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Congratulations to all the Liberal Arts 2012 graduates!

Pictured above (L-R): Ph.D. Graduate Anne Titelbaum, Professor of Anthropology John Verano, and Ph.D. Graduate Heather Backo.

Another Year Closes


It is hard to believe that the academic year has come to a close. On May 19, we “waved goodbye” to another class of outstanding Tulanians. As we listened to the honors won and experiences gained, we shared the students’ joy in their success and the well-deserved pride of their families. Continue Reading

News from the Field:
By Oliver Sensen


Marc Sensen

In the first philosophy class I took as a student, the professor said: “The wonderful thing about doing philosophy is that one gets paid for solving one’s childhood problems.” — As a moral philosopher and Kant scholar, I spend my days working on some of the most basic and elusive questions we all face: For instance, what is right and wrong, and why? Continue Reading



In this issue


Dean's Message

News from the field


SLA in the News

Professional Activities




other news


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Congratulations to recent B.A. English graduate SHARON SIEGEL who was accepted into Sarah Lawrence College’s M.F.A. program in Creative Writing for fiction.

REBECCA ATENCIO, assistant professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, received the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies 2012 Sturgis Leavitt Best Article Award for her book chapter "A Prime Time to Remember: Memory Merchandising in Globo's Anos Rebeldes."

MICHAEL DARDEN, assistant professor of Economics, has been granted revision status for his paper on smoking from the American Society of Health Economists as the best student paper 2012. The award is only given every other year and is given to the paper that “makes the greatest contribution to health economics.” The paper, titled "Smoking, Expectations, and Health: A Dynamic Stochastic Model of Lifetime Smoking Behavior" will be featured in the Journal of Political Economy.

Congratulations to all the new Liberal Arts graduates who have received prestigious Fulbright grants to conduct research abroad:

RYAN JUDD, English/Asian studies major— China

MELISSA COTIGNOLA, political science major — Malta

TREVOR DODGE, sociology major — Thailand

AMY HOLIDAY, English/business/psychology major — Malaysia

MICHAEL HOCHBERG, political science major — Spain

JEFFREY MCINNIS, international relations and German major — Germany

FRANCES WEIL, philosophy of law, morality and society major —Thailand

Professional Activities

Assistant Professor of Communication FERRUH YILMAZ's paper, "Right-wing hegemony and immigration: How the populist far-right achieved hegemony through the immigration debate in Europe" was published in the peer-reviewed journal: Current Sociology, Volume 60, Issue 3. He also presented an accepted paper, "Fixing the Meaning of Categories in Actual Discourse" in Discourse-Communication-Conversation conference on March 23 at Loughborough University, UK. The conference included keynote addresses by Michael Billig, Peter Golding, Angela McRobbie and Teun A. Van Dijk.

Professor and Chair of Economics, James Alm, was quoted in Paul Krugman's New York Times blog. The blog discusses whether low state tax rates are the key to economic growth, and specifically cites Alm’s paper, Do State Fiscal Policies Affect State Economic Growth? Read the full blog here.

Fiction writer and Assistant Professor of English, THOMAS BELLER, had an article in the May 6th Style Section of the New York Times. The piece focuses on Beller’s own life commuting and living between New York and New Orleans. Read the full story here.

Tulane alum JESSICA LEPLER, (History, ‘00), was recently interviewed on C-SPAN discussing the economic crises in American history. Lepler is a noted historian and professor at the University of New Hampshire where she specializes in early American history and American economic history. View the full interview here.

SLA in the News

Fight like a girl

In the first semester of her freshman year, Lydia Hand, an economics major from Washington, D.C., went to the Reily Student Recreation Center looking for a class to keep active. She wound up taking kickboxing. Continue Reading

Pop quiz: Professors are queried about teaching

In the classroom, it’s the professor who typically asks the questions. In this video, we turn the tables on four award-winning professors, quizzing them about the art and science of teaching. Continue Reading

Photos: Commencement moments

Cheers, speeches, music and moments of reflection came together to make the Tulane Unified Commencement Ceremony on Saturday (May 19) an extraordinary success. Continue Reading

Lighting designer comfortable outside the spotlight

They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway. But backstage on Broadway and in theater houses across the world there’s not nearly so much magic in the air. Continue Reading

Photo: Puppets on parade

Puppeteers debuted The Vanities of the Poor, an operetta with puppets made of recycled Carnival materials, at this year’s FORESTival at A Studio in the Woods on May 12. Continue Reading

As Fulbright scholars, grads will travel abroad

After graduation from Tulane University on Saturday (May 19), Ryan Judd certainly will know what it means to miss New Orleans. The native New Orleanian has received a Fulbright research grant to study gender roles in China for 10 months. Continue Reading

Seventh-generation grad represents class as speaker

Laura Meagher grew up in Virginia but there was never a doubt where she would go to college. A seventh-generation Tulanian, with alumni ancestors dating to the university’s founding in 1834. Continue Reading

Music rules the day at Jazz Fest

Tantalizing music and food lured many Tulane students to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but some students were there to join the jazz performers and marching bands. Continue Reading

Art historian recognized twice over

The work of art historian Elizabeth Boone was recently recognized at home and abroad with two prestigious honors. Continue Reading

Mural project opens avenues for discovery, service

Navigating scaffolds, Tulane students painted about 1,000 square feet of wall space at Benjamin Franklin Elementary in New Orleans. Continue Reading

Graduate on her way to Harvard Divinity

Jane Wolfe is on a journey she never expected. The Newcomb-Tulane College student graduated on Saturday (May 19) with a double major in religious studies and history. Continue Reading

A third-generation Holocaust story

With commencement festivities a recent memory, Tulane University grad Sophie Unterman looks forward to a summer of scholarly work plumbing memories from a painful family history. Continue Reading

SLA Events This Month

June 10

Summer Strings Concert with Members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

June 14 - July 8

Hamlet, Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Directed by Clare Moncrief

June 21 - June 24

Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard

June 21 - July 7

Rosecrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Shakespeare Festival at Tulane

July 19 - 22

The Shakespearean Jazz Show, A workshop production of an original new show

August 1 - 5

The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Directed by Billy Slaughter

August 2 - 5

Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre presents Fiddler on the Roof

August 15 - 31

Image Transfer: Pictures In A Remix Culture, Newcomb Art Gallery Exhibit

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