Upcoming Teacher Workshops

CLAS Teacher Workshops

Spring 2015

Zora Neale Hurston: Health and Spirituality in the Caribbean and US South (April 24-25 Tuskegee University)

While Zora Neale Hurston is best known for her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, it is less widely known that Hurston wrote that novel while doing fieldwork on traditional health and healing practices in Haiti.  Hurston’s work was truly transnational, following questions about the human experience and the African Diaspora through the U.S. South, as well as to Jamaica, Haiti, and Honduras.  Come explore Hurston’s engagements with themes of spirituality and health in the Americas with scholars from Tuskegee University (Dr. Rhonda Collier and Dr. Zanice Bond) and Vanderbilt University (Dr. Ifeoma Nwankwo and Tatiana McInnis).  In this workshop, educators will discuss ways to implement Hurston’s work in coursework related to literature, social studies, Spanish, and even health/biology!

 

Free, includes copy of the film Poto Mitan, and curriculum ideas connected to state standards (TN and AL)
Poto Mitan Screening + Discussion April 24, 6-8PM
Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy
Bioethics Auditorium Room 71- 243

 

Teacher Workshop April 25 8AM-12PM

Led by Dr. Ifeoma Nwankwo and Tatiana McInnis (Vanderbilt University), and Dr. Rhonda Collier and Dr. Zanice Bond (Tuskegee University). University Archives.

Deadline to register using this online form is April 21!
Email Jamie.L.Marks@vanderbilt.edu

Key words: Zora Neale Hurston, language arts, literature, science, health, Spanish, English, Social Studies (US and World: Grades 3, 7, 8-12), Geography (US and World: Grades 3, 7, 8-12), Caribbean, Race and Racism, Diaspora, Transnationalism, Haiti, Healing

Somos Nós: Teaching Afro-Brazilian Identity
New Orleans, LA | June 14 – June 18, 2015

DEADLINE EXTENDED – NOW April 17, 2015!

Email Jamie.L.Marks@vanderbilt.edu for scholarship and travel support information!


The Latin American Resource Center, the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute at the University of Georgia are presenting a K-12 teacher workshop on the Portuguese language and Brazilian Culture. The workshop will take place on the Tulane University Uptown Campus.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: DEADLINE TO APPLY IS APRIL 17, 2015!

K-12 educators of any discipline and grade-level are welcome to apply to attend this 5 day institute. The focus of the institute is on the language, culture, and performance of Brazil. The workshop will include exposure to the Portuguese language, discussions with scholars of Brazilian culture and performance, viewings of Brazilian films, and performances by Brazilian groups. Throughout the week, educators will work to develop interdisciplinary curricula, which they can bring back to their schools to teach and share with colleagues. There is a specialized track to this institute in order to better support participants. There is a Portuguese Language track which consists of intensive morning language sessions for those interested in receiving a crash course in basic Portuguese. This track is open to participants with Spanish language background and little to no Portuguese training. While this track is meeting every morning, sessions for those interested in cultures of Brazil will take place. Please make sure to identify if you would like to be in the language track in your application form.

Registration Information
Participants have the option of registering under three affordable rates:

  • Basic Registration – $50 [includes all materials, parking permit for 5 days, internet access and registration to entire program with no lodging or meals.]
  • Full Registration – $250 [includes all above plus includes lodging (with linens) in a Tulane residence hall 4 nights, with 2 meals a day, and access to Tulane Reilly Fitness Center.]
  • Deluxe Registration – $300 [includes everything above plus guarantees a single room in the residence hall.]

The 2015 Summer K-12 Teacher Institute, Somos Nós: Teaching Afro-Brazilian Identityis a 20-hour program designed for K-12 teachers, librarians, or administrative staff. K-12 educators will benefit from this timely, interactive program on one of the world’s strongest and most influential economies in the world, Brazil. The program is sponsored by Tulane University, the University of Georgia, and Vanderbilt University through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant.


Environment, Culture, and Survival in Brazilian Amazon Rainforest: a conversation with researchers and indigenous peoples

Come for an afternoon workshop and reception with members of the Kayapó Indigenous community, who were featured in National Geographic’s January 2014 issue, as well as anthropologists Glenn Shepard and Richard Pace. In this workshop you will engage directly with visiting members of the Kayapó, a tribe from the Amazon well-known for its defense of the rain forest and preservation of its culture. Anthropologist Glenn Shepard will present on the culture of the Kayapó people, their place within the contemporary social and political landscape of Brazil, and discuss their rainforest conservation efforts. Krakrax Kayapó and Benupu Kayapó will also show excerpts of their films about Kayapó culture. After, you will be able to ask the Kayapó questions about the environment, life in the Amazon, language and culture, traditional dress and folklore. A translator will facilitate. Afterwards you are invited to a reception (4:30-6:00) for the opening of a Kayapó film and photography exhibit at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt gallery, including refreshments. As we will discuss biodiversity, regional history, language and culture, and indigenous art, this workshop is relevant to educators in language arts, biology/life sciences, social studies (geography, history, anthropology, sociology, etc.), and art/art history.

When: Thursday, March 26th, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Where: Sarratt 331
Registration Fee: $10
To apply click here.

Deadline to apply is March 23rd.  Space is limited to 25 participants.  Light refreshments are included.  Participants are also invited to a special screening of Hiper Mulheres (Hyper Women) and Q and A session with Takuma Kuikuro and Dr. Carlos Fausto (6-8 pm). For more information, contact: jamie.l.marks@vanderbilt.edu

Please submit application via email (scan) or mail and check for $10, and mail to:

Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies
Attn: Rainforest Workshop
PMB 351806
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1806

 

Bringing Art and Technology Together: Art in Motion/Guaysamín’s Ecuador Unframed

Identity is always in motion. Such is the feeling behind Guayasamín’s mural. Intended to represent the inherent antagonisms and racial multiplicity of the Ecuadorian nation, the mural is composed of five movable and interchangeable panels. However, the mural, which is currently exhibited in La Capilla del Hombre in Quito, was framed and thus immobilized…until now through a new exhibit, Art in Motion/Guayasamín’s Ecuador Unframed.  This exhibit will be on display at Vanderbilt through January 30, and at Western Kentucky University from February 7-28.

In this workshop, Tatiana Botero (Associate Professional Specialist, University of Notre Dame) will introduce you to the socio-historical background of the artist and his work from the panels accompanying this exhibit.  Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering Janey Camp will explore how GIS technology can be used with this exhibit to satisfy common core standards.  Participants will receive a materials packet on lesson plans on art literacy and the visual arts, English language arts, mathematics, and Spanish language and culture.

When: Saturday, January 10, 2015; 9-3pm
Where: Vanderbilt Commons
Registration Fee: $20
To apply click here.

Deadline to apply is January 6.  Space is limited to 25 participants.  Lunch is included.  Participants are also invited to a reception for the exhibit on Friday, January 9 at 4:30pm in Vanderbilt University’s Commons Center. For more information, contact: clas@vanderbilt.edu

Please submit application via email (scan) or mail and check for $20, and mail to:

Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies
Attn: Guayasamín Workshop
PMB 351806
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1806

 

Florencia en el Amazonas: A Journey Down the Amazon with the Nashville Opera

In January, the Nashville Opera will present Florencia en el Amazonas, Nashville’s first Spanish language opera.  Inspired by the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this ravishingly beautiful romantic opera by composer Daniel Catán is an examination of love in all of its joys and folly.  In 1910, seven people board a small steamboat for a voyage down the Amazon River toward an unexplored jungle paradise.  But soon the characters find themselves on a surreal journey that ventures deep into the human heart.

In this workshop, John Hoomes (General and Artistic Director of the Nashville Opera) and Richard Pace (Professor of Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University), will take you on a trip down the Amazon River.  We will explore the geography and biodiversity of the Amazon and the rich cultures of the people who live there, and experience how the vibrant orchestral score inspired by the lush romanticism of Puccini and Ravel brings this sensual world to life.   Participants will be given the opportunity to view a dress rehearsal at TPAC before the production.  Workshop participants will receive study guides and will be offered discounted tickets for the production.

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015; 9-3pm
Where: The Noah Liff Opera Center; 3622 Redmon Street; Nashville, TN 37209
Registration Fee: $20
To apply click here.

Deadline to apply is January 10.  Space is limited to 25 participants.  Lunch is included.  For more information, contact: clas@vanderbilt.edu

Please submit application via email (scan) or mail and check for $20, and mail to:

Vanderbilt University Center for Latin American Studies
Attn: Florencia Workshop
PMB 351806
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235-1806

 

 

 

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