Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Annie Gibson

Administrative Assistant Professor - Department of Global Education

Contact Info
agibson3@tulane.edu

Degrees

  • B.A., Dartmouth College, Spanish and Latino Studies; Portuguese minor, 2003
  • M.A., Tulane University, Latin American Studies, 2007
  • Ph.D., Tulane University, Latin American Studies, 2010

Academic Experience

  • Administrative Assistant Professor, Department of Global Education, Tulane University, 2014-
  • Professor of Practice, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Zemurray Stone Post Doc Teaching Fellow, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Instructor, Tulane University, 2006-2011

Related Experience

  • Associate Director of Intercultural Learning, 2016-
  • Administrator, Tulane Semester Abroad Program in Cuba, 2015-
  • Faculty Director, International Studies Activism and Networking (INSTANT), 2015
  • Coordinator, CIAPA, Tulane University, 2012-2014
  • On Site Coordinator, Payson Center in Cuba, 2013-2014
  • On Site Director, Tulane Semester Abroad Program in Cuba, 2011, 2014
  • On Site Director, Rassias Institute, Spain, 2011
  • On Site Director, Tulane Summer Abroad Program in Costa Rica, 2010, 2012
  • Princeton Day School, Spanish Teacher, 2003-2005

Research & Teaching Specializations: Cuban and Brazilian performance cultures; Brazilian immigration to the United States, Cultural Studies, Portuguese

Distinctions

  • Simón Rodriguez Award for the Best Undergraduate Teacher, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2015, 2016
  • CELT Funding Award, 2015
  • J.B. Jackson Book Prize, Contribution of the Year to Ethnic and Historical Geography of the US, Association of American Geographers, 2015
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Grant, 2013
  • Fellowship for Research on the Global South, Tulane University, 2009
  • Graduate Student of the Year, Tulane University, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2008
  • William J. Griffith Latin American Studies Instructor of the Year, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2008
  • Donald Robertson Award for best graduate paper in the Humanities written on Latin American Content: “Brazuca in NOLA: A Cultural Analysis of Brazilian Immigration to New Orleans Post-Katrina,” 2007
  • Tinker Fellowship Research Grant, awarded for thesis research in Cuba, Tulane University, 2007

Languages:

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Selected Publications

  • 2017. “Vínculos históricos entre Nueva Orleans, Luisiana y Cuba.” Revista Universidad de la Habana. No 283: 44-59.
  • 2015. “PerformingCultural Visibility:Brazilian Immigrants,MardiGras,and NewOrleans.” In PerformingBrazil: Essays on Culture, Identity and Performing Arts.
  • 2015. The Hispanic and Latino New Orleans: Immigration and Identity Since the Eighteenth Century. LSU Press.
  • 2014. “Rediscovering lo cubano Through Capoeira in Cuba.” Postcolonialist. 2(1).
  • 2013. “Sambando New Orleans: Dancing Race, Gender, and Place with Casa Samba.” Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 31.
  • 2012. Post-Katrina Brazucas: Brazilian Immigrants in New Orleans. The University of New Orleans Press.
  • 2012. “Parading Brazil Through New Orleans: Brazilian Immigrant Interaction with Casa Samba of New Orleans.” Latin American Music Review.
  • 2010. “Voz, Narrativa e Sexo: O Brasil de Nélida Piñon em República dos Sonhos.” Brasil/Brazil [Brown University] 23 (2010): 37-53.
  • 2009. “Vencendo Confins: A Voz Resistente Na Narrativa de Kehinde em Um Defeito de Cor.” Pterodactilo 7 http://pterodactilo.com/numero7/?p=1063.
  • 2008. “Brazuca in NOLA: A Cultural Analysis of Brazilian Immigration to New Orleans Post-Katrina.” Latin American Journal of Popular Culture 27: 103-128.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Brazilian Film; Introduction to Brazilian Literature; Ethnography of Latin American Dance; Mindful Traveler: Cultural Critiques of Tourism; Latin American Architecture and Urban Development in Costa Rica; Contemporary Costa Rican Culture

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Film Screening: El Súper with filmmaker Iván Acosta

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The 1979 film version of Cuban filmmaker Ivan Acosta’s award-winning play El Súper, which gained critical and international success for its depiction of exiled Cubans in New York City, will be screened. Mr. Acosta will be in attendance and a discussion in English will follow. Iván Acosta is a playwright, filmmaker, and creative director originally from Santiago de Cuba, now in New York City. His creative endeavors include documentaries, plays, films, and books, and he’s served as writer, director, and producer, among other roles.

A small reception will follow the screening. Seating may be limited. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/29/archives/the-screen-el-super-a-cubanamerican-tale-the-cast.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

Equity speaker series to host panel on navigating immigrant relations in the current political climate

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The Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University is proud to present Border Li(n)es: Excluding, Extracting, and Expelling Immigrants in the Southern U.S. on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM as part of the Equity Speaker Series.

Following a summer of turbulent immigration relations in the United States, the Fall 2018 Equity Speaker Panel will focus on immigration on our Southern border and will feature specialists whose experiences vary from grassroots to professorial work. Panelists will include Josiah Heyman, Director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, Ronald Martinez, New Orleans immigrant activist and spokesperson for the Congress of Day Laborers, Hiroko Kusuda, Clinical Professor and Director of Immigration Law at the Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola, and Laila Hlass, Clinical Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

These four distinguished speakers will share the stage of Freeman Auditorium to discuss the drastic variation in immigrant relations across the national, regional, and local spaces and ways that members of American society may become engaged in or change the now toxic and polarized political climate. This inaugural discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

See also Tulane New Wave for more information and a description of the event.




Cover photo from CNN story What the US-Mexico border looks like before Trump’s wall.

Mexican Cultural Institute's new exhibition features Hispanic women artists' empowerment and identity

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans in collaboration with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the groundbreaking exhibition Hispanic Women Making Art: Creative Empowerment and Identity. The exhibition will feature artists Verónica Bapé, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas, Ana Hernandez, Josephine Sacabo, Laura Velez and Luba Zygarewicz and is curated by Marcela Correa, MFA.

The opening reception will be held on September 26 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The exhibition will be open beginning September 26 and continue through November 24, 2018. For more information, please visit the Mexican Cultural Institute website.

Cover photo is a work by Verónica Bapé from the series ABUNDANTE COSA 1 MES 1 ARTISTA.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.


Iván Acosta book presentation: With A Cuban Song in the Heart / Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón

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Iván Acosta will present his memoir, With a Cuban Song in the Heart/ Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón, published by Un-Gyve Press, 2017. At this event, Mr. Acosta will incorporate his favorite Cuban songs in a musical and historical journey. His book features artwork from 280 album covers in his private collection and weaves a rich narrative combining real life experiences from his childhood in Santiago, Cuba along with tidbits of local lore and historical references. His favorite songs will be performed by local performers during the presentation.
This fascinating presentation, starting at 6:00PM, will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Newcomb Art Building (in Newcomb Circle) New Orleans, LA, 70118. A book signing and reception will follow on Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium and in the Newcomb Art Museum. The book will be available for purchase for $60.00.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/16/nyregion/public-lives-cuba-on-his-mind-the-dual-life-of-an-artist-exile.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

Celebración Latina at the Audubon Zoo

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, please join us at the Audubon Zoo for the 2018 Celebración Latina family festival to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina, presented by Pan-American Life Insurance Group, will be held at the Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field. It will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities, and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand crafts, and local social service, health, and education organizations will offer wellness, education, and social service information.

Celebración Latina is included with Zoo admission or Audubon membership. No outside food, beverages, or tents allowed. Portable chairs and blankets are welcomed.

Don’t forget to check out photos from past celebrations!

For more information, please visit the Audubon Zoo website.

Celebración Latina is sponsored in part by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Ron Austin & Associates.

New Orleans Jazz Museum to host transcribathon of Spanish and French colonial documents

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The New Orleans Jazz Museum will be hosing a “Colonial Documents Transcribathon” on Saturday, October 13. A transcribathon is an all-day event where lovers of language and history come together to transcribe and encode hand-written manuscripts. Transcribers will learn to use cutting-edge technology to transcribe documents from the museum’s collection of eighteenth-century French and Spanish colonial records. These transcriptions will help people around the world learn about the colonial history of New Orleans and its environs. The NOLA Jazz Museum Transcribathon will also feature live music, a bar, tours of the collections, a raffle with prizes, and invited speakers.

The events welcome brand-new and experienced transcribers with any level of French or Spanish, as well as anyone interested in learning more about the Jazz Museum’s one-of-a-kind collection of colonial records.

To learn more and to RSVP, please event the official event website.