Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

International Programs

Amazonian Culture and Environment
Andes and Amazon Field School
Napo, Ecuador | June 2 – June 27, 2018

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Andes and Amazon Field School are pleased to offer a brand new program in Napo, Ecuador for summer 2018. This four week program will give students hands-on experience in one of the most biodiverse and endangered forests on earth: the headwaters of the Amazon. Tulane faculty director Dr. William Balée, who has spent a lifetime working with the Ka’apor Indians in Brazil, is a pioneer in understanding the role Amazonian indigenous communities have in the formation and maintenance of the Amazonian forest. Students will enjoy many class sessions in the great outdoors. Housing is in shared double and or triple accommodations in en-suite dorms overlooking the Napo River at the Andes and Amazon Field School (AAFS), and served three meals a day of mixture of Ecuadorian and American dishes with opportunities to savor Andean and Amazonian cuisine. Two courses will be taught for a total of six credits.

Throughout the program, students will learn to see the Amazon from a native perspective. They will spend time in the forest listening to stories told by indigenous elders, making pottery in native style, and learning to prepare native foods and medicines. Students will learn about interactions between local peoples and Amazonian landscapes from prehistory to the present; Amazonian landscapes as an analytic unit from the interdisciplinary perspective of historical ecology; changes and development of forests and savannas since the arrival of human beings; historical, ecological, and cultural forces involved in biological and edaphic diversity in modern forests; long-term effects of prehistoric and historic human occupations and manipulation of landscapes; and implications for conservation and development. In addition to regular activities, the program culminates in a trip to the Yasuni National Park, one of the world’s last unexplored forests.

ANTH 3060 (3 credits): South American Indians
ANTH 3710 (3 credits): Historical Ecology of Amazonia

The cost of the program is $5,000, which includes six Tulane credits (tuition for two courses), plus housing and logistics fees which include lodging at the AAFS, three meals per day, transportation to/from the Quito airport, medical insurance, and specialized group tours and excursions. Airfare to/from Quito (UIO), incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

To apply, student applicants must be in good academic standing and have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply, but should check with their home institution that credits will transfer. There is no pre-requisite or language requirement. No visa is required for this program; however, students must have a valid passport expiring no less than six months after return date.

Complete applications through the online application portal will include:

  • Student’s general and academic information
  • Personal statement of intent
  • Official copy of transcript
  • Copy of front page of VALID passport
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $300 non-refundable deposit (by credit card online, OR by check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise Person, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.)

Click here to visit the online application page via the Tulane Office of Study Abroad. Non-Tulane students will be required to create an account.

For questions, contact Laura Wise Person by phone at 504-862-8629, by email at, or by visiting the Stone Center in 100 Jones Hall.

To view the flyer for this program, click here.




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Lecture with Rafael Ledezma, Greenleaf Fellow

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Please join us for a work-in-progress talk titled, “Nueva cronología del modelo primario-exportador de Honduras, 1880-1930/A New Chronology of the Primary Commodity Exports Model in Honduras, 1880-1930” by Rafael Ledezma, the 2017-2018 Richard E. Greenleaf Fellow at the Latin American Library.

The talk will be in SPANISH. All are invited for refreshments afterwards.

Las explicaciones convencionales sobre la historia política y económica de Honduras sostuvieron que, entre 1880 y 1930, el país fue un simple exportador de banano, y que su economía nacional no se benefició de este sector porque fue controlado por empresas extranjeras (United Fruit Co, Cuyamel Fruit Co y Standard Fruit Co). No sorprende, por lo tanto, que a Honduras se le haya conocido como la “banana republic” por excelencia. En esta ponencia presentaré, como hipótesis, una nueva cronología de la historia hondureña de ese periodo, que consiste en tres fases que definieron modos distintos de vinculación al mercado internacional, y que van más allá de la comercialización del banano. Ahondaré en aspectos tales como la actividad marítima y portuaria, con cuáles otros países, además de Estados Unidos, tuvo relaciones comerciales, y cuáles productos vendió y compró del exterior. Se seleccionó este periodo porque, recientemente, la historia económica en América Latina lo está estudiando desde distintos enfoques, para así aportar nuevas visiones sobre los problemas del desarrollo económico en el largo plazo, y los orígenes históricos de la desigualdad social en la región.

Conventional explanations of the political and economic history of Honduras held that, between 1880 and 1930, the country only exported bananas, and that its national economy did not benefit from this sector because it was controlled by foreign companies (United Fruit Co, Cuyamel Fruit Co y Standard Fruit Co). It is therefore not surprising that Honduras has come to be known as the “banana republic” par excellence. In my talk, I will present as a hypothesis a new chronology of Honduran history of this period consisting of three phases that defined different modes of linkages to international markets and that go beyond the commercialization of bananas. I will examine issues such as maritime and port activity; the countries besides the United States with which Honduras had commercial ties; and the products that were bought and sold abroad. I chose to focus on this period because the economic history of Latin America has recently begun to be studied from new perspectives that have refocused our understanding of long-term economic development and the historical origins of social inequality in the region.

Rafael Ledezma hails from Costa Rica. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica (2006); a Master’s degree in Applied History from El Colegio de México (2016); and is currently a PhD candidate in History from that university. His research and publications focus on the history of agriculture and the environment in 20th century Costa Rica, and the economic history of Honduras between 1880-1930.

Loyola University to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: Romeo & Julieta

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Bate Papo! Join us once again in the LBC mezzanine area to sample the most romantic treat in all of Brazil: Romeo & Julieta. Never heard of it? Come give it a try! It is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before… This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Office of Multicultural Affairs: International Food and Music Festival

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The International Food and Music Festival is a tradition for Tulane University and the surrounding New Orleans community. It is not possible without the participation of the international community at Tulane. We need your help to represent your culture, country, or community. Share food, crafts, cultural history, language, performance, and have fun at this beautiful outdoor festival.

This event is FREE for all Tulane faculty, staff and students. You must present your Splash Card. Non-affiliated Tulane attendees can purchase tickets here.

Interested in being a sponsor? Click here for more information and registration.

If you have questions, email or

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: pave

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Bate Papo! End your Friday afternoon on the Jones Hall patio with a classic Brazilian layer dessert. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at