Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

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The Stone Center’s Role in New Strategic Initiatives at Tulane University

Thomas Reese (Art History) became the Center’s third director in January 1999. He joined the Tulane community just as Tulane’s new President Scott Cowen determined to institute a process to define a new strategic plan for the university. The plan, approved in 2000, defined new initiatives on education and research that established four specific “areas of concentration of interest and expertise.” These areas are:
  • Environmental
  • Health Science/Biomedical
  • International/Area Studies (coterminous with Latin American Studies and African and Diaspora Studies at Tulane)
  • Urban/Community
In 1999, in conjunction with university-wide strategic planning, the Stone Center defined six areas of faculty expertise across the university. They are:
  • Literature, Performance and Cultural Studies
  • Art, Ethnography and History
  • Archaeology, Preservation and Cultural Heritage
  • Environment, Ecology, and Health
  • Social Action, Community Planning and Public Policy
  • Economy, Technology and Information Exchange

These coexist in dynamic relationships with older institutes with more tightly defined parameters (e.g. the Middle American Research Institute, Neotropical Ecological Institute, Cuba Studies Institute), and with existing and emerging programs and councils (e.g. the African Diaspora Studies Program and the Brazilian Studies Council).

The new research clusters map the unique character of Tulane Latin Americanists’ research and teaching. They do not follow traditional liberal arts divisions (humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences), but reflect the particular strengths and interests of Tulane faculty and resources across the liberal arts, professional schools, and university research centers.

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Online Summer Book Group for K-12 Educators

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For pre-service, early career and veteran teachers who love reading and learning through literature who want to explore award-winning books for the middle and early high school classrooms. Join us as we read four books that explore stories of coming-of-age from multiple perspectives. Participants will receive a copy of each book and participate in an open discussion with other K-12 educators. We will launch the book group with The Other Half of Happy. The group will meet online and explore the real story behind this award-winning book with the author Rebecca Balrcárcel. Join us this summer as we discover new stories and books for your classroom.

Register here for $15 (includes all 4 books).

All online Zoom meetings are at 7:00 PM CST.

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Sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and AfterCLASS at Tulane University. For more information, please email crcrts@tulane.edu.

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164.