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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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.