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Tulane to Hollywood

A group of Tulane alumni who are executives in the film industry returned to campus to share their experiences and advise students who want to break into the movie business. Continue Reading

Mellon Foundation Awards
SLA $1.05 Million

If you have not seen the notice in the New Wave, I am delighted to share with you the extraordinary news that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has just awarded the School of Liberal Arts a grant in the sum of $1,050,000. Over the next three years, these funds will allow us to bring to SLA up to nine post-doctoral fellows. Each fellow will come to Tulane to teach, conduct research, and be part of the academic community. Continue Reading

News from the Field:
Grant McCall


The Central Namib Desert of Namibia is among the most inhospitable places on planet earth. This region receives less than two inches of rain annually and most rainfall takes the form of major large storms spaced out over the course of years. In a normal year, most of this desert receives no rain at all. Interestingly, many forms of life persist in this harsh environment. Plant species, such as the national tree of Namibia, the welwitchia (Welwitchia mirabilis; a distant relative of the pine tree), deal with these conditions by having extremely slow growth cycles and through mechanisms designed to condense fog from the frigid Altantic Ocean. Continue Reading



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The University of North Carolina-Wilmington has nominated Kaya Sahin, assistant professor in the History Department, for the Sherman Emerging Scholar of the Year. Dr. Sahin visited Wilmington to deliver the tenth Annual Sherman Emerging Scholar Lecture: "Sunnis and Shiite: A Rivalry that Transformed the Middle East." Dr. Sahin also participated in a panel organized around his lecture, gave interviews to local media outlets, and joined faculty and graduate students in a colloquium on comparative Eurasian history.

Professional Activities

This past August, Associate Professor JOEL DINERSTEIN was interviewed by HBO in New York for the TV series Boardwalk Empire. Dinerstein is an expert on jazz and the 1920’s. Excerpts from his interview are featured in a preview special (titled The Money Decade) for season 2 of the award-winning series.

Art Department Chair, TERESA COLE, curated the exhibition entitled Pattern Matters for the international printmaking conference Impact 7: Intersections and Counterpoints at Monash University in Melbourne Australia. Pattern Matters is a six person exhibition exploring the diversity of pattern which opened on September 30, 2011. Professor Cole traveled to Melbourne to hang the exhibition and attend the conference. You can follow her progress on her blog.

In the October article, “Melissa Harris-Perry Q&A: Political pundit making waves” theAtlanta Journal-Constitution interviewed SLA Professor of Political Science, MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY about her role models, "stereotypes, and curbing anger". Read the full article here.

ELIO BRANCAFORTE, chair of German & Slavic Studies, was interviewed and quoted in Dave Walker's article "'Once Upon a Time' and 'Grimm' bring fairy-tale characters to prime time" for the Times-Picayune’s Living Section on October 23. See the quote here and the full interview here.

On October 27th, Professor WILLIAM BRUMFIELD’s 39th article and audio slide show on Russia's regional architectural heritage appeared in the Russian national newspaper Rossiiskaia Gazeta. The article is devoted to the great Cathedral of Saint Sophia (Divine Wisdom) in the northern city of Vologda and can be read here.

SLA in the News

Choral director searches for
‘perfect rhymes’

Nicholas PaytonIt ain’t worth a dime if it don’t have that rhyme. C. Leonard Raybon, director of the Tulane choral program, may not be a songwriter by trade but he knows a good lyric when he sings one. Continue Reading

Tight-knit group crafts cozy items for good causes

A group of six women — members of Crafty Ladies — gathered in the Newcomb Hall lounge on a recent Monday evening to sit together, knit and chat. Continue Reading

‘Sister Citizen’ and the strong
black woman

In her latest book, Tulane political science professor Melissa Harris-Perry explores what it means to be both a black woman and an American citizen. Continue Reading

Sherman Alexie lectures for the Writer's Writer Series

Sherman Alexie, award-winning author, poet and screenwriter, draws a large audience as he lectures and reads from his works for the Writer’s Writer Series. Continue Reading

Talking about race, Tim Wise
steps outside comfort zone

Tulane alumnus Tim Wise, among the nation’s most notable anti-racist speakers, returned to campus to speak at the annual Tulane Diversity Convocation. Continue Reading

Using the power of the Web to
spur reform

Two Tulane University professors are launching a website — New Orleans Satellite Government. Continue Reading

Cultural resources to make connections in education

Nghana Lewis is the founder and executive director of Encouraging Student Scholarship and Excellence through Native-Centered Education (ESSENCE) Continue Reading

Costume shop clearance offers Halloween bargains

Double, double toil and trouble. A throng of would-be witches, wizards and all manner of characters beat it to the theater and dance department’s costume shop. Continue Reading

SLA Events This Month
November 1

Sodomía y misoginia en el Spill (Espejo) de Jaume Roig

November 1 - 6

Above the Oaks - The Newcomb Dance Company presents their fall dance concert .

November 2

Music @ Midday

Prospect.2 Lecture Series: Dan Cameron

November 3

Cuban Hip Hop Roundtable - Obsesion, will be joined by Tulane faculty in a conversation.

November 4

Cuban Hip Hop Concert! - Performance by Obsesion.

November 5

Classical Guitar Series

November 6

Tulane Orchestra Fall Concert

Celebrate Newcomb Week: Sunday Sundaes

November 9

Music @ Midday

"The Long History of American Torture: From the Early Republic to Abu Ghraib." - A reception will follow.

November 10

Jazz at the Rat featuring Ed Petersen

Sandra Garrard Memorial Lecture - Working in the Moment: An artist's talk by Jon F. Clark.

November 11

Celebrate Newcomb Quad Party and FAQ

November 14

Last Lecture - featuring Dr. Elisabeth McMahon, Department of History

November 15

"The War Room" Film Screening

November 16

Music at Midday

Jazz Workshop

Taking The Poison Out Of Partisanship

November 17

Poet Laureate Series - Naomi Shihab Nye, to Read at Tulane

Jazz at the Rat featuring Reggie Quinerly

November 18

Prospect.2 Biennial - Works by Nick Cave and Joyce Scott

Jazz Workshop

"From Piracy to Cladestine Migration"

November 21

Tulane University Marching Band's 3rd Annual Fall Concert

November 23

Prospect.2 Lecture Series: Jennifer Steinkamp

November 28

Concert Piano Series

November 29 - 30

The Skriker - Combining theater and dance, along with mask work and puppetry.

November 30

Music @ Midday


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