Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Yan Vega, Film Screening and Q&A

November 5th, 2018

100A Jones Hall, Greenleaf Conference Room

Yan Vega is a Cuban film director and editor. After graduating from Cuba‘€™s arts university, the ISA, and Cuba‘€™s international film school, the EICTV, he lived and worked for several years in Paris, France, where he directed the award-winning Memorias de una familia cubana (Memories of a Cuban Family; 2007; 15 min.). While residing between Havana and Miami, he edited Carlos Machado Quintela‘€™s second and third feature films, La obra del siglo (The Project of the Century; 2015; 100min.), and Los lobos del este (The Wolves of the East; 2016). Vega currently lives in New York, where he continues to work in filmmaking, including editing a documentary about the history of the South Korean community in Cuba.

Memorias de una familia cubana uses Yan Vega‘€™s own personal family album to recount the story of a fictional Cuban family in the Revolution. Paying homage to and inspired by the work of French filmmakers Agnès Varda and Chris Marker, both of whom made documentaries in Cuba in the 1960s, as well as to the work of Cuban greats such as experimental documentarist Santiago Álvarez, this short film mobilizes archival footage and montage techniques to describe an uncertain present. It demonstrates the importance of taking the filmmaking of the diaspora into account in order to understand Cuban cinema and its role in reflecting the politics, history, and the present of the Cuban nation.

Directed by Carlos Machado Quintela, La obra del siglo tells the story of three generations of Cuban men living together in the Ciudad Electro Nuclear or CEN (Electro-Nuclear City), a city that was constructed to house the Soviet and Cuban workers recruited to take part in an ambitious plan to build two nuclear reactors in Cuba. Work on the nuclear reactors began in 1983 but was interrupted following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Combining fiction with found footage drawn from a recovered archive shot in the CEN in the 1980s, La obra del siglo contemplates Cuba‘€™s lost dreams of modernity.

Following the film screenings, Vega will take questions and talk about independent Cuban filmmaking and working as a Cuban artist in the diaspora. This free event is open to anyone with curiosity about Cuba, its art and its politics, or with questions about experimental filmmaking and the use of found footage, archival images, and montage techniques in contemporary cinema. Sponsored by CCSI and the Department of Communication.




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Explore the Stories and Creatures of Latin America: Pebbles Center collaboration with the Audubon Nature Institute

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Join us as we learn about rainforests and the creatures that live there through books and with the help of special visitors from Audubon Zoo. This program is part of the Pebbles Center series of programs on Latin America. It will incorporate S.T.E.A.M. [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math] activities and highlight the importance of the arts. Participants will meet several animals native to Central and South America with Audubon’s Zoomobile. We will discuss their ecosystems and the challenges they face then learn how art can help conservation. A summer reading list provided by the Pebbles Center will explore the diverse geography of Latin America. If readers read all books by the end of the Summer Reading Program, they will be presented with an honorable award during the annual Celebración Latina at the Zoo this Fall 2019.

Sponsored by the Audubon Nature Institute and Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Photo credit: Macaw, the Audubon Nature Institute

CANCELED: Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Cost: $3300

Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and hear firsthand about the Cuban national literacy campaign from the teachers themselves. In collaboration with The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 29, 2019. In addition, supplemental materials are also needed by March 29th in order for application to be considered complete.

Applicants also have the option to fill out and submit an Adobe PDF version of the APPLICATION. Please submit this application and the supplemental materials via email to by March 29th, 2019.

Additional materials needed:
  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school) Please email your recommenders the PDF above. They submit via email the complete recommendation letter.
  • Copy of Passport
  • Sample lesson plan
  • $500 program deposit


  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation


  • Airfare to/from Miami: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.


Please email or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.

Read Across the Americas Summer Program at the Children's Resource Center

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Join us every first and third Saturday at 10:30 am for a bilingual storytime for kids ages 2 – 10. The program is part of an initiative between Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New Orleans Public Library called the Pebbles Center.


Saturday, June 1
10:30 AM

Saturday, June 15
10:30 AM

Saturday, July 6
10:30 AM

Saturday, July 20
10:30 AM

Read Across the Americas Summer Program at the Algiers Regional Branch

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Join us every Wednesday at 10:30 am for a bilingual storytime for kids ages 2 – 10. The program is part of an initiative between Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the New Orleans Public Library called the Pebbles Center. This summer we will explore the environment and diverse geography of Latin America. Bring your favorite jungle animal and be prepared to learn some Spanish as we embark on an adventure through the Americas. This program provides a reading list of recommended titles for all ages to explore Latin America on your own this summer. If you read all books, you will be eligible for a special award offered during Hispanic Heritage month at the annual Celebración Latina held at the Audubon Zoo.


Wednesday, June 5
10:30 AM

Wednesday, June 12
10:30 AM

Wednesday, June 19
10:30 AM

Wednesday, June 26
10:30 AM

Wednesday, July 3
10:30 AM

Wednesday, July 10
10:30 AM

Wednesday, July 17
10:30 AM

Wednesday, July 24
10:30 AM

Wednesday, July 31
10:30 AM