Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Laura Wise Person

Program Manager, Academic Programs

Laura joined the Stone Center in 2012. As Program Manager, she manages the summer abroad programs, educational travel, special academic activities, and special event programming sponsored by the Stone Center and the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute.

Laura is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics and Romance Languages (Spanish and Portuguese) from the University of Georgia, followed by an M.A. in Spanish Linguistics. Her thesis, “Speech acts and politeness in Spanish and English magazine advertising,” focused on linguistic and cultural politeness in Hispanic advertising.

Before coming to the Stone Center, Laura was a graduate assistant at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute at the University of Georgia where she coordinated special events and daily operations. She was a research assistant in the Department of Romance Languages where she did translation and transcription work in Spanish. She worked at UGA’s Institute on Human Development and Disability, and also spent a summer studying abroad in Salvador, Bahía, Brazil.


  • B.A., The University of Georgia, Linguistics, Romance Languages, 2009
  • M.A., The University of Georgia, Spanish Linguistics, 2011

Languages: Spanish, Portuguese





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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.