Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

SLA Online: December 2009
Message from the Dean

Dear Students, Faculty, Alumni, Parents, and
Friends of SLA,

It’s hard to believe that the semester is almost over and the holidays are nearly upon us. At this time of year, in the School of Liberal Arts, the pace becomes rather frantic. Students crowd into the library anxious to complete long-ago assigned research projects and cram for upcoming exams. Faculty puzzle over how they are going to reach the end of their syllabi and hope that the students have come away with a new appreciation for their studies. With winter break only days away, freshmen begin to anticipate returning home in search of the sleep they have missed in the last four months while seniors wonder how three and a half years have flown by so quickly and ponder what the future will bring.
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The Art of Electronic Sound

In the music science and technology program at Tulane University, students are applying intricate algorithms to create digital music. Tae Hong Park, an assistant professor and a composer of electro-acoustic music, leads the program. Continue Reading

Students Coach Young Debaters

Tulane students enrolled in the service-learning course "Aristotle in New Orleans" are coaching debate teams at three New Orleans middle schools. By using the rhetorical and dialectical methods of Aristotle and other ancient theorists, the university students are teaching the younger students how to debate. Watch this video of their debate preparation. Continue Reading

Sexuality Takes Center Stage

The Tulane Gender and Sexuality Studies Program welcomed E. Patrick Johnson to the uptown campus recently, where he met with students to discuss his oral history methodologies. View the video of Johnson speaking with students and describing his encounter with one of his New Orleans subjects, 97-year-old “Countess Vivian.” Continue Reading

Of Jews and Judaism

Where Jews and Judaism intersect can be confusing, said Rabbi Alexis Berk of Touro Synagogue in New Orleans. “Not all Jews have the same beliefs — isn’t that funny for a religion?” she asked a roomful of students on Thursday (Nov. 5) during her talk, part of the Tulane Jewish Studies Program’s Colloquium and Film Series. Continue Reading

Cuba Scholars Convene on Campus

New Orleans has strong historical ties to Cuba. In the early 19th century, an influx of 10,000 French-speaking Haitians settled in the city by way of Cuba. Until President Kennedy instituted an embargo in the 1960s, Havana was New Orleans' primary trading partner. It is fitting, then, that Tulane University would be the site of an all-day conference about Cuba. Continue Reading

Slam Poetry: 'In Your Face'

The first invitational poetry slam drew an appreciative audience to the uptown campus on Nov. 13, sponsored by Tulane University Campus Programming's Lagniappe program. Invented in Chicago in the mid-1980s, slam poetry is a competition where poets read or recite their work. Members of the audience then judge the performances. Continue Reading

News from the Field:
Chris Dunn

For an associate professor who needs to sit down and write a book about Brazilian culture, the most sensible way to spend a sabbatical is to simply stay put and take advantage of the extraordinary resources of Tulane’s Latin American Library. My wife, Ladee, and I decided, however, that we should spend the year in Brazil so that she and our two children (Isa, 9, and Joaquin, 4) could learn Portuguese and be exposed to the cultural life a country that has long fascinated me.
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Philanthropy plays a critical role in our success. The School of Liberal Arts relies heavily on the support of our alumni and friends to fulfill our mission of fostering and promoting innovative scholarship, transformative research, and creative inquiry within the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences.
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November 6th, 2009
Kites for Ancestral Spirits
November first and second rest at “cross-corners” in the solar calendar, falling halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. Many cultures mark this juncture. Celtic peoples celebrate Samhain, when the veil between our world and that of the departed becomes thin. This, filtered through Catholic lenses, becomes Halloween (All Hallows' Eve). The Catholic Church observes All Saints' Day followed by All Souls'. Mayan peoples go to the cemeteries to commune with their family members who have passed on...
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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

The School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University invites applications for a two-year contract, renewable annually, as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities beginning in August 2010.
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The Carnegie Corp. of New York is awarding Tulane President SCOTT COWEN its prestigious Academic Leadership Award, along with a $500,000 grant that Cowen will dedicate to a universitywide set of initiatives in civic engagement, including public education and social entrepreneurship. Learn more
Delving into themes of gender politics and religious issues, a new book by ADELINE MASQUELIER, professor of anthropology and director of the religious studies program at Tulane, provides a candid look at Muslim women living in Africa today. The Indiana University Press published the critically acclaimed Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town. Masquelier is a West African specialist, focusing on issues of religion and concepts of illness and healing.
RONNA BURGER, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy, is the recent recipient of a PROSE Award in philosophy for her book Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates: on the Nicomachean Ethic. Published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008, a paperback edition came out this past August, and the book is currently being translated into Chinese. Burger has been invited to speak about her work at universities around the country as well as in Germany. Her book was the subject of panels at two academic conferences and is being reviewed in journals of philosophy, classics, and political science. The award is given annually for excellence in professional and scholarly publishing.
Associate Dean for the School of Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology, KEVIN FOX GOTHAM was recently awarded a two-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation Urban Long-term Research Area (ULTRA) Exploratory Award. Along with John McLachlan from the Center for Bio-Environmental Research, the grant will fund their research focusing on the impact of trauma on urban ecological and social diversity. See the abstract here.

December 1
Tulane Big Band and Friday Combo Concert - Relax and enjoy!

December 1
Diplomacy and Democracy in Latin America

December 2
Music at Midday

December 3
Holiday Sale Preview Event - Preview of Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale

December 4
Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale - Holiday Sale featuring artwork by students, faculty and alums.

December 4
Economics Seminar Series - Jenny Wahl of Carleton College to speak.


December 4-5
Space and Identity: The Politics of Expression in Latin America

December 5
Newcomb Art Department Holiday Sale - Holiday Sale featuring artwork by students, faculty and alums in Newcomb Art Department

December 8
Faculty Showcase Reception - Celebrating Major Accomplishments of 2008 (By Invitation Only)

December 23-31
Winter Recess

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America - Made in America examines American Indian life in contrast to the consumerism of contemporary society. - Runs Through December 23.

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