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middle east program
Every summer, School of Liberal Arts students travel all over the globe as they continue their studies. Above, SLA students visit the Dome of the Rock mosque in Jerusalem, Israel as part of The Stacy Mandel Palagye and Keith Palagye Program for Middle East Peace.
Photo provided by Aliya Boyer (SLA '17)

Click here to view a slideshow of summer activities submitted by students and faculty.

Spotlights - In Their Words

Allison Margolis
A recent grad pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, Allison is interning at The Hallmark Channel.
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James A. Whitaker
James returned to Guyana, South America to continue his ethnographic fieldwork related to his dissertation.
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Jessie Kaplan
Jessie Kaplan spent the summer interning at the White House in the Office of Presidential Correspondence.
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Katrina Reading by Newly Named Poet Laureate
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When Peter Cooley returned to his house after floodwaters inundated his neighborhood in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, one of the first things he picked up was a pen. That action is natural for Cooley, a professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Tulane University, who starts every day by writing.
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Hurricane Katrina as a Learning Tool

When Andy Horowitz, a disaster history expert, announced that he would be leading a seminar class at Tulane University on Hurricane Katrina this fall, students signed up in droves. With the class limited to 15 students, most ended up on the waiting list. Horowitz, an assistant professor of history in the School of Liberal Arts, wasn't surprised by the response.
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Message from the Dean
Getting to Know SLA

haberIt seems like the summer has flown by. We just celebrated the first SLA graduation ceremony to find ourselves welcoming one of the university's largest incoming classes. The enthusiasm on the faces of the new freshmen mixed with the pride and a bit of trepidation on the part of the parents made for a remarkable convocation and SLA open house.

As dean, I welcome all our new readers to this newsletter and hope that both parents and students will follow the events taking place in SLA through our monthly publication.
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2015 Reflections - Year in Review

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News from the Field:
Marline Otte
Why we (still) need to go to the archives!

otteOver the past decade, the Internet and its ever more sophisticated search engines have dramatically transformed the primary research of every historian. Archives and public libraries all over the world have begun to digitalize their archival holdings and have made virtual copies available online. Given the magnitude of data and materials only one mouse click away, the years of sitting in the poorly heated reading rooms of archives without a sufficient number of electrical outlets for the many laptops of researchers seemed to be over.
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Summer Conferences Recap

The School of Liberal Arts sponsored several successful conferences this summer. In this issue, we highlight two of them.

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