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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Join Kaqchikel learners and speakers at all levels to practice your language skills at this bi-monthly conversation table. It’s the holiday season on Dec. 2. Join Mtro. Marco Antonio Guaján (aka Mokchewan) to compare your favorite holiday celebrations.

Link to join: https://tulane.zoom.us/j/93988469399?pwd=bkk3eDIzOEhQVjVEV1ZxTHFDTnJvQT09

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.