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Tenenbaum Sophomore Tutorials in Liberal Arts Student Overview

Tenenbaum Sophomore Tutorials in Liberal Arts,
Illustration Credit: Czarlyn Trinidad (NT '21)


The Tenenbaum Sophomore Tutorials bring together world-class faculty and students in small, team-taught seminars and individual tutorial discussions, creating the ideal conditions for intellectual exchange for the entire academic year. This is a competitive opportunity to learn and explore your intellectual passion as well as do humanistic research in a personalized setting.

In Fall, a group of up to 12 students will join two professors selected from our research faculty in a team-taught interdisciplinary seminar on a universal topic. This is a 4-credit course that will include weekly meetings for a 2.5-hour co-taught seminar and biweekly in one-on-one sessions with one of the professors in a 45-minute tutorial-style discussion. The course would be one of your 5 courses in the fall as an intensive Oxford-style experience.

Seminar leaders will enhance learning through extracurricular events and activities. The learning objective of the tutorials is to prepare sophomores for original inquiry and research in the humanities.

The spring term builds on the tutorial-style relationship and helps students strengthen written and oral communication skills while pursuing independent research projects. Students work with a faculty mentor drawn from a roster available, pre-approved Liberal Arts faculty to extend discoveries in a new direction in a 4-credit independent study. Each student will have up to a $1000 research budget to assist their inquiries. Students’ work with faculty may result in written papers or creative work. Late in the spring semester, students share their projects with the group in a symposium attended by students, Tenenbaum faculty fellows, and invited guests. The study would be one of your 5 courses in spring to allow for free inquiry and in-depth exploration of your topic.

2021 Tenenbaum Sophomore Tutorials Seminar Topic

Hidden Histories of Tourism
INTD 2000: Hidden Histories of Tourism will meet Wednesdays 3-5:30 pm (tutorial times to be determined).

Tourism influences the way we see the world and is arguably the most influential force shaping contemporary New Orleans. Texts by indigenous, postcolonial, and ethnic American authors and directors coupled with historical artifacts and archives offer critical and interdisciplinary lenses on tourism. The course will ask the following key questions: What stories do written, visual, and material objects convey about places? How do stories mediate histories of colonialism, race, gender, and class? For the final project, students will design a critical tour of the city.

Taught by acclaimed faculty Guadalupe García (History Department) and Cheryl Narumi Naruse (English Department), they will guide students to consider archival information alongside literary narratives and stories, while using the city of New Orleans as both "laboratory" and “archive.”

Guadalupe García is an Associate Professor of History at Tulane University. Her research examines the intersections of colonialism, empire, and urban space and focuses on free, black, and enslaved peoples in Havana. Her current book project Black Urban Space and Colonial Logic in Nineteenth Century Havana explores the role of digital technologies to examine the multiple, layered geographies of the nineteenth-century city. Following her first book Beyond the Walled City: Colonial Exclusion in Havana (University of California Press, 2016), Professor García is interested in collaborative work and methodological innovations in order to make visible the ways in which port cities across the Atlantic facilitated black, Caribbean, and creole mobility. She teaches courses in Urban Studies, History, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She was a Tenenbaum mentor in Spring 2021 and has supervised honors theses.

Cheryl Narumi Naruse (nah-roo-seh) is an Assistant Professor of English at Tulane University. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary Anglophone literatures and cultures (particularly those from Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands), diasporic Asian literature, postcolonial theory, cultures of capitalism, and genre studies. Dr. Naruse theorizes “postcolonial capitalism” as a way of investigating the relationship between post-World War II anticolonial nationalisms and contemporary capitalism. Her book Postcolonial Capitalism: Setting Singapore as Global Asia uses literary and cultural productions from Singapore, a nation deemed as an "Asian Miracle" for its rapid economic success. She regularly teaches postcolonial literatures and has mentored many independent studies for undergraduates.

Click here to view the 2021 Final Projects.

Application Procedure for Students

On-line applications to the program will open in February and include a statement of interest, any preparatory coursework or experiences, and a signature from the students’ NTC advisor affirming the students’ academic standing. Students must commit to stay in the program and remain in good standing for the duration of the theme year. Students will be selected by a committee including the seminar leaders and members of the Dean’s Office. Prospective Tenenbaum Sophomore Tutorials students will have access to the selected seminar theme in March in advance of course selection.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning March 1.

Please use the application form OR Upload it to Box.


May I still apply if I am a sophomore according to my audit but not on my transcript?

Yes. Please explain the discrepancy in the section “Other Information.”

May students in another School at Tulane apply for the Program?

Students apply to this program with the expectation that they hope to major in a liberal arts discipline or program. Students in other Schools should explain how they intend to do a major in the liberal arts.

May I do an independent study without doing the seminar?

You may always elect to do an independent study, but it would not be part of the Tenenbaum Sophomore Tutorials Program or receive Program sponsorship.

May I take the fall seminar but not do an independent study in spring?

We would expect every student in the program do independent research with a faculty mentor. If there is an extenuating circumstance around the timing, please explain the discrepancy in the section “Other Information.”

I am already taking more than 15 credits. How much work is this Program?

The year-long program is 8-credits. We would expect students to commit to this program in lieu of taking more than five courses per semester.