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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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.