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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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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.