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SLA Online: April 2011
News from the Field: Supriya Nair

My sabbatical year from 2009-2010 was spent away from New Orleans in a quiet neighborhood of Carrboro, just a few minutes away from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, which was amply provided with libraries where I did my research. If a little cabin in the woods is the desirable retreat for many creative writers... Continue Reading

SLA Well Represented in Big Easy Theatre Awards Nominations

Congratulations to SLA faculty, staff, and alum for their Big Easy Theatre Awards nominations...

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Professional Activities

Assistant Political Science Professor J. CELESTE LAY was invited to participate in the "New Research on Gender and Political Psychology" conference at the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University.
TV and Movie Director Peter O'Fallon (Suicide Kings, House, The Good Wife, The Glades, and many others) was a guest visitor in Professor RON GURAL's Video Production 2 class on March 15. O'Fallon also hosted a Q & A session open to all students in the Lupin theatre. Professor Gural, who is a volunteer at the National WW2 museum, also escorted O'Fallon on a tour of the museum.
Associate Communication Professor VICKI MAYER and MIKE GRIFFITH of the Innovative Learning Center will be fellows at the Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Denver this summer. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the pair will work on digital archiving and GIS data visualization in order to expand the capabilities of mediaNOLA, a web portal for local histories of cultural production in New Orleans. The website is currently functional and includes over 100 histories of local theaters, music and social clubs, museums, sports venues, and more.
SHAWN WELNAK, a graduate student in the Philosophy Department, will be starting a tenure-track Assistant Professor Position at C.W. Post College in New York this coming fall. Shawn is writing a dissertation on "Philosophy and the Cave of Opinion: the Graeco-Arabic Tradition." Additionally, Three Philosophy Department graduate students have been offered Graduate Fellowships for next year in the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs of the Murphy Institute. C. TODD MEREDITH will be writing a dissertation on "Global Kleptocracy and the Public Domain." MARK PRYOR's dissertation is a study of "Plato's Political Psychology: Regime Decline in Republic VIII-IX." SHANE GASSAWAY is working on a dissertation on "Socratic Virtue in Plato and Xenophon."
NANCY STOCKTON, a graduate student in the History Department, will present a paper, The Feminine Contours of White Supremacy in Late Nineteenth-Century New Orleans at the "Court House, State House, Her House: Southern Women and Politics" conference March 31 - April 2, 2011 in Gulfport, MS.
Professor BRIAN HOROWITZ has been invited to speak at Temple University, April 11, for a conference on Jewish Emigration. In addition, he has been invited on April 10 to attend a seminar on Hebrew literature at the University of Florida, Gainsville.

Alumni News

Alumnus JOHN BUXTON graduated from Tulane on a full Navy scholarship in 1968. During his time as a student he took art history at Newcomb and dropped it after two weeks. Despite this, he completed 15 years as one of the appraisers on PBS' top rated program, Antiques Roadshow with an expertise in African, Pre-columbian, Oceanic, and American Indian art. He writes a news letter and a blog here.

SLA in the Media

Assistant Professor of Sociology DIANE GRAMS was quoted extensively in a Times-Picayune article about Mardi Gras: Big Easy Living: How Carnival Defines the Culture.

SLA In the News

Race and Place

History professor edits a book that explores the historical identity of blacks in Central America. Continue Reading

‘Entourage’ Creator Talks About Hollywood

“Entourage” creator and alumnus Doug Ellin comes to campus for a Q&A about the show and his Hollywood career. Continue Reading


Hidden Languages of Mardi Gras Indian Chants

Students search for clues of linguistic influence in the chants of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian tribes. Continue Reading

Coffee History Perks Up Lesson Plans

Area school teachers take in the history of the coffee trade in workshop by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Continue Reading


Treasuring Isleños Culture in Louisiana

Graduate student Samantha Perez celebrates publication of her book The Isleños of Louisiana: On Water’s Edge. Continue Reading

Literary ’Hood Spins Tales of New York

A website created by an English professor collects stories offering and “eye-level view” of the Big Apple. Continue Reading


April 1
Yates Lecture - Francis Fukuyama - “What is Political Development?”

April 2
Classical Guitar Series - featuring Florian Larousse

April 5
Grad. Student Music Symposium

April 6
Music @ Midday - featuring John Murphy, piano

Tulane Marching Band Performance

April 7
Liberalism, Democracy, and the Transatlantic Gaze:The Case of Political Science

April 8
Award-winning Filmmaker Haile Gerima screens 'Teza' - featuring Haile Gerima

A Year with Frog and Toad

Economics Seminar - Esther Duflo, MIT

Faculty Seminar - Mikhail Valdman, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Commonwealth University and a 2010-2011 Center Faculty Fellow

Anthropology Colloquium - David Chicoine - Early Urban Life in Coastal Peru: Perspectives from 1st Millennium BCE Societies in Nepeña

April 9
Preservation Matters 2011

April 12
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale by Tennessee Williams - Tennessee Williams play about a high strung and modest minister’s daughter who forges a spiritual bond with the wild, young doctor next door.

New Immigrants of New Orleans: A Socio-Legal Panel Discussion

If you Didn't Hate Me, Would I Still be Jewish? - Anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish Identity in Post-War America - featuring Douglas Greenberg, Executive Dean, School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University

April 13
Music @ Midday - featuring Voice students from the Newcomb Department of Music

April 13-17
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale by Tennessee Williams - Directed by Shad Willingham

April 14-21
Carroll Gallery - Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

April 15
Artist's Talk by Bob Snead

Norman Daniels - “Is There a Right to Health or Health Care, and What Does It Entail?”

April 18
Nature Boy - a Cabaret - Graduate Student Recital - featuring Aaron Thacker-Woodruff

April 20
Music @ Midday - featuring Students from the Newcomb Department of Music

Economics Seminar - David Malueg, UC Riverside

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