Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Latin American Resource Center

The Pebbles Center
Learning about Latin America at the New Orleans Public Library

In 2004 Tulane University and the New Orleans Public Library created the Pebbles Center to enhance the learning and lives of the children of our city by offering them resources and opportunities to experience the rich diversity of Latin America and its people. The Pebbles Center has been housed within the Children’s Resource Center at 913 Napoleon Avenue. Since its inauguration, the Pebbles Center has acquired over five hundred bilingual, English and Spanish language children’s books, films, and guides on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ten years later, the Pebbles Center has grown so much that the collection is now housed in two locations. In Spring 2014, the center added more to the collection by opening up at another branch on the westbank at the New Orleans Public Library’s Algiers Regional Library. The Center holds all Americas Award winners and commended titles along with the Pura Belpre award winners.

This collaborative project is an important resource for the community to learn about and engage with Latin America while supporting language learning for all ages. Check the library website for upcoming bilingual programming.

Please contact us at crcrts@tulane.edu if you wish to volunteer or would like more information. You can also find us on facebook to subscribe to all the latest events and resource materials available to learn about Latin America.

UPTOWN LOCATION The Children’s Resource Center Library 913 Napoleon Avenue 70115 Hours:
  • Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    You can call the branch directly at 504.596.2628
WESTBANK LOCATION Algiers Regional Library 3014 Holiday Drive 70131 Hours:
  • Monday – Thursday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    You can call the branch directly at 504.596.2641

Annual Events

Read Across the Americas Summer Program at the Children’s Resource Center
Join us every Wednesday at 10:30 am at the Algiers Regional Branch and every first and third Saturday at 10:30 am at the Children’s Resource Center for a bilingual storytime for kids ages 2 – 10. The program is part of an initiative between Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New Orleans Public Library called the Pebbles Center. This summer we will explore the environment and diverse geography of Latin America. Bring your favorite jungle animal and be prepared to learn some Spanish as we embark on an adventure through the Americas. This program provides a reading list of recommended titles for all ages to explore Latin America on your own this summer. If you read all books, you will be eligible for a special award offered during Hispanic Heritage month at the annual Celebración Latina held at the Audubon Zoo.

Celebración Latina
Every fall during Hispanic Heritage month (September 15 – October 15) The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, The Pebbles Center, and The Audubon Zoo sponsor a Latin inspired family festival located in the zoo. This festival began in 2004 in order to celebrate Latin America within the community through reading together and celebration. This year’s festival will be on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the Audubon Zoo. See you there!

Check out pictures from past Celebraciones

DIA/Dí­a del Libro
El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

El 30 de abril es una fecha muy significativa para los niños. Se celebra el dí­a de los niños y de los libros. Esta celebración se conoce como El día de los niños/ El dí­a de los libros, y celebra la alegría y las maravillas de la infancia y la importancia de los libros en nuestra vida.

Para una lista con la dirreción de todas las bibliotecas, por favor visite la Página de web de la biblioteca pública de la Nueva Orleans.

Special Visiting Artists
On occasion, The Pebbles Center invites Latin American artists, musicians, and authors to do special programming. We have had the honor of hosting José Luis Orozco, Jorge Argueta, Antonio Sacre, and the legendary puppet troupe from Mexico, Saltimbanqui. View photos from these events here

List of materials available at the Pebbles Center

View photos of the Pebbles Center Inauguration

To learn more about children’s stories about Latin America and Latino culture, please check out Cuentos de las Americas

Check our Facebook page for more up-to-date information.

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Latin American Writers Series: Martín Fernández (Casa Editorial HUM/Estuario Editora)

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Martín Fernández, editorial director of Casa Editorial HUM and Estuario Editora in Montevideo, Uruguay, presents the houses’ histories, missions, and ongoing projects. His presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by an informal reception. Note: This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Speaker

Martin Fernández is the Editorial director of the publishing houses Casa Editorial HUM and Estuario Editora in Montevideo, Uruguay. He founded HUM in 2007 after leaving his previous project, the underground publishing house ArteFato, which he co-directed between 2004 and 2007. HUM and Estuario publish contemporary Uruguayan literature in high-quality, aesthetically distinct editions. They have collectively released more than 400 titles.

Without a Name and Under the Tongue: Sexual Violence, Brazilian Slavery, and the Archive

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Join the Spanish & Portuguese Department, Africana Studies, the SLA Center for Scholars, and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for a presentation by Lamonte Aidoo, entitled “Without a Name and Under the Tongue: Sexual Violence, Brazilian Slavery, and the Archive.” Aidoo is the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Romance Languages at Duke University and the author of Slavery Unseen: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History.

Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Arroz doce de maracujá.

MARI Brown Bag: Rachel Witt "Chosen for death: Preliminary results from a study of human sacrifices from the Moche Valley, Peru"

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MARI is happyy to announce the fifth talk of the Fall 2019 Brown Bag talk series. Rachel Witt, PhD candidate in Anthropology at Tulane University, will present her recent research in a talk entitled “Chosen for death: Preliminary results from a study of human sacrifices from the Moche Valley, Peru.” See you on Friday, and remember to bring your lunch!

CIPR Fall Speaker Series

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Please join us Mondays at noon for our Fall speaker Series
Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America
October 14, October 21, November 11, and November 18.

In the 2019 fall series, Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America, speakers will discuss emerging issues that have surfaced as the result of the opportunities and challenges to democratic governance that markets have brought to the region. Latin America experienced a major influx of investment, particularly in the resource sector, over the past several decades. While this foreign investment helped hasten economic development, it also brought a backlash of resource nationalism and increased calls for redistribution. Moreover, Latin America is now a model in its own right, with other countries in the Global South adopting its state-sponsored development strategies in the resource sector. These presentations will also explore how Latin America is navigating a sea change in geopolitics, with China emerging as a challenger to the United States as the region’s main trade partner and ally.

For more information, check out our Fall Series Poster

Refugee Crises Now: A closer look at the Americas, Syria, and the Rohingya

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The Tulane History department, Jewish Studies program, CELT, and the Altman Program are sponsoring a talk by Jana Mason from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Mason will be addressing the refugee crises from various parts of the globe, including Venezuela and Central America.