Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

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Application to the Graduate Program

Students who wish to be admitted to the School of Liberal Arts graduate program in Latin American Studies should contact the Graduate Advisor in the Stone Center for more information on the application process. The completed online application must be submitted by February 1 for admission for the next academic year. Students may also download a .pdf version of the application file which is available at the School of Liberal Arts graduate program website.

Tulane’s standards for admission are very high. We seek applicants who have developed the critical capacities for advanced work and are especially interested in attracting new students who will go on to complete doctoral degrees. We also seek students who have already developed the language skills needed for advanced work.

The School of Liberal Arts will not consider any student for admission until all the following documents, plus the $45 application fee, have been received:

  • completed application form
  • three completed recommendation forms
  • official transcripts of all undergraduate records and of any previous graduate work
  • a statement of career objective and potential research program not to exceed 500 words
  • an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination General Test. All transcripts and other documents and material required for application for admission become the property of the School of Liberal Arts and are not returnable.

In addition to the School of Liberal Arts requirements, the Stone Center recommends the submission of examples of written work and information about language ability. A good working knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese is essential. Students are expected to pass a language examination in Spanish or Portuguese during the first year of study. The required level of competence in Spanish and Portuguese corresponds to “intermediate” on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) scale. This competency is considered a minimum requirement. Students are encouraged to develop additional languages as needed by their research fields.

Applications are first received by the Stone Center Graduate Advisor. A Center admissions committee consisting of Tulane Latinamericanists representing various disciplines considers individual credentials. This committee begins reviewing applications in mid-February, and makes recommendations about admission and financial aid to the School of Liberal Arts Dean. The School of Liberal Arts will send letters of acceptance explaining the financial and academic terms of Tulane’s offer. The Stone Center Graduate Advisor will also call the applicant to discuss details of the admission offer.

Note: The Stone Center can also admit students under very special circumstances in January, but financial aid is generally not available.

Admission is on the basis of academic accomplishments and potential, regardless of race, sex, color, religion, national/ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

Financial Aid

Application for financial aid is accomplished by checking the appropriate box on the application form. Students may be admitted any semester, but financial aid decisions are made only in March and April for the entire subsequent year. In order to be eligible for financial aid, an applicant should have a complete application packet in to the School of Liberal Arts by February 1 for the following fall semester.

Applicants applying for admission without financial aid should meet the following deadlines: July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

GRE

All applicants for admission, including those applying to any of the joint degree programs, must take at their own expense the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The test scores will be used, along with the other application materials, to determine eligibility for admission and to aid in counseling the applicant after admission. Students should write directly to the Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000 to request information on the date of the exam in your city or state. For more information regarding the GRE, potential applicants may also visit the GRE website.

Non-Native English-Speaking Students

An applicant for admission who is not a native speaker of English must present satisfactory evidence of sufficient competence in English in reading comprehension, writing, verbal ability and oral comprehension. Ordinarily, the applicant will demonstrate competence by presenting an acceptable score on TSE (Test of Spoken English), normally a minimum score of 220. If TSE is not available in the applicant’s area of the world, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) may be taken instead, with a minimum score of 600 acceptable for admission. Applicants who do not meet these score requirements but are otherwise exceptionally qualified may be granted provisional admission with the stipulation that said students take an ESL course for the first semester in residence and then retest in the Winter before being allowed to continue study at Tulane. For information about these exams, write TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151.

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The Evolution of African Visuality in Cuban Art: A talk by Raul Ruiz Miyares

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Join Raul Ruiz Miyares for a talk on the African presence in Cuba and its’ influence in regard to its representation in art. During the colonial period in Cuba, the first painters were descendants of Africans who recreated images of virgins, saints, and sacrifices. With time, the art evolved to depict scenes from everyday life, as well as the life of Africans and their descendants. Today, we continue to find exemplary models of African heritage in the visual arts in Santiago de Cuba.

Raul Ruiz Miyares is an art critic and specialist in Afro-Cuban culture and religions. He has worked as a researcher at the Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Center, and currently works at the Casa del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba. This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be given in Spanish.

From Cuba to New Orleans

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From Cuba to New Orleans: A series of events celebrating Cuban music featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection, The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, and the National Park Service.

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The Historic New Orleans Collection Presents: FRANCISCO BOULIGNY LECTURE
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 PM
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street | Admission is free
Reservations: wrc@hnoc.org or 504.523.4662

The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans Presents: FLAVORS OF CUBA
Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 PM
L’Entreprot, 527 Julia Street | Tickets are $40
Click here for Tickets and More Information

The National Park Service Presents: KEYBOARD CONNECTIONS: Havana, New Orleans, and Music in the 1800s
Friday, September 29, noon
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue | Admission is free

Carnaval Latino's Parade of the Americas

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Join us for the 18th annual Carnaval Latino during the weekend of September 30th, 2017.

This celebration during National Hispanic Heritage Month will commence with the vibrant Parade of the Americas (Desfile de las Américas) through New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. The Krewe of Quetzal ‘s fifth annual Desfile de las Américas will feature floats, folkloric groups, and bands celebrating Louisiana’s Hispanic Heritage. The Parade will commence on Saturday, September 30th, at 6:00 pm. For more information on the parade route, visit Carnaval Latino’s official website.

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. Besides an outstanding musical line-up, the festival showcases a sampling of authentic Latin cuisine in the Cantinas area. Children are most welcome during this family-friendly celebration. Carnaval Latino is offering plenty of music and dancing for those who can’t resist the urge to move to the Latin beat. Featured artists include La Makina de Puerto Rico, Rumberos de Cuba, Round Rock Ballet Folkorico, and La Banda Blanca (Honduras).

For more information on the festival and parade, visit Carnaval Latino’s official webiste or Facebook page.

28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival to Feature Latinx Programming

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The 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will be held from October 11th to October 19th at the Ace Hotel, New Orleans. Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South. Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films.

This year’s film festival will feature a number of films relating to the Latin American community, either in subject matter and/or made by Latin American filmmakers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be sponsoring select films from this year’s Latinx programming.

Titles relating to the Latin American community include:

Olancho
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making msuci for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, he must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee.

The Thunder Feast (Truenos de San Juan)
A documentary about the ancient festival of San Juanito in Guanajuato where homemade explosives are part of the revelry, but not everyone in the community is sure this tradition should continue.

Sambá
A documentary about Cisco, a Dominican-born man who returns to the Dominican Republic after doing time in a United State prison. Cisco soon finds that the only way he can make money is getting involved in loosely organized street fighting.

Days of Wholesome Joy
A Cuban narrative short about a woman taking care of her grandmother who has dementia.

Holy Hill
A narrative short story about a nun who works at a school for young boys in the Dominican Republic. Both she and the boys have parallel sexual awakenings.

Camp of the Innocents
A Louisiana-made short documentary about the U.S. interment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans.

Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban
A short documentary about female boxing in Cuba, where the Cuban government forbade women from competing in the 2016 summer olympics.

Manuel
A short documentary about an 87-year-old Cuban man who brews and sells potions said to be aphrodisiacs.

Dead Horses
A Catalan animated short film about a child fleeing his home during wartime.

Bells in the Mountains
A Spanish short documentary about a group of cows who migrate seasonally from the town of Ullé through the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.

Elegy
A short narrative film about a girl who cannot process her complicated feelings about the death of her two classmates.

A full list of film selections and synopses may be found here.

For more information on tickets, passes, and film packages, visit the NOFF website.

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.