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SLA Online: April 2010
News from the Field: An American in Paris
by Hope Glidden

Like colleagues who contributed to the Dean’s Newsletter before me, I will play the role of foreign correspondent reporting back on what is happening in my corner of the world. I am in Paris, France, where the opposition party, the Socialist Left, scored a sweeping victory in the regional elections in late March. I am here on sabbatical leave writing a book on the French notion of patrimoine, i.e. heritage, and because my research often takes me out of the library and into the streets, my first news clip is about the grand mobilization that took place just after the March elections, that is, the national strike that shut down the metro, rail, and other public sector institutions, such as hospitals, schools, parks and gardens, mines, custom check points, and automobile plants. The unions in France are strong, so strong that management even has its own union.

Today’s militants have an advantage over the revolutionaries of 1789, because their demonstrations are orchestrated by Google, whose maps provide meeting places and itineraries for each region. From Rousseau country in the Alps to the French Riviera, strikers are aligned into a hierarchy... Continue Reading

Student Achievements

DAVID KUNIAN, graduate student in the Newcomb Department of Music, received a statewide honor from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in recognition of numerous radio documentaries he has produced about New Orleans musicians and musical sites. He received the LEH 2010 Individual Achievement in Humanities Award.

Four Tulane students studying Japanese language at Tulane did exceptionally well at the Third Annual South Central Japanese Speech Contest held Saturday March 20th at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, Mississippi. JAMIE CASTILLO and CHEN SUN were designated third- and first-place winners respectively in the Intermediate Division, and JOHN BUNDSCHUH and TORY TROEGER received third-and first-place awards in the Advanced Division. Chen Sun was also the recipient of the Consul General Award for best speech among first-place winners in all categories... Continue Reading

The Latest Post from the Maxwell Blog

Lenten Procession from San Bartolomé Becerra
Sunday, March 21st, I got up before dawn and was out the door by 5:30 a.m. Paulino, who complains that he is the only one of Ana Luisa’s children for whom I am not a godmother, and I were off to see alfombras (As I mentioned in the Sta. Inez blog post, alfombras “literally, rugs” are artistic creations generally made from colored sawdust or from pine needles and flowers. Many other materials can be used to supplement these basics.). The police had blocked 3ra calle, the main town entryway for light vehicles so that residents could work on their creations without being run over....
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HOLLY FLORA, an Assistant Professor of Art History, Newcomb Art Department, has received the Postdoctoral Rome Prize in Medieval Studies and will be spending the 2010-11 academic year at the American Academy in Rome. She will be working on a new book project, Cimabue, the Franciscans, and Artistic Change in Late Medieval Italy.
1963 Newcomb Alumna BRENDA SEABROOKE's book, Jerry on the Line (original publisher Bradbury, paperback publisher Puffin Books, special edition Silver Burdette Ginn) has been republished through the auspices of the Authors Guild.
Along with his collaborators, David Moore (Warren Wilson College) and Robin Beck (University of Michigan), CHRIS RODNING, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, is a corecipient of a History Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 2010... Continue Reading. Additionally, Professor Rodning recently spoke to the South Florida chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) on 3/24/2010, at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. His lecture, "Native American Towns and Spanish Colonists in North Carolina, 1540-1568," is sponsored by the AIA's Doris Z. Stone New World Archaeology Lecture Fund. His talk summarizes recent finds... Continue Reading
GAURAV DESAI, Associate Professor of English, has been elected as Chair of the Delegate Assembly Organizing Committee of the Modern Language Association of America. The MLA, an organization of over 30,000 members in 100 different countries was established in 1883 to represent the interests of teachers of Modern languages and literatures. Among its activities are... Continue Reading
1967 alumnus, MARTIN PITTS, has a new, slightly Bolshevik Blog. He has an extensive background in all aspects of television and motion picture production. From his graduate work in Economics at Tulane University Pitts came to writing and acting for stage. Then to Miami with CBS and the Wometco Theater Company and his own independent production companies. Pitts has directed full length documentary shows and documentary segments for all major networks in the USA, in the UK and Japan. He has written, staged and directed original plays with the Writers and Directors Unit of the Actors Studio. Pitts has taught for UCLA Extension, the USC film school, the American Film Institute, and most recently for the IAFT in Cebu, Philippines His blog is online here.
Professor N. FRANK UKADIKE of the Department of Communication and of African and African Diaspora Studies gave a keynote address at the Nollywood (Nigerian) Film Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art on February 26, 2010. This talk was originally scheduled for February 5, 2010 but had to be rescheduled for February 26 because of the snowstorm which hit Washington that weekend. The lecture, which included Q and A afterwards, was quite well attended. It took place at the main auditorium of the National Museum of African Art.
RYAN MCBRIDE, postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Department of English, was recently featured in the Times Picayune and on NPR for being the founder of a debate league within New Orleans area charter schools. Read the Times Picayune article here and listen to the NPR news story here.
EMILY CLARK, associate professor of history, is a recent recipient of an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship at the associate professor level for Spring 2011. ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of seventy national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. With 1136 eligible applications for 57 awards, the competition for the ACLS Fellowships was extremely rigorous this year. Clark will use the award to continue work on her project, The Strange History of the American Quadroon, 1700-present.

SLA In the News

Les Blank Captures Life on Film

On a recent trip to New Orleans, Les Blank's every move was followed by a small film crew. Usually behind a camera instead of in front of one, the prize-winning independent documentary filmmaker is now himself the subject of a feature-length documentary. The film crew trailed Blank, a Tulane alumnus, as he lectured on campus. "How many of you have seen anything I made?" Blank shyly asked the group assembled in the Stone Auditorium on... Continue Reading


Student Examines Antebellum History of Church, Slaves

Michael Goldston, a master of arts candidate in history, has conducted research that shows in the decade and a half before the Civil War, the Episcopal Diocese ministered to thousands of slaves on plantations in Louisiana. African Americans were baptized, confirmed, married and buried by Protestant Episcopal ministers, often in the same buildings where white congregations also met. Continue Reading


Poet Rita Dove Dazzles With Her Words

Poet Rita Dove took the audience in McAlister Auditorium on a lyrical, narrative journey through her latest book, Sonata Mulattica, during a reading on Monday (March 8) as part of the Tulane Poet Laureate Series. "Rita Dove makes you want to read more," said Peter Cooley, professor of English, who introduced Dove, a former poet... Continue Reading


Artwork of Joan Mitchell Celebrated in New Orleans

The Newcomb Art Gallery debuted "Joan Mitchell in New Orleans" on Wednesday (March 31). The exhibition provides an intimate look at Mitchell's work on paper created during a 36-year period and is held in conjunction with presentations of the artist's paintings at the New Orleans Museum of Art and prints at the Contemporary Arts Center. Continue Reading


Flying Carpet Stories of Medieval Spain

Rabbi David Goldstein took lecture-goers on a flying magic carpet tour of 10th- and 11th-century Spain on Wednesday (Feb. 24). Billed as the “Last Lecture,” the talk in the Lavin-Bernick Center was sponsored by the Tulane chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society. Goldstein, associate director of the Jewish studies program and an adjunct professor since 1982, was asked to give the lecture he would give if it were the last of his career. Continue Reading


Art Thrives in These Woods

A short 17 miles away from the Tulane University uptown campus, nestled next to the Mississippi River, there is a place that feels like it is a world away. A Studio in the Woods sits on a little less than eight acres where sculptures are tucked away amidst the forest.The mission statement of the studio reflects the passions of founders Joe and Lucianne Carmichael — preserving nature and fostering art and artists... Continue Reading


Conference Contemplates Black Education

In the waning moments of an all-day conference on black education in New Orleans, a fourth-grade teacher at Harney Elementary School reminded audience members that "education does not start or end with school," succinctly summarizing a theme that recurred throughout the day: that community rebuilding and restoration are essential to educational reform. Continue Reading


And the Winner Is?

'Tis the season for red carpets and sealed envelopes. The 2010 Big Easy Award Show is poised to honor local talent, including John Allen, an assistant professor in the Tulane Department of Theatre and Dance who is nominated (Best Choreography–New Work) for "Without a Fight," a piece he directed with performances by members of the Newcomb Dance Company. Continue Reading


Film Festival Targets Human Rights

Focusing on the global and local aspects of human trafficking, Tulane students in a political science class have organized a Human Rights Film Festival. The students are enrolled in the course, "International Human Rights," taught by Dana Zartner, assistant professor in the political science department, which is sponsoring the festival along with the Tulane Center for Public Service. Continue Reading


Statewide Awards for Humanities Work

Two members of the Tulane community — jazz musician and alumnus Michael White and faculty member Rich Campanella — received statewide awards on Saturday (March 6) from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. White, who has been the featured performer at Tulane commencement ceremonies for more than a decade along with his Original Liberty Jazz Band, received the LEH 2010... Continue Reading


Newcomb Dance Co. Celebrates 25 Years

The Newcomb Dance Company will commemorate its 25th anniversary with "An Evening of Dance" beginning Friday (March 12) at Dixon Auditorium on the uptown campus. Performances not only will salute an important figure in the company's development, but also raise funds to provide relief to sister programs in earthquake-stricken Haiti. Continue Reading


Renowned Soprano Returns to Campus

Soprano Marjorie Leake made a return to New Orleans and the Tulane University uptown campus to perform for the Clara del Marmol and Annabelle Bernard Vocal Series on March 25 in the Dixon Annex Recital Hall. Accompanied by pianist Aigerim Magavina, Leake presented songs and arias of Beethoven, Korngold, Weill and Hundley. Continue Reading


April 1-30
Joan Mitchell: Works on Paper - A comprehensive survey of Joan Mitchell’s works on paper over a 36-year period, this show explores her evolution as an abstract expressionist and her emphatic use of line, color, and light.

April 1
Emplacing Contemporary Hebrew Literature - a lecture sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program

April 5
Colloque International - featuring Fritz Calixte, President du CRENEL - a lecture sponsored by the Department of French & Italian and the Linguistics Program.

April 6
Colloque International - featuring Marie E. Paul - a lecture sponsored by the Department of French & Italian and the Linguistics Program

April 6
Louis Zukofsky and the Problem of Being a Jewish Poet in America - featuring Barry Ahearn

April 8
Holocaust in German-occupied Soviet Territory - a lecture sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program

April 8
Arabic Film Screening: Alexandria Again and Forevor

April 8
Arabic Film Screening: Bab El Oued City

April 9
Junior Voice Recital - featuring Maggie Windler

April 9-11
Joan Mitchell in New Orleans - The Newcomb Art Gallery will host a 3 day-long symposium about Joan Mitchell.

April 10
Classical Guitar Series - featuring Rene Izquierdo

April 11
Junior Recital - featuring Marco Ruiz

April 12
Great Writers Series - featuring Carlos Fuentes

April 13
Hans Kohn - Jewish Nationalist - featuring Adi Gordon


April 13-17
Lend Me a Tenor - This well respected farce spotlights tenor Tito Merelli and his misadventures on the night he is to star in a gala fundraiser.

April 14
Music at Midday - featuring Voice students from the Newcomb Department of Music

April 14
Arabic Film Screening: Ali Zaoua

April 15
Jazz at the Rat - featuring Keyon Herold

April 18
Sixth Annual Celebración Latina: A family-oriented event that offers a great opportunity for New Orleanians to come together to celebrate the cultures of Latin America and New Orleans.

April 19
Stage Production of Song For My Fathers: A New Orleans Story in Black and White - Feature live readings by Sancton, historic video and photography and live musical interludes featuring The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

April 20
Why Russian Zionism is a Worthy Topic of Study - a lecture featuring Brian Horowitz

April 21
Music at Midday - featuring Students from the Newcomb Department of Music

April 26
Jazz at the Rat - featuring Tulane Jazz Combos Concert

April 27
Big Band Concert

April 27
SLA Faculty and Staff Fiesta

April 29
Tulane Big Band at Jazz Fest

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