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Upcoming Events at CLACS-Loyola University

March 30th, 2011 - April 13th, 2011

Latino-America: A forum on how Latinos influence contemporary U.S. politics Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe…  read more

Immigration Panel

March 29th, 2011 - April 29th, 2011

NOTE: DATE HAS YET TO BE CONFIRMED Immigration Panel CIPR Seminar Series More information to come  read more

Urban Indians & Cultural Rights: the Limits of Multicultural Liberalism

March 28th, 2011
5:00 PM

Daniel Bonilla Lecture Urban Indians and Cultural Rights: The limits of Multicultural Liberalism CIPR Seminar Series, Co-sponsored with the Payson Center for International Development Multicultural…  read more

The Honorable Luis Gallegos, Ambassador from Ecuador, visits Tulane

March 28th, 2011
1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Ecuador’s Ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Luis Gallegos, will be in New Orleans to oversee the opening of a consulate in New Orleans.…  read more

Symposium: Latin American Institutions & Democracies

March 24th, 2011

Representativeness and Effectiveness in LATIN AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS & DEMOCRACIES The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research is proud to announce a one-day symposium, open to…  read more

Politics, Identity & Mexico's Indigenous Rights Movements

March 17th, 2011
5:00 PM

Todd A. Eisenstadt Lecture Politics, Identity, and Mexico’s Indigenous Rights Movements CIPR Seminar Series What role does ethnicity play in how people view themselves and…  read more

Talk by Raquel Fernandez: "Women's Rights and Development"

February 18th, 2011
12 noon

The Tulane Department of Economics’ third guest speaker of the 2011 spring semester is Raquel Fernandez of New York University. In 2010, Professor Fernandez was…  read more

Ambassador Hugo Llorens Talk: "U.S. Policy Toward Latin America and Honduras"

February 17th, 2011
12 p.m.- Presentation and Q&A

A Luncheon Briefing featuring Hon. Hugo Llorens, United States Ambassador to Honduras. Arrive at 11:30 for a Networking Reception. Hugo Llorens presented his credentials as…  read more

The Payson Center Presents International Development Film Series: "The Year of Living Dangerously"

February 16th, 2011
6 p.m.

Following the film, a discussion about the film, as it relates to development, will be led by Dr. Stanley Samarasinghe, a professor with intimate knowledge…  read more

Indigenous Land Rights & Environmental Protection

February 8th, 2011
5:00 PM

Film & Lecture Featuring Lottie Cunningham Indigenous Land Rights and Environmental Protection: the Case of Awas Tingi v. Nicaragua The Center for Inter-American Policy and…  read more

Symposium: Venezuela from the Neutral Ground

January 28th, 2011
8:30AM - 6:30PM

The Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Department of Political Science invite you the symposium,…  read more

Rômulo Sampaio: Water Law in the US & Brazil

January 21st, 2011
5:00 PM

Water Law in the U.S. and Brazil – Climate Change and Two Approaches to Emerging Water Poverty Lecture and Reception Co-sponsored with the Tulane Law…  read more

Economics Seminar Series

January 20th, 2011 - April 21st, 2011

CLICK HERE for the Spring 2011 Economic Seminar Series schedule, held Fridays from noon-1:30 p.m. in 301 Tilton Hall, Tulane University New Orleans.  read more

Visiting Greenleaf Chair Symposium: Political Institutions, Power and Conflict in Central America

December 6th, 2010

Image: Legislative Assembly of El Salvador The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research were pleased to host…  read more

Spring 2011 Events At A Glance

December 3rd, 2010

Here’s a quick glance at the CIPR events this semester: Jan 21, 2011 Rômulo Sampaio Lecture & Discussion Water Law in the U.S. and Brazil…  read more




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Upcoming Events

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.