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Shellond Chester wins the President’s Staff Excellence Award

On December 22nd, President Scott Cowen arrived at Newcomb Hall decked out in a Santa hat. His mission: to recognize Shellond Chester. Continue Reading

Remembering April Brayfield

April liked purple ink, pink flamingoes, Jazzfest, Mardi Gras parades, bright colored clothes, and crafts. She did everything with energy and enthusiasm. Above all else, she was a dedicated teacher. Before finishing her doctorate at the University of Maryland, the university recognized her qualities with its Excellence in Teaching award . Continue Reading

A Jewish Studies Department
is Born!

Twenty- nine years after the establishment of the Jewish Studies program by Joe Cohn in the early 1980s, the faculty of the School of Liberal Arts voted to transform the Jewish Studies Program into a stand-alone department. The new Department of Jewish Studies will officially open its doors on July 1, 2012. Continue Reading

News from the Field:
Vicki Mayer

After Katrina, I used to joke that I couldn’t swing a dead cat near my home without at least one filmmaker there to document it. Indeed the influx of film productions to the city predates the hurricane, due largely to a bevy of generous tax incentives. After the storm, though, city and state officials began to see the industry both as economic revenue stream and a recovery engine.
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Jeffrey K. Walker (A&S '82) has accepted an appointment as Assistant Dean for Transnational Programs and Professor of Law at Saint John's University School of Law in New York City. He joined the Saint John's law faculty after a distingushed 20-year career as an Air Force judge advocate and eight years as Managing Partner of BlueLaw International, an international law and development consultancy he founded in 2003.

Political Science undergraduate student Katie M. Gray is the recent recipient of the Middlebury College/Mellon Foundation Research grant. The grant will cover research expenses for Gray to complete her project titled, “Securing under populated borderlands: Policy responses to immigration in Brazilian Amazonia.”

The English department’s debate program with local New Orleans middle schools is making great strides. For the past two years, Tulane’s Center for public service and SLA’s English department have sponsored a citywide middle-school debate tournament. Read about this year’s winners here.

Ellen Blue (Ph.D. History ’02) has recently authored the book St. Mark's and the Social Gospel: Methodist Women and Civil Rights in New Orleans, 1895-1965, published by the University of Tennessee Press. The book chronicles the history of St. Mark's Community Center, located in the French Quarter and run by Methodist deaconesses. Blue began the project when working on her doctoral work at Tulane.

Associate Professor Joel Dinerstein was featured in a January article in the Times Picayune for his work on the HBO's special, “Boardwalk Empire: The Money Decade.” To read the full article, click here.

SLA in the News

Artists gain notice of new CAC curator

Nicholas PaytonThere’s a new art curator in town. “And she doesn’t know us at all,” says Teresa Cole, chair of the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane. Continue Reading

Photos: Artistic gifts galore

Ceramics from platters to bowls to cups. Colorful and intricate wrapping papers. Glass objects from ornaments to finely crafted vases. Continue Reading

In print: students’ international affairs journal

A group of Tulane students has been writing and publishing articles for a website created to cover international issues since fall 2010. Continue Reading

Young voters less engaged, so far

Younger “millennial voters” were a key demographic for the 2008 Obama campaign, but according to a new study released by the Pew Research Center, those voters are less engaged. Continue Reading

Big night for hot jazz

What a hot night for jazz on the Tulane uptown campus — the Nicholas Payton Trio and the Tulane Big Band on stage together. Continue Reading

New Orleans music tied to tourism economy

From bounce music to the Mardi Gras Indians to second-line parades and brass bands,
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Students: Get your passport ready, Cuba awaits

Tulane students who are eager to experience the “amazing mystique” of Cuba have a new opportunity starting next year.
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Carville’s class to analyze 2012 election

Tulane students will have the opportunity to discuss politics with James Carville and other national analysts and heavy hitters. Continue Reading

SLA Events This Month

January 11

Prospect.2 Lecture Series: Luke DuBois

January 13

Julius Caesar - Julius Caesar will evoke the world of 1930's America.

January 20

Fridays at Newcomb - Kreinin will discuss issues affecting women across the globe.

Lecture: "Reputation on Trial: Sex, Murder and Insanity in the Victorian West," By Dean Carole Haber

January 23

Roundtable Discussion on International Human Rights and Gender: The Brazilian Case

International Human Rights and Gender: The Brazilian Case - Roundtable

Pulbic Lecture on Brazil's Domestic Violence Statute

January 23

Pulbic Lecture on Brazil's Domestic Violence Statute

January 25

Prospect.2 Lecture Series: Alexis Rockman - Prospect.2 artist, Alexis Rockman will give an artist talk on January 25, 2011 at 7:30 PM in Freeman Auditorium.

January 26

Making Meaning in Public: A lecture featuring Yale Sociology Professor Jeffery C. Alexander

January 27

Fridays at Newcomb - Unterman discusses her grandmother's life, including the time during the Holocaust.

January 30

Lynn Rosenthal, the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, speaks on campus


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