Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Spring 2014

Materials in the Classroom Ecology: A Language Pedagogy Workshop
March 19, 2014
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall, Tulane University

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese are sponsoring this workshop on language education.This hands-on workshop for language teachers demonstrates activities and materials designed to promote language learners’ listening and speaking fluency. These activities allow university and high school students to engage in meaningful use of the target language. Materials demonstrated at this workshop can be readily adapted by participating language teachers and implemented in their own classrooms. These innovative pedagogic activities bridge language teaching theory and practice, and recent research on language teaching materials and learning will also be presented. University instructors and high school teachers working with language learners of any proficiency level will benefit from this presentation. The workshop will be conducted in English, and teachers of any language are welcome to attend. The workshop is free but prior registration is required. Please visit the event page to register and for more details.

Tulane Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop: On the Maya Trail: Ancient Travelers, Epic Voyages
March 20-21, 2014
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, LA

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Middle American Research Institute, and the Audubon Aquarium are joining together to sponsor a K-12 teacher workshop in the conjunction with the 11th annual Tulane Maya Symposium. This year the workshop will be held at the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans, in celebration of the opening of a new exhibit on reefs in the Maya area. The workshop will focus on the symposium theme: traveling and voyages among the Maya. The workshop will integrate information about the geography and environment of the Maya area and the ancient and modern Maya utilization of environmental resources. The resources discussed will provide a great way for teachers working with the Common Core requirements to integrate information about the Maya into discussions of a variety of topics!

This year the teacher workshop will begin on Thursday evening, March 20th, with a special reception and talk at the Aquarium specifically for teachers. The main component of the workshop will take place on Friday, March 21st. For more information and to register, please visit the symposium website.

Cuban Literacy Campaign: A K-12 Teacher Workshop
March 29th, 2014
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100 Jones Hall
Tulane University

This workshop will explore the history of the Cuban Literacy Campaign through the new film, Maestra, written and directed by Catherine Murphy. Murphy will be leading discussions with participants and facilitate a workshop with Norma Guillard, (former brigadista with the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign). Maestra is a powerful documentary about the 1961 Cuban Literacy Campaign which raised literacy in Cuba to 95%. The film celebrates this amazing story through original film footage of the period, photographs and personal interviews of the teachers who are now in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. As they tell their stories, the Cuban women reflect on the transformation of their own lives and the whole of Cuban society as a result of the literacy campaign. For most, it was the first time they experienced independence and realized their power. Maestra will be introduced by Norma Guillard of Cuba, one of the original teachers from the Campaign featured in the film who was 15 years old when she and her sister joined the Literacy Campaign. Sponsored by Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute, and Xavier University’s Division of Education and Counseling. To register and for more information please visit the event webpage.

Fall 2013

Américas Award Teacher Workshop
September 23, 2013
9:30 – 12:30 PM
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Georgetown, the Stone Center and Vanderbilt Universities’ Center for Latin American Studies are collaborating to offer an exciting K-12 teacher workshop 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. Featured presenter at the workshop will be Sonia Manzano, 2013 Américas Award Winner for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (Scholastic, 2012). For more information please visit the event page. To register please click here.

Cultures in Connection: Louisiana, Latin America, and the Middle East
October 12, 2013
9 AM – 4 PM
100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

The Middle East Outreach Council and the Stone Center will host a K-12 teacher workshop on the diverse Middle Eastern, North African, European, Latin American, and Caribbean origins of cultural traits that permeate everyday life right here in Louisiana and the southern United States. You’ll leave with ideas on how to infuse your curriculum with a global approach, gather lists of resources to use in your classroom, as well as learn about two outstanding children’s book awards the Américas Award and MEOC’s book award. For more information and to register please visit the event website.

Día de los Muertos Teacher Workshop
October 15, 2013
5:00-8:30 PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

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 this year’s teacher workshop to introduce teachers to the history of Día de los muertos. The workshop will explore the tradition throughout Latin America starting with an introduction to the tradition which highlights special local resources and ending with a more intensive presentation on the tradition as it is celebrated today in Mexico. All participants will receive a light snack, teaching materials, CEUs, and free entry into the Ogden After Hours Day of the Dead celebration (value of $10) Thursday, October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. To register and for more information please visit the event website. For information on other Day of the Dead activities click here.

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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.