Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Hortensia Calvo

Doris Stone Director - The Latin American Library

Contact Info
hcalvo@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
Latin American Library

Degrees
  • 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 early modern 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-
Distinctions
  • 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
Languages:
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese
Overseas Experience
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
Selected Publications
  • 2019. “Crescent City Connections to Latin America: A History of the Latin American Library at Tulane University.” With Guillermo Náñez Falcón. Latin American Librarianship in the Twenty-first Century: Libraries, Collaborations and New Approaches. Gayle Williams and Jana Krentz, eds. Jefferson, NC: Mc Farland Publishing.
  • 2018. “Unpublished Letters from Sor Juana’s Mentor, María Luisa Manrique de Lara y Gonzaga: Correspondence from The Latin American Library, Tulane University” SALALM LX Papers, New Orleans: SALALM.
  • 2016. “Latin America.” A Companion to the History of the Book. 2nd revised edition. Edited by Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose. Oxford, UK; New York, NY: Blackwell.
  • 2015. “Cartas de Lysi: La mecenas de sor Juana en correspondencia inédita.” Co-author with Beatriz Colombi. Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuert; Mexico: Bonilla Editores.
  • 2003. “The Politics of Print: The Historiography of the Book in Early Spanish America.” Book History. 5.

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"The Past is a Foreign Country" and "Landscape Fever" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

“The Past is a Foreign Country” and “Landscape Fever” are Spanish-language short films directed by Gabrielle Garcia Steib, sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:

The Past is a Foreign Country addresses the past as an idea of which we have control, particularly to discuss the intersection of communities in New Orleans with those in Latin America”.

Landscape Fever is a short film that addresses the narrative of a Honduran immigrant corroded by violence upon her path migrating to New Orleans. Using archival footage filmed along the U.S. / Mexican border, and sound designed by Udit Duseja merged with field recordings- the viewer may step into the world of a traumatic yet common experience that occurs among the borderlands.”

Individual passes are not available for short films. However, the NOFF offers a “Virtual Shorts Pass” for $55.00 that allows access to all short films. This pass can be purchased here

"Landfall" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

Landfall, is an English-language Puerto Rican documentary film, directed by Cecilia Aldarondo.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:
“A kaleidoscopic portrait of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane María, Landfall investigates a storm of much greater magnitude: the economic crisis crippling the island long before María arrived.”

Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is sponsoring this film. More information and tickets are available here

Cuban Slavery and the Atlantic World

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The Gilder Lehrman Center‘€™s 22nd Annual International Conference provides a forum for discussion of the study of Cuban slavery and emancipation today, placing the island‘€™s history within the wider Atlantic world. Over the past few decades, the study of Cuban history has been an increasingly international effort. Cuban historians have interacted more and more with colleagues from abroad, with discussions grounded in the unique primary sources found in the rich Cuban archives. These scholars have demonstrated the importance of understanding Cuban slavery within the context of the Atlantic world and broad colonial networks of domination and resistance. This conference brings together scholars from Cuba and abroad working on the transatlantic slave trade, resistance, systems of control, abolition and emancipation, and the memory and legacies of slavery in Cuba. Join us for in-depth conversations about the present and future of understanding slavery and its long aftermath in this crucial part of the world.

"Verde" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

Verde, is a Spanish-language, Dominican feature film, directed by Alfonso Morgan-Terreno.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:
“When a bystander is killed during the robbery of a goldmine, the spilled blood stains more than the three men responsible, saturating the tight-knit fabric of their tiny Dominican village, seeping into the landscape itself. In a feature debut that pairs clear-eyed observation with ghostly intelligence, Alfonso Morgan-Terrero takes a familiar story, a dark passage of revenge and bloodshed, and sinks its noirish elements deep into the texture of its surroundings: rough-hewn structures, alleys of broken rock bathed in grimy orange streetlight, and the enveloping green of the forest. Under the film’s hypnotized gaze, kinship, brotherhood, and enmity are blurred and masquerade as one another”.
-Jonathan Kieran.

Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is sponsoring this film. More information and tickets are available here

"Right Near the Beach" Premiere at New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS) and The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute (CCSI) at Tulane University will again sponsor several films in this year’s New Orleans Film Festival. We are excited to support a diverse mix of films, including several narrative features, documentaries, and experimental shorts. In addition, CCSI director Dr. Ana López will lead a series of Q&A’s with select directors.

Right Near the Beach, is an English-language, Jamaican feature film, directed by Gibrey Allen.

Via New Orleans Film Festival website:
“After the death of famous runner Jeffrey Jacobs, the Jamacian public becomes enamored with the details of his life and speculates as to the motivation behind his murder. Jeffrey’s father, a reserved and kind farmer, struggles to grieve while inundated by the inescapable coverage. Through moments of blinding rage and quiet contemplation, the camera is a window into a life burdened by the death of a child that will never know justice. Against a backdrop of beautiful vistas, Right Near the Beach takes a lyrical approach to the exploration of homophobia in Jamaica. Rather than treat the murder as a voyeristic mystery, the film challenges us to contemplate the anguish of loss while everyone else debates the value of one person’s life”.
-Greta Hagen-Richardson

Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute is sponsoring this film. More information and tickets are available here

Summer in Cuba Information Session

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Learn more about the Cuban and Caribbean Institute‘€™s flagship study abroad program. Summer in Cuba is open to Tulane and non-Tulane undergraduate students from all years and majors. Plus, public Health majors have a unique opportunity to earn credits abroad with the Public Health in Cuba track.