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Musical Cultures Of The Gulf South Coordinate Major Roll Out Barbecue

Learn about the new interdisciplinary coordinate major, Musical Cultures of the Gulf South.  Lunch provided by Voodoo BBQ, Wednesday April 4, 2012 12:00 pm ~ 2:00 pm.

A new SLA interdisciplinary coordinate major!

Musical Cultures of the Gulf South


As we all know, there is no place like New Orleans. The city moves to a musical beat that defines its soul. Students are drawn here for its extraordinary culture; faculty find the region rich in materials for teaching and research. Beginning in the fall of 2012, these threads will come together in a new interdisciplinary major that explores the heart of the region: the Musical Cultures of the Gulf South (MCGS). Drawing on courses throughout the school of liberal arts, although open to all in the university, the coordinate major will explore the area’s cultural identity; it will examine its global influences, it historical roots, and its artistic expressions. Continue Reading

News from the Field:
Matt Sakakeeny



As an anthropologist of music, I use the methods of ethnography to locate the place of music in our everyday lives and measure its significance. While I feel at home in the archive, and perfectly content to sit at my desk with a stack of books, my research always begins out in the world, interacting with living, breathing human beings, whose experiences and stories direct the course of my work and, along the way, create an archive of “data” – interviews, pictures, videos, sound recordings, and notebooks filled with observations – for future historians. Continue Reading



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Congratulations to second year Anthropology graduate student, QIAOYUN ZHANG, who has been named the recipient of the 2012 Society for Applied Anthropology's topical "Tourism and Heritage" Student Paper Award. As the first-place winner she receives a cash award of $500 and will be presented with a certificate at the SfAA Awards Ceremony in Baltimore. Her paper "Phoenix Out Of The Ashes: Convergence Of Disaster And Heritage Tourism In Jina Qiang Village, Sishucna, China" was based on fieldwork in her home province conducted over the winter holiday break and Lunar New Year. Qiaoyun is also preparing a paper for the American Folklore Society meetings in New Orleans (October 24-28, 2012) whose theme is "Cultural Continuity and Cultural Creativity" with an orientation toward cultural resilience in comparative disaster recovery. She is assisting in assembling Chinese scholars living in the US and in China for panels at the meetings.

MARK VAIL, Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Murphy Institute of Political Economy, has been awarded a Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for Academic Year 2012-2013. He will use the generous fellowship to support work on his current book manuscript, The Comparative Politics of Liberalism: Ideas and Interests in Post-War European Economic Adjustment, while in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University.

Professor BRIAN HOROWITZ of the newly created Jewish Studies Department has received a summer fellowship at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany to be part of a research group on Twentieth-Century European history.

Professional Activities

Tulane Economics Alum, NOAM SCHEIBER (’88), was interviewed in The New York Times about his recently published book, The Escape Artist. Scheiber is a senior editor of the political and arts magazine The New Republic.

Economics Professor of Practice, CLAUDINEY PEREIRA's, forthcoming article (with Luiz F. Maia-Filho of Federal Rural University of Pernambuco, Brazil) will be published in the Journal of Banking and Finance. The article estimated the reaction of the largest Brazilian banks to monetary policy during the financial crisis of 2008.

MICHAEL KUCZYNSKI, Associate Professor of English, led the first, one-day Research Skills Workshop for the Newberry Research Center in Chicago. The workshop, titled The Psalms in Public and in Private, was geared towards early-career graduate students to give an introduction to the Newberry Library and its resources. Read more about this successful new program here.

Tulane’s Japanese students and faculty participated in the anniversary video project conducted by the Ohio State University called I Love You Japan for 3.11 from U.S.A. See the video here.

We are pleased to announce Professor WILLIAM CRAFT BRUMFIELD’S new book, Vologda, published by Tri Quadrata Publishing House in Moscow. The book, which beautifully displays 310 color and black and white photographs taken by the author, explores the many changes in the city’s historic central districts with great detail to the architecture of this ancient center of culture.


SLA in the News

Ancient Greece at the LA Children's Museum

Tulane Classics Club & Classical Studies participated in the museum's World's Fair fund-raising event on March 10, 2012
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Noted author guides creative writers

This year’s Zale-Kimmerling Writer-in-Residence, acclaimed author Antonya Nelson, is spending four days on the uptown campus, working with students in classes and workshops. Continue Reading

African linguistics draws international scholars

For the first time in its 43-year history, the Annual Conference on African Linguistics chose the Tulane uptown campus for its meeting, attended by 140 scholars and students from around the world. Continue Reading

Mazel tov! Jewish studies becomes a department

The Jewish studies program at Tulane University has come into its own. When students attend fall semester courses, the program will be a stand-alone department within the School of Liberal Arts. Continue Reading

MediaNOLA preserves and connects cultural heritage

Before Hurricane Katrina, few people were worried about the way New Orleans’ cultural heritage was being preserved. It didn't occur to people that it was in any kind of danger. Continue Reading

Irish studies conference headed to New Orleans

While many people around the world prepare to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, New Orleans’ Irish heritage will take center stage for an entirely different reason. Continue Reading

Jonathan Franzen delivers ‘Freedom’ reading

Jonathan Franzen, best-selling novelist and Great Writers Series speaker, carried his worn briefcase on stage at McAlister Auditorium on Monday (March 6). Continue Reading

Atlantic Creoles negotiated tricky cultural milieu

During the inaugural Sylvia R. Frey Lecture, sponsored by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University, Ira Berlin described the historical experience of a group of people. Continue Reading

Photos: Environmental art

Nicholas PaytonOne student sculpts with wood, glass and recycled steel, while the other uses outdoor settings for her paintings. The works by master of fine arts candidates Grace Mikell and Gregory Price. Continue Reading

The end of the world as we know it?

The time has finally come. It’s 2012, and according to a score of television shows and doomsday Internet countdowns, the end of the world (or a new beginning) is upon us in a matter of months. Continue Reading

Featured Event


Mendel Lee, Tulane University Marching Band percussion instructor/operations coordinator, presents his second concert of contemporary music, Monday, April 16, at 8pm, in Dixon Annex Recital Hall, Rm 152.  The concert is free & open to the public. This April, Mendel will premiere Shifting Signals I, a composition for clarinet, four webcams, and Google Hangout. Mark Lighthiser, TUMB assistant director, will also present a world premier composition. Earlier this Spring, Mendel's Honeysuckle Juice for SATB choir and piano, commissioned by The Concert Singers, was world premiered March 25, 2012, under the direction of Jenni Brandon in Los Angeles, CA.(The eponymously named poem, written by Amanda Regan Lighthiser as a basis for the musical composition, was accepted into the April 2012 publication of The Mom Egg.) Later this Spring, Mendel’s Cycles, will be performed May 19, 2012, by Anthony Jones, Kevin Dragonette, and Jordon Fields for the Baltimore Wind and Percussion Solo and Ensemble Festival in Baltimore, MD.

SLA Events This Month

March 30 - 31

The 25th Annual Putnam County
Spelling Bee

April 1

An Evening of Dance - The Newcomb Dance Program

April 2

The Rational Foundations of Morality - featuring Michael Smith

April 4

Music at Midday, featuring Steven Blackmon, Organ

Musical Cultures of the Gulf South Coordinate Major Roll Out Barbecue

Tulane University Marching Band's 3rd Annual FREE Spring Concert

April 5

Mediated memorials and undocumented migration in Europe

Meet the Mellons - Postdoctoral Fellows in the School of Liberal Arts.

April 11

Music at Midday, featuring Andrey Ponochevny, piano

Monroe Research Fellowships Faculty Presentation Luncheons

April 13

Newcomb Art Gallery Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration

April 15

A Tribute to Elias Barreiro

April 16

Health Policy Conference - A one-day health policy conference

Free Concert of Contemporary Music with nienteForte Ensemble

April 17

Jazz Workshop, featuring Nicholas Payton

Noël Coward's Hay Fever

April 18

Music at Midday, featuring Voice students from the Newcomb Department of Music

Do Holocaust Museums Matter?

April 19

Training Global Teachers for Global Classrooms

April 22

Classical Guitar Series

April 23

Cinema Egypt & Father Language

April 25

Music at Midday

Improve Comedy Night - The Awkward Chronicles, Part DUHHH


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