Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Cultures in Connection: Louisiana, Latin America, and the Middle East

October 12th, 2013
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tulane University
100 Jones Hall
Greenleaf Conference Room

New Orleans is a city that celebrates its diverse cultural heritages. From Mardi Gras to the blues, in the wrought-iron railings and architectural features of the French quarter to the spices used in creole cooking, everything has a story, some of which originate in surprising places and times. The Middle East Outreach Council or MEOC and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane are teaming up to offer a Saturday workshop for K-12 educators on the diverse Middle Eastern, North African, European, Latin American, and Caribbean origins of cultural traits that permeate everyday life right here in Louisiana and the southern United States. This workshop, held in conjunction with the annual Middle East Studies Association conference, is a one-of-a-kind chance to study the Middle East and Latin America in comparison, drawing from a pool of nationally renown scholars and local experts, and using New Orleans as a starting point. You’ll leave with ideas on how to infuse your curriculum with a global approach, gather lists of resources to use in your classroom as well as learn about two outstanding children’s book awards – the Américas Award and MEOC’s book award.

This workshop is sponsored by the Middle East Outreach Council, Tulane’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the World Affairs Council of New Orleans.

Register before September 30 for a $10 discount!

For a printable flyer, please click here

  • Pre-registration – $15
  • Regular registration – $25

Register today by clicking here! Workshop attendees will also get access to the MESA Film Festival and the MESA book exhibition (held at the Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street, starting on Friday, October 11 through Sunday October 13) as well as receive a special discount for registration with WACNO. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.

Transportation Information

The workshop will take place in 100 Jones Hall, 6801 Freret St., on the Tulane Campus.

Public Transportation
From Downtown/French Quarter
The St. Charles Streetcar line stops in front of the Tulane Campus. For information on the route and schedule please consult the RTA website.

NOTE: Construction on the line means that buses are currently running between Napoleon Avenue and the University campus. This means transferring from a streetcar to a bus. Please check the RTA website for the latest information and any information on service stoppages.

Once you have arrived on the Tulane campus walk straight through campus until you reach a road. This is Freret St. When you cross the street (at a stoplight) Jones Hall will be on your left. A campus map is available on the Tulane website. Jones Hall is Building 25 on the map.

From Uptown/Riverbend
If you are staying uptown, or near the Riverbend area of New Orleans the streetcar is the best way to reach campus. Construction on the line means that buses are currently running instead of streetcars. Please see the RTA website for the latest updates on the schedule and any service stoppages. Follow the directions above (for reaching campus by streetcar) when you reach campus.

Transportation by Taxi
Several reliable taxi companies exist in New Orleans. If you are staying at any area hotel you can ask for someone to call you a taxi. If you need to call a taxi company on your own you can call United Cabs (504-522-9771) or visit this website for a list of cab companies around the city.

Tell the taxi to drop you off at McAlistar Place and Freret St. McAlistar Place is a pedestrian walkway, Jones Hall is located on Freret two buildings from McAlistar

Parking and Driving Instructions
If you plan to reach the Tulane Campus by car, detailed instructions on how to reach campus from a variety of directions can be found on the Tulane website.

Parking on campus will be free as the workshop is on a Saturday. NOTE: much of the parking located most proximately to Jones Hall is currently blocked off due to construction at the library. Parking is available around Newcomb Hall. Parking is also available in the Diboll Parking Complex, although there is a charge to park there. See the campus map for directions to the Diboll Parking facility. On-street parking is available in much of the neighborhood around Tulane; however, much of it is 2-hour parking so please be cautious and make note of signs when choosing a parking space.

General Latin America + People
Oliver Houck
Professor - Law