.D. student.

The Labyrinth will be serving mini paninis, bagels, savory spreads and dips, desserts (including tres leches cake) and fresh juices. Please come hungry!

Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture in the Classroom

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture in the Classroom

This collaborative workshop is designed for middle to high school Social Studies educators to enhance the teaching of the Tunica community while highlighting this group as part of a series of ancient civilizations currently taught at the K-12 level. This workshop is the first one in the series aimed at increasing and extending the current teaching of ancient civilizations in the Americas. The local focus on Louisiana indigenous people and culture will enable educators to create deeper connections when teaching about indigenous identity across the Americas such as the Maya, the Aztec and the Inca.

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. Language Instructors Donna Pierite and Elisabeth Pierite Mora of the Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture Revitalization Program (LCRP) will share the history of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe beginning in 1541 up to the 1700s when the tribes reached the Avoyelles Prairie. Through story, song and dance they will share the Tunica language and Tunica-Biloxi culture. They will highlight the cultural educational initiatives of LCRP, and provide a list of online resources and samples of pedagogical materials for attendees.

Sponsored by the Middle American Research Institute, S.S. NOLA, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Bate Papo! Primavera 2020

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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, 10 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

Graduate Student Writing Group

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The Graduate Student Writing Group convenes on Fridays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. These structured writing sessions are open to 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.

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, May 2020
Aztec Mexican Art and Culture
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community. Date TBD

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2020
Cost: $3580

Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and the Cuban national literacy campaign.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 15, 2020.

Additional materials needed:
  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school) Please email your recommenders the PDF above. They submit via email the complete recommendation letter.
  • Copy of Passport
  • $200 program deposit

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation

THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare to/from the U.S.: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.

APPLICATION

Please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.

Preview the Itinerary here