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Glick Fellows 2012

Due to a generous gift by Craig and Cathy Glick, we name four Glick Fellows each year. From left to right: Michael Cohen, Michael Syrimis, Meg Butler, N. Frank Ukadike

Annual SLA Awards


As has become our tradition in SLA we mark the end of the spring semester with a gathering of faculty and staff to celebrate another successful year. On May 2nd, more than 200 people came together to enjoy the food, music, and collegial spirit. Although the weather threatened to put a damper on the party, the rain never came. Instead, we were able to reconnect with old friends and honor this year’s School of Liberal Arts award winners. Continue Reading

News from the Field:
Northern Exposure
By William Brumfield



To live in Russia is to come to a new understanding of space and time. The country devours time because of its space--and the roads that cover that space. With characteristic self-deprecation Russians will quote their nineteenth-century proverb: "The only thing Russia has in abundance is idiots and bad roads." Then there is the climate. Continue Reading



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Congratulations to Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts faculty, alum, students and staff on their Big Easy Theatre Awards wins! Continue Reading

JASON BERRY has won the IRE Book Award from the Fund for Investigative Journalism for his new book Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church. Berry is an adjunct professor teaching journalism courses supported by a donation for the Fredman Family Foundation.

SEAN HIGGINS, Ph.D. Student and B.S. '11 in Economics, had his senior honors thesis accepted for publication in Columbia University's Journal of Politics and Society. His thesis measures the impact of Brazil's flagship anti-poverty program Bolsa Familia, and formally tests the hypothesis that the program has had a higher impact in rural areas due to spatial differences in the cost of basic needs.

Senior DANA HAUCK has been accepted into the Wayne State Universities Near Eastern Languages Arabic graduate program. Hauck is a graduating senior who began studying Arabic at Tulane after she was introduced to the language while studying abroad in Marseille France.

AMY LEONARD, a senior in the Digital Media Production program, has been accepted into the Peter Stark Producing MFA Program at the University of Southern California.

Featured in the Times Picayune

Tulane professor MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY will deliver the Wellesley College commencement address.

The recent transition of the JEWISH STUDIES program to a department is announced.

Tulane students put on Shakespeare plays for local students.

LAWRENCE POWELL delivers a gripping history of New Orleans in “Accidental City”

Professional Activities

MOLLY ANNE ROTHENBERG, Professor and Chair of English, has just returned from delivering a paper detailing a case study of a Chinese analysand who lived through the Cultural Revolution at the conference "After the Unthinkable: Trauma, Nachtraglichkeit, and Coming to Terms," sponsored by Boston College and the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England. In addition, her new volume of collected essays, Zizek Now, co-edited with Professor Jamil Khader, will be on shelves this summer. She recently discovered a missing story by Harlem Renaissance author and physician, Rudolph Fisher, which will appear in the May 2012 issue of PMLA with her introduction.

Professor of Political Science, MARK VAIL, participated in a conference on "The Failure of the Euro? Causes and Consequences for Europe and Beyond" at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University on Tuesday, 17 April 2012. The conference included a keynote address by Martin Wolf of the Financial Times.

Nathalie Dajko, assistant professor of Linguistics, was interviewed by the Daily Comet about the dying of the Cajun French language in south Louisiana. Read the full article here.

SLA in the News

Occupy Wall Street: ¡Basta YA!

Hey, Occupy Wall Street — what happened? Sixty-seven authors, including Tulane professors Nora Lustig and Eduardo Silva, address this question in The Occupy Handbook (Little, Brown). Continue Reading

Handmade books extol
the power of print

With discussions swirling about e-readers and online content displacing the printed word, an exhibition of miniature books on the Tulane uptown campus serves as a reminder that the book holds a special place in readers’ hearts, and nothing seems to substitute for the look and touch of paper. Continue Reading

Mystery of the Tulane mummies still puzzles experts

They have their own darkened room now, specially outfitted for them and near their custodian, John Verano, in Dinwiddie Hall. The 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummies who have been Tulane residents since 1852 are back in the limelight. Continue Reading

Photos: Classroom fais do-do

Nicholas PaytonMusician Bruce Daigrepont brings his accordion as well as an assortment of other instruments to demonstrate the sounds of Cajun music in the French Around the World class taught by Nathalie Dajko. Continue Reading

Photos: Spring serenade

Directed by C. Leonard Raybon, the Tulane Men’s Chorus performed in the Rogers Memorial Chapel for its spring concert, “MEN-agerie,” on Friday (April 27). Continue Reading

Cooking up teachable moments

Everywhere he goes in the world, Tulane alumnus Adam Aronovitz looks for ways to turn encounters with local food into teachable moments. Continue Reading

Melissa Harris-Perry speaks on making democracy work

“If you had one last lecture to give, what would it be?” For Tulane political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry, it would be “Bridging the Divides: Politics, Difference and Making Our Democracy Work.”Continue Reading

Photo: In concert

The ever-versatile Tulane University Marching Band, which thrilled parade-goers at Mardi Gras, took to the Dixon Hall stage for a spring concert on April 4, directed by Barry Spanier. Continue Reading

Past is prologue in ‘Accidental City’

What is past is prologue. This sentiment underscores nearly every character, anecdote, fact and figure presented in a richly textured history of early New Orleans written by Tulane historian Lawrence Powell. Continue Reading

Photos: From neon to lithography

One student uses burnt wood and neon while another chooses lithographs for an exhibit at the Carroll Gallery, one in a series by prospective graduates. Continue Reading

Dancing and drumming

Tulane students joined in for free Congolese dance classes presented by internationally renowned teacher, choreographer and performer Titos Sompa. Continue Reading

Alumna takes on Capitol Hill

Tulane alumna Meredith Beers is gaining practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as she works in Washington, D.C., as a Congressional Fellow on Women and Public Policy at the Women’s Research and Education Institute.Continue Reading

SLA Events This Month

May 4- June 29

Exhibit: Patricia Cronin: All is Not Lost

May 9-18

Bachelor of Arts Exhibition -featuring 13 seniors in the Newcomb Art Department

May 11

Exclusively Bach - Sponsored by Newcomb Music Department

May 16

Digital Media Production Capstone
Film Screening

May 17

Graduate Crawfish Boil - Registration Required

May 18

Masters/PhD Graduate Hooding and Recognition Ceremony

Newcomb-Tulane College Senior Awards Ceremony

Wave Goodbye Party

Graduating Seniors Concert - featuring Newcomb Music Department graduationg SStudents

Reception for Bachelor of Arts Exhibition

May 19

Unified Commencement Ceremony

Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony


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