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Majors Week!


Come join our departments and programs to learn more about their majors, February 27 - March 2 Schedule of Events

News from the Field:
Michelle Foa


I write this News from the Field on my last day in Paris, having spent one month in the city carrying out research for my book on the Neo-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat. I’m here thanks to a Glick Fellowship from the School of Liberal Arts that I was awarded last spring, and my time here has been extremely beneficial to my work. Continue Reading



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Congratulations to Harvey and Victoria Bricker, both emeritus professors of anthropology, for winning the 2011 John Frederick Lewis Award from the American Philosophical Society for their book, Astronomy in the Maya Codices. Since 1981 the Lewis Award has recognized the best book published by the Society in a given year. This year’s award ceremony was part of the Society's autumn General Meeting in Philadelphia.

The Linguistics Program is proud to announce the newly established William E. Franklin, Ph.D. Fellowship in Linguistics Endowed Fund. Created in the memory of Dr. William E. Franklin through a gift by his wife Maria Luisa de Ajubita y de Azpiazu Franklin (G’43), the fund will support outstanding graduate students pursing doctoral studies in the field of Linguistics.

Political Science Professor, Melissa Harris-Perry will begin hosting her own MSNBC show starting February 4th. Harris-Perry has received acclaim for appearing and guest hosting on various news programs including “Politics Nation”, “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word.” Read the full article here.

Michael C. Pepper, a junior double majoring in music composition and math, has been selected as one of the seven national finalists in the 2011-2012 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Contest in the Young Artist Division. The reviews of his Romance for Clarinet and Strings describe his work as “an extremely mature composition, very original and very creative, a wonderfully well-written piece of music.”

Professional Activities

Tulane Alumni and President of Fox International Productions Sanford Panitch (A&S ’89) was interviewed on the NPR show All Things Considered on January 19, 2012. Panitch discussed Fox’s role in making foreign films. Listen and read the full story here.

Tulane professor and anthropologist, William Balée, was quoted in the New York Times January 14, 2012 article titled, “Once Hidden by Forest, Carvings in Land Attest to Amazon’s Lost World.” The article discuss the mysterious Brazilian geoglyphs (geometric designs carved into the earth). Read the full article here.

Lawrence N. Powell's forthcoming book, THE ACCIDENTAL CITY: IMPROVISING NEW ORLEANS, received a "Pick of the Week" starred review in the January 2, 2012 issue of PUBLISHER's WEEKLY, the preeminent trade publication of the book industry. Harvard University Press will publish the book on March 30, 2012. Powell, a professor of history and holder of the James H. Clark Endowed Chair, currently directs the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.

Associate Professor Rosanne Adderley was featured in the January 17, 2012 New Orleans episode of the Travel Channel’s “Hidden City.” Adderely, an African-American historian, was interview about the 1830’s LaLaurie slavery torture case. See clips from the episode here.

Newcomb Music Department’s BFA graduate, Dan Vuksanovich (A&S ’97), has launched his own website and blog devoted to teaching guitar. Check out his new site here.

CAROLE HABER, dean of Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts, was interviewed by Fox Business for an article about the value of a liberal arts degree. Haber discussed that the ‘worth’ of the degree is measure by more than just dollars. Read the full article here.

SLA in the News

Mardi Gras a great investment,
Tulane study says

Nicholas PaytonSmall wonder that gold is one of Carnival’s primary colors. Mardi Gras 2011 contributed more than $300 million to the New Orleans economy. Continue Reading

Fiscal therapy for debt addiction

If anyone thought the Murphy Institute’s 2012 Yates Lecture would be a feel-good talk on the economy, that notion was quickly put to rest by the speaker, economist William Gale. Continue Reading

Colors in beads and fabric

As part of the citywide Prospect 2 art exhibition, the Newcomb Art Gallery at the Woldenberg Art Center exhibits the colorful work of Nick Cave and Joyce Scott.
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Theater for kids

Thousands of school children flock to Dixon Hall to experience the Bard’s drama and talk with actors from the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane about their performance of Julius Caesar, this year’s Performances for the Schools program offering. Continue Reading

Study abroad opens new vistas

For senior Andrew MacKinnon, one African history class at Tulane gave him a new perspective on the continent. Continue Reading

Reputation on trial in Victorian
murder case

Are reputation and gender relevant in determining the outcome of a criminal trial?
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Zemurray leader Stephanie Feoli joins Tulane board

Stephanie Feoli, director of the Zemurray Foundation, a major supporter of Tulane University, has joined the Board of Tulane, the university’s main governing body.
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Gender, race and politics

Alumnae, students, faculty and community partners gathered at the Newcomb House on the Tulane uptown campus for a reception on Wednesday (Jan. 25) celebrating the launch of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South.
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Social networking impacts global movements

What do President Barack Obama’s election, Tahrir Square and Occupy movement have in common? Each shares the dream of a utopian society, of course.
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Undergrads go for art

Using ceramics, glass and acrylics, undergraduate students show their best artwork at the annual juried exhibition at the Carroll Gallery. Continue Reading

SLA Events This Month

February 1

Music at Midday, featuring Robin Williams & Kadisha Onalbayeva Coleman, pianists

Summer Institute 2012 Info Session - Locations and courses this summer!

February 2

Jazz at the Rat featuring Don Vappie

February 6

Regionalism in Latin America - A lecture by Professor Olivier Dabène

February 8

Newcomb Student Grants Information Session - For Tulane undergraduate women

Music at Midday, featuring Gregory Sioles

Payson Center Summer Institute 2012

February 12

Tulane University Marching Band performing in Krewe of Thor parade

February 15

Music at Midday, Featuring David Bernhard

February 17

TU Marching Band performing in Krewe d'Etat parade

February 19

TU Marching Band performs in Thoth Parade

February 21

TU Marching Band parading in Rex, Mardi Gras day 2012!

February 22

Concert Piano Series, Moscow on the Mississippi

February 24

Who We Say We Are, What They Say About Us - Black Women's Health Conference

Where You Live Determines Your Health, featuring Dr. Maureen Lichtveld

February 24

NOISE 2012, Invitational Seminar in Ethics

February 25

Summer Lyric Theatre Auditions

Classical Guitar Series, featuring Isaac Bustos

February 26

Ninth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop: In the Time of the Maya

February 28 - March 2

Two Gentlemen of Verona - Sponsored by Shakespeare Festival

February 29

Music at Midday, featuring Marijim Thoene, organ



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