BUILDING A CAREER ON EMPATHY
Laura White (LA ’12); (Photo provided by Laura White)
Story by Mary Sparacello
Laura White (LA ’12) is using what she learned at Tulane University to change how elementary school students are taught.
“You need to begin with empathy,” says White, whose work at Ashoka’s Empathy Initiative seeks to make this essential ingredient as important as reading, writing and arithmetic in our nation’s elementary schools. Ashoka is a Washington, D.C. nonprofit network of social entrepreneurs.
Message from the Dean
Annual Gathering to Recognize Outstanding Accomplishments
On May 2nd, the School of Liberal Arts held its annual end of the year picnic. Although the weather caused us to move the event inside Dixon Hall, it didn’t dampen the spirits of those in attendance. As in the past, the event gave us the opportunity to enjoy the company of faculty and staff throughout the school. It also allowed us to recognize outstanding accomplishments in terms of the students we have taught, the scholarship and creative activities that we have completed, and the devotion to the university in terms of service of both our faculty and staff.
News from the Field:
N. Frank Ukadike
Nollywood - Contemporary Nigerian Cinema
With more than twenty-five feature films produced fortnightly, contemporary Nigerian cinema (popularly known as Nollywood) is seen as the second largest in the world. Whereas previous research on Nollywood has taken me to the production hubs in Lagos, Ibadan and Onitsha, the current sabbatical extends the project, as it aims at observing the production practices in three contiguous coastal states, Rivers, Cross Rivers and Bayelsa states; conducting field surveys of Nollywood’s variegated; and, delving more into how Nollywood, often derided for defying the conventions of cinema, turned nonconformist techniques into unique creative assets to become the inspirational model for a new generation of African filmmakers.