Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

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LARC Media Packets

The materials found below were once part of our publications that the Latin American Resource Center offered to educators at an affordable price. LARC is in the process of updating and digitizing all curriculum materials produced by the Stone Center and as part of our commitment to Latin American studies in the K12 classroom, all materials below can now be used free of charge.

All resources are either available for free download or can be created electronically if requested. Please email with any questions.

Slides Packets

DAY OF THE DEAD: The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday which takes place on November 2 and commemorates the death of relatives and friends while serving as a fascinating and lively celebration for the living. This packet discusses both the European and indigenous influences in the festival rituals. 20 slides.

CARNIVAL IN VERACRUZ: The Mexican port city of Veracruz is famous for its tropical ambience, marimba rhythms, and unique cuisine. The city is also the site of Mexico’s largest and most spectacular celebration of carnival. This packet highlights the history and traditions of the renowned festival. 20 slides.

FAVELAS OF RIO DE JANEIRO: Favelas, or squatters settlements, are a housing alternative for the poor of Brazil. This packet emphasizes who the inhabitants are, misconceptions concerning the residents, their jobs, favela construction, and the social support networks within the settlements. 28 slides.

COLONIAL MEXICAN SOCIETY: Life in Mexico’s colonial period (1519-1824) was diversified, complex, and in a constant state of evolution. This packet places particular emphasis on socio-economic issues such as silver mining, the trans-Atlantic trade, the rise of large landed estates, labor systems, etc. 27 slides.

LIFE IN CONTEMPORARY CUBA (1990): In 1959, Fidel Castro and his fellow revolutionaries triumphantly paraded through downtown Havana, thereby dramatically changing the Latin American political climate. This slide packet discusses Cuban history and contemporary life under the revolutionary government. 32 slides.

PARAGUAY: QUIET BEAUTY OF SOUTH AMERICAS HEARTLAND: Paraguay, a landlocked nation in the center of South America, has a unique history. It is particularly interesting for its ethnic make-up- a large portion of which is descended from the indigenous Guaraní and continues to speak their native language. This packet highlights Paraguayan history, geography, and contemporary urban and rural life. 32 slides.

VENEZUELAN JOURNEY: Venezuela, one of the longest continuing democracies in Latin America, is a nation rich in geographic and cultural diversity. This slide packet follows the author on a trip through Venezuela and includes information regarding the nation’s history, geography, and socio-economic status in Latin America today. 20 slides plus map transparency.

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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.