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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Celebrate Caribbean culture and heritage during Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans

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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.

Bayou Bacchanal Post Party
Closeout Bayou Bacchanal at Island Flavor Bar and Grill and enjoy tasty Caribbean bites, music and dancing. DJ Ray will be spinning beginning at 11:00 p.m. Celebrate the closing of Bayou Bacchanal with a bang!

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.