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SLA Online: November 2010

Down in the ‘Treme’

"Treme" co-creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer join Tulane professors and artists to discuss the artistry behind the hit HBO show. Continue Reading

Music Rising at Tulane

In the summer of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina breached the levees in New Orleans, images of a drowning city were broadcast across the nation and the world. Sitting thousands of miles from the destruction, numerous commentators predicted that New Orleans would never emerge from the floodwaters. The music, food, and history that had made the city unique would be little more than nostalgic memories to be mourned.

For many, however, such predictions were a call to action; individuals and organizations quickly dedicated themselves to the rebirth of New Orleans. One such remarkable group was Music Rising, a charitable foundation whose aim to bring music back to a region that had been silenced by the disaster. Donating instruments to individuals, schools, churches and community groups, the founders of the organization knew that music was the lifeblood of the region; once the city again reverberated with sound, its survival was all but guaranteed.

But the initiatives of Music Rising did not end with the donation of instruments. Rather, the organization has now joined with the School of Liberal Arts and its newly created New Orleans-Gulf South Center to preserve the music and cultures of the central Gulf Coast through teaching, research, and community engagement. Based on a generous grant of $1,000,000, we will create a college and secondary school curriculum dedicated to the study of the music and cultures of the region and available through the web and print materials. Students will be able to hear interviews with the great jazz musicians, experience a second-line, or learn the secrets to making great gumbo. Through a study of anthropology, literature, history, sociology, and the arts, they will come to understand and treasure the region’s unique heritage and serve as the next generation of producers, consumers, and advocates for its music and culture.

Over the next three years, I will provide updates on the progress of this initiative as well as let you know ways that you can become involved. For more information on Music Rising and its accomplishments, see their website at musicrising.tulane.edu. I know you join me in thanking them for their incredible vision and generosity.

Carole Haber
Dean, SLA

News from the Field:
Gaurav Desai

During the 2009-2010 academic year, I was fortunate to spend time at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina under the auspices of the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship Program of the American Council of Learned Societies. While this was my first fellowship from the ACLS, I was no stranger to the National Humanities Center. Indeed, the Center was one of the highlights of my graduate school experience at neighboring Duke University since it was a venue that brought together thirty to forty faculty fellows in the humanities from institutions around the world for a year's worth of scholarly research and writing. Engaging with a number of these visiting fellows in those years of dissertation research invariably marked my own work in very productive ways. Then, in 2001-2002, I was lucky to garner one such fellowship from the NHC myself and I spent a productive year there starting research on a book project that is now seeing completion.

The book I have been working on is a literary and cultural study of the Indian presence in the Eastern and Southern parts of Africa. The connections between the Indian sub-continent and Africa have been long-standing, and while my book primarily focuses on the late nineteenth and twentieth century migrations and their literary manifestations, I also frame that later discussion in the context of the 12th century Indian Ocean trade between Egypt and India documented in the Cairo Geniza and brought to light in a marvelous travelogue by the Indian anthropologist turned creative writer, Amitav Ghosh... Continue Reading


Tulane's TEACHER PREPARATION & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM will be the first teacher education program in Louisiana to attain accreditation through TEAC’s (Teacher Education Accreditation Council) strong internal audit process. The students, staff and faculty have worked hard for this recognition and we continue our preparation for the site visit scheduled to occur from November 1-3, 2010. To read more please visit TPCP’s 5th Anniversary Newsletter.
Tulane junior EVAN GOLDSTEIN will represent Tulane at Princeton University’s 2010 Business Today International Conference. Goldstein was one of only 160 undergraduates selected.
Professor ADELINE MASQUELIER’s book, Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town, has been chosen as a finalist for the Herskovits Award. Awarded by the African Studies Association, this premiere book prize is presented annually for the best scholarly work on Africa published in English.
LEE-LEE PRINA, class of '75 (Newcomb, French) is now managing a blog called GrantWatch Blog, which launched in March 2010. The blog, which can be viewed at www.healthaffairs.org/blog/grantwatch, is one of two that the journal Health Affairs (the nation's leading health policy journal) has. GrantWatch Blog is about what philanthropic foundations are funding related to health policy and health care. Lee-Lee, a senior editor at the journal, has worked there since 1991.

SLA In the News

The Quiet Act of Writing

Michael Ondaatje expounds on writing and reads from his works for the Great Writers Series. Continue Reading


Does Money Really Buy Happiness?

Author Carol Graham talks about her “happiness economics” studies comparing cultures around the globe. Continue Reading


Katrina Revisited: ‘American Phoenix’

Led by Randy Sparks, history faculty reconnect with French colleagues for a five-year look at the storm and its impact. Continue Reading


Piano Master Brings Jazz to Campus

Ellis Marsalis, performing with his quartet, enjoys showing students “how we do things.” Continue Reading


TARP Postmortem: ‘Something Had to Be Done’

Toxic Asset Relief Program is still toxic politically, but a Tulane professor says it was effective legislation. Continue Reading


‘Erotic Revolutionaries’ Defy Gender Double Standard

In flaunting their sexuality, a cadre of cultural icons, are introducing “new sexual scripts” for black women. Continue Reading


November 1
Magic Science, Fantasy, and Religion - Dr. Nair presents from her latest research on speculative fiction. Refreshments will be provided.

November 3
Music at Midday featuring Petronel Malan, piano

Newcomb Art Gallery Exhibition Reception - Exhibition reception for "Fashioning Kimono: Art Deco and Modernism in Japan"

Garrard Lecture by Swoon: A Presentation by the Artist who will discuss her work.

November 4
Modern Jazz + Community - Place is the Space

November 5
Not Tokens Anymore: - Explore the representation of women in Latin American government with a talk by Michelle Taylor-Robinson on November 5, 2010 at the Greenleaf Conference Room inside 100 Jones Hall.

Modern Jazz + Community Concert  

November 7
Classical Guitar Series featuring Artyom Dervoed

November 8
Concert Piano Series featuring Dmitry Rachmanov

November 9-14
Life and Limb directed by Rebecca Frank

November 10
Music at Midday featuring Voice students from the Newcomb Department of Music

November 12
Economics Seminar featuring Matthew Kotchen, Yale

November 15
Closing Arguments - This documentary screening and discussion session considers concepts, issues, and themes related to criminal trial proceedings. The documentary is a report based on footage from the 1995 OJ Simpson trial.

November 16
Citizen Perspectives on Democracy: Explore the Americas' only survey of democratic public opinion and behavior that covers the entire region - the AmericasBarometer - and its findings at a lecture by founder and director Mitch Seligson.

November 17
Economics Brownbag featuring Mallorie Smith and Jonathan Pritchett

Music at Midday featuring Impromptu Piano Quartet

November 18
Garrard Lecture by Marcia E. Vetrocq: "Blow-Up," Photography, and the Last Days of Truth in Art

November 19
Economic Seminar featuring Christina Paxson, Princeton

November 19-20
Musical Theatre Production featuring Michael Howard, director

November 20
Fashioning Kimono Patron Party - A celebration of the Newcomb Art Gallery’s “Fashioning Kimono” exhibition with Japanese food and drink, vintage kimonos on display, and festive music.

November 22
Tulane University Marching Band in Concert - Free and Op en to Public, Children Welcome

November 30
Jazz Combo and Orchestra Performance

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