Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2010

The History, Tradition, and Economics of Carnival
June 30th, 2010 – July 2nd, 2010
Tulane University

The Latin American Resource Center presents a Summer Teacher Institute on Carnival. This institute will introduce participants to the tradition of carnival as celebrated throughout the Americas. Carnival is a festival traditionally held in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox societies. The Brazilian Carnaval is one of the best-known celebrations today, but many cities and regions worldwide celebrate with large, popular, and days-long events. This institute will explore a few key celebrations throughout the Americas such as in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Barranquilla, Colombia; the Carnaval in Montevideo, Uruguay and finally the famous Mardi Gras celebration dated back to French and Spanish colonial times here in New Orleans, LA. Aspects of carnival discussed in this institute will highlight the history, the different traditions across countries as well as the economic impact of this celebration on the country. Teaching resources will be provided.

Annual Professional Development Competition for Gulf South K-12 teachers
Participating National Resource Centers
The national Latin American Studies Teacher Training Network is a collaborative effort of six Title VI national resource centers hoping to encourage the study of Latin America through our network of resource centers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies will support the study of Latin America at any one of our six participating national resource centers. Click here for all participating National Resource Centers institute offerings this summer.

Spring 2010

¡Sí­ Cuba! Teachers Open House
Thursday, January 14, 2010
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host this open house for teachers at the opening of the Ogden Museum’s three exhibitions: “Fragment of Journeys by Jose Bedia,” “Mario Petrirena: Soul House,” and “Jorge Otero: Unrestored Miami.” The open house provides all teachers with an opportunity to learn about the citywide celebration/presentation of Cuban art and culture taking place in New Orleans from January – April 2010. ¡Sí­ Cuba!_ will feature a presentation on Cuba and its art with particular attention on the expatriate community. Resources will be provided to accompany the exhibits. This workshop gives all participants the opportunity to meet the artists as well as learn about art and culture of Cuba. Please stay and enjoy Ogden After Hours with musical guest, Pepe Coloma & Friends. For more information on ¡Sí­ Cuba!­ Cuba!_ please visit the website

Teaching the Maya
Friday, February 26, 2010
Tulane Uptown Campus
Greenleaf Conference Room
100 Jones Hall

Teacher workshop in association with the Seventh Annual Tulane Maya Symposium featuring an Introducing the Ancient Maya to the Classroom by Diane Davies, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Rivers and Water in the Classic Maya World by Scott Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. These sessions will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to the ancient Maya. Aspects of the Maya civilization will be discussed with particular reference to rivers and the location of Maya cities. Topics will range from physiological and practical issues related to water, such as farming, to the role of water in the Maya’s view of the world and universe. Information and examples will be drawn from archaeological research, ethnographic accounts, art history interpretation, and Maya hieroglyphic writing.The workshop will address ways in which to involve the ancient Maya in the classroom, both at primary and secondary level. Teaching resources will also be provided. Teaching the Maya Curriculum Packet By PhD Candidates in Anthropology, Diane Davies and Scott Johnson.

Fall 2009

A Celebration of Day of the Dead
November 1, 2009

Traditional Day of the Dead altar by artist Cynthia Ramirez and photography exhibit of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mexico will be on display. This exhibit and celebration is open to all teachers and classrooms as a way to introduce Day of the Dead in the K-12 classroom. To arrange a classroom visit of the exhibit, please contact the Louisiana State Museum. The exhibit will be on display until the end of November, 2009. The exhibit is located on the ground floor gallery, October 27 through November 7, 10 AM to 4:30 PM, closed Mondays.

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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.