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Tulane students travel to South Africa as part of the CIEE Cape Town: Arts and Sciences study abroad program. A prerequisite of this opportunity is to take the course Introduction to African and African Diaspora Studies offered through the newly renamed Africana Studies Program. (photo provided by Nicole M. Krawczewicz)

Spirit of Renewal in Africana Studies

The Africana Studies Program in the School of Liberal Arts at Tulane has a new name, a new home, and a renewed focus both on internationalism and black experience in the United States. Academic leaders are hopeful that the new name will increase the program's visibility and educate more members of the Tulane community about the program's important work.
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Ward Wins Strauss Living for
Literary Excellence

Shorty Wins Caldecott Book
Award and More

Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward, an associate professor of English at Tulane University School of Liberal Arts, has been named one of two winners of the prestigious Strauss Living for literary excellence.

The award, given every five years by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, is worth $200,000.
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Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews is the recent recipient of both the Caldecott Honor Book and the Coretta Scott King Medal for his self–titled children's book. In addition, the founder of the Trombone Shorty Academy, which is housed in Tulane's School of Liberal Arts, also received the Community Music Award from Offbeat Magazine for outstanding community work through his Foundation.
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Alumni Spotlight –
Travis Torrence

As Travis Torrence, Tulane College '02, departed for his first day of classes as a freshman, his parents reminded him that they were sending him to college to make a better life for himself. While participating in service learning courses at Tulane, the Communication and Political Science double-major was introduced to the old adage: "You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give."
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Faculty Spotlight –
Ashley Brown Burns

Newly hired Tulane political science professor Ashley Brown Burns is experienced in bringing contemporary social and political issues into the liberal arts classroom in a way that offers her students real-world policy lessons. "That's the local excitement of public policy in a Tulane political science classroom – the real-time opportunity to make New Orleans a better place," says Burns.
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Looking Back, Moving Forward

Women in Famous Slave Revolt

In January, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South hosted a conversation designed to reflect on the development of musical forms and the rights of people of color in New Orleans. The evening program was the inaugural event in a partnership between the Center and The New Quorum, a new residency program in the Seventh Ward that welcomes nationally renowned musicians and writers to the city for immersive studio time and meaningful community exchange.
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Historian Vanessa M. Holden addressed people and issues that are often overlooked or ignored when she presented "The Forgotten Women of Nat Turner's Rebellion" on Monday (Feb. 1) in Caroline Richardson Hall on the Tulane University uptown campus. The talk kicked off a spring semester lecture series hosted by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Newcomb College Institute, the Department of History and the Amistad Research Center at Tulane.
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Message from the Dean
Diverse Experiences

haberAs February is Black History Month, it seems most fitting for this month's newsletter to highlight some of the activities, faculty, alumni, and students who reflect the School of Liberal Art's dedication to providing an academic environment that values, teaches, and learns from the diverse experiences of people in the city, the nation, and across the globe.
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News from the Field:
Dale Shuger
Divine Visions and Other Mystic Experiences

shugerMost of my work as an academic consists of sitting alone in a room reading and writing about men and women who sat alone in rooms reading and writing. It does not exactly lead itself to exciting narrative, but it is not without its moments of drama. I am currently writing a book about mystic language in Spain between 1500-1700.
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Rare Book of Shakespeare's Plays on Exhibit

The School of Liberal Arts is honored to have been selected as the State of Louisiana host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world's most treasured books. The exhibition honors Shakespeare in 2016, on the 400th anniversary of his death.

Shakespeare's Othello & Racial Identity: Felipe Smith

smithOne of the most frequently produced Shakespearean dramas in America, Othello inspired a history reflective of societal struggles to assert citizens' rights in the face of racism and legalized slavery. In 1833, the British actor Edmund Kean, responding to Charles Lamb and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's outrage over Desdemona "falling in love with a veritable negro," "de-Africanized" the Moor.
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Shakespeare Festival Announces 49th Season

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Upcoming Events Celebrating Black History Month

2/18 - "Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower"

2/22 - "Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons"

2/26 - ZuZu African Acrobats

2/27-3/13 - Tulane Black Arts Festival

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