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Digital Media Production studentsSLA Digital Media Production students Jessica Appelbaum (left) and Kay Morris (right) hone their camera skills as a part of the Advanced Digital Filmmaking I course taught by Professor of Practice Mary Blue.

Story by Mary Sparacello

Tulane University alumni and parents are increasingly making it big in the film industry,
and a pair of Tulane professors are hoping to tap into that growing network by launching a summer program to give students a first-hand Hollywood experience.

The School of Liberal Arts is developing a five-week program on the contemporary film industry that would begin with two weeks of class at Tulane, then a week in Los Angeles before returning to Tulane for the final two-week course. Students will receive six credits for the two courses.

“We want to give students a realistic experience of what they can expect if they choose a career in Hollywood,” says Professor Mary Blue, director of the digital media production program at Tulane, who is proposing the program with Professor Connie Balides, director of film studies. These programs are affiliated with the Departments of Communication and Theatre and Dance.
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The Study of Digital PreservationKuczynski
Story by Michael Kuczynski

digital preservationOne of the most successful areas of graduate study in the Department of English is its popular Documentary Literary Studies Certificate, which since Katrina has given advanced undergraduates and Master's students the opportunity to work as interns in Tulane's rare books and manuscripts archives, where they develop both physical and digital research portfolios and exhibitions of some of Tulane's treasures.

Students learn to handle and process such materials as medieval biblical manuscripts dating to the 14th c.; handmade books produced at William Morris's Victorian Kelmscott Press (such as the Kelmscott Chaucer, shown here); oral and visual records of the fascinating history of New Orleans jazz (recorded interviews, which they transcribe, and posters of concerts, which they catalogue); and the letters of prominent African-American poets from the Harlem Renaissance, preserved on Tulane's campus in the Amistad Collection. Students pursuing the certificate help to curate exhibits in Jones Hall, the home of Tulane's Rare Books collection and design electronic finding aids and online displays of digital surrogates of rare books and manuscripts at Tulane.
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Message from the Dean
Dear Alumni, Students, Staff, Parents and Friends of SLA,
In last April's newsletter, we introduced the four multi-and interdisciplinary themes of our new strategic plan: Digital Arts and Humanities; Crises and Innovations; Global Latin America; and, Gulf South Culture. As we noted, each of these areas comprises strengths or emerging strengths of the School of Liberal Arts. Each is based on our vision founded on place, approach, and mission and offers an opportunity for unmatched research, teaching, and service. In this newsletter, as well as several editions to follow, we will focus individually on each theme, and offer a snapshot of some of the exciting work being done in each strategic area.
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News from the Field: Kevin Jones
Engineering Art
Art created with the aid of a computer has a short history that can only be traced back to the early 1960's. During that time, "artists" (engineers and scientists) needed access to computer labs at universities or government institutions to create their work. The artwork created on these cumbersome computers was minimal and vector based. Now with the rapid growth of technologies, artists are using computers to create everything from colorful graphics to complex sculptures using 3-D printers.
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Shakespeare Fest Wins Community Arts Award

In recognition of its "outstanding contributions to the arts in New Orleans," the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane was awarded a 2013 Community Arts Award from the Arts Council of New Orleans.
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