Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Student Status

Full-time Residence Status

To hold a fellowship or scholarship or any of the various kinds of assistantships, a student must be registered in full-time residence status. To determine student privileges and assess tuition and fees, a student in full-time residence status must be registered for at least nine hours of graduate credit per semester, or a combination of course work and equivalent academic activities such as teaching or research.

After the student has completed the minimum hours of course work required for the degree and is working on the thesis or dissertation, the student can continue to be classified as a full-time student entitled to full student privileges. The student must register for master’s or dissertation research (LAST 9980 and LAST 9990, respectively) and then the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center must certify that the student is engaged in academic activities equivalent to full-time residence commitment. Any off-campus employment for remuneration may disqualify a student from receiving Graduate School financial aid

Part-time Residence Status

For the purposes of determination of student privileges and for the assessment of tuition and fees, a student in part-time residence status is any student who is registered for less than nine hours of graduate credit and who is not certified by the department or the program committee as taking a total academic program.

Tenure for Degree Seeking Students

Tenure is the maximum period of time normally permitted for the completion of all requirements for a degree, and it is determined on the basis of consecutive academic years from the date of initial registration for graduate study at Tulane. To be clear, this means that for students who begin as MA students at Tulane, whether in Latin American Studies or in another program, and continue into the Ph.D. program, tenure begins with their enrollment in their Tulane MA program. Tenure is not affected by residence status, nor is it affected by leaves or absence or stipend deferrals. In extreme circumstances, as explained below, tenure may be extended for a short period of time; but a student whose period of graduate study is extended may be required by their committees to retake examinations or to perform additional work.

Master’s Degree

The Stone Center expects that students will complete the MA degree in two years. Occasionally, unforeseen and extraordinary circumstances may prevent a student from completing degree requirements within the two-year time period. In such instances, students may submit a one-time petition for an extension of one or two additional years as the circumstances may warrant. To seek such an extension, students must submit to the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center before the end of their second year in the MA program the following items: (1) a detailed letter which explains the extraordinary circumstances requiring the need for the extension; (2) a detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the degree requirements during the extension time period; (3) and, if relevant, a letter of support for the extension signed by every member of the thesis committee certifying that they each understand the extraordinary circumstances necessitating the extension and that they agree to the detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the thesis. Within a month of submitting this petition of tenure extension, the Stone Center’s Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Committee will review the petition and will render a decision, which will be communicated to the student. Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to continue in the MA program beyond the maximum allowable 2-year tenure extension period.

Ph.D. Degree

The Stone Center expects that students will complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree, including the completion of all comprehensive examinations and the submission of a defended dissertation, in seven years. Occasionally, unforeseen and extraordinary circumstances may prevent a student from completing degree requirements within the seven-year time period. In such instances, students may submit a one-time petition for an extension of one, two, or three additional years, as the circumstances may warrant. To seek such an extension, students must submit to the Graduate Advisor at the Stone Center before the end of their seventh year in the Ph.D. program the following items: (1) a detailed letter which explains the extraordinary circumstances requiring the need for the extension; (2) a detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the degree requirements during the extension time period; (3) and, if relevant, a letter of support for the extension signed by every member of the dissertation committee certifying that they each understand the extraordinary circumstances necessitating the extension and that they agree to the detailed timeline and work schedule for completing the dissertation. Within a month of submitting this petition of tenure extension, the Stone Center’s Undergraduate and Graduate Programs Committee will review the petition and will render a decision, which will be communicated to the student. Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to continue in the Ph.D. program beyond the maximum allowable 3-year tenure extension period.

Advising

Role of the School of Liberal Arts

The School of Liberal Arts provides information on university policies, interprets those policies, and makes exceptions to its rules. It is the final arbiter about most questions of admission, financial aid, and university-wide degree requirements.

Role of the Stone Center

Careful advising is vital to the success of all students’ education, professional training, and completion of all degree requirements. Advising carries even greater responsibility in an interdisciplinary program, where courses are selected from a number of departments and where students work with professors throughout the campus. It is the role of the Graduate Advisor to help all students develop a meaningful program from this wide array of resources and to guide you through the many requirements of our different degree programs. Students in both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs have many different advisors and committees throughout the various departments and schools. These advisors and committees also play fundamental roles in the definition of the student’s program and research at distinct phases in the student’s training.

However, the Graduate Advisor is the principle advising resource for Stone Center graduate students. Each student should plan to meet with the Graduate Advisor at least four times during the year for general advising in late-August, late-October, mid-January and mid-March. The goals of these sessions are to plan your degree curriculum and to evaluate your progress. The Graduate Advisor’s office hours are posted at the beginning of each semester. Students are welcome to drop in unannounced during these hours, but scheduling an office visit ahead of time, whenever possible, is always appreciated. Non-office hour appointments may easily be arranged by direct communication with the Graduate Advisor.

Additionally, students should schedule appointments with the Graduate Advisor to discuss mid-semester corrections and changes, career or degree plans, or any difficulties students may be having with their classes. It is preferred that students make an appointment rather than seek counseling over the phone or in the halls.

Role of Departmental Contacts

Disciplinary and department-based expertise is often vital in advising students about the selection of appropriate methodology courses for primary concentrations, about finding faculty members to serve on thesis committees, or about writing scholarly papers in a disciplinary background different from your primary concentration. Consequently, the Stone Center maintains a list of affiliated faculty contact in each department who are familiar with the Latin American Studies Program. These faculty members are the first individuals students should contact when seeking departmental advice. They are not responsible for advising you directly, but rather for directing you to the faculty member within their department who can best answer your question. Although you can visit them directly, it is recommended that you first speak with the Stone Center’s Graduate Advisor so that he can refer you to the correct department and perhaps to a specific faculty member within that department.

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Film Screening: El Súper with filmmaker Iván Acosta

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The 1979 film version of Cuban filmmaker Ivan Acosta’s award-winning play El Súper, which gained critical and international success for its depiction of exiled Cubans in New York City, will be screened. Mr. Acosta will be in attendance and a discussion in English will follow. Iván Acosta is a playwright, filmmaker, and creative director originally from Santiago de Cuba, now in New York City. His creative endeavors include documentaries, plays, films, and books, and he’s served as writer, director, and producer, among other roles.

A small reception will follow the screening. Seating may be limited. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/29/archives/the-screen-el-super-a-cubanamerican-tale-the-cast.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.

Equity speaker series to host panel on navigating immigrant relations in the current political climate

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The Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University is proud to present Border Li(n)es: Excluding, Extracting, and Expelling Immigrants in the Southern U.S. on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM as part of the Equity Speaker Series.

Following a summer of turbulent immigration relations in the United States, the Fall 2018 Equity Speaker Panel will focus on immigration on our Southern border and will feature specialists whose experiences vary from grassroots to professorial work. Panelists will include Josiah Heyman, Director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, Ronald Martinez, New Orleans immigrant activist and spokesperson for the Congress of Day Laborers, Hiroko Kusuda, Clinical Professor and Director of Immigration Law at the Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola, and Laila Hlass, Clinical Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

These four distinguished speakers will share the stage of Freeman Auditorium to discuss the drastic variation in immigrant relations across the national, regional, and local spaces and ways that members of American society may become engaged in or change the now toxic and polarized political climate. This inaugural discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

See also Tulane New Wave for more information and a description of the event.




Cover photo from CNN story What the US-Mexico border looks like before Trump’s wall.

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.