Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

International Programs

Graduate Research in Cuba | LAST 7950 Pro-Seminar
Havana | May 26 – June 23, 2018
THIS PROGRAM IS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY

Program Description:
This month-long seminar is designed for beginning graduate students who have “book” knowledge of Cuba, advanced to superior Spanish language skills, and who wish to pursue graduate research in country. The seminar will not only acquaint students with the fundamentals of Cuban culture and society, but also provide them with the basic experience and strategies needed in order to successfully accomplish research on the island. Given the depth and breadth of our partners–the Fundación Nicolás Guillén, the Centro Juan Marinello, and the Union Nacional de Escritores y Artistas en Cuba (UNEAC)— we will be able to accommodate a broad range of research interests in the humanities and social sciences.

After a week-long crash course on contemporary Cuba, students will be assigned a mentor that they will work closely with throughout the duration of the program in order to guide them through the design of their research project. This mentor will meet regularly with the student to identify sites, contacts, and sources that best suit their research needs. During the final week of the program, students will be able to engage in field research and/or continue to make the contacts and inquiries necessary to conduct more in-depth investigations on subsequent field research trips.

Final program costs are still to be determined, but are likely to be approximately $3,000, which will include cost of visa, roundtrip airfare to Havana, housing at the ANAP (Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños), and two meals a day. Students will enroll in a 3-credit course at Tulane (LAST 7950); the credits will be transferable to other universities. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for Tulane graduate students.

Program Application:
The program application will include general and academic information, two letters of recommendation, a copy of your current valid passport, your current academic transcript, and an application fee of $300.00.
In addition to the basic application, the student must also include a 2-3 page summary of the student’s research interests, program of study, and proposed project to be undertaken in Cuba. Advanced to superior Spanish language skills is required.
Please email ccsi_at_tulane.edu for application materials. Applications accepted through February 23, 2018.

For further information, please contact Dr. Ana Lopez at lopez_at_tulane.edu, or Dr. Carolina Caballero at icaballe_at_tulane.edu.

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Stone Center for Latin American Studies to host 11th annual Workshop on Field Research Methods

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for the 11th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The deadline to apply for the workshop is January 15, 2019.

How will you get the data you need for your thesis or dissertation? Do you envision immersing yourself for months in the local culture, or tromping the hills and farms seeking respondents? Sorting through dusty archives? Observing musicians at work in the plaza? Downloading and crunching numbers on a computer? For any of these approaches: How might you get there, from here?

This workshop aims to help you approach your data collection and analysis for your thesis or dissertation topic, and to adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. You will take your research project ideas to the next stop—whatever that may be, include raising travel grants. Learn to:

  • Plan more efficiently, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • Prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • Navigate choices of research methods and course offerings on campus
  • Become a better research and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. Everyone shares ideas and participates. We will explore and compare research approaches, share experiences and brainstorm alternatives. You will be encouraged to think differently about your topic, questions, and study sites as well as language preparation, budgets, and logistics. The participatory format is intended to spark constructive new thinking, strategies, and student networks to continue learning about (and conducting) field research.

Who is leading this?
Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and affiliate faculty to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Who is this for?
This workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students as well as graduate students from other programs (GOHB, CCC, humanities, sciences, and others) if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with human subjects.

Sign up
Sign up as soon as you can! Apply by January 15, 2019, at the latest to confirm your stop. Send an email with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Department and Degree program
  • Year at Tulane
  • Prior experience in research, especially field research
  • Academic training in research design and methods
  • Include a 1-paragraphy statement of your current research interests and immediate plans/needs (i.e. organize summer field research)

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Not for credit.

For more information and/or to apply: Contact Laura Murphy or Jimmy Huck.

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2019
Cost: $3300

Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and hear firsthand about the Cuban national literacy campaign from the teachers themselves. In collaboration with The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 8, 2019. In addition, supplemental materials are also needed by March 8th in order for application to be considered complete.

Applicants also have the option to fill out and submit an Adobe PDF version of the APPLICATION. Please submit this application and the supplemental materials via email to crcrts@tulane.edu by March 8th, 2019.

Additional materials needed:

  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Sample lesson plan
  • $500 program deposit

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation

THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare to/from Miami: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2019

Please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.