Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

Summer 2017

Somos Nós: Infusing Brazil into the Classroom
June 20 – 23, 2017
University of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
LARC, along with Vanderbilt and the University of Georgia, is sponsoring a workshop on Brazilian culture and teaching Portuguese. K-16 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 5 day institute. Throughout the week, educators will work to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. The workshop will focus on the environment. Visit the institute website for more information or the registration page.

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
June 17 – July 1, 2017
Havana, Cuba
LARC, the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, and Primary Source present a K-12 educator summer study abroad program. 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. Don‘€™t miss the chance to witness the changes occurring on the island and to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom. Visit the institute website for more information. Visit the institute website for more information and to apply.

Summer Reading at the Pebbles Center Algiers
June 13th, 2017 – August 8th, 2017
Celebrate and learn about Latin America with your kids through the Stone Center‘€™s Pebble Center at the Algiers Regional branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time. Our summer story hour will take place in June, July, and August on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 AM. All books are read in English and Spanish and readings are followed by an activity based on the book. Past books include Counting Ovejas, Drum Dream Girl, and Mango, Abuela, and Me. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

Spring 2017

Teaching Latin America through New Orleans: A K-12 Educator Workshop
100A Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
February 4, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
This workshop focuses on the longstanding connections between Latin America and New Orleans. Topics will include economic, cultural, and political connections between New Orleans and Latin America. The workshop will include overviews of curricula which examine these connections and additional resources for teaching about these issues. Visit the workshop webpage for more information.

14th Annual Maya Symposium Educator Workshop
March 3, 2017
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
This workshop, organized in conjunction with the Tulane Maya Symposium will explore various aspects of the ancient Maya and the ways in which the Maya can be explored in the classroom. More details will be forthcoming as the workshop approaches. Visit the workshop page for more information or the Maya Symposium webpage.

Teaching Haiti: K-12 Educator Workshop
April 8, 2017
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
This workshop will highlight the rarely studied but important Caribbean nation of Haiti. The workshop will focus on cultural traditions, particularly the music and dance of Haiti.

Fall 2016

Finding Diverse Voices through the Américas Award: A Teacher Workshop
Mulebone Restaurant, Washington, D.C.
September 22, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM
This K-12 educator workshop will focus on the diversity of literature recognized as part of the Américas Book Award. The workshop will feature the work of Alma Flor Ada who will discuss the use of her books for teaching about Cuba, and Ashley Hope Perez who will present resources for teaching about her 2016 award winning book, Out of Darkness. For more information visit the workshop webpage.

Day of the Dead Teacher Workshop at the Ogden
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
October 5, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 PM
This workshop will focus on the Day of the Dead altar on display at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and provide resources for teachers about creating their own altar for the classroom. For more information visit the workshop webpage.

Day of the Dead Across the Americas: Peru
100A Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
October 8, 2016
10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Learn about traditions of Dia de los Difuntos, as Day of the Dead is called in Peru, and the ways in which this pan-American tradition is celebrated in Peru. This workshop will highlight the pre-Columbian roots of the tradition and the music which accompanies the celebrations. For more information visit the workshop webpage.

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Bate Papo! Primavera 2020--NOW ONLINE!

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Bate Papo will now be held virtually! Join the conversation!

A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome! Meetings take place on Fridays at different hours and locations. See the full schedule below:

January 17th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de maracuja

January 24th, 3 PM, Boot
Treat: Suco de caju

January 31st, 4PM, Cafe Carmo (527 Julia St.)
Treat: Suco de caja

February 7th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Agua de coco

February 14th, 11 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Guarana

February 21st, 12PM, PJs Willow
Treat: Cha de maracuja

February 28th, 2PM, Sharp Residence Hall
Treat: Cafe brasiliero

March 6th, 9:30 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Cha matte

March 13th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de goiaba

March 20th, 3 PM, Greenbaum House
Treat: Limonada a brasiliera

March 27th, 12 PM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Batido de abacate

April 3rd, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de acai

April 17th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Caldo de cana

April 24th, 2 PM, Boot
Treat: Groselha

Teaching Aztec History through Art: Online K-12 Webinar

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Join us for the final webinar in the series on Ancient Civilizations. This workshop has moved online and will consist of a 60 minute online webinar that includes an introduction to teaching Aztec history, a discussion of different art objects that the Aztecs created which reveal insights into their history, and a discussion of new online resources to incorporate into your teaching.

The webinar is free an open to educators of all grade levels. In order to access the session, please register here.

Please email dwolteri@tulane.edu for more information.

Co-sponsored by S.S.NOLA.

Pebbles Center Launches Virtual La hora del cuento/Story Time

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Join us every Thursday at 3 PM CST for a live reading of books in Spanish from the Pebbles collection. Books from this collection share stories of Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latinx community in the U.S. The Pebbles collection is a collaborative between Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New Orleans Public Library. Author and educator, Andrea Olatunji shares the latest top Spanish language picture books. Originally scheduled to share her work at the Tulane Book Festival (cancelled due to COVID-19), she is now jumping online to help young readers explore Latin America in Spanish from home. Check out her work www.cuentacuento.com to learn more.

Make sure to ‘like’ The Pebbles Center on Facebook to receive updates. This program takes place live on this Facebook page.

Ancient Civilizations K-16 Series for Social Studies Educators

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Ancient Civilizations
K-16 Educator Workshop Series
Spring 2020

For educators of grade levels: K-12

Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS), S.S. NOLA, and AfterCLASS will host a professional development workshop series open to all K-16 school professionals. These workshops will challenge educators to learn about the unexpected impact and connections of Ancient civilizations from Central America to the Gulf South. In particular, the workshops will foster a deeper comprehension of how to incorporate art, language and food across the disciplines. Participants will learn unique ways to incorporate the Tunica, Maya and Aztec cultures into the classroom in a variety of subjects. Registration for each workshop is $5 and includes light snacks, teaching resources, and a certificate of completion.

The workshop series will prepare teachers:

  • To utilize digital humanities resources in the classroom;
  • To design culturally appropriate primary and secondary research projects;
  • To teach about Pre-Columbian and ancient civilizations, language, geography and foods;
  • To encourage student self-determination through meaningful and relevant cultural projects.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Tunica of the Lower Mississippi River Valley
Middle American Research Institute – Seminar Room
6823 St. Charles Avenue
This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Participants will explore the physical, cultural and linguistic characteristics of the region. Representatives of the Tunica community will introduce their language and culture and the work they do to preserve their language.

Friday, March 6, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Understanding Maya Fare: Beyond Tamales and Cacao
AfterCLASS – Taylor Education Center
612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. #4003
In collaboration with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, this workshop focuses on foods of the Maya. Participants will explore the foods of the Maya focusing on the role of food over time. Join us as we hear from chocolate specialists and our Kaqchikel language scholar will discuss the importance of corn. REGISTER HERE.

Thursday, APRIL 29, 2020
Aztec Mexican Art and Culture
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community.