Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

LARC Lending Library

Who May Use The Lending Library

The service is open to local Tulane/Loyola faculty and teaching assistants. Lending materials to individual students or student organizations requires the sponsorship of a Tulane/Loyola faculty member. Contact the LARC if you have any questions about your eligibility for this service.

Five Basic Regulations

1) All users must have a completed and signed User’s Agreement on file. Absolutely no materials will be shipped before a user has completed and signed a lending library User’s Agreement. If you would prefer to have us fax or mail the form to you instead of printing it off this site, please contact our office.

2) You must reserve materials at least seven days in advance of the day you plan to use them. Be certain to fill out the form completely; any orders which do not contain all of the necessary information, including a specific date on which you plan to use the materials, will not be processed. If any item you request is not available, you will be informed in writing at least three days before your scheduled show date. Please note that we will inform you only if items are unavailable; our limited staff makes it impossible for us to contact you to confirm requests. We do encourage our users to contact us by email or telephone to confirm their requests if they wish.

3) All users are limited to a total of ten items per semester. We consider January 1 – June 15 as the spring semester, June 15 ­ August 15 as the summer semester, and August 15 – December 31 as the fall semester. In addition, Tulane/Loyola borrowers may preview up to ten extra items per semester. The lending library operates on a limited basis during the summer and with modified policies, please see the Summer Borrowing section below.

4) All items must be returned immediately following their scheduled show date. Any item not received in the LARC office within three days of its due date will be considered overdue. The borrower will be held responsible for lost, damaged, or materials not returned.

5) Tulane/Loyola users must pick up their materials at the LARC office, they will not be sent through campus mail.

Viewing Equipment

Slide projectors, VCRs and LCD projectors can be reserved in advance through the Stone Center Receptionist at 865-5164 or from other departments. The LARC is not in charge of equipment rental.

Additional Information

It is always a good idea to make reservations as far in advance as possible. At the same time, please refrain from making changes in your planned schedule of show dates. While we can easily accommodate additions or cancellations, changes in the date may result in new scheduling conflicts. Also, please be patient if the materials you want are in use by someone else, the LARC Lending Library is a national service now utilized by over 500 educators.

These procedures are the result of a great deal of consideration and are intended to allow us to provide this service as efficiently as possible to a very large national clientele in spite of our very small staff. Please call or write us if you need any further information.

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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.

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.