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Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

SLA Online: October 2009
Message from the Dean

Dear Students, Faculty, Alumni, Parents, and
Friends of SLA,

Welcome to the e-newsletter of the School of Liberal Arts. In the links below and in the months to come, we will be highlighting many of the activities that are taking place across the School. Here, you will be able to learn about the accomplishments of your favorite professors, find out about faculty who have just joined our community, and read of our students’ exceptional achievements. In addition, we will be providing information about upcoming events that should not be missed. From alumni reunions to lectures, exhibitions, and performances, the School is home to an astonishing range of activities. Whether you are part of the Tulane community, a native New Orleanean, or just visiting the city, we invite you to mark your calendars and join us on the campus.

This year, we will also be featuring a blog from Anthropology Professor Judith Maxwell who is spending her sabbatical in Guatemala. With her wonderful prose and incredible pictures, she invites you to become her companion as she takes to the field.

We would also like to make you part of this newsletter. Whether you graduated a half century ago or just last year, we would love to be able to share your information with the SLA community. Please take the time to fill out the form on the alumni link and return it to us.

And, of course, if you wish to contribute to SLA, you will find a link for your donation. As always, we are grateful for your support. It is through your generosity that we are able to make SLA the special place it is.

I hope that you enjoy receiving these updates from SLA. I am certainly proud and delighted to be able to share them with you.

Carole Haber
Dean, SLA

The Maxwell Blog

Follow Judith Maxwell, Professor of Anthropology & Linguistics as she teaches and researches sacred Mayan spaces in Guatemala.
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New SLA Faculty

The School of Liberal Arts is excited to announce that we have 29 new faculty members this year. Please join us in welcoming this talented group of individuals to Tulane University and to The School of Liberal Arts.
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Philanthropy plays a critical role in our success. The School of Liberal Arts relies heavily on the support of our alumni and friends to fulfill our mission of fostering and promoting innovative scholarship, transformative research, and creative inquiry within the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences.
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Tulane doctoral student SARAH BOREALIS, approaches the cultural history of Mexico through the intersection of gender, art, and politics. As a part of her ongoing dissertation research, Borealis recently participated in a High Definition documentary film workshop in Oaxaca City, Mexico. Her first film is a mini-documentary about a pre-Hispanic gastronomical tradition brought to life by the Gachupin de Dios family in their family restaurant, Caldo de Piedra, near the Oaxacan pueblo of El Tule. Caldo de piedra, or “stone soup,” is a dish that represents the Chinantecan cultural tradition. The Chinantecos are one of several distinct indigenous ethnic groups living near... Learn more
ELIZABETH BOONE (Robertson Chair in Latin American Art) has been named a member of The National Committee for the History of Art (NCHA). NCHA is an affiliate of the College Art Association that represents the United States to the international community of... Learn more
Historian JANA K. LIPMAN of Tulane is the co-winner of the Taft Labor History Prize for her book, Guantánamo: A Working-Class History Between Empire and Revolution. Lipman, assistant professor in the Tulane history department, received the national award along with Thavolia Glymph of Duke University, chosen for the book, Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household. The Taft Labor History Prize Committee announced the winners.... Learn more
RENATA MANIACI of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., who earned a bachelor of arts in 2009 with a double major in anthropology and international development and a minor in French is one of four Tulane Fulbright fellows. Maniaci will expand a project that... Learn more

In The News

Lushtak in New York Concert

Pianist Faina Lushtak, professor of music in piano performance in the Newcomb Department of Music, will perform Oct. 1 in the renowned Steinway Hall in New York. The one-hour concert will... Learn more

Ghost Story Is a Page-turner

Paula Morris' latest novel, Ruined: A Ghost Story, is a mystery for young adults set in New Orleans and the first of what Morris hopes will become her "haunted cities series." An assistant professor of English at Tulane, Morris says that ghosts offer intriguing possibilities for stories... Learn more

Our Man at the White House

Just eight years ago, Nick Shapiro was a fresh graduate of Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. Today he works for President Barack Obama and says, "I can’t imagine what could top this — it is a thrill every day to walk into the White House." Shapiro is assistant press secretary for President Obama... Learn more

Renaissance Comedy Brought to Life

A unique new edition of the Prima Oratione (First Oration) of Renaissance playwright Angelo Beolco (Il Ruzante) has been published by Linda Carroll, professor of Italian. The edition is the first to fully transcribe all... Learn more

Jewish Identity and Society

A new book by Tulane professor Brian Horowitz offers a model of individuals and institutions struggling with a concern central to Jews in America and around the world — how to retain a strong Jewish identity while fully integrating into modern society. Horowitz’s Jewish Philanthropy and Enlightenment in Late-Tsarist Russia, published... Learn more

Upcoming Events

Economics Department Speaker Series - Outsourcing Household Production

Anthropology Colloquium - Psychological salience and ecological dominance in the understanding of 'treeness'

Working in the Archives featuring Robert Hamm, LSU - Lecture on early editions of Shakespeare's works.

All-Ages Print Workshop - The workshop will introduce kids and adults to the exhibition's themes and artistic process.

Less-Than-Secret Lives: Symposium on the Personal Essay with Philip Lopate, Jonathan Ames, Meghan Daum, and Chris Rose

Tartuffe - Opening Night - Play directed by Antony Sandoval

Wave '09 Begins

"'...Anything One Wants': Kafka and Women, Again" - Kafka Scholar Ruth Gross (NC State) will speak about Kafka and Women.

Homecoming Weekend

Economics Department Speaker Series - Own and Sibling Effects of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs

Anthropology Colloquium - Facial Reproduction: How and Why it's Done

Concert Piano Series - featuring Danny Driver


Music at Midday - featuring Elena Cecconi * Valentina Puddu, flute; Paola Devoti, harp

Wringing Out New Orleans - Squeezing the Pre- and Post-Katrina City Between Book Covers

Sex, Decadence, and Exploitation - Sergei Eisenstein between Oscar Wilde and Karl Marx

Fall Dance Concert - by the Newcomb Dance Company

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg - Film screening followed by a sushi reception

Art History Works-in-Progress Colloquium - The Aesthetics of Presence: Looking at Degas's Bathers

Anthropology Colloquium - Consequences of group takeovers in white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus)

Degas in New Orleans: Touching, Feeling, and Le Pédicure - Lecture by Marni Kessler, Associate Professor in the Kress foundation Department of Art History, The University of Kansas

Little Shop of Horrors - Tulane Musical Theatre presents Little Shop of Horrors on October 29th and 30th.

Economics Department Speaker Series - Real Wage Inequality

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print - Runs Through Oct. 11

Li Huai: Duct Tape, Chinese Ink, Etc. - Runs Through Oct. 23

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