Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Hortensia Calvo

Doris Stone Director - The Latin American Library

Contact Info


  • Licenciatura, Philosophy, Universidad de Los Andes, Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia, 1980
  • M.A., Spanish and Spanish American Literature, University of Illinois, 1984
  • Ph.D., Yale University, Spanish, 1990

Academic Experience

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke University, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, Princeton University, 1990-1996

Research & Teaching Specializations: Spanish American literary Baroque, social history of colonial books/print culture

Related Experience

  • Director, The Latin American Library, Tulane University, 2003-
  • Librarian for Latin America and Iberia, Perkins Library, Duke University, 1999-2002
  • Interim Ibero-American and Caribbean Studies Bibliographer, Perkins Library, Duke Unviersity, 1997-1999
  • Board of Directors, Fundacion Amistad, 1999-


  • Summer Research Grants, Princeton University, 1992, 1993, 1994
  • Research Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 1988
  • Edward A. and Samuel C. Suisman Fellowship, Yale University, 1986-1987


  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese

Selected Publications

  • 2003. “The Politics of Print: The Historiography of the Book in Early Spanish America.” Book History. 5.
  • 2001. “The Luis Angel Arango Library.” In International Dictionary of Library Histories. Chicago: Fitzroy-Dearborn.
  • 1997. “Communicating in the Library of Babel.” Duke University Libraries. 11 (1): 8-12.
  • 1993. “El Carnero segun Juana Garcia: una manga afrofeminina de la historia colombiana.” Dispositio XVIII (44): 99-124.





All Events

Upcoming Events

Cultural Kinship Conference: Presented by the LA Creole Research Association

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The Louisiana Creole Research Association will host its’ 13th annual conference from October 20-22 in New ORLEANS, LA. The conference will explore the phenomenon of Creolization and identity that exists in both the Caribbean and in New Orleans and their common Creole culture. Learn how the influence of the St. Domingue immigrants in New Orleans bolstered that common Creole on the cusp of Americanization following the Louisiana Purchase. Registration for the conference is now open, using the following link.

2017 Conference Schedule

  • Friday, Oct. 20- Annual Members Meeting
    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
    938 Lafayette St.
  • Saturday, Oct. 21- Annual Conference
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    1 Drexel Dr., Administration Auditorium
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- Laura Plantation Tour & Lunch
    2247 Highway 18, Vacherie 70090
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- LAGNIAPPE!
    Xavier University of Louisiana

For more details on the 2017 Schedule and Speakers, visit our post on Facebook! To register, become a member, or get extra information, click here.

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or