Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2015

Somos Nós: Teaching Afro-Brazilian Identity
June 14-18th, 2015
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

LARC, along with Vanderbilt and the University of Georgia, is sponsoring a workshop of Brazilian culture and teaching Portuguese. K-12 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 5 day institute. The focus of the institute is on the language, culture, and performance of Brazil. The workshop will include exposure to the Portuguese language, discussions with scholars of Brazilian culture and performance, viewings of Brazilian films, and performances by Brazilian groups. Throughout the week, educators will work to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. There is a specialized track to this institute in order to better support participants. There is a Portuguese Language track which consists of intensive morning language sessions for those interested in receiving a crash course in basic Portuguese. This track is open to participants with Spanish language background and little to no Portuguese training. While this track is meeting every morning, sessions for those interested in cultures of Brazil will take place. Please make sure to identify if you would like to be in the language track in your application form. For more information visit the event webpage.

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer K-12 Institute in Cuba
June 20-July 4, 2015
Havana, Cuba

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is offering a unique summer study abroad program for K-12 teachers in Havana, Cuba in 2015. This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom. For more information visit the Summer 2015 Institute webpage.

Spring 2015

Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop
March 19-20, 2015
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with the Middle American Research Institute and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans will present a teacher workshop in conjunction with the 12th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya. The workshop, for K-12 educators, will include basic information on the ancient Maya, discussions of how to integrate information about the Maya into the classroom, and information on early explorers of the Maya area. The workshop will be held at the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans in conjunction with an exhibit of photographs by Jay A. Frogel entitled “Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time: The Stephens and Catherwood Project.” The exhibit features contemporary photographs of Maya sites juxtaposed on 19th Century drawings to illustrate the changes in these sites over time. Teachers are also invited to attend the gallery opening on Thursday March 19th for a viewing of the exhibit. For more information, please visit the event page.

Fall 2014

Américas Award Teacher Workshop
Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books
October 3, 2014
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Washington, D.C.

In celebration of the 2014 Américass Award, CLASP and Teaching for Change are hosting a K-12 teacher workshop “Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books.” The hands-on workshop will feature authors Duncan Tonatiuh and Meg Medina who will work with participants to create activities and strategies to best engage young readers with the complexity of immigration as it relates to family, education, and identity. For more information and to register for the event please visit the event webpage.

Day of the Dead and the Arts
October 7, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The workshop will focus on how to provide students with information about Day of the Dead, Day of the Dead traditions, and celebrating Day of the Dead in the classroom. The workshop will involve hands-on activities, including activities which will translate into the classroom! Focused on involving art teachers in teaching about Day of the Dead traditions. For more information or to register please visit the event webpage.

Connecting Day of the Dead Traditions Across the Americas: Haiti
October 25, 2014
9:00 AM – 2:15 PM
New Orleans Healing Center

This workshop will focus on Day of the Dead traditions in Haiti and how these traditions compare to others across the Americas. Featuring an optional Haitian Dance Master class. For more information or to register please visit the event webpage.

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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.