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Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

SLA Online: January 2010
‘We’re a School of Creativity’

The library of the Tulane president's home on Dec. 8 was filled with displays of academic achievement — new books ranging from fiction to photographs of Russia to research on China, Germany and Cuba, and computers displaying art, music and documentaries, all produced by 21 members of the School of Liberal Arts.
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La Vie à la Nouvelle-Orléans

What better place to study French than New Orleans, with its long-standing connection to the Francophone world? Tom Klingler, associate professor and chair of the Department of French and Italian at Tulane, says that he and his colleagues are pleased the PhD program in French studies has been reinstated in an invigorated form, and they are now actively recruiting doctoral candidates.
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Mellon Fellows Connect to Tulane, New Orleans

In the post-Katrina rebuilding environment, Tulane University and New Orleans are magnets in attracting academic talent. Nearly 400 people applied to Tulane for prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, and the three new fellows are now on campus, teaching and doing research. Continue Reading

Students Explore Economic Reality of Slavery

Students in Jonathan Pritchett's "Economics of Slavery" class are learning firsthand the power of the tools that economists have at their disposal for analyzing historical events. Continue Reading

Sugar Plum Season

A sure sign that the holiday season is upon us is the performing of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet, The Nutcracker. This year, Tulane will be represented in Ballet Hysell's production of the iconic piece by first-year dance major Claire Escher as the Sugar Plum Fairy and professor of practice Diogo DeLima as the Prince. Continue Reading

Graffiti Art

We've all seen it: the tags, throw-ups, and pieces, and sometimes the markings of the grey ghost. I'm referring of course, to graffiti. Students in Professor Stephen Ostertag's Deviant Behavior course (Soci 108) produced a digital media project on graffiti in and around New Orleans for their final project of the semester. Continue Reading

Mission Go

This past semester, Tulane Liberal Arts student Jay Harris Gard wrote, directed and edited a 5 minute short film in conjunction with the Video Production I class. Titled, Mission Go, the film is one of several projects that students in the class complete by the end of the semester. Continue Reading

Philosophy Undergrads Convene

Students from Tulane and Loyola universities presented papers at an undergraduate philosophy conference held recently at the two campuses. Continue Reading

News from the Field:
Constance Balides

In October 2009, I travelled to Pordenone, Italy near Venice to attend an eight day international festival for silent cinema historians, archivists, curators, critics, and local enthusiasts. The 28th Pordenone Silent Film Festival included films from archives around the world and featured many newly restored prints with original tinting and toning effects as the festival's poster of Mae Murray in The Merry Widow (Stroheim, 1925) suggests. Every film screened was accompanied by live music ranging from a single pianist to a full orchestra and films were shown continuously from nine in the morning until midnight in the modern Teatro Verdi in the center of the town.
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Philanthropy plays a critical role in our success. The School of Liberal Arts relies heavily on the support of our alumni and friends to fulfill our mission of fostering and promoting innovative scholarship, transformative research, and creative inquiry within the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences.
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The Latest Post from the Maxwell Blog

December 7th, 2009
This Devil's for Burning
What does one do on December 7th? In the United States, we commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor, which cost the lives of 2400 people and assured our entry into the war of the Pacific. In Guatemala, people celebrate the Quema del Diablo, "Burning of the Devil". This celebration symbolizes the constant combat of good vs. evil, with the, sadly temporary, victory going to "good" here as the Devil goes up in flames...
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RONNA S. HARRIS, associate professor in the Newcomb Art Department, is in Florence, Italy, to participate in the Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea in the historical setting of Fortezza da Basso. Learn more
Philosophy Department graduate student C. TODD MEREDITH's article, "The Ethical Basis for Taxation in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas," published in the Journal of Markets and Morality, was nominated for an award by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.  It is one of their top three nominations in the "Culture of Enterprise Initiative," for articles by young scholars in the intersection of markets and morality.  He will find out where he ranks exactly at the annual Templeton Enterprise Awards Dinner, scheduled to take place in April of 2010 in New York City. Learn more
BRIAN HOROWITZ, professor and chair of German & Slavic Studies and Jewish Studies, has been granted a renewal of his Humboldt fellowship by the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation. He will be spending summer 2010 in Heidelberg, Germany, where he will be working at the university on a project about Jewish nationalism.
JUDITH M. MAXWELL, professor of Anthropology and Linguistics has been awarded a Fulbright Award from January – June 2010. She will be working and researching in Guatemala in collaboration with the Instituto de Lingüística y Educación (Institute of Linguistics and Education) of the Universidad Rafael Landívar. Learn more

Alumnae In the News

Alumna's Art in Exhibit

LeMieux Galleries of New Orleans is presenting "Signs of the City," a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by Tulane alumna Shirley Rabé Masinter through Dec. 26 at 332 Julia St. Learn more

Alumna Named President of Major Memphis Healthcare Foundation

Tulane alumna Paula Jacaobson was recently named president of the Methodist Healthcare Foundation in Memphis, TN. She has been with Methodist Healthcare-Memphis Hospitals since 2000. In addition, she is very involved with the Memphis Jewish community. Learn more

January 1 - April 30
¡Sí Cuba!: A Citywide Celebration of Cuban Art and Culture

January 14 - February 12
Carroll Gallery Exhibit - Muse: an Exhibition and Symposium on Women in Photography

January 16
The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare Festival at Tulane) - The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were separated at birth and the infidelities, thefts, and madness caused by their mistaken identities.

January 16 - March 4
Newcomb Art Gallery Exhibit - Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Wroks from Cuba

January 21
Murphy Institute Yates Lecture - Glenn Loury from Brown University - Obama Is No King: On the Fracturing of the Black Prophetic Tradition


January 25
Friends of Music - David Finckel, cello, and Wu Han, piano

January 26
Concert Piano Series - Newcomb Department of Music presents Classical pianist Krassimiri Jordon

January 28
Jewish Studies Speakers Series: Confronting the Holocaust in Poland and Lithuania

January 29
Economics Department Speaker Series - Janet Currie from Columbia University

January 29
Clara del Marmol and Annabelle Bernard Vocal Series featuring Amy Pfrimmer (soprano) and Aigerim Magavina (piano)

January 30
Tulane hosts regional audition site for the Classical Singer Magazine High School Vocal Contest

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