Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Application Deadline, February 17: Summer in Cuba Program

November 1st, 2011 - February 17th, 2012

The application for the Summer in Cuba Program, “Havana and Beyond: Language, Culture and Society”, is due February 17, 2012.

The 4-week program in Cuba, sponsored by the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, offers the unique chance to earn 6 hours of academic credit while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes in Cuba have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations leaving Cubans and the entire world wondering what is next for the island and the Revolution. Do not miss this opportunity to see firsthand the triumphs of this much lauded and maligned political system and its ongoing challenges as it seeks to reconcile economic necessity with ideological desire. Open to Spanish and non-Spanish speakers, the Summer in Cuba Program is locally supported by the prestigious University of Havana and its affiliate the Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos de los Estados Unidos (CEHSEU). Courses and lectures by Cuban professors, professionals and intellectuals on contemporary Cuban literature, history, society, and culture will provide students with the knowledge to appreciate the peculiar dynamics of life in Cuba and engage conscientiously with its people. Excursions throughout Havana to important historic and cultural sites as well as field trips to Playa Larga, Matanzas, Trinidad and Cienfuegos will complete the experience and offer a more vivid picture of the island and its diverse population. Program dates for 2012 are May 26 – June 23, 2012.

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Carnaval Latino and Parade of the Americas

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Join us for the 19th annual Carnaval Latino festival in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on October 13 through October 15, 2018.

The Hispanic culture has thrived in New Orleans for almost 300 years, and Spanish influence can be seen all over the city. To celebrate the best of Latin culture, Carnaval Latino returns to the downtown area.

The Hispanic American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association hosts the festival to celebrate the music, food, art and culture of Latin America. Numerous musicians, both locally and from overseas, perform to honor the rich Spanish heritage in New Orleans.

In addition to live music and fantastic food, the Krewe of Quetzal will kick off the celebration with a New Orleans style parade, Desfile de Las Americas, or Parade of the Americas, on Saturday, October 13. See the Hispanic community ride in elaborate costumes, throwing souvenirs to the crowds. After the parade, festival goers will then enjoy Latin music, art, food and drink, during Carnaval Latino’s festival at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District.

For more information on the festival and parade, visit Carnaval Latino’s official website.

Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821

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On Wednesday, November 14, the Latin American Library at Tulane University will host Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, for a talk titled, Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821.

This presentation is part of the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Jane and Herbert Longenecker Lecture Series. The event is dedicated to María García Daly.