Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Grants & Funding

PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL

The Stone Center’s professional travel policy is intended to encourage long-range planning so that we can more effectively budget and distribute support. There are only two formal competitions in the Stone Center for travel funds for the 2018-2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019), as follows:

  • [CLOSED] The first “summer travel” competition will be for funding to support professional travel scheduled to occur over the period of July 1, 2018 through Sep. 30, 2018. The application deadline for this summer travel competition is: March 31, 2018.
  • The second “academic year travel“ competition will be for funding to support professional travel from October 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. The application deadline for this second competition is: September 15, 2018.

The Stone Center allocates 25% of the fiscal year budget supporting professional travel to the summer competition, and 75% of the budget is reserved for the second competition. Any unused funds from the allocated summer budget will roll over into the budget for the second competition. If funding proposals for the “summer travel“ competition exceed the allocated 25% of the budget, then any unfunded proposals from the “summer travel“ competition will be rolled over into the applicant pool for the subsequent second competition and may compete for funding post-facto. Applications for both competitions will be reviewed and decided upon by the Faculty Research Committee. If any funding remains after the second competition, these resources will be held in reserve for “special circumstance” applications submitted after the fall deadline and such applications will be considered by the Executive Director of the Center on a case-by-case basis for as long as any additional funding exists.

Please note also the following additional policies and procedures:

  • Faculty should seek all possible sources of support.
  • In order of priority, the Center supports: A. the presenting of invited or juried scholarly papers, B. chairing programs, and C. attending board or committee meetings at reunions of recognized professional associations. The Center does not support travel and per diems for search committee members, or for invitational or free-standing lectures at universities or similar organizations.
  • Awards may cover only one of three categories of expense: (1) a maximum of two-day per diem at the rate for the city you visit (set by the federal government); (2) one-half of the lowest round trip airfare between New Orleans and your destination; OR (3) Conference Registration. You should indicate which you prefer. The “per diem” category does not cover conference registration expenses. You can find current per diem rates here for domestic rates and here for foreign rates. The Center Committee on Faculty Research will make awards according to the merits of the proposal, the availability of funds, and the record of faculty service to the Center.
  • The Stone Center will fund no more than three travel requests per faculty over the course a one year period.
  • If a faculty member wishes to apply for multiple trips, he or she must indicate an order of priority.
  • Applications simply to attend a conference are not eligible for funding under this program.
  • If a faculty member is unable to make a proposed trip, the money may not be “banked” by the individual for subsequent travel; it reverts to the general fund.

With the implementation of CONCUR, faculty members receiving grants that require reimbursement must themselves (or via their departmental secretaries) complete the reimbursement request using the online CONCUR system. The following documents and receipts must be uploaded to a CONCUR reimbursement request:

  • If requesting ½ airfare cost, Plane ticket passenger receipt and boarding passes.
  • If requesting per diem, BOTH the plane ticket passenger receipt (or a copy of this receipt if another entity is covering airfare) AND a payment receipt from the hotel or lodging provider on which your name appears for at least 2 nights’ stay. For shared lodging in which the costs are divided among individuals, reimbursement covers only your portion of the lodging expense.
  • If requesting Conference Registration costs, a conference registration receipt showing payment and some other proof of conference attendance.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PER DIEM AWARDS: Per diem rates are usually a combination of separate rates for lodging and meals/incidentals, with a fixed amount allocated for lodging and another for meals/incidentals. The lodging portion of per diem rates will only be reimbursed up to, but not exceeding, the actual costs of the lodging, or the per diem rate for lodging, whichever is lower. Please keep in mind that you will not be reimbursed the full per diem rate if the actual expense for your lodging is below the per diem rate for lodging. The per diem award is not a guaranteed fixed amount that can be used to cover expenses beyond two days. The allocation is restricted to eligible expenses for two days. For instance, if your two-day per diem award is for $400 ($200 per day), and your actual eligible per diem expenses are $100 per day, then you are only eligible to receive $200 of the $400 award, even if your travel extends over a 4 day period. You cannot apply the $200 difference to cover expenses for the 3rd and 4th days. Meals are reimbursable, alcoholic drinks are not. Please consult with us if you are driving, staying with a friend, or if there are any other special circumstances.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON 1/2 AIRFARE AWARDS: For budgetary reasons, a 1/2 airfare grant can never exceed that amount, even if the price of the airfare increases when plane tickets are booked. However, if the cost of the airfare decreases when air travel is booked such that 1/2 of the actual total airfare cost is less than the amount originally awarded, then the grant will be reduced to the actual cost of 1/2 of the airfare. In other words, the 1/2 airfare award is NOT a fixed amount. It is dependent upon the actual cost of airfare. It is a maximum award amount that may actually decrease if the actual cost of airfare is less than the originally proposed cost.

SUMMER FUNDING

Summer Research

The Stone Center provides a limited number of grants to core and affiliated faculty to conduct fieldwork, acquire materials, provide project assistance, and in very special cases, offer compensation for uninterrupted time for research and writing, during the summer months. Funding categories include:

  • Fieldwork – field research conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • Materials – the acquisition of unique, out-of-the-ordinary research materials essential to the project (books, maps, software, etc.); and
  • Assistance – the service of in-country assistants, consultants, or external laboratories (translation, data collecting, illustration, photography, indexing, scanning) to help advance the faculty member’s research.

Note that faculty members who wish to apply for Assistance grants for which they require the service of in-country assistants or consultants should consult with the Assistant Director of Administration before beginning the approved project. Assistance grants are meant to support and advance the faculty member’s research program. They are not meant as opportunities for graduate student training or research. Graduate students affiliating with a faculty member project or research site in order to advance their own professional training or research interests should apply separately to the Stone Center’s Graduate Student Summer Field Research Grant program.

View an example of a previously funded summer program.

Please review the program guidelines before completing an application.

The deadline for applying is February 12, 2018.

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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.