SLA STUDENTS LEARN THE
LESSON OF GIVING
Philanthropy Course Awards $50,000 to Local Non-profits
Students in the School of Liberal Arts course "Philanthropy and Social Change" awarded a total of $50,000 to nine New Orleans non-profits in a ceremony at the Lavin-Bernick Center Friday (Dec. 11)
Gates Foundation Awards $4.9M to Equity Institute
The Commitment to Equity Institute (CEQI), directed by School of Liberal Arts Professor Nora Lustig, was awarded a $4.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study ways to reduce inequality and poverty through taxes and social spending in developing countries.
The Institute was established in May to analyze the impact of taxation and social spending on inequality and poverty in developing countries as well as to provide a roadmap for governments and nongovernmental organizations to build more equitable societies.
Service Learning Results in 4th Edition of Krewe Publication
Every semester, SLA professor of practice Matthew Luke's journalism students are paired with 9th grade English Honors students from the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School. The resultant essays are published at the end of the semester in the journal Krewe. Luke's course and others that explore this city and region, collectively known as the Fredman Courses, are made possible through a generous gift by Andrew and Kerin Fredman.
The Holocaust - The Message is
Through a generous alumni donation, Department of Jewish Studies Professor David Goldstein teaches the annual School of Liberal Arts course, "The Holocaust in Film and Literature." The course explores the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising from a variety of academic perspectives to instill in students that one is "never too young to change the world."
By Kevin (SLA '07) and Katharine (NC '06) Lander
We met in Aron apartments when we were undergrads. Two friends set us up, and we had our first date at Jacques Imo's. We learned that we shared similar values and an appreciation for what Tulane and New Orleans had to offer.
We each spent time in the community during our tenure at Tulane. As an EMT, Katharine volunteered throughout the city and the greater region during Hurricane Katrina. Kevin and three fellow Tulane students formed a community nonprofit in the aftermath of the storm.
We were married ten years after we first met, surrounded by family and many Tulane friends. Now we live in Washington D.C. where Katharine serves as an Emergency Medicine and Critical Care physician. Kevin is an Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase. For each of us, Tulane provided significant, foundational experiences. Our liberal arts education, with its emphasis on holistic perspectives, prepared us for challenging and fulfilling careers.
We continue to enjoy the opportunity to meet prospective students at admission events around D.C. and share our Tulane experience. Mostly we feel lucky for the knowledge and skills we developed during our undergraduate curriculum, the opportunities forged through research with top faculty, living in a unique American city, and spending four wonderful years with people who turned out to be lifelong friends.
Message from the Dean
A Season of Giving
As the year comes to an end, we take real pleasure in recognizing the impact donations to the School of Liberal Arts have had on our students and faculty. The generosity of our donors and the grants won by our faculty have contributed to a culture of excellence that influences all we do and all we can do for our students and the community.
SLA Faculty Showcase Reception
News from the Field:
Retracing Cuba's Revolutionary History
8:15 a.m. October 29, 2015, Villa Santo Domingo, La Plata, Cuba: We begin the hike to the rustic headquarters high in the Sierra Maestra where the Castro brothers, Ernesto "Che" Guevara and other revolutionary leaders developed the strategies that carried them to the victorious overthrow of Fulgencio Batista's regime in early 1959.
Without having to compete with complex schedules or extracurricular activities, the summer allows students to do intensive study, travel, and experiential learning and SLA has a wide range of summer offerings.
Tunes for Toys
Playing with Purpose
On December 1st, concert attendees got into the holiday spirit when Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews took the stage for the second annual Tunes for Toys concert. The free concert also featured the Trombone Shorty Academy students. Instead of charging admission, concertgoers were asked to donate new, unwrapped toys.
Andy Horowitz, an assistant professor of history, recently won the Southern Historical Association's C. Vann Woodward Prize for best dissertation in Southern history.