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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Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, is back for its 16th annual celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage. Presented by Friends of Culture, Bayou Bacchanal will include two days of Caribbean cuisine, dance, music and celebration.

World Wide Dance
Beginning Friday, November 2 stop by the newly-opened, Algiers based, Haitian restaurant Rendezvous, for World Wide Dance. This late-night dance party begins at 10:00 p.m. and doesn’t end until the final dancer clears the floor. Enjoy live sets by locally and regionally based, Trinidadian DJ Phil and DJ Spice. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door and includes access to the World Wide Dance celebration. A cash bar and bites from Rendezvous will be available for purchase.

Bayou Bacchanal Parade and Party
After an evening of dancing and celebrating, rest up for the annual Bayou Bacchanal Parade on Saturday, November 3. Assembly begins at 11:00 a.m. and the parade takes off at noon from Harrah’s. Parade-goers are welcome to come dressed in traditional carnival attire while engaging, marching and dancing to the beats of Soca music along with Casa Samba throughout the French Quarter. The parade’s final destination will be at North Peters & Mandeville Street where the party will then transition to Crescent Park.

From 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. several Dancehall, Soca and Reggae performers will grace the Bayou Bacchanal stage for this daylong festival. Guests can expect live performances by local, national and international artists such as: Soca Artist Preacher, Pan Vibrations, Tigress of Trinidad & Tobago, and Mystic of Trinidad & Tobago.

Beats will be provided by DJ Spice and hosted by Lady Pepper. Authentic Caribbean foods, drinks and special merchandise will be available for purchase. Trini Lisa and Boswell’s will be among the official vendors for Bayou Bacchanal 2018. Fest-goers can expect Caribbean staples such as salt fish, curry goat and roti. Tropical drinks including ginger beer, passionfruit juice and Sorrel will also be available. Guests are also encouraged to dress in tradition Carnival attire for a chance to win a grand prize of $2000.

Admission to the Bayou Bacchanal fest is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information on Bayou Bacchanal or Friend of Culture, visit their onsite information booth during the festival or click here.

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Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821

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On Wednesday, November 14, the Latin American Library at Tulane University will host Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, for a talk titled, Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821.

This presentation is part of the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Jane and Herbert Longenecker Lecture Series. The event is dedicated to María García Daly.