Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Doctoral Fellowships and Teaching

As a condition of their fellowships, doctoral students serve as Teaching Assistants or work an equivalent amount of hours as a Research and Project Associate (RPA) each semester during which they receive funding (see section on Center Service and Teaching). Teaching Assistants offer one course per semester: Latin American Studies 1010 in the Fall Semester and Latin American Studies 1020 in the Spring Semester. Both courses, though stand-alone courses in their own rights, represent a year-long introductory survey approach to the region based on an 8-thematic unit curriculum (4 units per semester). The Stone Center offers multiple sections of each of these introductory courses as lecture courses. The sections are taught during the weekday within the 8:00am – 5:00pm time period. Approximately half of the sections are offered according to the University’s standard 50 minute M-W-F lecture course structure and the other half according to its 75 minute T-TH lecture course structure. Most students find teaching these courses an important part of their professional preparation. For more information on teaching eligibility guidelines, please refer to the “Center Service and Teaching” section below, particularly the subsection on Teaching Assistantships.

The Stone Center has limits on the number of years doctoral students are eligible for financial aid. A student may not receive financial aid for more than four years. This means that the effective limit is two years for students entering the doctoral program with an M.A. degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane, two to three years for transfers from other Tulane departments, and four years for transfers from other universities. The only exception to this is the joint Ph.D. program in Latin American Studies and Art History where, because of the additional demands required to fulfill the requirements for both the Stone Center and the Department of Art, students may be eligible for up to five years of financial aid, depending on their individual circumstances.

Program Mission

Teaching in the Stone Center is considered a vital part of doctoral student’s preparation and often provides a crucial credential for securing later employment. The Center’s Assistant Director for Undergraduate Affairs serves as Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator and assists instructors in the preparation and teaching of courses. In addition to this training, Teaching Assistants are required to attend sessions on college teaching offered by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Terms of Service

Ph.D. students with University Fellowships teach one class per semester or participate for 6 hours a week in the Research and Project Associates (RPA) program.

Teaching Eligibility

In general, assignment to teach is made according to the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Students who have earned a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies at Tulane are eligible to teach in their first year as a Doctoral Candidate. All current Latin American Studies MA students intending to apply to the Ph.D. program must enroll in the Pedagogy and Professional Development seminar during the final Spring semester of their MA program.
  • Students who have earned a Master’s Degree in another discipline at Tulane, but whose disciplinary program had a predominant Latin American concentration, are not eligible to teach in their first year as a Doctoral Candidate unless they have taken the Pedagogy and Professional Development seminar in the Spring semester before beginning the Latin American Studies Ph.D. program. Students who are enrolled in a non-Latin American Studies M.A. program at Tulane, but who are considering applying to the Latin American Studies Ph.D. program, should consult with the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center about enrolling in the Pedagogy and Professional Development seminar in the spring semester before they are hoping to begin the doctoral program.
  • Students who have earn a Master’s Degree at another university are eligible to teach only after completing two semesters in the Latin American Studies Doctoral Program and completing the Pedagogy and Professional Development seminar.

Please note that teaching for the Center is neither an obligation nor a right of admission to the program. Doctoral Students may not actually be given a teaching assignment immediately upon becoming eligible. Teaching assignments may vary in timing from one student to the next depending on a number of factors. Such factors include the student’s familiarity and comfort with the University environment and with the Latin American Studies program, section availability compared to the total pool of TA-eligible doctoral students, and the Graduate Advisor’s evaluation of a doctoral student’s readiness to teach at a particular moment in the student’s professional development. While the Center hopes and expects that its doctoral students will teach, we recognize that for certain students teaching may be neither appropriate nor advisable for a variety of reasons. Such determinations will be made through consultation with such students and with the best interests of the student and the overall Latin American Studies program in mind. Although every effort will be made to assign course sections with consideration for the TA’s own scheduling preferences and his or her own academic course schedule, TA’s are expected to be able to teach any section offered by the Stone Center.

Syllabus

The Stone Center’s Undergraduate Advisor maintains a file of syllabi used for the introductory Latin American Studies courses and works with our instructors to develop a syllabus adapted to their strengths and teaching styles. The syllabus is discussed in detail at regular TA meetings and training sessions, and is a central part of the Pedagogy and Professional Development seminar that all Ph.D. students are required to take.

Exams

Instructors are required to give mid-term and final examinations, but more frequent evaluation is extremely useful both for the instructor and the student. The university requires that a final examination be given at the time and in the place prescribed in the class schedule. Medical excuses must be presented within 24 hours after a final examination. At the end of classes for the semester the Registrar will send each instructor a notice of the final date to submit grades for classes.

Evaluations

Every Tulane course enrolling over five students must be evaluated by students at the end of the semester. This is an official University evaluation, which is coordinated by the Registrar’s Office and is administered online. Teaching Assistants should set aside a class period at the end of each semester of teaching, encourage students to bring their laptops to class, and have them complete the evaluation online in the classroom. The Undergraduate Advisor will review the evaluations and may use them as a basis for meeting with the Teaching Assistant and discussing areas of improvement.

Student Violations of Honor Code

The honor code is administered by Honor Boards and the Student Academic Judiciary Committee, both composed of students and faculty. The Honor Boards convene to hear cases when a violation of the Honor Code is alleged. The board considers the evidence, determines guilt or innocence, and recommends penalties.

The Honor Code states that in all work submitted for academic credit students are expected to represent themselves honestly. The presence of a student’s name on any work submitted in completion of an academic assignment is considered to be an assurance that the work and ideas are the result of the student’s own intellectual effort, stated in her or his own words and produced independently, unless clear and explicit acknowledgement of the sources for the work and ideas is included. This principle applies to papers, tests, homework assignments, artistic productions, laboratory reports, computer programs and other assignments. Students are expected to report to the instructor or associate dean any observed violations of the Honor Code. A copy of the complete Honor Code is available online or may be obtained form the office of the Dean of Liberal Arts.

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Mexican Cultural Institute's new exhibition features Hispanic women artists' empowerment and identity

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans in collaboration with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the groundbreaking exhibition Hispanic Women Making Art: Creative Empowerment and Identity. The exhibition will feature artists Verónica Bapé, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas, Ana Hernandez, Josephine Sacabo, Laura Velez and Luba Zygarewicz and is curated by Marcela Correa, MFA.

The opening reception will be held on September 26 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The exhibition will be open beginning September 26 and continue through November 24, 2018. For more information, please visit the Mexican Cultural Institute website.

Cover photo is a work by Verónica Bapé from the series ABUNDANTE COSA 1 MES 1 ARTISTA.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.


Louisiana Archaeological Society to host talk by Francisco Estrada-Belli on the use of LiDAR in Maya archaelology

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The Louisiana Archaeological Society/Delta Chapter guest speaker series will be hosting Francisco Estrada-Belli, Research Assistant Professor in the Tulane University Department of Anthropology and the Middle American Research Institute for a talk titled The Scaling Factor: How Lidar Technology is Changing our views on Maya Agriculture and Settlement.

A new quantitative analysis of LiDAR data on agricultural features and settlement carried out since 2016 by a consortium of scholars working in Guatemala has generated a series of baseline facts on how much land was available for cultivation and how much land was developed by diverting water, terracing and other geoengineering methods. These data are coupled to more accurate population estimates on a scale that had never been attained before. The results of the study, co-led by Marcello Canuto, Thomas Garrison, and myself are now being published in “Science*:https://www.sciencemag.org/. Francisco Estrada-Belli will present an overview of the results with particular attention to his area of study, the Holmul region, where we made many unexpected finds.

Parking can be found along St. Charles Avenue, Walnut Street, Calhoun Street, and Loyola Avenue.

For additional questions, please visit the Louisiana Archaeological Society’s Delta Chapter event page.

Iván Acosta book presentation: With A Cuban Song in the Heart / Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón

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Iván Acosta will present his memoir, With a Cuban Song in the Heart/ Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón, published by Un-Gyve Press, 2017. At this event, Mr. Acosta will incorporate his favorite Cuban songs in a musical and historical journey. His book features artwork from 280 album covers in his private collection and weaves a rich narrative combining real life experiences from his childhood in Santiago, Cuba along with tidbits of local lore and historical references. His favorite songs will be performed by local performers during the presentation.
This fascinating presentation, starting at 6:00PM, will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Newcomb Art Building (in Newcomb Circle) New Orleans, LA, 70118. A book signing and reception will follow on Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium and in the Newcomb Art Museum. The book will be available for purchase for $60.00.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/16/nyregion/public-lives-cuba-on-his-mind-the-dual-life-of-an-artist-exile.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

K-12 Educator Workshop Celebrating 25 Years of the Américas Award with 2018 winners Ibi Zoboi and Duncan Tonatiuh

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This year marks the 25th year that the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and CLASP will honor the work of the many authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, and readers of the award with 2018 award winners Ibi Zoboi and Duncan Tonatiuh.

Zoboi’s book, American Street is a complex and multi-layered story anchored around relationships and questions of loyalty. She will share her experiences writing this book and provide context for teaching this book in a high school classroom.

The second 2018 award winner by Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza is a magnificent celebration of Amalia Hernández, the dancer and choreographer who founded the famed Mexican dance company, el Ballet Folklórico de México. Tonatiuh will share with educators his unique illustrative style and engage participants in an exploration of Amalia Hernández and her impact in the world of dance. This picture book is the perfect book for every library.

The workshop will explore this year’s winners, providing guidance and resources that span the 25 years of the award. This special 25th anniversary workshop will focus on diversity and the role of community.

Co-sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), Howard University, and Teaching for Change. Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

Celebración Latina at the Audubon Zoo

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, please join us at the Audubon Zoo for the 2018 Celebración Latina family festival to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina, presented by Pan-American Life Insurance Group, will be held at the Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field. It will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities, and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand crafts, and local social service, health, and education organizations will offer wellness, education, and social service information.

Celebración Latina is included with Zoo admission or Audubon membership. No outside food, beverages, or tents allowed. Portable chairs and blankets are welcomed.

Don’t forget to check out photos from past celebrations!

For more information, please visit the Audubon Zoo website.

Celebración Latina is sponsored in part by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Ron Austin & Associates.

In the Kitchen: A Day of the Dead K-12 Educator Workshop using Food

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The end of October and beginning of November marks an important time for many in Latin America. It marks the observance of Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This year Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and The Southern Food & Beverage Museum celebrate Día de los Muertos with food.

The annual Day of the Dead educator workshop focuses on the arts, culture, and history of the tradition. We share books and activities that can be used at the K-12 level to teach about this tradition. Join us this year as we pay particular attention to food for the ancestors from Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and New Orleans. All K-12 level educators are invited to join us for an evening of learning, crafting, and eating!

Registration is now open!
Registration ($15) includes dinner, curricular resources, a food activity you can use in your classroom, a film, and a certificate to be used to receive Continuing Education Units.

The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. SoFAB also hosts special exhibits, demonstrations, lectures and tastings that showcase the food and drink of the South.

Located inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (and included in your admission!) is The Museum of the American Cocktail’s New Orleans Collection and La Galerie de l’Absinthe. Be sure to check our program calendar to see what we’ll be offering during your visit in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air.

Event cover photo courtesy of Yes, more please! Cooking Blog.