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Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

SLA Online: September 2011

Welcome to a New Class
and a New Year

As Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, I am delighted to welcome everyone back for the new academic year. For those of you who have been transformed from students to alumni, celebrate your new status.  We know that you will represent us well as you write the next chapter of your lives. For the parents of our current students – both returning and new – we hope that you will find this newsletter of interest as you follow the many activities that take place in the School of Liberal Arts. For students who are now arriving on campus as upperclassman, remain engaged with the university and take advantage of all the opportunities it offers. If you have recently declared your major, get to know the department’s or program’s faculty and enjoy the classes that will serve as the pinnacle of your college experience.   I am sure that you already recognize how quickly the years can pass. And, to our new students, we are delighted you have joined us. We believe that you are about to experience an unmatched university experience. Bring to it the curiosity, intelligence, and adventurous spirit that led you to apply to Tulane and to be chosen from thousands of outstanding applicants.
Along with our new students, I also want to welcome our new faculty.  Ranging from endowed chairs to recently minted PhDs and MFAs, they span the disciplines throughout the arts, humanities, and social sciences. But as much as their interests may vary, they share an excitement in coming to Tulane and becoming part of the SLA community.  In the months and years to come, we will undoubtedly be reporting on their extraordinary accomplishments as both teachers and scholars. For more information about these individuals, see our new faculty page.
Finally, I would love to hear from you, whether it is about an issue you face today as a student or about a reminiscence of time long past. As always, I can be reached at chaber@tulane.edu.

All my best,
Carole Haber

News from the Field:
I. Kaya Sahin

I spent the 2010-2011 academic year at the Newberry Library, in Chicago, as a Mellon postdoctoral fellow. I lived in Chicago in 2001-2008, and have been a frequent visitor after I moved to New Orleans. Despite its bone-chilling winters the “city of big shoulders” remains one of my favorite world metropolises. It is manageable, affordable, and pleasantly and unashamedly cosmopolitan. The New Orleanian and Southern musicians who moved there for a better future left an immense legacy of jazz and blues that is still vibrant, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera continue to offer some of the world’s best classical music.
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Remembering Communication Professor, Dr. James Mackin, 1944-2011

James MackinProfessor James Mackin joined the Department of Communication in 1988 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Austin. Prior to his graduate work, Jim served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force during the turbulent Vietnam years. The influence of Jim’s scholarly work in the area of rhetoric and communication ethics is enormous. His book, Community Over Chaos: An Ecological Perspective on Communication Ethics, is widely regarded as a vital contribution to debates and policy initiatives related to environmental quality.
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The 2011 recipient of the Schloss Prize in Economics is Associate Professor Stefano Barbieiri. He received a B.S. in economics (summa cum laude) from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. He has been at Tulane since 2004. Stefano is a leading scholar in the application of sophisticated economic theory to public economics, especially to the formal analysis of cooperation in the face of free-riding and private information. A standard result in public economics… Continue Reading
Eduardo Silva, the Lydian Professor of Political Science, is the recent recipient of a Fulbright Specialist grant. Silva’s grant will take him to Santiago, Chile where he will conduct research on the dynamics of Chilean executive-legislative branch relations, teaching a graduate course on social movements and a workshop on methodology as well as giving lectures and seminar presentations at several prestigious Chilean universities.
SLA professor of political science and author of the forthcoming book Gender and Judging, Sally Kenney has been named “A Person to Watch in 2011” by New Orleans Magazine. Kenney also is executive director of the Newcomb College Institute and holds the Newcomb College Endowed Chair. Continue Reading
We are pleased to announce that Christopher Fettweis, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has been named the 2011 Honors Professor of the Year. Through his stellar teaching, Fettweis has positively shaped the experience of students and challenged their perceptions of the world they live in. In the words of one student who nominated him, “A great teacher does not tell students what to think, but rather possesses that intangible capacity to open the door to new thoughts and new ways of seeing the existing world. I will forever remember Professor Fettweis.”
New SLA faculty member and professor of political science, Melissa Harris-Perry, gained rave reviews when she filled in as host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” this past July. Read some of these wonderful comments about Harris-Perry here.

Alumni News

Darron Collins has been named the next president of the College of the Atlantic. Collins has a PhD in anthropology from Tulane, and has been managing international and domestic projects at World Wildlife Fund for a decade. His most recent position was as Director of Creative Assets, leading the organization into new territory for outreach and development. https://www.coa.edu/about/administration/president/
Recent Theatre BFA graduate, David Davis, has made a significant appearance in the TNT TV series, Memphis Blue. He also appeared in the role of "Octavius Caesar" for the 2011 Shakespeare Festival at Tulane's production of Julius Caesar.

SLA In the News

Marching band to honor
first responders

Tulane University Marching Band takes the field in the Louisiana Superdome at a pregame show before the football game on Saturday Sept. 10. Continue Reading

Sweet treats, guilty pleasure

Italian ice, pralines, beignets. Red velvet cake, doberge cake, Bananas Foster, bread pudding. Sno-balls. The Big Easy abounds in sweet delights. Continue Reading

For Poet, It's About
the Journey

For his next collection of poetry, English professor Peter Cooley is traveling to small towns around Louisiana. Continue Reading

Race and Gender Expert
Arrives at Tulane

Many may recognize her from her regular appearances on MSNBC’s programs such as “The Rachel Maddow Show”. Continue Reading


Questions of Health
and Healing

Tulane University French professor Jean-Godefroy's research gets a boost with a coveted fellowship for the coming academic year.
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'Jazz People' Documents a Generation of Musicians

By the late 1960s, Lee Friedlander was among the most lauded photographers in America.
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Researcher Branches Out
Into Malaysia

Tulane anthropology professor William Balée has done fieldwork in the Amazon region since 1980. Continue Reading

Exploring the Power of
Brass Band Music

Rebirth. Soul Rebels. The Hot 8. These are some of the great modern-day brass bands of New Orleans. Continue Reading


Historian Unmasks
Quadroon Myth

Memory of a loved one propels graduating student toward helping others. Continue Reading

Debt Ceiling Deal Done,
Debate Continues

The federal government avoided a first-ever default on its debt when President Barack Obama signed a bill. Continue Reading


Professional Activities

Professor of Practice in Communication Kukhee Choo presented her paper '"Cool Japan": Soft Power in the 21st Century' at the first Anime Expo 2011 Anime and Manga Studies Symposium, Los Angeles, July 2.
Professor William Craft Brumfield of the department of Germanic & Slavic Studies has posted his 34th article and audio slide show on Russia's regional architectural heritage for the foreign-language service of the Russian national newspaper Rossiiskaia Gazeta. The article, Usolye: Stroganov outpost in the Urals discusses the architectural heritage of the historic district of Usolye on the Kama River. Usolye was a major center of salt production and played a significant role in the history of the Stroganovs. Continuing Reading

Through September 22
Text/Image Exhibition at the Carroll Gallery

September 13
Teacher Prep Information Booth

New Orleans Community Panel and Forum – Featuring District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, Lucas Diaz, and Cyndi Nguyen.

September 14
Making Books Symposium at the Newcomb Art Gallery - Featuring Thomas Roma; Susana Kismaric; Phillip Lopate.

September 15
Roma Exhibition Walk-Through at the Newcomb Art Gallery Featuring Thomas Roma.

September 16
The Newcomb Feminist Film Series Presents: "Miss Representation"with special guest speaker Dr. Celeste Lay.

Health and Well-Being in Venezuela's CECOSESOLA: A Lecture Featuring Myron K. Rogers, former consultant to Cecosesola. Sponsored by Latin American Studies.

Economics Seminar Series - Featuring John Bowblis. “Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility Reimbursement and Upcoding”.

Murphy Institute Seminar – Featuring John Deigh. “Reactive Attitudes Revisited

September 19
Murphy Institute Fall Lecture Series – Featuring David Smith founder of the Affordable Housing Institute.

September 21
South Africa Summer Study Abroad Program - This event provides students information about a summer study abroad in South Africa currently under development through the program for African & African Diaspora Studies.

September 22
Poetry Reading by Brad Richard and Mark Yakich + Closing Reception - Sponsored by the Newcomb Art Department.

Economics Seminar Series – Featuring Douglas Harris. “Conditional Cash Transfers and College Persistence: Evidence from a Randomized Need-Based Grant Program."

September 23
Fridays at Newcomb Featuring Kathryn Schild, “Soviet Multiculturalism and the Right to Represent” .

What Do We Owe the World's Poor? - Featuring Loren Lomasky. Sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs

September 27
Faculty Workshop: TIDES and Service Learning - Featuring Dr. Susann Lusnia.

September 29
Jazz at the Rat featuring Roderick Paulin

September 30
Fridays at Newcomb – Featuring Prof. Katie Acosta, “’La Feminidad Antes Que Todos/ Femininity Before Everything".

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