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President Scott Cowen Signs MOU with Mexican University

November 22nd, 2011

From Tulane New Wave News Tulane University and El Colegio de México, a prestigious institute of higher education in Mexico City, will be organizing joint…  read more

Clarity & Compliance in the Inter-American Human Rights System

November 18th, 2011

Lecture synopsis by Hannagan Johnson, CIPR RPA Pictured: Professor Jeffrey Staton, Emory University In his visit to Tulane’s Center for Inter-American Policy and Research on…  read more

CIPR and COLMEX to sign MOU: Collaborations between Tulane & Mexico College In Sight

November 16th, 2011

From, published November 16, 2011: “Tulane Unviersity and El Colegio de México Mexico City college will sign a memorandum of understanding on Friday in…  read more

Richard Greenleaf, 1930-2011

November 14th, 2011

Dear Friends and Colleagues, It is with great sadness that we report the death on Tuesday, November 8 of Richard Greenleaf, former Director of the…  read more

Upcoming Mexico Conference Featured in Times Picayune

November 10th, 2011

On November 10, 2011, the Community News section of the Times Picayune featured the upcoming conference co-hosted by El Colegio de Mexico and the Center…  read more

CIPR and Argentine University Sign Memorandum of Understanding

October 24th, 2011

Acting on common academic and cultural interests, the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Universidad Nacional de…  read more

Health and Well-Being in Venezuela's CECOSESOLA

September 29th, 2011

Written by: Hannagan Johnson CIPR RPA and MA Candidate in Latin American Studies On September 16, 2011, Tulane’s Center for Inter-American Policy welcomed Myron K.…  read more

ALACIP 6th Annual Congress in Quito, Ecuador

September 29th, 2011

ALACIP (Asociacion Latinoamericana de Ciencia Politica) will hold its 6th congress June 12-14, 2012 in Quito, Ecuador. Updated information and registration available at the official…  read more

Senior Fellow and Founding Member of CIAPA Dies

September 21st, 2011

Senior Fellow and Founding Member of CIAPA Dies By Constantino Urcuyo Rodolfo Cerdas was a founding member of CIAPA, the Center for Inter-American Policy and…  read more

Latin American Economies Roundtable Summary

July 29th, 2011

The summary from the Latin American Economies Roundtable meeting on May 23, 2011 entitled “Impact of Debt Crisis in Europe and the United States on…  read more

Costa Rican Periodical Features Op-Ed by CIPR Director

July 4th, 2011

Transparencia en el Poder Legislativo CIPR Director Ludovico Feoli publishes opinion editorial entitled “Transparencia en el Poder Legislativo” in Costa Rica’s daily newspaper, La Nación…  read more

Rethinking the State - Essay by Former Greenleaf Professor

June 24th, 2011

Former Greenleaf professor Manuel Alcántara posts essay on Ciudadanía 2.0, an initiative of the Ibero-American Secretariat aimed at increasing participation and debate, especially among young…  read more

Lessons in Solidarity From Costa Rica

June 24th, 2011

By: Michaela Gibboni Photo: Tulane student Michaela Gibboni tutors Costa Rican boys in a program to reduce school dropout rates. Gibboni was in Costa…  read more

Eduardo Silva Travels to Chile on Fulbright Specialist Grant

June 21st, 2011

Eduardo Silva, the Lydian Professor of Political Science, a core faculty member of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane and a CIPR…  read more

Lustig Addresses new IMF Managing Director and Poverty and Inequality Issues

June 21st, 2011

The Center for Global Development is carrying out a survey on Choosing the Next Managing Director of the IMF&&&. Economic expert, Nora Lustig, core faculty…  read more




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Chantalle Verna to Present Research on U.S. and Haitian Relationships in Post-Occupation Haiti

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Chantalle Verna for a talk on her book Haiti and the Uses of America: Post- U.S. Occupation Promises on April 26, 2018, at 6:00 PM.

In her book, Dr. Verna makes evident that there have been key moments of cooperation that contributed to nation-building in both countries. Dr. Verna emphasizes the importance of examining the post-occupation period: the decades that followed the U.S. military occupation of Haiti (1915-34) and considering how Haiti’s public officials and privileged citizens rationalized nurturing ties with the United States at the very moment when the two nations began negotiating the reinstatement of Haitian sovereignty in 1930. Their efforts, Dr. Verna shows, helped favorable ideas about the United States, once held by a small segment of Haitian society, circulate more widely. In this way, Haitians contributed to and capitalized upon the spread of internationalism in the Americas and the larger world.

Dr. Verna received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and is currently a professor in the History Department in Florida International University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Dr. Verna focuses on the culture of foreign relations, specifically concerning Haiti and the United States during the mid-twentieth century.

Apply for the Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A Summer Educator Institute in Cuba
Havana, Cuba | June 23 – July 7, 2018
Program Application
Application Deadline: March 2, 2018

Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University join forces with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies to take K-16 educators to Cuba. This is our fourth year running the Cuban Culture & Society K-16 Educator Institute and we are excited about this year’s itinerary. The institute will approach Cuban society and culture form a multidisciplinary perspective focused on the arts, the geography, and history of the country. Innovative programming and annual summer teacher institutes over the past three years provide the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and studying the region. Taking advantage of Tulane’s relationship with the University of Havana and Cuba’s National Union of Writers and Artists, the institute equips teachers with multidisciplinary content, curricular resources, and methods of inquiry for developing that approach in their K-16 classrooms. Conducted in English by Professor Carolina Caballero, the institute will explore current trends and issues in Cuban culture and society through readings, films, and lectures. The program includes a series of talks by prominent Cuban intellectuals and local field trips to important political and cultural sights throughout Havana.

This two-week program provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

The trip will include a pre-departure orientation and two weeks in Cuba. The institute incorporates visits to local museums and exposes participants to arts organizations, schools, and teachers from the country’s national literacy campaign. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and many cultural venues. There will be group excursions to the historic Che Guevara monument, a visit to the site of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and a special visit to the town of Hershey, the town developed by Milton Hershey to begin his chocolate enterprise with the sugar from Cuba’s plantations. There will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Playa Girón, and Viñales, focusing on their role in the development of the economy and culture of the country

The cost will include a shared room and two meals a day, medical insurance, airfare to/from Havana from Tampa, Florida*, airport transportation in Havana to/from residence, OFAC-licensed academic visa, and specialized tours and outings.

*Airfare to/from Tampa, Florida, a one-night hotel stay in Tampa, incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost. You are responsible for your own air flight to/from Tampa, FL.

Those interested in applying must be a K-16 educator or librarian. There is no Spanish language requirement for this program. The application deadline is March 2, 2018, at 5:00 PM.

Please note: This program is only open to K-16 educators who are currently teaching, are pre-service teachers or are serving in a school or public library.

Please be advised that this itinerary is subject to change based on availability in Cuba. The itinerary below is the schedule from the 2017 institute.

  • Day 1 – U.S./HAVANA, CUBA
    Depart from Tampa, FL, Upon arrival, enjoy dinner and a welcome reception followed by an informal walk and people watching on the Malecón.
  • Day 2 – HAVANA
    Habana Vieja (Old Havana) Tour with local preservation experts to discuss in depth the history of local landmarks, historical preservation efforts, and future plans. Visit Muraleando Lawton, a community art project in the Lawton neighborhood of Havana. Hear from the founders of this project on how the neighborhood developed to promote skills in the community and support the local economy and meet with local community leaders, students and elderly folks at the community center.
  • Day 3 – HAVANA
    Lecture with Professor Carlos Alzugaray on Cuba Since the Special Period. Visit the elementary school Sergio Luis Ferriol in Habana Vieja. Connect with teachers and administrators about their experiences in the classroom.
  • Day 4 – HAVANA
    Visit the Museo Nacional de la Alfabetización (National Museum of the Literacy Campaign) and connect with members of the literacy brigade, teachers from the literacy campaign.
  • Day 5 – HAVANA
    Visit and explore Ernest Hemingway’s house. Have lunch in the infamous fishing village of Cojimar. In the afternoon, explore art by taking a tour of the Cuban Collection of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes accompanied by a curator then visit with artists at the Taller de Gráfica.
  • Day 6 – HERSHEY
    Day trip to the Hershey, Cuba and nature park. The site where famous chocolatier Milton Hershey developed his chocolate business by setting up sugar mills in the early 1900’s. Explore the natural side of Cuba in this country town.
  • Day 7 – HAVANA
    Learn about children’s literature and the book publishing business in Cuba by visiting Cuba’s national publisher UNEAC and hear first hand from children’s book authors. We will hear from children’s book author Olga Marta Pérez about the children’s/ youth Literacy Scene in Cuba today.
  • Day 8 – HAVANA/REGLA
    Take the ferry across the bay in Havana to the town of Regla to learn about Afro-Cuban dance and music from musicologist Cari Diez and an Afro-Cuban dance performance group.
    Travel to Trinidad via Santa Clara, a town founded by 175 people on July 15, 1689. It is the site of the last battle in the Cuban Revolution in 1958. Visit to the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara. Also visit the historic sugar plantation of Manaca Iznaga before arriving in Trinidad.
  • Day 10 – TRINIDAD
    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, founded on December 23, 1514 by Diego Velázquez de Cuellar. Trinidad was a central piece of Cuba’s sugar-based economy. Guided city tour with the city historian. Visit the Trinidad library to learn about the importance of libraries and debate questions of intellectual freedom with the staff.
  • Day 11 – PLAYA GIRON (SITE OF BAY OF PIGS) Ciénega de Zapata, Playa Larga
    Day excursion to the historic site of the Bay of Pigs, one of the landing sites for the 1961 US-backed invasion. Visit the Finca Fiesta Campesina farm, the Playa Girón museum, the Parque Ciénaga de Zapata, the Laguna del Tesoro, and the Taino Indian village. Snorkel in the Bay of Pigs!
  • Day 12 – HAVANA
    Visit the U.S. Embassy and hear first-hand about the state of current relations between the U.S. and Cuba. In the afternoon, we head over to meet up with the famous hip-hop group, Obsesión to hear about their music and experience as hip-hop artists in Cuba.
    Take a day trip to Matanzas, the capital of the Cuban province of Matanzas. Known for its poets, culture, and Afro-Cuban folklore, we will explore the Triunvirato Plantation and the Castillo San Severino where we will hear about the history of slavery in Cuba. The rest of the afternoon we relax and explore the beautiful beaches of Varadero, a popular resort town covering Cuba’s narrow Hicacos Peninsula.
  • Day 14 – HAVANA
    Wrap-up curriculum workshop followed by a free afternoon ending in a celebratory dinner.
  • Day 15 – HAVANA/U.S.
    Morning departure for the U.S.

Explore our past trips through these photos and curricula:

Program Application

For more information, please contact Denise Woltering-Vargas at or call the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at 504-862-3143.