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Tulane School of Liberal Arts
NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2015

NEWS | EVENTS | GIVING | PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES | ACCOLADES




SCHOOL SPIRIT SHINES AT HOMECOMING

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A group of homecoming revelers, several wearing the very popular School of Liberal Arts homecoming fedora, didn't let the weather dampen their spirits at the SLA Homecoming tailgate tent.
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Portuguese Study goes Global

Bringing Life to Rare Books


On a Tuesday morning in Newcomb Hall on the Tulane University uptown campus, students across three classrooms are laughing, sharing stories and talking about pop culture — with student partners thousands of miles away in Brazil. These students are part of the Teletandem language program, in which students are partnered with a Brazilian peer via Skype for a modern version of a pen pal program. Each session is 75 minutes long, with a half hour devoted to speaking each language (English and Portuguese) and a 5-10 minute conclusion where students can talk about language difficulties or cultural differences that they noted during the session.
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The book in front of Michael Kuczynski is rare and significant. One of only 120 copies in the world, the first printing of the Wycliffite New Testament, edited by clergyman and antiquary John Lewis, was published in 1731. Kuczynski, associate professor and chair of the Tulane University Department of English, says the book shouldn't be hidden away so that access is awarded only to the "privileged." The medievalist and rare book expert advocates giving students wider access to such materials and shared his experiences in doing so at a talk called "Flipping the Archive."
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Message from the Dean
Hats Off!

haberSaturday, November 7th began with clouds and ended with pouring rain. Inside the SLA tent during tailgating, however, the mood was bright; the visitors were sunny. Students and parents expressed their delight in the Tulane experience. We heard of exciting classes, decisions about possible majors, and of course, restaurants they were planning to visit on Saturday night. Returning alumni, some of whom graduated after Katrina and many of whom completed their studies before the renewal plan, still discussed the importance of their liberal arts experience, the range of majors they had taken, and the classes and faculty who had engaged and inspired them.
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News from the Field:
Jana Lipman
Learning from Preserved
Refugee Camps

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It was a late Sunday afternoon, and we had been driving for more than three hours between Manila and the rural province of Bataan. Our journey had taken us through the former U.S. naval base in Subic Bay and the rural municipality of Morong, and we had finally arrived at our destination, the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center (PRPC). Between 1980 and 1994, more than 400,000 Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Lao came through the PRPC, took English language and American culture classes, and waited for resettlement in the United States.
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Upcoming Events
Second Annual Tunes for Toys
Benefit Concert on December 1st



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