Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Jana Lipman

Associate Professor - History

Contact Info
jlipman@tulane.edu

Degrees

  • B.A., Brown University, History, 1996.
  • M.A., Yale University, History, 2001
  • M.Phil., Yale University, History, 2003.
  • Ph.D., Yale University, History, 2006

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2008-2012
  • Assistant Professor, St. Joseph’s College, 2006-2008

Research & Teaching Specializations: U.S. Foreign Relations, History of Empire, Cuba, Caribbean

Related Experience

  • Advisor, Guantanamo Public Memory Project, 2011-
  • Big Onion Tour Company, New York, NY, 2005-2006
  • Graduate Employee and Student Organization (GESO), 2000-2006
  • New Hampshire Democratic Party, Lebanon, NH, 2002
  • NYCLU Reproductive Rights Project, 1998-2000
  • US Peace Corps, St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean, 1996-1998

Distinctions

  • Constance Rourke Essay Prize for the best article published in American Quarterly 2012, 2013
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Travel Grant, 2011
  • General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant, US Army Military History Institute, 2010
  • Co-Winner, Taft Prize in Labor History, 2009
  • Nota Bene Book, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
  • Newcomb Fellow Travel Grant, 2009
  • Committee on Research Tulane Summer Research Grant, 2009
  • George Washington Egleston Prize, Yale University, 2007

Languages:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Creole

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming. “War, Persecution, and Displacement: U.S. Refugee Policy Since 1945.” At War: Militarism and U.S. Culture in the 20th Century and Beyond. Edited by David Kieran and Edwin A. Martini. Rutgers University Press
  • Forthcoming. “Where is Guantánamo in Granma? Competing Discourses on Detention and Terrorism.” Guantánamo and the Empire of Freedom: Politics and the Humanities at a Global Crossroads. Edited by Don Walicek and Jessica Adams. Palgrave McMillan Press.
  • 2016. “Tours of Duty/Tours of Leisure: The Politics and Cultures of Militarism and Tourism.” With Vernadette Vicuna Gonzalez and Teresia Teaiwa. American Quarterly.
  • 2015. Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism. With Daniel Bender. New York: NYU Press.
  • 2014. “A Refugee Camp in America; Fort Chaffee and Vietnamese and Cuban Refugees, 1975-1982,” Journal of American Ethnic History.
  • 2013. “‘The Fish Trusts the Water, and it is in the water that it is cooked’: The Caribbean Origins of the Krome Detention Center,” Radical History Review Special Issue on “Haiti and the World.”
  • 2012. “‘Give Us a Ship’: Vietnamese Repatriates on Guam, 1975,” American Quarterly 64.1: 1-31.
  • 2011. “‘The Face is the Roadmap’: Vietnamese Amerasians in U.S. Political and Popular Culture, 1980-1988,” Journal of Asian American Studies, 14.1: 33-68.
  • 2009. Guantánamo: A Working-Class History between Empire and Revolution. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
  • 2009. “Guantánamo and the Case of Kid Chicle: Labor, Privatization, and the Law in the Expansion of US Empire.” In Transitions and Transformations in the US Imperial State. Alfred McCoy and Francisco Scarano, eds. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin.
  • 2008. “Buenos Vecinos”, Ciudadanos y Súbditos: Nacionalidad y Competencia Laboral en la Base Naval de Estados Unidos en Guantánamo.” Trans. Rolando García Milián. In Memorias del VII Taller Internacional de Problemas Teóricos y Prácticos de la Historia Regional y Local (Urbana). La Habana, Cuba-Chapingo, Mexico: Instituto de Historia de Cuba, Universidad de Chapingo.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: US Empire Since 1898; US Foreign Relations Since World War II; US Foreign Relations before World War II; US Labor and Migration in the 20th Century; US Immigration

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 2

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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.

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.

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 from October 13 – 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, the 19th annual 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 13th. 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.