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The Institute has also been involved in the promotion of cultural relations between New Orleans and Havana. New Orleans, a city much more caribbean than southern, shares much history with Cuba, and specifically Havana. The cities of New Orleans and Havana share a rich historical heritage which continues to be a strong bonding force today. The Spanish presence impacted the culture of both cities in similar ways and is readily seen in the beautiful architecture of many of New Orleans’ and Havana’s old buildings. Enhancing this historic cultural bond was the strong trade relationship that existed between these two cities. In the middle part of this century, over one third of the trade from the Port of New Orleans was destined to Havana and over 6,000 people in the city were employed in areas directly related to trade with Cuba. Today, the cities continue to have many similarities: both cities are approximately the same size and both of their economies are dependent on sugar, tourism and maritime commerce. The large Cuban, Creole and African descendent populations that live in Havana and New Orleans further link these two communities. In addition, the cities are leaders in tropical medicine and both share a susceptibility to natural disasters. Symbolic of the historic bond and feeling of sisterhood that exists between the two cities is the fact that D’Iberville is interred in Havana and that Jose Martí spent time in New Orleans during his residence in the United States.

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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact lago.tulane@gmail.com with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.