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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Central America: People and the Environment Asynchronous Institute

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Register now for the ASYNCHRONOUS COURSE which opens up in July
Please note, the synchronous blended institute taking place June 14 – 25 is no longer accepting registrants.

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. It is not required to have participated in past institutes to join us.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University is excited to host and coordinate this year’s institute. Tulane University and New Orleans are both unique and important places to explore the deep connections to Central America with a focus on people and environment. With presentations by leading historians and sociologists on Central America, environment and race we are excited to share the work and resources from presenters as well as the unique resources at Tulane.

YOU MAY REGISTER FOR THE ASYNCHRONOUS COURSE WHICH OPENS UP IN JULY

NOW REGISTERING FOR THE ASYNCHRONOUS INSTITUTE For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164. Space is limited.