Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Academic Programs

Presently, the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute operates Tulane’s Summer in Cuba Program, the first and largest undergraduate program ever nationally offered by a U.S. Center for Latin American Studies. The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute also offers speakers series, symposia, and conferences to the academic community and general public, where experts on Cuba and the Caribbean are invited to Tulane to discuss the culture, literature, visual arts, performance arts – particularly theatre and music, history, economics and other issues of interest. Reflecting our commitment to community outreach, these events are publicized on all major university campuses in New Orleans as well as in the non-academic community. The Book Exchange and Donation Program is an area where the Institute is expanding its work. This program, operated in conjunction with the Latin American Library of Tulane University, exchanges and donates both fiction and non-fiction books as well as journals and other informational materials. Participating institutions include the University of Havana, the Echeverría Higher Polytechnic Institute, Cuban NGO’s, professional associations and other members of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute’s network of collaborating institutions in Cuba. Other activities of the Institute include advising, and facilitating travel licensing for professors and graduate students engaged in work in Cuba. The Institute also supports Tulane graduate student fellowships for research in Cuba and the Caribbean. These grants assist in covering airfare and/or lodging expenses during research projects in the area. The Institute works closely with numerous other units of Tulane University to develop, facilitate and implement Cuba-related projects. For example, the Institute has facilitated the efforts of the Tulane School of Law in its work on waterways conservation, environmental impact studies and information sharing with the Directorate of Environmental Policy. The Institute has also facilitated collaborative research on the development of laws concerning the environment and bio-diversity issues. The Institute works with the School of Architecture in the Cuba-related aspects of their Master of Preservation Studies, which involves extensive study of Cuban architectural preservation efforts throughout the island as well as consultation on neighborhood revitalization efforts in Havana. The Cuba Working Group forms another area of activity of the Institute. The purpose of the working group is to bring together faculty and graduate students from Tulane and other universities to discuss and conduct research concerning Cuba. The objective is to stimulate research while examining issues of mutual interest and concern. This approach also allows participants to move beyond the seminar format and to develop and pursue direct research collaboration, similar to that typically characterizing training in the natural sciences. The working group unites scholars in different fields who together determine the precise focus of their research and training, such as political economy, gender issues, the environment, religious change, and culture. The group is funded by the Institute to pay for research assistance, materials and outside speakers.

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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.