Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Thomas A. Klingler

Associate Professor - French & Italian

Contact Info
klingler@tulane.edu

Degrees

  • B.A., Manchester College, French, 1983
  • M.A., Indiana University, French Linguistics, 1986
  • M.A., Indiana University, General Linguistics, 1988
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, French Linguistics, 1992

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1998-
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1992-1998

Research & Teaching Specializations: Louisiana; Haiti; Language/Linguistics; Creole Languages and Cultures

Related Experience

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of French and Italian, Tulane University, 2000-2003
  • President, CODOFIL Consortium of Louisiana Universities and Colleges, 2002-2003
  • Reviewer, National Science Foundation, 1999
  • Research Assistant, Louisiana Creole Dictionary Project, 1988-1991
  • Editorial Board (comité scientifique) of Nouvelles Etudes Francophones. 2004-

Distinctions

  • Named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academic (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palmes) by the French Minister of Education, 2013
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, 2004-2005
  • Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund Enhancement Grant, 2003-2006
  • American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Cane River National Heritage Area Research Grant, 2003-2004
  • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Outreach Grant, 2003

Languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Creole

Selected Publications

  • 2013. “Louisiana Creole.” With Ingrid Neumann-Holzschuh. In The Survey of Pidgin and Creole Languages, vol II, Portuguese-based, Spanish-based, and French-based languages. Susanne Maria Michaelis, Philippe Maurer, Martin Haspelmath, and Magnus Huber, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 229-240.
  • 2013. Le Bijou sur le Bayou Teche/The Jewel on the Bayou Teche. With students in FREN 4110/6110 Field Research on French in Louisiana. A documentary of language and culture along Lousiana’s Bayou Teche.
  • 2013. “Louisiana Creole structure dataset.” With Ingrid Neumann-Holzschuh. In Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures. Susanne Maria Michaelis, Philippe Maurer, Martin Haspelmath, and Magnus Huber, eds. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
  • 2012. “French in a non-Acadian community: A phonological study of the French of Ville Platte, Louisiana.” With Chantal Lyche. In Phonological Variation in French: Illustrations from three continents. Gess Randall, Chantal Lyche and Trudel Meisenberg, eds. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 275-312.
  • 2010. “Conversation à la Ville Platte (Louisiana Unis): langue et musique en Louisiane.” In Les variétes du francais parlé dans l’espace francophone. Ressources pour l’enseignement. Detey, Sylvain, Jacques Durand, Bernard Laks and Chantal Lyche, eds. Paris: Ophrys. ISBN 978-2-7080-1283-7. Partie VII, chap. 5. 341-354.
  • 2009. “How Much Acadian is there in Cajun?” In Acadians and Cajuns: The Politics and Culture of French Minorities in North America. Ursula Mathis-Moser and Günter Bischof, eds. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press. 91-103.
  • 2009. Dictionary of Louisiana French as Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities. With Albert Valdman, et al. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
  • 2006. “Louisiana Creole at the periphery”. With Nathalie Dajko. In History, Society, and Variation in Pidgins and Creoles. Clancy J. Clements et al., eds. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 11-28.
  • 2003. ‘‘If I Could Turn my Tongue Like That”: The Creole of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
  • 1998. Dictionary of Louisiana Creole. With Albert Valdman et al. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: FREN-4080: French Around the World, ANTH-6415: Pidgins and Creoles

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 3

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28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival to Feature Latinx Programming

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The 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will be held from October 11th to October 19th at participating theaters in the New Orleans area. Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South. Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films.

This year’s film festival will feature a number of films relating to the Latin American community, either in subject matter and/or made by Latin American filmmakers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be sponsoring several films, including Olancho and Cuban Short Stories.

A full list of film selections and synopses may be found here.

For more information on tickets, passes, and film packages, visit the NOFF website.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following films:

Olancho
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making music for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, he must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee. For information on times and locations, visit the Olancho event page.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano
These Cuban short stories are a series of short films highlight cultural and social subject manner relating to the Cuban community. For more information on show times and locations, visit the event page.

Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban
A short documentary about female boxing in Cuba, where the Cuban government forbade women from competing in the 2016 summer olympics.

Manuel
A short documentary about an 87-year-old Cuban man who brews and sells potions said to be aphrodisiacs.

Parade
Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders.

Connection (Conectifai)
A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen.

Charlie
Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)
Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation’s unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father’s adamant objection.

Prince of Smoke
Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.

Additional titles relating to the Latin American community include:

The Thunder Feast (Truenos de San Juan)
A documentary about the ancient festival of San Juanito in Guanajuato where homemade explosives are part of the revelry, but not everyone in the community is sure this tradition should continue.

Sambá
A documentary about Cisco, a Dominican-born man who returns to the Dominican Republic after doing time in a United State prison. Cisco soon finds that the only way he can make money is getting involved in loosely organized street fighting.

Days of Wholesome Joy
A Cuban narrative short about a woman taking care of her grandmother who has dementia.

Holy Hill
A narrative short story about a nun who works at a school for young boys in the Dominican Republic. Both she and the boys have parallel sexual awakenings.

Camp of the Innocents
A Louisiana-made short documentary about the U.S. interment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans. The entire synopsis, as well as show times and location may be found here.

Dead Horses
A Catalan animated short film about a child fleeing his home during wartime.

Bells in the Mountains
A Spanish short documentary about a group of cows who migrate seasonally from the town of Ullé through the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.

Elegy
A short narrative film about a girl who cannot process her complicated feelings about the death of her two classmates.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano-New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following screenings for the New Orleans Film Festival, which will run from October 11th-19th. Screenings are held at various locations in New Orleans. The box office is located at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130).

CUBAN SHORTS: CINE CUBANO

  • Saturday, October 14th 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13
  • Thursday, October 19th 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10

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.
    6PM-9PM
  • Saturday, Oct. 21- Annual Conference
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    1 Drexel Dr., Administration Auditorium
    8AM-4:30PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- Laura Plantation Tour & Lunch
    2247 Highway 18, Vacherie 70090
    9AM-2:30PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- LAGNIAPPE!
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    2PM

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 lwise1_at_tulane.edu.