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Tulane to Hollywood
By: Dean Carole Haber

As dean, I am frequently asked the question about the value of a liberal arts education. My often-repeated response is that through our emphasis on analysis and interpretation, our students learn the importance of critical thinking, writing, and oral communication. As majors in the liberal arts, they are not tied to a single set of skills that, in this rapidly changing world, may quickly become outdated. Rather, by learning how to learn, they are able to thrive even in the most challenging environment.

On Thursday, October 20th, we are delighted to present a forum that illustrates just how true those words are. While our alumni have succeeded at a wide variety of careers, the draw of Hollywood has attracted many Tulane liberal arts majors. Five of these individuals have graciously agreed to participate in a panel in which they will narrate the path that took them from Tulane to the heights of the entertainment business. As reflected in the brief biographies below, during their time at Tulane, their interests and academic pursuits were diverse; their majors spanned the range of the social sciences, humanities, and performing arts. Yet each left the University with knowledge and talents that have made them leaders in their field. Continue Reading

News from the Field:
Eduardo Silva

Eduardo Silva Little did I know what lay in store for me when I travelled to Chile and Bolivia this summer; I had a plan, and then it got much, much better. In Santiago, Chile I was on a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to work with the Political Science Department of the Universidad Alberto Hurtado. The grant primarily involved teaching a six week graduate course on the political economy of social movements in Latin America - the subject of my current research. My duties also included delivering the department's Lecture in Latin American Politics to the university community, and institution-building.

Everything worked out to plan. What I couldn't know when I applied to Fulbright was that I would arrive in the midst of the largest mass protests since the democratization movement of the late 1980s. Continue Reading


Congratulations to SLA students Tory Kane and Michelle Fauber who have both been named Jean Danielson Memorial Scholars. Each fellowship will allow these seniors to travel the world, serve others, and expand their studies.

Professor Judith Maxwell of the department of Anthropology has been named the GSS Outstanding Faculty Member for the School of Liberal Arts. The award, which is given by the Graduate Student Association, was celebrated with a reception on September 15, 2011.

Congratulations to LANCE WATERS for being selected as a 2011-2012 DAAD Young Ambassador. DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service, selects undergraduate students from North America who have recently studied in Germany to return to their universities and communities to inspire fellow students to do the same. Waters is a senior double majoring in political science and German. Read a recent interview with him here.

Alumni Dr. Joseph V. Trahan, III, APR, Fellow PRSA ('76 A&S) was elected Chair of the Public Relations Society of America Public Affairs & Government Section for 2012. Dr. Trahan has over thirty years of public relations/affairs experience in governmental, association, and educational and non-profit public relations.

Director of the Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Marcello Canuto, was featured in a National Geographic article for the institute's archaeological research on the ancient Maya. Read the full article here.

SLA in the News

Jazz residency brings trumpeter Nicholas Payton

Nicholas Payton

Jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton named the Jazz Artist-in-Residence at Tulane University for the 2011-2012 academic year. Continue Reading

Finding a path to social justice

Aaron Schneider believes that social justice is an idea worth fighting for. Continue Reading

Sisters make their mark in jewelry business

Sisters KENDALL GLAZER and LIBBY GLAZER are Tulane students with a passion for fashion and a talent for jewelry design. They started their own jewelry line called Stoney Clover Lane and have donated thousands of dollars in proceeds to charity. Read a recent interview with Kendall here.

Long live the Middle Ages!

A "persistent presence of the Middle Ages" exists in New Orleans, says Michael Kuczynski, a medieval scholar and associate professor of English. Continue Reading

Student moonlights as Cisco blogger

Just call her the Cisco kid - with a keyboard. Tulane senior Kati Dahm spent the past summer interning in Palo Alto, CA, her hometown, for Cisco Systems Continue Reading

Photos: At the easel

Senior Harriet Barratt takes advantage of natural light as she develops a painting in a studio at the art building in the Woldenberg Art Center on the uptown campus. Continue Reading

October 4

Jazz Workshop featuring Nicholas Payton

October 5

Jazz Workshop featuring Vicente Archer

October 5

Music at Midday, featuring Lin He, violin and Lina Morita, piano

October 6

“Exporting Michelangelo to Counter-Reformation Spain” a lecture presented by Elena Calvillo, University of Richmond.  Co-sponsored by the Newcomb Art Department and Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

October 6

“Doctrine of Discovery: Reconsidering Columbus Day” a lecture featuring Robert J. Miller, Lewis and Clark Law School.

October 7

Opening reception for the “10 Years and 47 Artists” exhibition featuring a retrospective celebrating A Studio in the Woods’ 10th anniversary.

October 7

Traditional Japanese Dance and Music - Performance, lecture and hands on workshop

October 12

“Gene-Environment Interaction and Adolescent Substance Use” a health policy working group featuring Nantaporn Plurphanswat. Sponsored by the Murphy Institute.

October 13 - 14

“Imprisoned, Forgotten, and Deported: Immigration, Detention, Advocacy, and the Faith Community” Conference sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

October 17

Economics seminar featuring Paige Skiba, Vanderbilt

October 18

Education Panel - Tulane’s Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP) and members of the community will host an education panel to discuss Louisiana’s implementation of the Common Core Standards and PARCC Assessment in K-12 schools.

October 18 -23

Assemblywomen - In this Greek comedy, the women of Athens gain control of the city, instituting a totalitarian-esque government. Among their government changes, each Athenian is fed, house, and taken care of - and every man may sleep with every woman.

October 20

Tulane to Hollywood: A Panel Discussion featuring Jimmy Horowitz, David Lonner, Steven Pearl, Chris Petrikin, and Harold Sylvester.

October 20

“Geometry of the Ineffable: Artificial Perspective in Medieval Art” a lecture resented by Herbert L. Kessler, Professor of Medieval Art at Johns Hopkins University.

October 20 -January 29

Prospect 2 at the Newcomb Art Gallery.  Part of the citywide art exhibition featuring Nick Cave and Joyce Scott.

October 21

School of Liberal Arts Dean's Advisory Council Meeting

October 21

Newcomb Speaker Series - Glass Blowing Demonstration featuring Gene Koss.

October 21

Anthropology Colloquium featuring Nicholas Hellmuth - "Re-Identifying Flora and Fauna in Maya Art & the Popol Vuh"

October 21

Economics seminar featuring Esther Duflo, MIT

October 21

“Emergence of Urban Agriculture in Post-Katrina New Orleans” a Sociology Colloquium featuring Yuki Kato.

October 22

Alumni Band performs Halftime Show with TU Marching Band! - Alumni of all TU Bands of any era join TU Marching Band to perfrom Half-time show!

October 24

Writer's Writer Series - Sherman Alexie, Author, Poet, and Screenwriter to Read at Tulane

October 25

Concert Piano Series - Acclaimed for the immediacy, sensitivity and depth of his interpretations, Sergei Babayan's performances reveal an emotional intensity and bold energy, equipping him to explore stylistically diverse repertoire.

October 26

Teacher Preparation Open House - The Teacher Preparation and Certification Program (TPCP) will host an Open House on October 26th 4-7pm

October 28

Anthropology Colloquium featuring Eduardo Williams, Colegio de Michoacan

October 28

Economics seminar featuring Steve Trejo, University of Texas

October 31

"Women and Literacy Culture in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia" a lecture featuring visiting scholar Rafael Mérida Jiménez, University of Lleida, Spain.

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