Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Prytania Theatre to premiere documentary Out of Chaos: An Artist's Journey in Haiti

February 16th, 2019
1:45 PM

Prytania Theatre
5339 Prytania St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

The New Orleans Film Society, in collaboration with the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute and Stone Center for Latin American Studies, is proud to announce the premiere of the documentary Out of Chaos: An Artist’s Journey in Haiti (Sorti du Chaos: un voyage d’artiste á Haiti) on Saturday, February 16, at the Prytania Theatre. The film will be shown in English and French, with French subtitles.

In this documentary, director and transmedia artist Pascal Giacomini spends a month in Port-au-Prince working with a group of Vodou practitioners and artists to collectively create large metal sculptures from recycled materials sourced from the trash on the streets. Their work, reborn out of rubble and transformed into something beautiful, mirrors the artist‘€™s own lively portrait of Haiti. With detours into a Voudo ceremony and a riotous Carnival celebration, the film focuses its lens on the island‘€™s celebrated artists, revealing a truly indestructible spirit.

Pascal Giacomini will be in attendance. Giacomini is an accomplished metal sculptor, functional artist, furniture designer and veteran photographer. Using metal, found objects, liquid resin, glass, wood, bronze and other materials, he creates indoor and large-scale outdoor sculptures, which have been exhibited, along with his photography, in public settings and museums throughout Southern California. The native of Paris, France, has been living and working in Hollywood, California, for over 30 years.

Presented in partnership with Krewe du Karnaval.




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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

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

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Cost: $3580

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 the Cuban national literacy campaign.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 15, 2020.

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
  • $200 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 the U.S.: 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.