Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2013

Brazilian Culture and Portuguese Language in the K-12 Classroom
June 10-13, 2013
Athens, GA

The University of Georgia, Tulane University, and Vanderbilt University will collaborate to offer a Summer Institute on Brazilian Culture and Portuguese Language. K-12 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 4 day institute at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, GA. The goal of this institute is to encourage and promote the teaching of Portuguese and the culture of Brazil through film, literature, service learning, and technology in any K-12 classroom. Educators will work in teams to develop interdisciplinary units that address applicable state learning standards. Educators may receive a certificate of completion for 40 hours of professional development if desired. For more information please click here or visit the institute website

Summer 2013 CLASP /NRC Events

These events are sponsored by CLASP and NRC member institutions. Funding to attend these events can be obtained through LARC. Please visit the Funding Opportunities section for more information.

Untangling World History
June 11-14, 2013
Austin, TX
Sponsored by the Hemispheres Outreach Consortium and The University of Texas, Austin this institute will focus on questions about the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam in World History. This year’s Summer Teachers’ Institute will focus extensively on the World History TEKS, with the intent of helping instructors gain the background knowledge needed to prepare students for the STAAR exam. The core of the workshop will consist of content presentations from scholars at the University of Texas on a myriad of state- and national standards-accessible topics in World History. Discussion sessions will focus on trends in history, covering key concepts, and “bundling” content and skills standards to help cover topics efficiently in the classroom. Daily wrap-up exercises will involve working with primary source documents concerning the content presented that day to turn them into Document-Based Question (DBQ) activities to use with students. For more information visit the Hemisphere website.

Discovering Ecosystems
June 16-23, 2013
Belize
Sponsored by the University of Florida and the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE), this Teacher Institute provides hands-on learning experience in the rain forests of Belize. The institute is designed for and open to teachers and pre-service teachers of all disciplines and grade levels. We will be encouraging interdisciplinary connections in this program. Some scholarships will be available. For more information visit the University of Florida webpage.

Using Children’s Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage
June 24 – July 20, 2013
Online Course
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, this online Teacher Institute will focus on integrating Latin American/Latino literature into the classroom. This course will focus primarily on children’s books that have been recommended by the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP). When read and explored as a body, together with supplemental readings/resources, Américas Award titles offer a unique resource with which to explore Latin America, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino cultures in all their diversity. For more information please visit the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee webpage

Indigenous Cultures of the Americas and their Response to European Contact Across Time
July 8-12, 2013
New Haven, CT
Sponsored by Yale University and the Peabody Museum at Yale University, the summer institute will focus on a number of indigenous American cultures in the context of the extensive exchange of goods and ideas that took place with the European settlers. We’ll also explore the contemporary lives of indigenous peoples in the Americas, and consider the relationship of indigenous Americans today to those of the past. Our institute will feature first-hand explorations of Yale Peabody Museum collections, participation in seminars led by world-class scholars, and in-depth exchanges on select indigenous ethnic and tribal peoples, while offering practical tools to assist teachers in developing innovative approaches and resources for effective classroom teaching. For more information visit the program website

Indigenous Movements in Contemporary Latin America
July 10-12, 2013
Milwaukee, WI
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, this institute will look at how Indigenous peoples have been organizing in new and effective ways, in the last three decades, to counter their traditional exclusion in Latin American societies. These movements have sought land rights, protection of natural resources and the environment, cultural recognition, and political rights. Many of the Indigenous peoples’ demands have become part of international human rights agreements and integrated into new constitutions of several Latin American nations. This summer institute will examine a variety of contemporary Indigenous movements with a particular focus on themes and materials about the topic that lend themselves to inclusion in Spanish language and global studies courses. For more information, please visit the program webpage

Spring 2013

Maya Teacher Workshop
February 22, 2012
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

As part of the tenth annual Tulane Maya Symposium Kaanal: The Snake Kingdom of the Classic Maya, to be held February 22-24th, 2013, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies is sponsoring a K-12 Teacher Workshop. The workshop will feature a panel of educators who participated in the Stone Center’s Summer Teacher Institute in Guatemala in 2012 . Panelists include art, spanish, and social studies educators from the K-12 level. They will share their newly designed curriculum and share resources about teaching about the Maya in the K-12 classroom. For more information please visit the event page. To register please visit the MARI website.

Fall 2012

Using Children’s Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Heritage
October 6, 2012
9:00-11:00 am
Washington, DC

A K-12 teacher workshop presented by Tulane University and Vanderbilt University’s Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with Teaching for Change as part of the Américas Award ceremony at the Library of Congress. The workshop will focus on strategies to incorporate Latin American and Latino children’s literature into the K-12 classroom. Workshop facilitators will include 2012 Américas Award winners and committee members. For more information and to register for the workshop please click here

Celebrating the Dead: Teacher Workshop Exploring el Día de los muertos
October 16, 2012
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Communities throughout Latin America make altars to celebrate All Saint’s Day, November First, and All Souls Day, or Day of the Dead, November Second. Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans are sponsoring a teacher workshop to introduce teachers to the history of Día de los muertos. The workshop will discuss traditions throughout Latin America with a focus on New Orleans traditions. For more information and to register please click here.

Day of the Dead
October 29, 2012
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Altar Building Demonstration
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Celebrate Day of the Dead at the gallery. Educator and Artist Cynthia Ramirez will build this year’s Day of the Dead Altar in honor of Uncle Lionel Batiste. Teachers are encouraged to bring their classes to observe the building of the altar. School groups are admitted free to the museum. The altar will be on display through mid November. To visit on October 29, please register here. To arrange a visit on another day, please contact the museum directly: 504.539.9608.

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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!

Haitian Artists Showcase at Tulane

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HAITIANOLA and the Stone Center present artists from the Jacmel Arts Center in Jacmel, Haiti. This event will feature live dance as well as a discussion on Haitian art and its connection to New Orleans culture.

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.

This Bridge Called our Backs: Judith F. Baca, Muralism, and Community Engagement

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A Lecture by Dr. Anna Indych-Lopez
The City University of New York

Monday, February 3, 2020
6:00 PM

Woldenberg Art Center
Room 210

FLAS Summer Fellowship Application Deadline: February 14th, 2020

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS fellowships administered by the Stone Center are available to undergraduate and graduate students for the intensive study over the summer of Kaqchikel Maya, Portuguese, or another less-commonly taught Latin American language. Graduate students wishing to engage in intensive study of such a language are encouraged to apply for one of these fellowships. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply; and only intensive summer language programs that meet the FLAS guidelines will be considered. A listing of some of the approved programs is prepared by CLASP and available on-line. Program information and application packets for Tulane sponsored summer language programs can be found here.

The following FAQs offer further information on the application process and program guidelines for undergraduates and graduates respectively:

Summer FLAS FAQ for Undergraduates
Summer FLAS FAQ for Graduate Students

The Stone Center staff held an on-line information session on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. You can access the video and PowerPoint presentation here: FLAS SUMMER APPLICATION MATERIALS for 2020 All materials are PDF files, forms are in fillable PDF format.

All application materials, including the faculty recommendation form, proposal narrative, and financial need statement or FAFSA EFC, should be submitted electronically by email according to the application guidelines. Please review these guidelines carefully.

For questions regarding the FLAS Fellowship, please contact Dr. Jimmy Huck by email at jhuck@tulane.edu OR Valerie McGinley at vmcgmar@tulane.edu.

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