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SLA Online: February 2010
A Valentine to the Staff of SLA

In mid February, it is customary to send cards and flowers expressing our devotion and affection. So it seems only fitting that in this month’s newsletter, I extend a valentine to all the staff members of SLA. Although faculty and students often fail to express gratitude – or, at times, even say a passing thank you – no one at Tulane questions the importance of our staff or the fact that we would not survive a day without them. From finding a place in a class for a wayward student, to teaching a reluctant faculty member how to deal with the technology of the twenty-first century, to understanding the often byzantine workings of the university, they are the backbone of our school.

And so, speaking for the all the faculty and students in SLA, I want to express my sincerest gratitude and respect. We are amazed at your skills and thankful for your patience. We value your knowledge, your professionalism, and, even in the worst of times, your extraordinary good humor. We are astonished at your ability to take on enormous responsibilities and multitask with ease. We know that without your dedication to Tulane, it would never be the world-class institution that it is. As the song says, you are truly “the wind beneath our wings.” Thank you deeply for allowing us to soar.

Carole Haber
Dean, SLA

News from the Field:
Jay Shimshack

Previous “News from the Field” authors have written about visits to Yorkshire, Rio de Janeiro, and Italy. I write from the Upper Midwest, so I’m a little jealous. I am spending the academic year as a visiting scholar at the Erb Institute at the University of Michigan.
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SLA In the News

New Murphy Institute Leader Connects to Public Policy

The strength of interdisciplinary programs at Tulane University and at the Murphy Institute helped draw the institute's new director, Steven M. Sheffrin, to New Orleans from a long academic career at the University of California–Davis. Continue Reading

Making a Difference

D. J. Dietze, a junior majoring in political economy at Tulane, made a motivational speech for 6th and 7th graders at Lafayette Academy on South Carrollton Avenue on Thursday (Jan. 7). Continue Reading

Looking for Trends in Election Upset?

Politicians on both sides of the aisle are scrambling to spin the results of last Tuesday's (Jan. 19) special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, but Tulane political scientist Brian Brox is cautious about finding a national trend in the upset. Continue Reading

The Power of Words

Her eyes light up when she describes the study of linguistics. Judith M. Maxwell, professor of anthropology and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics at Tulane, is excited about a doctoral program in linguistics that is launching this year. Continue Reading

Shakespeare: A Hit With Students

During the second week of January, nearly 4,000 middle school and high school students from the New Orleans area attended performances of The Comedy of Errors, a special production by the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane on the uptown campus. Continue Reading

Get Ready, Who Dats!

Saints frenzy has kicked into super drive in New Orleans, with the city's treasured football team heading to its first Super Bowl after Sunday's (Jan. 24) victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Continue Reading

Newcomb Institute Leader Dedicated to Women’s Education

The first thing to do is build on the legacy of Newcomb College, says Sally Kenney. Kenney officially became the first permanent executive director of the Newcomb College Institute on Jan. 1. Continue Reading

Exhibit: Samuel Johnson at 300

The 300th birthday of Samuel Johnson, a giant of English literature in the 18th century, is being honored by an exhibit of first and early editions of his works housed in the Rare Books Collection of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library on the Tulane uptown campus. Continue Reading

Workshop Focuses on Watchdog Journalism

As newsrooms across the country continue to slash their budgets, the future of investigative journalism is increasingly open to speculation. Against this backdrop, the Tulane Department of Communication hosted a workshop on ethnic media watchdog reporting. Continue Reading

Cuban Images, Art Come to Campus

Tulane's participation in the citywide ¡Sí Cuba! celebration began on January 16 as two exhibits open with contemporary art and historic images. Continue Reading

Brumfield Documents Historic Monasteries

There he is, slogging through knee-deep Russian snow, camera in his gloveless hands, looking for the perfect shot of an ancient church building. Tulane professor William Brumfield remains determined to document Russian architecture. While his latest book depicts two monasteries founded in the 14th century, he just returned from working on a new project in the town of Ustiuzhna in northwestern Russia. Continue Reading

Welcome to Academia

Welcome to Academia, a film shot on the Tulane campus in the fall of 2007, had its premiere screening on Jan. 20 at the Woldenberg Art Center. It was sponsored by the communication department and the Maurice L. Silverstein Film Studies Fund. Continue Reading

Faculty in the News

LINDA POLLOCK, professor of History, was awarded a grant from the Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund in support of her project "Emotions and Values in Early Modern England."
SUSANN LUSNIA, associate professor of Classical Studies, gave lectures January 26-29 in Nashville, TN and Edmonton (AB), Canada as part of the Archaeological Institute of America's 2009-10 Lecture Series. She has also been invited to speak at "Teaching Pompeii in a Liberal Arts Setting: Contexts, Interdisciplinarity, and Collaboration" a workshop sponsored by the Classics Department at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN, February 4-6.
EMILY CLARK, associate professor of History, was awarded a Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts & Humanities by the Historic New Orleans Collection for her project "The Strange History of the American Quadroon."
KEVIN GOTHAM was quoted in a New York Times article about The New Orleans Saints: “People can believe in the healing power of myths,” Gotham said. “Myths are identity-affirming and solidarity-providing. They become powerful through ceremonies and rituals.” Read Article

Alumni In the News

Effective January 19, 2010, Larry Schloss (Economics, 1976) has been appointed to the New York City government and become the Chief Investment Officer of the $100 billion New York City pension funds and Deputy Comptroller for Pensions.

Dr. Joseph V. Trahan, III, APR, Fellow PRSA (History, 1976) was awarded The PRSA 2009 Lloyd B. Dennis Award for Distinguished Leadership in Public Affairs.

Ryan O'Connell (Political Science & Literature, 2006) is the host of a bilingual video blog about wine in the south of France. He has interviewed and tasted alongside legendary winemakers like Aimé Guibert (recently featured in Jonathan Nossiter's documentary "Mondo Vino"). The show's multi-language format allows millions of young wine lovers around the planet to access one of the largest wine producing regions in the world. Learn more

February 1 - April 30
Polaridad Complementaria exhibition - Part of the citywide ¡Sí Cuba! celebration.

February 1-12
Muse: An Exhibition of Women in Contemporary Photography - An exhibition of contemporary photography by Tanyth Berkeley, Eve Fowler, Katy Grannan, and Dana Hoey, curated by Stephen Hilger.

February 1
Writer's Writer Series: Edmund White

February 2
Coffee and Donut Soiree - Come and get a "hole" lot of info from the Teacher Preparation Program. Free donuts and coffee!

February 3
Music at Midday: Robert Weirich

February 3
Cuba- Still an Island?: A lecture on Cuban art and globalization by Miranda Lash

February 3
Sister Citizen: A New View on Black Women Politics: featuring Melissa Harris-Lacewell

February 4
Mulheres de Retomada: Mar de rosas - Women Filmmakers in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

February 4
Louisiana author Ernest Hill will speak about the sequel to his critically acclaimed novel A Life for a Life

February 5
The Morocco Reading Group

February 5
Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. John Forest - "How Genesis saved the Babylonian Jews from Extinction".

February 5
Murphy Institue Faculty Seminar Featuring Geoffrey Brennan

February 8
Resume Workshop - Resume Workshop

February 8
Veritas Forum - God, Government, or Me: Who decides moral good? Featuring Eric Mack

February 9
Newcomb Sexuality & Gender Alliance presents…

February 10
Music at Midday featuring Musica da Camera


February 15
Lundi Gras Holiday / Staff Appreciation Day

February 16
Mardi Gras Holiday

February 19
Concert Piano Series featuring Faina Lushtak

February 19
Murphy Institute Faculty Seminar Featuring Jessie Prinz

February 19
Richard Romano - Inefficiencies from Metropolitan Political and Fiscal Decentralization: Failures of Tiebout Competition

February 22
The Jewish Studies Speaker Series: The Jewish Questions as the Arab Question

February 23
The Jewish Studies Speaker Series: Satmar Hasidism

February 23
Community Partner Spotlight: Neighborhood Centers

February 23
Beads on Broadway: Tulane Mardi Gras Gala

February 23
Newcomb Sexuality & Gender Alliance presents… a Talk With Linda Carroll

February 23
New Orleans Friends of Music Concert

February 23-28
The Shape of Things a Play by Neil LaBute

February 24
Music at Midday featuring Gail Blaustein, flute and James Oakes, piano

February 24
Mortar Board Presents "The Last Lecture" Featuring Prof. David Goldstein, Associate Director of Jewish Studies

February 25
Murphy Institue Lecture Featuring Charles Butterworth

February 26

February 26
Economics seminar: Amitabh Chandra

February 26-28
7th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop - The ancient lowland Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America is often celebrated for its achievements in an environment unique for its lack of rivers, unlike that of the ancient Egyptian, Sumerian, Indus, and Chinese civilizations.

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