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News from the Field:
Rebecca Atencio


On November 18 of this year, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed into law a National Truth Commission to investigate human rights crimes committed in the country between 1946 and 1988, with a focus on the period of the military dictatorship (1964-1985). Although not without controversy—some victims’ rights groups have dismissed the initiative as a “farce”—the truth commission arguably represents a step forward for Brazil, which has historically lagged behind its South American neighbors in reckoning with violations committed under authoritarian rule.
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Chimpanzees of Ngogo




The Atlanta Basketball Host Committee has announced that Newcomb Alum Sharon Goldmacher (’86), president of communications 21®, will serve as executive director of the Atlanta Local Organizing Committee for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four. The event is expected to bring more than 80,000 fans to the Georgia Dome and Atlanta, April 6-8, 2013. “We considered many qualified candidates, but ultimately selected Sharon based on her past experience as ALOC’s public relations chair for the 2007 Men’s Final Four, and her long-standing relationships within the local community and the NCAA,” said John Yates, chair of the Atlanta Basketball Host Committee and the Local Organizing Committee. Goldmacher will be responsible for developing the LOC’s structure, managing community volunteers, working with local government officials and coordinating operations with the NCAA leading up to the 2013 national championship, which will mark the 75th anniversary of the event.

In a November 4, 2011 article in the Christian Science Monitor, Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics, Judith Maxwell, spoke in support of the more than 400,000 Guatemalan indigenous voters affected by poor ID card issues. The article, titled “Mayan Guatemalans disenfranchised because their government can't spell?” discusses the specific problem in the latest presidential election and the broader national problem of integrating Guatemala’s native populations and restoring unity. Read the full article here.

Professional Activities

Professor of Italian, Linda Carroll, is a member of the executive committee of the Division on Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature of the Modern Language Association. Her article on reciprocal influences of Thomas More and Renaissance Venetian and Paduan writers will soon appear in Modern Language Review, a journal of Britain's Modern Humanities Research Association.

Associate Professor Gaurav Desai of the department of English was one of thirteen "major contributors" to the profession of English studies asked to participate in a Symposium titled "How I Have Changed My Mind" published by the journal College English in celebration of the Centennial of the National Council of Teachers of English. You may read his piece here. Desai has also been invited by Professor Russell Berman, President of the Modern Language Association to Chair a featured panel on "Democracy, Language and Literature" at the upcoming MLA Convention in Seattle.

A paper by Ferruh Yilmaz, "Reading the Danish Cartoons Affair against the Grain: Re-ontologizing the Social," was recently chosen to be presented at the Emerging Scholars in Critical and Cultural Studies panel at the National Communication Association conference on November 18, 2011. These papers by junior faculty were selected by reviewers as exemplary of innovative contributions to Critical and Cultural Studies scholarship. Dr. Yilmaz, an assistant professor at the department of communication argues in this paper that the Danish cartoon controversy should be understood in the context of populist radical right's hegemonic intervention in Europe.

SLA in the News

French school internship gives as much as it takes

Nicholas PaytonThe doors are always open at Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans, a French immersion school in the heart of New Orleans. Continue Reading

Teachers make good neighbors

A roadblock that may have discouraged others was the motivating factor behind Tulane graduate William Stoudt creating the Youth Rebuilding New Orleans organization. Continue Reading

Dancing 'Above the Oaks'

The performance space in McWilliams Hall, with windows overlooking the treetops, formed the setting for the fall concert by the Newcomb Dance Company, held Nov. 1–6. It featured original choreography by the Newcomb Dance faculty. Continue Reading

Photo: With an artist’s eye

Sophomore Colby Kiefer, working on a perspective drawing for his art class, finds inspiration in the reflections of sunlight on the stone floor of Woodward Way, outside the Newcomb Art Gallery in the Woldenberg Art Center. Continue Reading

An artful variety

In the soothing space of the Carroll Gallery, visitors peruse a sampling of new work by 13 Tulane studio art faculty members. Continue Reading

Governors clue in aspiring
office seekers

At a session on state and local politics during the Bipartisan Policy Center’s political summit.
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'Why Africa?'

When the Tulane Mortar Board Honors Society invited Elisabeth McMahon to give a “last lecture,” the assistant professor of history decided to address the one question she’s asked the most: “Why Africa?”
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Public-service intern pitches
in to help girls

With the Tulane Center for Public Service guiding her, senior Carolyn Doane is fulfilling her service-learning requirement in a most inspiring way. Doane helps young girls all across New Orleans Continue Reading

Poet finds stories in everyday life

Her father, a child’s artwork and a stranger in an airport terminal are all things compelling enough to jolt poet Naomi Shihab Nye into a writing mood. Continue Reading

New club inspired by love
of video gaming

There’s a new club at Tulane, and it comes with sound effects. The Tulane University Video Game Society is one of the fastest-growing. Continue Reading

SLA Events This Month

December 1

Newcomb Art Department's annual Holiday Sale.

The Update of the "Cuban Model"

Gilbert Chase Memorial Lecture in Latin American Music

December 1 - 3

The Skriker - Combining theater and dance, along with mask work and puppetry.

December 2

Tulane Percussion Ensemble Concert

Fridays at Newcomb - featuring French Professor Felicia McCarren

December 3

Newcomb Art Department's annual Holiday Sale.

IX Annual Tulane Undergraduate Conference on Latin America

December 4

The Skriker - Combining theater and dance, along with mask work and puppetry.

December 5

The Chimpanzees of Ngogo - a lecture by Dr. David P. Watts, of Yale University

December 5 - 6

Jazz Workshop

December 7

Music @ Midday - featuring the students of the Newcomb Department of Music

December 8

Jazz Concert - Featuring the Nicholas Payton Trio

December 9

Fridays at Newcomb - Featuring Sociology Professor Michele Adams

December 13

SLA Faculty Showcase Reception

December 14

Prospect.2 Lecture Series: Pawel Wojtasik


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