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APRIL 2014



wardJesmyn Ward, newly appointed Associate Professor of English, and her award winning novel "Salvage the Bones."

National Book Award winner to teach creative writing
Story by Mary Sparacello

Acclaimed author Jesmyn Ward will join the Tulane English Department as a tenured associate professor starting July 1. Ward won the 2011 National Book Award for fiction for her second novel, Salvage the Bones.

"I grew up in the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Tulane has a great reputation here," says Ward. "It's known as a serious institution of learning with deep roots in the region."

Ward, who has been named to the first-ever Paul and Debra Gibbons Professorship, hails from DeLisle, Miss., a small town about an hour from New Orleans. Salvage the Bones follows a family in coastal Mississippi, in a fictional town based on DeLisle, during the ten days preceding Hurricane Katrina and immediately following.
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Music Rising at Tulane to launch musical cultures of the
Gulf South innovative learning platform

music risingThe Music Rising at Tulane initiative will launch an innovative website focusing on the musical cultures of the Gulf South on Wednesday, April 23rd. This site features original content, artists' biographies, K-12 learning modules and a state-of-the-art music instructional program.

"This is a remarkable milestone for Music Rising," said U2's the Edge, co-founder of Music Rising. "Out of this partnership we were able to create a program which fosters national and international study through the work of K-12 educators and university scholars. I hope that this is only the beginning of an opportunity to provide future generations of students a chance to experience the colorful and dynamic musical history from this very special part of the world. On behalf of myself and our entire Music Rising team, I extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this happen."
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SLA Graduate Students Organize Global Gulf Conference

Story by Matthew Brennan

conferenceSchool of Liberal Arts graduate students from across the country gathered on Tulane's Uptown campus in late February for three days of panels, informal discussions, and Carnival parades as part of the third annual Tulane Graduate Student Conference on the Global Gulf.

This year's conference, organized by graduate students in the Department of History, included such diverse topics as bayous and botany, music and migration. Each panel, featuring three or four presentations arranged around a common theme, included comments by faculty in the School of Liberal Arts and questions from the audience.

The highlight of the conference was the keynote address by Ada Ferrer (pictured left), Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. In her talk, Ferrer discussed the challenges of piecing together evidence about the Aponte Rebellion, an 1812 slave revolt on the island of Cuba, for her forthcoming book on the impacts of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1803) in Cuba and the Atlantic world.

Message from the Dean
Dear Alumni, Students, Staff, Parents, and Friends of SLA,

HaberAs defined by its strategic plan, one of the core missions of Tulane's School of Liberal Arts is to be the nation's leader in the teaching and research of the Gulf South. The School's New Orleans Center for the Gulf South provides support for scholars who are working on the region as well as offers lectures and symposia of interest both to scholars and the public. We focus on two such symposia in this month's newsletter. In addition, the recently established coordinate major on the musical cultures of the Gulf South explores the area's cultural identity through its global influences, historical roots, and artistic expressions.
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News from the Field:
Allison Truitt

Vietnamese Buddhism along
the Gulf Coast

TruittOn a brisk November morning, a group of ten or so people walked along a newly cleared path to where an enormous oak tree stood. For those of us who have walked across Tulane's campus, the sight of a majestic oak tree is familiar. But this oak tree was located at the very edge of an 80-acre property in Mt. Vernon, Alabama. The property had been purchased by a group of Vietnamese in Alabama and donated to the Venerable Thích Tịnh Tử to establish a Buddhist retreat for residents of the Gulf Coast. In the years after Hurricane Katrina, volunteers and construction crews had transformed the single-family ranch-style house into a meditation retreat to host up to 100 people.
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Tulane Hosts College Language Association Convention
Pathways and Porticos: The Caribbean and the South as Catalyst in Languages and Literatures

Nghana Lewis Tulane University hosted the 74th Annual College Language Association Convention March 26-29, in New Orleans. Founded in 1937 by former president of Morehouse College Hugh Morris Gloster, the College Language Association is among the oldest organizations of university professors who specialize in English and foreign languages and whose research interests center on Africa and the African Diaspora.
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SLA Alums to Headline Entertainment Panel
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In Memoriam
Thomas S. Langston (1960-2014)
Professor of Political Science at Tulane
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