Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Advancement to Candidacy for the Ph.D.

After the successful completion of all required coursework, language examinations, the General Preliminary Examination, and the Dissertation Prospectus, doctoral students officially apply for Admission to Candidacy for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The Graduate School and the Graduate Advisor have copies of the official form.

After this formality is complete, the Graduate Advisor secures the signed approval of the Dissertation Chair and submits a recommendation for Admission to Candidacy to the Dean of the Graduate School certifying that all requirements for the degree have been met. Once the Graduate Dean has certified that all requirements for the degree have been met, he or she will advance the student to Candidacy for the Degree of Ph.D. in Latin American Studies

The recommendation for Admission to Candidacy must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than September 15 for those expecting to receive the degree in December, December 15 for those expecting to receive the degree in May, or March 15 for those expecting to receive the degree at the end of the Summer Session.

The Submission of the Dissertation

The Dissertation is not only an essential part of the candidate’s degree work but is also the appropriate culmination of the Ph.D. degree. It should demonstrate not only student mastery of the literature of the subject, but also ability to carry on independent research that results in a genuine contribution to knowledge, or an original interpretation of existing knowledge in a literate and lucid fashion.

Working with the Dissertation Committee

Students’ experiences with their committees will be different depending on the groups’ particular dynamics and the needs of the student. Students will best utilize the collective wisdom that resides in committees, when they circulate early versions and completed drafts of chapters to committee members with expediency so that they have ample time to read, comment and suggest revisions.

Dissertation Style and Format

Information regarding proper dissertation formatting, style guidelines, and submission deadlines can be found at the website of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts Graduate Programs.

Dissertation Publication

All Tulane dissertations must be prepared for microfilm duplication and storage at UMI, the largest publisher of microfilm dissertations in an on-line searchable format. For this reason, all illustrations, photographs, diagrams, and tables in your manuscript must be in black and white. Final approved dissertations are sent to UMI, where they make a microfilm copy, and then they are returned to Tulane University’s Library for binding, cataloging, and shelving. This procedure is mandatory and must be paid for by the student before graduation. The cost varies from year to year but is usually less than $100 total. Current prices are available at the School of Liberal Arts. Once published, you can order copies of your dissertation from UMI for a small fee.

Copyright

The decision to copyright the dissertation must be made at the time the student submits the material to the Graduate School office. Copyright may be obtained through UMI for a small fee. Two positive film copies of the dissertation are then deposited in the Copyright Office.

Dissertation Defense/ Final Examination

Well before the deadline for submission of the Dissertation to the Graduate School, candidates must successfully complete a final examination for the Ph.D. degree. The examination, also called the Dissertation Defense, consists primarily of an oral defense of the Dissertation, but can be extended at the discretion of the Dissertation Committee to include course material or any other relevant material. The Defense is a thorough and critical discussion of the Dissertation and its conclusions. Frequently the committee requests final revisions to the Dissertation during the course of the Defense. It is risky to schedule a defense immediately before the deadline to submit the Dissertation in final form to the School of Liberal Arts for a particular graduation date.

The defense is attended by all members of the Dissertation Committee, but the Dissertation Director may also invite other interested and appropriate faculty to be present.

The final examination will not be waived, unless the candidate, in consultation with the Dissertation Director and with the approval of the Graduate Advisor for Latin American Studies, can establish a case of hardship in extremis which is subject to review and approval of the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

To find all necessary materials regarding procedures and deadlines, dissertation application forms, formatting guidelines and applications for degree, visit the website of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts Graduate Programs.

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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.