Along with Lars Krutak, Aaron Deter-Wolf (M.A., Latin American Studies, 2000) is coeditor of Ancient Ink: The Archaeology of Tattooing, published in 2018 by the University of Washington Press in Seattle.
Derek D. Bardell (MLA ‘01, MA ’02), a Professor of Business Administration & Teaching and Learning at Delgado Community College, has been named a Leadership award recipient by the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE).
Ronna Burger, Professor of Philosophy, Catherine & Henry J. Gaisman Chair, and Sizeler Professor of Jewish Studies, is co-editor and author of two essays in The Eccentric Core: the Thought of Seth Benardete (St. Augustine’s Press, 2017). A conference honoring the book brought contributors to Tulane in October. Burger also published “Woman and Nature: The Female Drama in Genesis” in Athens, Arden, and Jerusalem, co-edited by Paul Wilford (Philosophy PhD ‘16).
Elizabeth Dao (senior majoring in music performance and neuroscience) and Leah Kaplan (senior majoring in music performance and minoring in cell and molecular biology) are the winners of the Newcomb Department of Music's 2017 Concerto/Aria Contest. Dao, paino, and Kaplan, soprano, will appear as soloists in the Tulane Orchestra's spring 2018 concert. Dao is a student of Professor Faina Lushtak and Kaplan is a student of Professor Amy Pfrimmer.
Chris Rodning, Paul and Debra Gibbons Professor in Anthropology, recently attended the annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference(SEAC) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He presented a paper, "An Archaeology of Cherokee Placemaking in the Southern Appalachians," in a symposium about new developments in historical approaches to the study of archaeology in the American South. Rodning was coauthor of another paper with David Moore (lead author) and Robin Beck, “'About Fifteen Feet High and Unexplored': The Berry Site Mound in Western North Carolina," in a symposium in honor of a retiring professor from the University of South Alabama. He was coauthor of a poster, "Mississippian Settlement at the Catawba Meadows Site, Burke County, North Carolina," with Amber Thorpe (Class of 2018, majoring in anthropology and political science) and Hannah Hoover (Class of 2018, majoring in anthropology and classical studies), both of whom have been supported by grants from the Newcomb College Institute, the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT), the Honors Program, and Newcomb-Tulane College. Rodning was recently chosen as secretary-elect of SEAC, and he began his term at the 2017 annual meeting.
Mary Townsend (Philosophy PhD ‘15), Visiting Assistant Professor in Classics at Loyola, New Orleans, published The Woman Question in Plato’s Republic (Lexington Books, 2017).
Paul Wilford (Philosophy PhD ‘16), Assistant Professor in Political Science at Boston College, is co-editor of and contributor toAthens, Arden, and Jerusalem(Lexington Books, 2017).
Jesse Chanin, PhD Candidate in the City, Culture, and Community program, curated and organized a weekly film series at the Historic Carver Theatre. The series has served as a fundraiser for Ubuntu Village. As a part of the series, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South Director Rebecca Snedeker will have two films screened that she produced: Land of Opportunity, with Producer/Director Luisa Dantas(November 14) and By Invitation Only (November 28).
Aaron Cohen (SLA’17) released his self-titled album, Aaron Benjamin, with the Aaron Benjamin Band in September.
Two students of Faina Lushtak, Downman professor of piano in the Department of Music, competed in the MTNA piano competition. Benjamin Batalla won first place in the MTNA piano competition at the college level. Batalla will go on to compete at the regional level in Orlando, FL. Olivia Gilbert won alternate winner in the same competition.
Stacey Schwarzkopf (Ph.D. in anthropology, 2008) and Kathryn Sampeck (Ph.D. in anthropology, 2007) are coeditors of Substance and Seduction: Ingested Commodities in Early Modern Mesoamerica, published by the University of Texas Press, Austin, in 2017. Schwarzkopf is an associate professor at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he holds the Charles and Lucile Esmon Shively Odyssey Professorship, focused on the theme of Material Culture and Everyday Life. Sampeck is an associate professor at Illinois State University and was recently a fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Derek D. Bardell (MLA ‘01, MA ’02), a Professor of Business Administration & Teaching and Learning at Delgado Community College, has been named a Higher Education National Role Model by Minority Access, Incorporated.
Bryan Haley, Ph.D. candidate in anthropology and remote sensing specialist at Coastal Environments, Incorporated, is contributor to and coeditor, with Duncan MacKinnon, of Archaeological Remote Sensing in North America: Innovative Techniques for Anthropological Applications, published by the University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, in 2017.
Michael McCarthy (A&S 1982) assumed the position of U.S. Consul General to Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2017. He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. This is his eighth overseas assignment in his 28 year career with the U.S. Department of State.
Valerie Schoof, Ph.D. (2013) in anthropology, is assistant professor in the bilingual biology program at Glendon College and a member of the graduate faculty in biology at York University in Toronto. She was a postdoctoral fellow in anthropology at McGill University from 2013 to 2015. She is lead author of several recent journal articles in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2016), Neotropical Primates, the International Journal of Primatology, and Behavior.
Dr. Joseph V. Trahan, III, APR, Fellow PRSA and a 1976 Tulane University-BA American Military History Graduate was selected a PRSA/PRSSA Lifetime Champion of Public Relations Student Society of America for his outstanding leadership and support in furthering The Public Relations Student Society of America's mission of educating and advocating for the next generation of Public Relations Professionals.
Qiaoyun Zhang, Ph.D. (2016) in anthropology, currently a postdoctoral fellow at Leiden University in the Netherlands, is author of a recently published paper, “Disaster response and recovery: aid and social change,” in the Annals of Anthropological Practice (2016).
David Anderson (Ph.D., Anthropology, 2010) received a visiting faculty member appointment at Radford University, in Radford, Virginia.
Carolyn Day (PhD in History, 2010), who is an Associate Professor of History at Furman University, was featured on the popular British podcast History Hit with Dan Snow about her forthcoming book with Bloomsbury. The new book, Consumptive Chic, discusses how the “look” of women dying of consumption came to be identified with female beauty and female fashion in Britain between roughly 1780 and 1850.
Sherman Horn (Ph.D., Anthropology, 2014) received a visiting assistant professor appointment at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.
Scott Johnson (Ph.D., Anthropology, 2012) recently published his second book, Why Did Ancient Civilizations Fail? (2018, Routledge, London).
Jayur Mehta (Ph.D., anthropology, 2015) received a visiting assistant professor appointment at the University of Illinois.
Chris Rodning, Professor of Anthropology, codirected continuing excavations at the Berry site, in western North Carolina, the location of a Native American town and a mid-sixteenth-century Spanish colonial town and fort, along with colleagues and students from other universities, and David Watt (Ph.D. student), Michelle Pigott (Ph.D. student, and Hannah Hoover (Class of 2018) from Tulane. He presented a paper about marine shell items (made of shell that probably came from the Gulf South) found at Native American archaeological sites in the southern Appalachians at the annual Mid-South Archaeology Conference, held July 29-30 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He gave a paper about Native American moundbuilding and bundling in the American South at the biennial conference of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, held May 15-17 at Tulane University.
David Watt (Ph.D. student in anthropology) and Rachel Horowitz (visiting assistant professor in anthropology) are coauthors of an article, “An Analysis of a Natchez Gunflint Assemblage from the Lower Mississippi Valley and Its Implications for Eighteenth-Century Colonial Economic Interactions,” published in the journal, Southeastern Archaeology, in 2017.
A pair of Ph.D. anthropology alumni from Tulane, Jeb Card (PhD ’07) and David Anderson (PhD ’10), have recently published an edited volume about the effects of “alternative archaeologies” on public knowledge about past civilizations and the practice of archaeology. The book, Lost City, Found Pyramid: Understanding Alternative Archaeologies and Pseudoscientific Practices, was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2016. CHOICE magazine has summed up its review of the book as follows: “highly recommended.” Card is a visiting assistant professor at Miami University of Ohio. Anderson is a visiting assistant professor at Roanoke College in Virginia.
A team of Tulane anthropology PhD alumni have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation, for a project, “The Role Of Environmental Structures In The Emergence Of Cultural Complexity,” which focuses on the cultural landscape of Maya urban settlements and rural hinterlands in the Puuc region of Yucatán, Mexico. This award was made to William Ringle (P.I., PhD ‘85, Professor, Davidson College), George Bey (co-P.I., PhD ‘86, Professor, Millsaps College) and Tomás Gallareta Negrón (co-P.I., PhD ‘13, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mérida, Mexico). The grant and project will run from 2017 to 2020.
Marisa Chafetz (SLA ’17) has been juried into the New Orleans Photo Alliance show, "Recollections", curated by NOMA's Russell Lord. The show opened in late April 2017.
Benjamin Davis (SLA ’14) will enter the M.A. program in anthropology at the University of Mississippi later this year. Ben will concentrate at Ole Miss on the archaeology of the Native American South. His honors thesis at Tulane was a study of an ancient Native American settlement in the Tunica Hills region of Louisiana.
Tyler Michael (SLA ‘17) will enter the PhD program in anthropology at Harvard University in September 2017.
A recent article in Archaeology magazine, “Kings of Cooperation,” features archaeological finds by Christopher Pool (PhD ‘90, Professor, University of Kentucky) in his study of the ancient Olmec civilization of Veracruz, Mexico.
Siddhant Ramakrishna (SLA ‘16) has been accepted into University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy for a Master’s program in 2017 after an internship with the United Nations in NYC.
New Orleans native and Tulane/Newcomb alumna Zarouhie Abdalian (NC ‘03) is a featured artist in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, opening March 17th in New York. Abdalian creates subtle interventions, place-based sculptural and sound installations that explore intersections between site, memory, and meaning.
Patrick Button, Assistant Professor of Economics, is the co-author of a study on age discrimination in the labor market that was featured in several media outlets including Reuters and had a segment on PBS Newshour.
Derek D. Bardell (MLA ‘01, MA ’02), a Professor of Business Administration & Teaching and Learning at Delgado Community College, has been named the 2017 Higher Education Professional of the Year by the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children (LACEC).
Zachary Calhoun, Philosophy PhD student, presented "Hegel on Ethical Love" at the Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts, University of Dallas, devoted this year to the theme of Friendship.
Clare Cannon, PhD student in the City, Culture, and Community program, will begin an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis staring this summer.
Charlie Gustafson-Barrett, Philosophy PhD student, spoke on Hamlet in a panel on "Shakespeare as Political Thinker" at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in New Orleans. She will present "A Socratic Epithet: on Plato's Ion" at the American Philosophical Association (APA) Pacific Division meeting in April.
Jerry W. Jones, MD FACEP (A&S '70) will be a featured plenary speaker at the 10th Dutch North Sea Emergency Medicine Conference at Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands June 8, 2017. Later, in August, he has been invited to present two classes (Advanced Electrocardiography and Advanced Dysrhythmia Analysis) in Aarhus, Denmark. In September he will be presenting an Advanced Electrocardiography class in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Jones graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences at Tulane University in 1970 with a major in political science (departmental honors) and minors in psychology and French.
Alexander Limanowski, Philosophy PhD student, will present "Lucretius on Eros" at the APA Pacific Division Meting.
Kelly Martin, Philosophy PhD student, will present "The Problematic Love of Truth in Hume" at the APA Pacific Division Meeting and "Dialogue with a Skeptic: Hume's Fourth Essay on Happiness" at the Hume Society conference this summer at Brown University. Martin's paper on "Body, Soul, and the Medium in Aristotle's De Anima" at the World Congress Conference, "Aristotle, 2400 Years" will be published in the conference proceedings.
April Olsen, Philosophy PhD student, spoke on "Natural Law in Aristotle's Rhetoric" at the Eastern Division Meeting of the APA. Olsen's paper on "Anger and Emulation: the Passions in Aristotle's Rhetoric" was selected for the annual Marquette Summer Conference, devoted this year to the theme of "Soul and Nature in Aristotle and Aristotelianism."
Alexandre Priou, (SLA PhD ’14), currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, published "Parmenides on Reason and Revelation," in Epoche: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, and in the St. John's Review, an essay, "On Two Socratic Questions."
Allen Ray, Philosophy PhD student, gave a talk on "Punishment and Persuasion in Plato's Gorgias" at Sarah Lawrence College, he presented "Rhetorical and Political Identity in Plato's Menexenus" at the Central Division Meeting of the APA and he will speak on the Menexenus again at the annual meeting in April of the Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC).
Gabrielle Stanton, Philosophy PhD student, spoke on "Hobbes' Sovereign as God's Lieutenant" at the APA Central Division Meeting. At the ACTC meeting, Stanton will present "Religion in the State of Nature: Hobbes's Image of Trust as the Basis of Political Life."
Daniel Tigard, Philosophy PhD student, will speak on "The Value of Moral Distress in Medical Practice" at the APA Pacific Division Meeting. TIgard will offer a seminar on "Responsibility and Moral Conflicts" at the Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics at Yale University.
Mary Townsend, (SLA PhD ’15), currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans, has published an essay, "The Walking Wounded," in the latest issue of The Hedgehog Review: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Culture. Townsend will present a paper on "The Woman Question in Republic V," at the Ancient Philosophy Society conference in April. The commentator will be Evanthia Speliotis, (A&S PhD ’95), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bellarmine University.
Mary Kate Kelly and Max Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, PhD Candidates in Anthropology, have recently accepted individual offers to become year-long Junior Fellows at the prestigious research institute of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. The junior fellowship is designed to help Ph.D. students in the last years of their research to complete their dissertation by providing them with an apartment, an office, and a stipend; all this in a engaging scholarly atmosphere. Read the full story.
Chris Rodning, Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professor in the School of Liberal Arts, was coauthor of papers given at archaeology conferences last month. At the conference, Upland Archaeology in the East (Symposium XII), hosted by the Laboratories of Archaeological Science at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, the paper—“Learning More about Fort San Juan and Joara: Continuing Investigations at the Berry Site,” by David Moore, Chris Rodning, Rob Beck, and Abra Meriwether—was an update about recent archaeological finds in our study of encounters and entanglements between Native Americans and Spanish conquistadors and colonists at the Berry site, in western North Carolina, the location of the Native American town of Joara (A.D. 1400-1600) and the Spanish colonial town of Cuenca and Fort San Juan (A.D. 1566-1568). At the annual conference of the Louisiana Archaeological Society, the paper—“Resilience and Native American Earthworks along the Mississippi River Delta,” by Jayur Mehta (Ph.D. in anthropology, 2015), Elizabeth Chamberlain (Ph.D. candidate in earth and environmental sciences), and Chris Rodning—summarized recent consideration of deltaic landforms and Native American earthen mounds in southeastern Louisiana.
Michelle Swafford (MFA ’16), Adjunct Assistant Professor in Ceramics, had a solo exhibition at Barrister’s Gallery in New Orleans, and exhibited work at the University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Audrey Davis (senior) received the Presidential Scholarship from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, and the Dean's Scholarship from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Audrey will graduate in May of 2017 and move back to Oregon to begin her study of law at Lewis & Clark.
Sarah Heise (SLA ’18), a junior majoring in political science, presented a paper based on her own research project at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association. The paper is "The Relationship Between Religious Participation and Political Participation in Louisiana" and it is based on the results of a survey that she created and raised the money to administer in November.
Francis Barry (A&S '70, Law '73) presided as President/Chairman of the Admiralty Law Institute (ALI) 50 Year Reunion held in New Orleans on Oct 26-28, 2016. The event including a session on Tulane’s uptown campus on Oct 28th, in conjunction with a meeting of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.
Anthropology PhD student Lauren Dodaro won a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship for the year 2017. It will cover her field research on her doctoral project.
SLA alum and archeologist Scott Johnson, PhD, RPA (MA ’09, Ph.D. ’12) has a recently published a book titled Why Did Ancient Cilvilizations Fail?
Nicholas Maggipinto (TC '06) earned his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in May 2015 and was married to Corey Briskin in a ceremony officiated by U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY) on March 26, 2016.
Anthropology PhD student John White received an honorable mention for the 2016 Netting Award in the Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropology Association for his paper entitled: "Manioc Landrace Identification Characteristics of the Napo Runa: The Importance of Intercultural Diversity in Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Crop Development”.
Alumnus Ryan Brennan, who studied Arabic (International Development and Political Economy) and graduated in 2016, is now working as a Research Assistant at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace under Dr. Amr Hamzawy Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a former member of the Egypt’s 2012 Parliament. Brennan’s research focuses on the development of civil society in Egypt and the entrenchment of the military in the Egyptian economy. He read mostly scholarly articles in Arabic language using sources, such as Aswat Masriya, Mada Masr, and Al-Masry Al-youm.
Imani Hadden, an Art Studio BFA major, was included in a group exhibition entitled Refractional Presence at the Antenna Gallery in New Orleans.
Alumna Christina Mason (SLA, '13) was accepted into the Media Technology graduate program at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, and moved to start school on Sept. 5, 2016. This is an interdisciplinary program that accepts both artists and scientists. In the first week of the program, she reports, they will be traveling to Linz, Austria for an Art, Society and Technology festival called Ars Electronica.
Alumnus Jayur Mehta, 2015 PhD in Anthropology, published “Mississippian monumentality in the Yazoo Basin: recent investigations at the Carson site (22CO505), northwestern Mississippi” in Southern Archaeology (September 2016).
Tulane's City, Culture, and Community PhD Graduate student Clare Cannon received Honorable Mention from the American Sociological Association's Section on Environment & Technology for the 2016 Marvis E. Olsen Student Paper Award for her paper “Direct effects of poverty, race, and gender on landfill presence: Across the contiguous United States.”
Maxim Samarov, Senior Professor of Practice in the Department of Music, conducted two performances of Verdi's La Traviata at State Opera Stara Zagora (Bulgaria). The performances featured Assistant Professor Amy Pfrimmer in the title role. Samarov and Phillip Larroque, Lecturer and Tulane alum (class of 2013), founded a new professional ensemble, New Orleans Chamber Orchestra (NOCO). In the summer of 2016 NOCO presented two performances, one conducted by Mr. Larroque and another by Dr. Samarov. Phillip Larroque was also featured as an oboe soloist and Assistant Professor Amy Pfrimmer was featured as a soprano soloist. Among other pieces, the group performed 3 world premieres of pieces by New Orleans composers, one of them by recent graduate Ryan Harrison (MFA, class of 2016).
Army veteran and Tulane alumnus Jeffrey Stenbom (MFA, Glass, 2015) received the Silver Academic award at Bullseye's ninth biennial exhibition, Emerge 2016. Stenbom's sculpture of monumental kiln-cast glass dog tags titled, To Those Who Have, was first shown in his MFA exhibition at Tulane University's Carroll Gallery. Christopher Gray (MFA candidate, 2017) was also named a finalist in the competition.
Beverly Trask, Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, is joining the cast of Pippin to celebrate the 100th Anniversary Season of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré. In 1981 she appeared in Le Petit Theatre’s production of Pippin, directed by Tulane Theatre alumnus, Stocker Fontelieu, as a dancer/ensemble member; she now appears as Berthe, Pippin’s grandmother.
Undergraduate student, Megan Wolfkill (SLA '18), double major candidate for the BFA in Dance and in Art, was invited and awarded partial scholarship to participate in the prestigious Paul Taylor Dance Company Summer Modern Dance Intensive in New York City, from July 17 – August 13. She participated in technique classes, repertory workshops, and research of Paul Taylor, American Master and pioneer of modern dance.
Kathleen Boggs (MA in Anthropology, May 2016) is starting a job as an archaeological technician with the archaeological consulting firm of R. Christopher Goodwin, Inc.
David White (SLA ’16) was accepted at the Tuck summer Bridge Program in business at Dartmouth University.
Delgado Community College Professor Derek D. Bardell (MLA ‘01, MA ’02) was named a Northshore Hero by the West St. Tammany YMCA for extraordinary contributions to education.
Melissa Beske, (PhD in Anthropology ’13), a faculty member in the History and Humanities Department at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, FL, developed her dissertation into a book titled Intimate Partner Violence and Advocate Response: Redefining Love in Western Belize, and it was published by Lexington Books in April 2016.
William Binnings (A&S ‘69) has been a working sculptor for 45 yrs. With many public commissions, plus his own original art, Binnings works out of his own studio and foundry. He has been commissioned to do two life-size sculptures to commemorate the 100th birthday of Walker Percy. The sculptures will be installed in this month - one will be placed at the Madisonville, La library, and the other in a public place in Covington, La not yet revealed.
Marcello Canuto, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, were awarded with a National Scientific Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award. The title of the grant is Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award: Spatial Organization Within A Traditional Political System. The research funded by the grant will take place in during the summer of 2016 at the site of La Corona, Guatemala, and will contribute to the doctoral dissertation of Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire.
Christopher Gray (MFA candidate ‘17) and Jeffrey Stenbom (MFA ‘15) have been named finalists in Bullseye Glass' ninth biennial exhibition Emerge/Evolve 2016. The award ceremony for this international juried competition will take place on June 25 at the exhibition's opening reception at Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon.
Gillian King-Bailey, graduate student in the Anthropology Department, received a Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation James F. Nacey Fellowship and an International Primatological Society research grant for research on white-faced capuchins in Costa Rica.
Jayur Mehta (PhD in Anthropology ‘15) is lead author with David Abbott and Charlotte Pevny of an article, “Mississippian Craft Production in the Yazoo Basin: Thin-Section Analysis of a Mississippian Structure Floor on the Summit of Mound D at the Carson Site,” recently published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 5:471-484.
Alison Reip (SLA ‘16) was recently featured in The Advocate for the research she conducted for her honor's thesis that focuses on public charter school marketing. Reip’s thesis will also be published as a policy brief on the Scholars Strategy Network website.
Chris Rodning, Associate Professor of Anthropology, presented a paper in April in Orlando, Florida, at the annual conference of the Society for American Archaeology. The paper, coauthored with Jayur Mehta (Ph.D. in anthropology, 2015) and entitled, “Resilience, Hierarchy, and the Native American Cultural Landscapes of the Yazoo Basin and the Mississippi River Delta,” was part of an invited symposium in honor of Carole Crumley, an archaeologist affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE) project based at the University of Uppsala in Uppsala, Sweden.
Samuel Stoner (PhD in Philosophy ‘14) will begin a tenure-track position next fall as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Assumption College in Massachusetts. Since completing his dissertation on Kant under the direction of Richard Velkley, Stoner has been a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Western Heritage and Philosophy at Carthage College.
Daniella Santoro, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, has been named one of twenty Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2016 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each Fellow will receive a 12-month award of $25,000 to support their final year of dissertation work. Ms. Santoro is completing her dissertation, titled Wheelchair Life: Race, Disability and the Afterlife of Violent Crime in New Orleans, in the Department of Anthropology. The dissertation explores the experiences of rehabilitation amongst New Orleans residents with disabilities from gun shot trauma, and how they vie for social visibility and self-representation in the afterlife of violence.
Xosé Pereira-Boán, PhD candidate (ABD) from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, recently published "Violencia mítico-divina enLa vorágine: sociedad, naturaleza y autor". Ixquic -Revista Hispánica Internacional de Análisis Literario y Cultural, University of Adelaide, Australia. She also published "Borges: "La revisión narrativa del coraje en El Informe de Brodie". Variaciones Borges. Additionally, Pereira-Boán will be presenting at LASA, New York: "Chile-USA. Encrucijadas liminoides en dos filmes de Pablo Larraín: Tony Maneroy No"(Upcoming) May 29th, 2016.
First-year Tulane School of Liberal Arts student Brooke Rhea joined Feed the Children to lend a hand to New Orleans-area families this spring. A total of 400 families received food and essentials filling a semi-truck at the Apex Youth Center, 2019 Simon Bolivar Ave. in Central City, in late February. Rhea is in her 13th year holding fundraisers and she has raised over $70,000 to help feed children both locally and globally. This is the fifth truck that Rhea has sponsored. Read more.
In the summer 2015, three outstanding music students from Tulane University were selected to participate in the 2015 Orfeo Music Festival held in Vitipeno, Italy. Michael Rigney, Olivia Gilbert, and Rebecca Whitney were selected based upon competitive auditions of classical piano. For two weeks, these students received music performance mentoring from renowned European and American master performers. The Festival presented a series of concerts with each individual performing solos or with chamber groups before an international audience.
Travis Fink and John White, both PhD candidates in Cultural Anthropology, have been awarded The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. They were awarded these Fellowships to study the Achuar/Shiwiar language in the Ecuadorian Amazon during June and July 2016.
Chris Rodning, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Jayur Mehta (Ph.D., anthropology, 2015) have recently published a paper in Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization, and Transformation in Complex Societies, edited by Sonny Faulseit (Ph.D., anthropology, 2012), and published by Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, in 2016. Rodning and Mehta's chapter, "Resilience and Persistent Places in the Mississippi River Delta of Southeastern Louisiana," considers archaeological evidence from Native American mound sites as well as Native American oral tradition to explore the relationships between people and place in the dynamic landscape and "waterscape" of southeastern Louisiana. Writing this paper was supported in part by grants from the Louisiana Board of Regents and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.
Congratulations to Ian Rohr (SLA ’17) on receiving a grant from the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Rohr, who is double majoring in political science and Russian will use the grant to have conversation tutoring for any student at Tulane. Currently, the group meets weekly at PJ's Coffee on campus and an instructor speaks to them in Russian.
Tom Hughes, (BA '73, Economics) was recently named Outstanding Professor of the Year in the University of South Carolina Honor's College. In 2012 he was named by the Princeton Review as one of the top 300 Professors in the country. He has won 7 Mortar Board awards and numerous other accolades for his teaching. He has taught in England, France, Turkey, Greece and Cuba.
Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, co-authored the following research article in Latin American Antiquity:(Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Maxime, Scott Macrae, Carmen McCane, Evan Parker, and Gyles Iannone 2015) "The Last Groups Standing: Living Abandonment At The Ancient Maya Center Of Minanha, Belize." Latin American Antiquity 26(4):250-269. Lamoureux-St-Hilaire also co-authored the following book chapter: (McAnany, Patricia, Jeremy Sabloff, Maxme Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, and Gyles Iannone 2016) "Leaving Classic Maya Cities: Agent-based Modeling and the Dynamics of Diaspora In Social Theory" in Archaeology and Ancient History: The Present and Future of Counternarratives, edited by Geoffrey Emberling, pp.259-290. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Paul Wilford, Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy, who is currently completing a dissertation on Hegel under the direction of Richard Velkley, has been offered a tenure-track position in Political Philosophy, as Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of Boston College.
Derek D. Bardell (MA, ’02), a professor at Delgado Community College, was unanimously elected Chairman of the French and Montessori Education (FAME), Incorporated Board of Directors which governs Audubon Charter School and its $7.5 million budget.
The research of Marcello Canuto, director of Tulane University's Middle American Research Institute, and PhD Anthropology student Luke Auld-Thomas, was featured in the article "14 Incredible Archaeological Discoveries Made In 2015'' published by the Huffington Post. Their discovery of a Mayan monument in Guatemala helped place them in this unique category.
Alum Timothy J. Smith (A&S 1998), an associate professor of anthropology at Appalachian State University, UNC, was inducted into their Academy of Outsanding Teachers for Arts and Sciences.
Anthropology Ph.D. student David J. Watt, recently participated in the annual conference of the American Society for Ethnohistory, where he presented his paper, “From Grand Village to Natchez Fort: Cultural Preservation through Mortuary Practice”, as well as a paper coauthored with Chris Rodning, Jayur Mehta, and Bryan Haley, “Native American Chiefdoms and Spanish Conquistodores in the Lower Mississippi Valley.” Watt was invited to attend the conference and present as part of a panel on Hidden Ethnohistories and his trip was in part funded by the GSSA travel fund. Watt also presented a paper last fall at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) in Nashville, Tennessee - “The Contact Period in the Southeast” coauthored with Chris Rodning, Jayur Mehta, and Bryan Haley. Watt's attendance at SEAC was also funded by GSSA travel funds as well as an award from the J.E. Land Fund.
Rachel Horowitz, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, presented a paper entitled "Uneven Lithic Landscapes: Economic Organization and Chert Management among the Late/Terminal Classic Maya" as part of a session entitled "Exploring Human Geography: Global Case Studies in Landscape Archaeology" which she co-organized at the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Her travel to the meeting was funded by a grant from the Land Fund and the Student Membership Award from the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association.
Elizabeth Chamberlain and Jayur M. Mehta (PhD 2015) presented the paper “Monumentality and Cultural Resilience in Coastal Louisiana: Using stratigraphy to constrain the timing of earthen mound construction relative to natural delta processes” at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
Jayur M. Mehta, Grant McCall, Theodore Marks, and James Enloe presented a paper “Evaluation of Archaeological Chert from the Carson Site in North Mississippi using Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (pXRF)” at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, co-organized and co-chaired the double session (session 1; session 2) entitled Beyond the Familiar: Towards a Pragmatic Model for Classic Maya Political Organization. The session took place at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, also co-authored two papers for the double session mentioned above: “Classic Maya Regal Palaces As the Pragmatic Reflections of Political Regimes” by: Maxime Lamoureux St-Hilaire (Tulane University) and Tomas Barrientos (Universidad del Valle de Guatemala) and “From Polities to Regimes: Towards Recognizing Ancient Maya Political Communities” by: Marcello A Canuto (Tulane University), Luke Auld-Thomas (Tulane University) and Maxime Lamoureux St-Hilaire (Tulane University).
Evan Parker, PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, recently delivered a paper titled "The Formation of an Intermediate Elite Community at Escalera al Cielo, Yucatán, México" at the 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. The paper was coauthored with Tulane alumni Dr. George J. Bey III (G ‘86) and Dr. Tomás Gallareta Negrón (G ’90, SLA ‘13).
Chris Rodning, associate professor of Anthropology, is lead author of several recent conference papers, including “Spanish Conquistadors in the Lower Mississippi Valley,” coauthored with Jayur Mehta (PhD 2015), Bryan Haley (PhD student), and David Watt (PhD student) at the annual conference of the American Society for Ethnohistory, in Las Vegas, Nevada; and “The Contact Period in the Southeast,” coauthored with Mehta, Haley, and Watt, at the annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Nashville, Tennessee; both delivered by David Watt. Rodning gave a paper, “Archaeological Perspectives on Ethnogenesis in Native North America,” at the annual conference of the American Anthropological Association in Denver, Colorado, and he also served as the discussant for a panel of papers on the archaeology of Maya groups in Belize at the AAA conference in Denver.
Marc Zender, assistant professor of Anthropology, and Mary Kate Kelly, PhD student, presented a paper entitled "Reconsidering the 'sa-ja-la' and Other Classic Maya Political Offices" at the American Anthropological Association in Denver, Colorado on November 19, 2015. This paper was part of a panel of papers by Maya scholars entitled "Beyond the Familiar: Towards a Pragmatic Model for Classic Maya Political Organization" in which Maya scholars presented their views on the structure of the Ancient Maya political system.
A fifth-year Economics PhD student, Dan Teles, has received a dissertation grant from the Corporation for National Community Service. The Corporation has awarded him its only dissertation grant through the 2015 National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition. Dan, who is a Center for Public Service Community Engaged Graduate Fellow, was the lone grantee in the dissertation category, and his study is one of only seven to receive funding in the selective, national competition that seeks to build research in the field of national service, volunteering and civic engagement. Dan says that he discovered this opportunity through the Community-Engaged Graduate Fellowship, a pilot program created by the Tulane Center for Public Service to train and support community-engaged scholars at the graduate level. Dan’s research studies the relationship between the AmeriCorps grants to nonprofits and the amount of private donations they receive — what’s known as “crowd out” in economics. “Crowd out is the idea that some government action leads to less private action,” Dan says. “In the realm of philanthropy, it’s the idea that government funds for what we call public good would lead to fewer donations from the private sector to subsidize that.” The seeds of his research were planted long before he began his studies at Tulane. “I came to New Orleans in 2006 to do AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity. I did that for a year and worked on their staff afterwards, so when I started reading about the existing literature about crowd out, I immediately thought about whether or not anyone has done this kind of research with AmeriCorps because it’s a very atypical form of government grant.” The grant will allow Dan to conduct his research “much more robustly.”
Two fifth-year Economics PhD students, Bibek Adhikari and Sean Higgins, have been awarded Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Bibek’s project, “The Economic and Behavioral Effects of a Value-Added Tax: Evidence from Firm-Level Data,” investigates whether the value-added tax (VAT) is an efficient tax in practice, where imperfect tax compliance and enforcement imply that one cannot rely on traditional economic models of tax efficiency. His study, under Principal Investigator Jim Alm, Chair of Tulane’s Economics Department, exploits the notch created by the VAT registration threshold in France to analyze the causal effect of VAT. In addition to funding from the NSF, Bibek’s research has received funding from a Tulane School of Liberal Arts Summer Merit Fellowship, as well as the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. The results from his study will provide insights on how to improve the administration, enforcement, and ultimately the effectiveness of the VAT system. Sean’s project, “Debit cards, Cash Transfers, and Savings: Evidence from Mexico,” studies the use of formal bank accounts by poor families who receive cash transfers from the government. His study, under Principal Investigator Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, exploits a natural experiment in Mexico to explore the role of debit cards in both reducing the transaction costs of accessing savings (by permitting withdrawals at any bank’s ATM) and in providing a mechanism for poor families to build their trust in banks (by checking account balances at nearby ATMs). In addition to funding from the NSF, Sean’s research has received funding from two Tulane School of Liberal Arts Summer Merit Fellowships, as well as the Fulbright Program. The results from his study will provide important insights for governments seeking to increase financial inclusion, especially as many government welfare programs move to payments in bank accounts tied to debit cards.
Congratulations to Tulane alum, Nicolas Laracuente (’03), who won a Kentucky History Award (given through the KY governor's office and the Kentucky History Society) for his work as director for the Jack Jouette Distillery Archaeology project. Laracuente was a classical studies and anthropology major at Tulane.
Congratulations to the Tulane Liberal Arts alumni selected for Gambit's 18th annual “40 Under 40” Awards: Megan Holt ('05, English) a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Department of English who got a shout-out for spearheading community literacy programs in New Orleans; Johanna Gilligan ('03, American Studies) founder and executive director of Grow Dat Youth Farm; Alexander John Glustrom('10, Digital Media Production) filmmaker, photographer and artist who created the award-winning documentary Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital, which premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival in 2014 and was named 2015 Documentary of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. In this annual feature, Gambit pays homage to some of the brightest and most innovative young people in a range of areas, including health care, crime, literature, education, art, law and more.
Alumnus Derek D. Bardell (MLA '01, MA '02) was named a 2015 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award recipient by the League for Innovation in the Community College for outstanding service to the students at Delgado Community College.
In September, the Gulf Coast Steinway Society held a Festival for Piano and Voice. The competition was open to students from Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, and took place at the University of Alabama in Mobile. In the college senior division, Benjamin Batallowon first place; in the college junior category, Olivia Gilbert won second place; and 3rd place in the same junior category was given to Rebecca Whitney. Between the three of them, they won $1000.00.
David S. Anderson (MA ’07, PhD ‘10) served as the lead editor on the most recent edition of the Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association. The volume is titled "Constructing Legacies of Mesoamerica: Archaeological Practice and the Politics of Heritage in and Beyond Mexico."
Beau Gaitors and Christopher Willoughby, Ph.D. students in Latin American and U.S. history, respectively, co-presented a paper entitled "An Epidemic of Trade: Disease and Commerce in Post-Independence Veracruz" at the international conference "Tropical Disease in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Historical Perspective" held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (July 1-3, 2015). Their research explored the epidemiological repercussions of Veracruz’s commercial relationships with the rest of the Americas. Commerce and mobility, often hailed for their benefits, brought about serious public health consequences for Atlantic ports like Veracruz. Gaitors and Willoughby analyzed local and foreign writings on the health of Veracruz from the global dengue fever epidemic in the 1820s through the international cholera epidemic in 1849, synchronous with such political landmarks as Mexican Independence and the U.S. invasion of Mexico. Their research was highlighted by the conference host, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, in its online news forum.
Cathy Chance Harvey (G ‘80) published the Foreword for a new edition of George Washington Cable's Strong Hearts (Pelican, 2014) and a Foreword for Lyle Saxon's Children of Strangers (Pelican, 2011). Dr. Harvey teaches in the English Department at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Lauren Kwiatkowski (SLA ‘14) recently completed a Fulbright year in Taiwan and will start a PhD program in modern Chinese history at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Faina Lushtak, Newcomb Department of Music Professor, served as a faculty member at the Orfeo International Music Festival in Vipiteno, Italy this past summer. She performed in several solo and chamber concerts, including one with a great violinist, Michael Gantvarg, who is the president of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. Several of Lushtak’s students were accepted to the Orfeo Music Festival. Michael Rigney, a first year graduate student, won 1st place in the Orfeo International Competition. Rebecca Whitney won 4th place, and Olivia Gilbert received a certificate of recognition of young talent. Also, in June, five of Lushtak’s students were accepted to Brandywine international master classes at West Chester university (where Lushtak serves as the director) with full scholarships. They performed an incredibly successful evening recital.
Lamont Rodgers, Philosophy PhD 2013, is beginning a full-time position this fall in the Department of Philosophy at Houston Community College.
Troy E. Spier, a second year doctoral student in the Linguistics program, shared his research on the IcAushi language of Zambia at the annual conference of the Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States (LACUS) at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, where he was awarded the Presidents' Prize for presenting the most outstanding paper and by making the greatest contribution to knowledge. Additionally, he received a Fulbright Fellowship and will be traveling to Skopje, Macedonia, for the 2015-2016 academic year, where he will be teaching English, training teachers, developing curriculum, working on his own research, and providing assistance to doctoral students in the Linguistics program at the University of Tetovo.
Walter Stern (SLA, PhD ‘14) won the 2015 Claude A. Eggertsen Dissertation Prize from the History of Education Society for his dissertation, “The Negro's Place: Schools, Race, and the making of Modern New Orleans, 1900-1960. ” Dr. Stern recently accepted a position as the K-12 Curriculum Coordinator at the National World War II Museum.
The Committee of the Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research of the American Philosophical Society in June awarded James Andrew Whitaker, PhD student in Anthropology, a fellowship to help continue his fieldwork at Surama Village of the Makushi people in Guyana. With this award, Mr. Whitaker is now a Lewis and Clark Field Scholar.
William Barnes, Interdisciplinary PhD in Art History and Anthropology 2009, received tenure at St. Thomas University.
Carol Flake Chapman (1973 Ph.D,) recently published a book about the experience of losing her husband in a kayaking accident in Guatemala and her pilgrimage of healing and consolation titled Written in Water: A Memoir of Love, Death and Mystery.
James Cordova, PhD Latin American Studies 2006, received tenure at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Julia Judge, '14 Classical Studies, has been accepted into the PhD program in classical archaeology at Harvard University. She will begin her studies in Fall 2015.
Sherry Karver (MFA ’78) has a solo exhibition of photo-based paintings with narrative text at Sue Greenwood Fine Art in Laguna Beach, CA opening May 20, 2015. The show will run through July 10, 2015 and the opening reception will be Thursday, June 4 from 6 to 9 PM.
Alyssa A. Lappen (1974 BA, English) is pleased to announce the April 21 launch of her first full-length poetry book, The Minstrel's Song (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2015), which took place at the Brooklyn Heights Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, 11201. The event was sponsored in honor of National Poetry Month by the Friends of the Brooklyn Heights Library. Lappen's poetry has been widely published; she won the 2000 annual chapbook award from Ruah: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry, and received a Harvard Summer Poetry Prize. She is also an investigative journalist focusing on the Middle East and Islam.
After graduation, Mackenzie Norris (BFA Musical Theatre 2015) will be attending the Stella Adler Musical Theatre Summer Intensive. Following that, Norris has been hired professionally to play Marian in The Music Man at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre.
Alexander Sibley (BFA Performance 2015) will join Italy's summer opera intensive program, La Musica Lirica, to sing the role of Goro in Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
Patsy Sims (A&S 1960) has retired after 13 years as director of the MFA in Creative Nonfiction Program at Goucher College. She is currently writing a reported memoir about spending childhood summer vacations on the Texas prison farm where her grandfather ran the cotton gin.
Derek Burdette, a 2012 graduate of the joint PhD program in Art History and Latin American Studies, was awarded the Association for Latin American Art's biennial award for the best dissertation in Latin American art history 2012-2014, for "Miraculous Crucifixes and Colonial Mexican Society: The Artistic, Devotional, and Political Lives of Mexico City's Early-Colonial Cristos." His dissertation committee was Elizabeth Boone (Art History, chair), Thomas Reese (Art History and Latin American Studies), Susan Schroeder (emeritus History). Dr. Burdette is currently at Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College.
Allison Caplan, a Ph.D. student in Art History and Latin American Studies, will be joining the Getty Graduate Internship Program for 2015-2016. She will be conducting research for the upcoming Pre-Columbian art exhibition, “Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas,” and its accompanying catalogue. The exhibition is part of the Getty’s initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, and will show at the Getty and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017. Allison’s research for the exhibition builds on her work for her Ph.D. dissertation on central Mexican indigenous aesthetics and materiality.
An exhibition of three visual music installations by Jane Cassidy (MFA 2014) is on view at the Work Gallery in association with the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Square Ball and Purple Tinged Pearl Buttoned Bangled-Billy are works for stereo sound, video projector, and fog machine; They Upped Their Game After The Oranges employs stereo sound and projection mapping onto a corner.
Two recent graduates from Tulane University’s Department of Economics have been awarded highly selective and prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for graduate study in economics. Jessica Hayes (class of ‘11) and Rachel Ryley (class of ‘14) are among the recipients to be awarded NSF fellowships for graduate study in economics. Overall, the NSF received over 16,000 applications for its 2015 competition, and it made 2000 fellowship award offers, of which only 30 were in the field of economics. Each recipient will be given three years of support, an annual stipend of $34,000, and the cost of tuition and fees.
Sherry Karver (MFA ‘78) will be the guest speaker at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA on April 15, 2015. Karver also has a solo exhibition at Sue Greenwood Fine Art, May 18-June 30, 2015, in Laguna Beach, CA, and is included in Palette to Palate art event at Laguna Art Museum, CA on June 12, 2015.
Jenna Turner (MFA 2014) has been accepted into the 8th Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in South Korea. A total of 2,629 entries by 1,470 artists from seventy-four countries were received, among which 108 pieces by 101 artists from twenty-eight countries were selected after the preliminary screening. Turner's entry, Subversion, was completed in 2014 as part of her thesis show and is currently on view at Good Children Gallery. In order to attend the biennial, Jenna will be traveling to South Korea at the end of April with an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Cultural Relations Grant.
Michel Varisco (MFA 1994) won the Civic Design Pitch in the fifth annual Water Challenge at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Michel was awarded $25,000 to create, "Turning," three stainless steel cylinders laser-cut with historical traces of the Mississippi River.
Seth Appelbaum, Philosophy PhD student, presented “Maimonides on God as Willful World-Creator and Thoughtful Giver of the Law” in the Braniff Conference on Reason and Revelation, January 31st, at the University of Dallas. Appelbaum has accepted a position for next year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
Music major alum Ted Barrows (SLA ‘14) interned at Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra during his last semester at Tulane. After he graduated, Ted continued to work with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, where he is now recruiting interns on behalf of the organization.
Derek Burdette, a 2012 graduate of the joint PhD program in Art History and Latin American Studies, was awarded the Association for Latin American Art's biennial award for the best dissertation in Latin American art history 2012-2014, for "Miraculous Crucifixes and Colonial Mexican Society: The Artistic, Devotional, and Political Lives of Mexico City's Early-Colonial Cristos." His dissertation committee was Elizabeth Boone (Art History), Thomas Reese (Art History and Latin American Studies), Susan Schroeder (emeritus History). Dr. Burdette is currently at Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College.
Linda DeShaw (NC ‘66) recently accepted a position as Office Manager for H&R Block Tax Service in DeLand, Florida.
Derek Duplessie, Philosophy PhD student, presented “Comic Revolutions in Republic V” at the January meeting in New Orleans of the Southern Political Science Association.
Travis Mulroy, Philosophy PhD student, presented a paper on “Plato’s Hippias Major,” and Paul Wilford, Philosophy PhD student, spoke on “Kant’s Rational Religion” in the December 2014 meeting of the American Philosophical Association.
Rona Simmons (NC ‘72) has a new novel, Postcards from Wonderland, which will be released by Deeds Publishing, an Atlanta-based publisher, in March 2015. Karen White, NYT best selling author and fellow Tulane graduate commented that the novel is "definitely one for my keeper shelf." Read more about her post-Newcomb writing achievements.
Sherry Karver (MFA ’78) has a solo exhibition of photo-based paintings with narrative text at Sue Greenwood Fine Art in Laguna Beach, CA opening May 7, 2015. Karver is also schedule to give a lecture about her work at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, CA on April 15, 2015.
Archibald Hamilton Rowan IV (SLA ’13), along with a few other Tulane Alumni, organized the 1st Annual Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival this past October. This is the only festival in New York City to feature only small and mid-sized local breweries, and they pride themselves in creating a space where the great new local beers can shine. They are grateful to the NY Tulane Alumni club for helping them spread the word about this Tulane-alumni heavy operation.
Anna Cargill, BFA Performance in Music, '12, has been singing for the American Queen Steamboat Company for two years, gaining performance experience in nightly variety shows with a quartet and seven-piece band. Anna is also very excited to announce the successful debut of her solo show, "A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt."
David J. Berteau (A&S '71) was recently nominated by President Obama as the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness. His confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee will be in December. He is currently a Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.
Steve Slattery (A&S ’87) was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of The Foundation for Teaching Economics, an organization that conducts economic education programs for high school students and teachers.
The following Newcomb Art faculty and alumni are featured in Prospect.3 and Prospect.3+ exhibit:
- Sophie T. Lvoff (MFA 2013) is an official Prospect.3 artist exhibiting at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, 900 Camp Street
- Tulane Contemporary.3 at the Carroll Gallery features the work of Teresa A. Cole, Aaron Collier, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Ronna S. Harris, Jeremy Jernegan, Kevin H. Jones, and Gene Koss.
- Crevasse 22 "Surge" (8114 Saro Lane, Poydras, LA) is a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition staged at the sight of a devastating crevasse, a massive breach in the levee on the Mississippi River that flooded much of St. Bernard Parish, just below the city of New Orleans. The exhibit includes works by Dan Alley, Lynda Benglis (BFA 1964), Mitchell Gaudet (MFA 1990), Gene Koss, Srdjan Loncar, and Michel Varisco (MFA 1994).
- Aaron Collier and Dave Greber (MFA 2013), recent fellows of the NOLA Studio Program, are exhibiting at Joan Mitchel Center Studios, 1000 North Rampart Street.
- Tulane faculty in the group show Check Out at Staple Goods (1340 St. Roch Avenue) include Aaron Collier, William DePauw, Laura Richens, Ann Nelson, and Thomasine Bartlett.
- Adam Mysock is participating in the group exhibition Guns in the Hands of Artists at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 Julia Street.
- Srdjan Loncar and Dan Alley are also exhibiting at Barrister's Gallery, 2331 St. Claude Avenue.
A map of Prospect.3 and Prospect.3+ shows hosted on Tulane's campuses can be downloaded here.
The Department of Music hosted their annual Concerto/Aria contest. The winners, who will perform on the Spring orchestra concert, are Alexander Sibley and Ali Bloomston, both from Amy Pfrimmer’s voice studio. Honorable mentions went to Austin Adomitis and Sienna Nelson. Austin is from Michael Howard's voice studio, and Sienna is from the voice studio of Laura Booras. Congratulations to all the participants who presented a very strong showing that represented the department in a great light.
Lee A. Farrow (G ‘91, ‘98) is a Professor of History and Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at Auburn University at Montgomery. Farrow graduated from Tulane with a PhD in History, with a specialty in Russian History, under the mentorship of Dr. Sam Ramer. Farrow recently completed a book on the American tour of Russian Grand Duke Alexis who is often associated with the first daytime Mardi Gras celebration and the founding of the Krewe of Rex in 1872. The book will be appearing with LSU Press in December.
Kevin Lawrence Henry, Jr. (SLA ’10) has returned to Tulane as an Adjunct Instructor for the Program in African & African Diaspora Studies. Henry earned his B.A. with a major in Political Science and a double minor in African & African Diaspora Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies in 2010. He was accepted into the doctoral program in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a recipient of the Tashia F. Morgridge Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. He returned in August 2014 to begin research on his dissertation project entitled, "Makin' Choices: African American Educational Stakeholders and the Charter School Authorization Process in Post-Katrina New Orleans." This fall he is also teaching Issues in African American Education.
Sunita Patel (NC ‘00) , who received her B.A. in History and African & African Diaspora Studies, recently accepted a faculty position as Practitioner-in-Residence at the American University Washington College of Law.
Shane Gassaway (SLA '14), will be teaching Philosophy and English at the Loveland Classical School in Colorado, after receiving his PhD in August with a dissertation on Socrates as citizen-philosopher in Plato and Xenophon.
Gwenda-lin Grewal (SLA '10), is an Affiliate Associate Professor in Classics and Philosophy at the University of Dallas, following a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Yale. Grewal received her PhD in Classics and Philosophy at Tulane, with a dissertation on Plato's Euthydemus.
Douglas N. Harris, Associate Professor of Economics and Sean Higgins, PhD student, Department of Economics, have been awarded the 2014 Lawrence M. v. D. Schloss Economics Prize for their outstanding work in the Department of Economics at Tulane University.
Thomas McAfee (SLA '10), took part in the first White House LGBT Innovation Summit held on July 7th. He is the Co-Founder and President of an LGBT focused tech startup based in San Francisco.
Melissa Moss (SLA '14), received a post-baccalaureate position with the National Institutes of Health in the Social & Behavioral Research Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute.
Ashley Neumeister, an SLA student double majoring in Anthropology and Asian Studies, won 3rd prize in the 13th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition held on April 27, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
Alexandre Priou (SLA '14), has been appointed as a visiting professor in the Philosophy Department of Sarah Lawrence College in New York, after receiving his PhD with a dissertation on Plato's Parmenides.
Gilberto Vargas-Gonzalez, who completed his dissertation in August on "philosophical counseling" and its roots in Socratic philosophy, has a tenured position at the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez.
Seth Appelbaum, graduate student in Philosophy, was chosen as one of three graduate students in an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers on "Medieval Political Philosophy: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian."
Jennie Barker, German major, received a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Undergraduate Scholarship for 2015. The fellowship will facilitate her research project for her honors thesis that she will conduct while studying in Berlin during the spring of 2015. The scholarship will also allow her to do an internship in Germany after her semester at IES Abroad and Humboldt University ends.
Jessie Gomez (Art Studio; Psychology) was presented by the Newcomb Art Department the Promising Rising Senior Award in Painting in their recent awards ceremony for students in the History of Art and Studio Art programs.
Rachel Horowitz, PhD candidate in Anthropology, was recently awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for her project "Economic Implications of Lithic Technological Organization in the Mopan Valley, Belize."
Emily Johnson (Art Studio) was presented by the Newcomb Art Department the Nell Pomeroy O’Brien Award for a Sophomore or Junior in Studio Art in their recent awards ceremony for students in the History of Art and Studio Art programs.
Maxime Lamoureux St.-Hilaire, graduate student in anthropology, was recently awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Fonds de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture of the Quebec provincial government.
Nathan Rabalais, PhD candidate in French Studies, is the recent recipient of a highly competitive Chateaubriand fellowship to spend the academic year 2014-15 in Poitiers, France doing dissertation research. He was one of only six students out of 131 applicants from all over the country to receive a year-long grant.
James Steele (Art History; French) was presented by the Newcomb Art Department the Nell Pomeroy O’Brien Award for a Sophomore or Junior in Art History in their recent awards ceremony for students in the History of Art and Studio Art programs.
Sonya Wohletz (Art History) received the Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities. The paper is entitled “Through a Glass, Darkly: A Study of Mirrors in Aztec Art”. The award was presented on Thursday, May 1, at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies as part of their 13th annual Awards Ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding staff, faculty, and students.
David Rizk (Neuroscience; Classical Studies) and Arielle Suskin (Classical Studies Art Studio) will both be participating in Classics related summer projects and are the recipients of Classical Studies sponsored Summer Project Awards to help fund their endeavors.
Each spring, the Tulane University Marching Band selects new student leaders who will serve for the next academic year. These student leaders, as part of the 85+ students participating in the band program, represent every school and field of study at Tulane University. During the summer months they are a resource for their section members, guiding them through the process of learning new music for the football pre-game and halftime shows, and working closely with incoming freshmen to make sure that they prepared for the rigors of band camp and the fall season. The section leaders will arrive back on campus in mid-August to ensure a productive and engaging band camp for all members, then continue their leadership responsibilities throughout the academic year.
The student leaders for 2013-14 include, Lauren Stevens and Liz King as Drum Majors, Kimberly Plants-Paris as section leader for the clarinet, Chris Willuhn as section leader for the French horn, J.T. Barta as section leader for the trombone, Olivia Browslawsky as section leader for the alto saxophone, Zak James as section leader for the tenor and baritone saxophones, Amy Lipman as section leader for the trumpet, Ari Levine as section leader for the sousaphone, Kyle Pearcy as section leader for percussion, Angela Servello as section leader for color guard and Annie Cuccia as section leader for the dance team.
Philosophy graduate students Alex Limanowski and Paul Wilford were selected as participants in a 2014 Summer Seminar of the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History.
Lauren Hudson (SLA '07, L '12) has been appointed Assistant County Attorney to work in the Environment and Infrastructure Practice Group in the Harris County Attorney’s Office. Hudson attended Tulane University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and coupled a certificate of specialization in environmental law with her law degree. Most recently, Hudson served as a law clerk for Judge Patricia Kerrigan in the 190th District Court. Hudson also worked as a contract attorney in American Airline’s Antitrust Division, assisting with the American Airlines and US Airways merger. “We are pleased that Ms. Hudson has joined our team,” County Attorney Vince Ryan said. “Our Office is fortunate to have someone with Ms. Hudson’s dedication and experience on board.”
Trent Stockton, who graduated with his Ph.D. in anthropology in 2013, is now employed as a full-time archaeologist by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Joyce Bennett, who graduated with her PhD in Anthropology in May, accepted a 2-year visiting position in Anthropology as a visiting assistant professor at Connecticut College.
Sophie Esch, PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, recently accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Colorado State University, beginning Fall 2014. Esch’s work focuses on the first in-depth study of the functions and symbolic meaning of weaponry in songs and literary texts from various armed conflicts in Latin America: the Mexican Revolution, Sandinista Revolution, postwar Central America and the drug war in Mexico. Her research, which has taken her to Mexico, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, was supported through a School of Liberal Arts Monroe Fellowship and two Summer Merit Fellowships.
Bryan Haley, graduate student in Anthropology, recently published an article about a Native American site in the Yazoo Basin of northwestern Mississippi in the journal, Archaeological Prospection, titled "The Big Picture at Hollywood: Geophysical and Archaeological Investigations at a Mississippian Mound Centre" (2014).
Jayur Mehta, PhD candidate in Anthropology, recently published an article about the Natchez Indians of southwestern Mississippi in the journal, Native South, titled "Spanish Conquistadores, French Explorers, and Natchez Great Suns in Southwestern Mississippi, 1542–1729."
Cristina Pop, who graduated with her PhD in Anthropology in May, will become a visting assistant professor in Anthropology at the University of Montana.
Congratulations to David Friezo (A&S '86) who recently completed the UVU North Pole Marathon. Running through snow and ice in -30 degree Celsius temperatures, Friezo was one of just 47 competitors from 20 countries to complete this grueling marathon. To see pictures of the race and its competitors, check out the UVU North Pole Marathon Facebook page.
Sherry Karver (M.F.A. ’78) has a solo exhibition of photo-based oil painting with narrative text at Martha Schneider Gallery in Chicago from May 9-June 20.
Julia Pascuzzo (SLA ‘08) has completed her legal studies at Cornell University and will be joining a firm in New York that specializes in international law and that seeks attorneys who are multicultural and multilingual.
Saralyn Jacobson Richard (NC '71) has published a children's picture book, Naughty Nana, about the delightful shenanigans of her Old English sheepdog puppy.
Lauren Elens, BFA, BA ‘00, has been accepted into the MFA Professional Acting Training Program at the University of Virginia. Elens will also be featured in productions with both the Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville and with the Virginia Repertory Theatre in Richmond. She is currently performing in the rock musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and will next be featured as “Cinderella” in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods this summer.
Congratulations to SLA history graduate student Kaitlyn Henderson on receiving a Cuban Heritage Collection Graduate Fellowship. The CHC awards provide assistance to doctoral students in the U.S. who wish to use the research resources available in the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries. Henderson's research focuses on Cuban Racial Discourse in the Twentieth Century.
Philosophy Department Graduate Students have been busy presenting papers in the American Philosophical Association conferences. In the Eastern Division meeting, Alexandre Priou spoke on Plato's Parmenides, Shane Gassaway on Plato's Cleitophon, and Travis Mulroyon Plato's Hippias Major. In the Central Division meeting, Alexander Limanowski spoke on Lucretius, Sam Stoner on Kant, and Dereck Coatney on Nietzsche. And in the upcoming Pacific Division meeting, Derek Duplessie will speak on Plato's Laws, Seth Appelbaum on Maimonides, and Paul Wilford on Kant.
Stephanie Porras, Assistant Professor, Newcomb Art Department, has received a Renaissance Society of America research grant to spend three weeks in Antwerp conducting research for her book, “Maarten de Vos: a Renaissance Life In Between.”
Mike Sacks, A&S ‘90, will publish his fifth book, Poking a Dead Frog: Interviews with Today's Top Comedy Writers. Among those interviewed are Mel Brooks, James L. Brooks, Amy Poehler, Adam McKay, Terry Jones of Python, Diablo Cody, Jim Downey of SNL, Peg Lynch, Marc Maron, George Saunders, Tom Scharpling, Bob Elliott of Bob & Ray, Roz Chast, Stephen Merchant, Carol Kolb of the Onion and Community, Daniel Clowes, and Patton Oswalt.
Lucia Abramovich, PhD candidate in Art History and Latin American Studies, has joined the staff at the New Orleans Museum of Art as the new curatorial fellow of Spanish Colonial Art. Abramovich is currently reviewing NOMA's extensive collection of Spanish Colonial art, which will ultimately result in a new installation at the museum. She will also serve as institutional curator for Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish Colonial Home, 1492-1898, an exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art that will open at NOMA on June 20, 2013.
Zarus E. Watson (A&S '79) is currently the Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Counseling M.Ed. & Counselor Education Ph.D. Graduate Programs at the University of New Orleans.
Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Newcomb Art Department Sophie T. Lvoff has curated a show, Friday the 13th, at Good Children Gallery in New Orleans. The show features two Tulane MFA Alum, Jared Ragland ('03) and Aaron Collier ('05).
Four Tulane University Marching Band (TUMB) students, Lauren Stevens, Elizabeth King, Marissa Beam and Christina Borne, participated in the Louisiana Intercollegiate Honor Band on January 17-19. The weekend was hosted by McNeese State University as an opportunity for collegiate musicians from all across the state to rehearse and perform together under the baton of a guest conductor. Funding to help support our students in this activity came from donors to the TUMB program.
Undergraduate student Jesse Friedman won 2nd place in the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy’s student essay contest for a research paper he wrote during the fall 2012 semester abroad in Cuba. The article, written in Spanish, was published in the prestigious journal, Cuba in Transition. This is a very unusual honor for an undergraduate student, as the other contributors are all recognized scholars in Cuban Studies. Friedman is a triple major in Political Economy, Spanish, and Theater and Dance, and an accomplished actor and dancer as well as student and researcher.
Alum Aerin Philip (’13), a graduate from the Department of Anthropology, is currently serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. He has a video blog documenting his experiences.
Alumnus Kevin Lawrence Henry Jr., (SLA ’10), a Political Science major with minors in Gender & Sexuality Studies (GESS) and African & African Diaspora Studies (ADST), is currently a Ph.D. student in Curriculum & Instruction in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. This past November, Henry published his first research article in the Handbook of Urban Education (Routledge, 2013). The essay is jointly authored with Adrienne D. Dixson and Camika Royal on the topic of "School Reform and School Choice in Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia."
Piano student Zhichan Huang and soprano student Sarah Weinberg won the Music Department's annual Concerto and Aria Contest, which was held on Friday, November 15th. The winners will perform as soloists in a Spring 2014 Tulane Orchestra concert.
Professor of Anthropology, John Verano, was recently interviewed by The National Geographic Daily News about human sacrifice rituals of the Moche people of ancient Peru. The article discusses Verano’s work as well as a new report authored by Tulane School of Liberal Arts Alum, J. Marla Toyne (PhD, ‘09). Toyne’s research has led the efforts to analyze oxygen isotopes in the remains of the Moche victims.
Alumni Noah A. Barth (TC '04, G '06) is currently working as the Program Coordinator for Doctors of the World USA(MdM USA). In this capacity, Barth has been spearheading medical relief efforts in the Rockaways section of Queens, NY, an area devastated by Hurricane Sandy. On October 19th, MdM USA hosted a community open house at the new Doctors of the World Rockaways Free Clinic. This marked the first time that MdM, an international humanitarian organization founded in France in 1980 launched such a program in the US. Barth writes, "My work in disaster affected communities has been greatly informed by the volunteer activities I sought out in the months after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. I think that Tulane University's emphasis on community service for all students is a smart investment in both the community and the students' futures as engaged, informed global citizens."
Margaret Fisher (NC '69) who majored in English and minored in Philosophy writes to SLA to tell us, "Since I graduated from Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane U, I've been living in beautiful Vero Beach, FL, for the last 11 years pursuing my dream to become a globally syndicated columnist. I publish Seaside Scoop enews, reaching readers in 43 states and 52 countries. It features words-for-the-month, health, fitness & finance tips, humor, conservation, animal-focused fun, movie & restaurant reviews, the Dating Game Catwalk and much more. Before moving to Vero Beach, I lived in Coral Gables, FL, working as a feature writer/reporter and Executive Director of Communications for a multinational-- Junior Chamber International at their world headquarters managing communications for young people in over 100 countries."
Alumni Eric A. Gordon (G '69, PhD '78) who majored in Latin American Studies / History, has a new book of translation from Portuguese "Waving to the Train and Other Stories" by Hadasa Cytrynowicz. At the age of 20, Cytrynowicz emigrated to Brazil and remained there for over 50 years, finally settling in Los Angeles. Portuguese became her best language--and was Gordon's ticket to a National Defense Foreign Language fellowship at Tulane. Gordon writes, "It felt wonderful to use my command of the language and get a book out of it. She has written a memoir in short story form of her turbulent life at the edges of the Holocaust. It's a wise, if often painful journey."
Jason Tipton, a Tulane graduate who received his PhD in Philosophy in 2002, and MS in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in 2001, has just published Philosophical Biology in Aristotle's Parts of Animalswith Springer Press. This work had its start in Tipton's dissertation, written under the direction of Ronna Burger. Tipton's research was supported by a Fullbright Fellowship in Greece and a position as Research Associate in the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Since 2002 Tipton has been teaching at St. John's College in Annapolis.
David Gontar, who received his PhD in Tulane's Philosophy Department in 1977 and wrote his dissertation under the direction of Andrew Reck, has recently published Hamlet Made Simple (New English Review Press). After practicing law in New Orleans and southern California, Gontar is currently teaching at Inner Mongolia University in China. He was the English editor of China's application to UNESCO for World Heritage Status of the Xanadu site in Inner Mongolia.
Graduate student Sean Higgins presented a paper, Comparing Taxation, Transfers, and Redistribution in Brazil and the United States, written by Higgins, Lustig, Ruble and Smeeding, at the Review of Income and Wealth Regional conference, IARIW-IBGE Conference on Income, Wealth and Well-being in Latin America in Rio.
Recently, Faina Lushtak, Professor of Music, was invited to direct the International Master Class at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Lushtak was able to bring five of her advanced piano students from Tulane, who received full scholarships for the entire two-weeks. The event culminated with their performances at a gala recital, which was a huge success. The names of the students who were accepted were: Zhitchan Huang, Chris Brown, Scott Cohen, John Jovaag, and Angelina May. Also, Lishtak will be performing solo recitals at Catholic University in Washington, DC on October 10th, at the University of Mississippi on October 17th, and also in Florida in November.
Dylan Rogers (LA '08) is a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (Greece) this academic year. He is pursuing a PhD in classical archaeology at the University of Virginia.
Through generous funding from the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Anthropology Professor William Balée and anthropology graduate student Dustin Reuther participated this past summer in a forest inventory involving a geoglyph still under forest cover in order to understand the landscape of geoglyphs before deforestation. Their work took place under the aegis of a Brazilian Science Foundation Project (CNPq) called Monumental Landscapes, Regionalism, and Cultural Dynamics in the Western Amazon, directed by Professor Denise Schaan of the Federal University of Pará, in Belém. The geoglyphs of western Brazil are among the most intriguing and important finds related to the prehistory and historical ecology of the Amazon region today. Comparable to Neolithic enclosures in Europe, some 400 of these are known to date. Geoglyphs are soccerfield-sized circles, rectangles, and squares delimited by ditches 15 feet wide by 13 feet deep on average. Built by native engineers long before Columbus, almost all of them were under forest cover before their discovery by air, which itself was due to massive deforestation for cattle pastures since the late 1980s.
Michael Kahn (LA, A '13) presented a paper, "Reincorporating Redfern: Remediating Colonial Planning and its Effects on Indigenous Populations" at Architecture at the Ragged Edge of Empire: Race, Place, Taste and the Colonial Context symposium hosted by the Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History (ATCH) of the University of Queensland June 27-28 in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. The paper, excerpted from his thesis for his Master of Architecture and BA in History, was the sole paper selected from the United States. He was one of only three non-Australian speakers at the conference and introduced Tulane to many in the Australian academic community. During his time in Australia, Kahn met with Aboriginal community members, government leaders, and architectural academics and practitioners to discuss further development of his proposal. ATCH is currently negotiating a publication deal for the conference papers and proceedings. Professors Emily Clark and Joel Devine of the School of Liberal Arts and Professor Graham Owen of the Tulane School of Architecture provided guidance for the thesis. Kahn's trip was made possible by support from Tulane's School of Liberal Arts.
The Maxine Ford Graham Chair in Fine Arts, Professor Eugene H. Koss's, exhibition, titled Sunrise, runs until September 14 at the Arthur Roger Gallery. The exhibition features glass sculptures that reveal the constant inspiration provided by the rural landscapes of his youth and life.
Senior Professor of Practice in Economics, Claudiney Pereira, and Economics Ph.D. student Sean Higgins produced an article entitled "The Effects of Brazil's Taxation and Social Spending on the Distribution of Household Income" which was featured in The Journal of Public Finance Review. The article discusses the high rates of taxation and large social spending in Brazil. The authors estimate the redistributive effect of fiscal policy on income distribution and poverty in Brazil using household survey data that contain detailed information about many labor and non-labor income sources, direct taxes paid, contributions to the pension system, transfers received, use of public education and health services, and consumption. On the spending side, the authors find that although Brazil has some well-targeted anti-poverty programs, these transfers have relatively low per capita amounts and a large portion of direct transfer beneficiaries are non-poor. As a result, inequality and poverty reduction are low relative to Brazil's spending. On the tax side, indirect taxes paid by the poor often surpass the direct transfer and indirect subsidy benefits they receive.
Alumni Sherry Karver (G '78) has a solo exhibition of photo-based oil paintings with narrative text at Kim Foster Gallery in New York, NY. The show runs through June 8, 2013. Karver also has a solo exhibition at Rarity Gallery, in Mykonos, Greece from July 1 -15, 2013.
Alumni Brian Screnar (Tulane College '97) recently joined Intellectual Ventures, a private equity and venture capital firm in Bellevue, WA, as chief of staff to Founder and CEO, Nathan Myhrvold. Prior to Intellectual Ventures, Brian served as Senator Maria Cantwell's state director overseeing the Senator's policy and outreach priorities and managing her federal operations in Washington state. Brian also he served on Secretary Ken Salazar's senior leadership team at the U.S. Department of the Interior where he served as chief of staff to Deputy Secretary David Hayes and as White House Liaison. During his tenure at Interior, Brian was responsible for coordinating key departmental operations and policy initiatives, specifically coordinating inter-agency crisis management operations for the Deepwater Horizon Incident, and overseeing the Secretary's initial political organizational and personnel structure. His roles prior to the Interior Department include finance director for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and deputy finance director on President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.
Alumni Dr. Joseph V. Trahan, III, APR, Fellow PRSA (A&S 1976) was selected Outstanding Faculty Advisor at Georgia State University for 2013.
Alumni Martin Pitts (A&S '67) conducted original interviews for American Legends, including one with Ivan Moffat, the author of the screenplay, Giant, on James Dean and other aspects of the movie. Pitts co-founded American Legends in 1996 with Ron Martinetti (A&S '67) and Vagn Hansen (A&S '66). Last year the site had over one million hits.
Diogo DeLima of the Newcomb Dance Program recently performed in the Promethean Theatre Co. production of Equus at Rivertown Repertory Theatre, directed by Steven Eckert (BFA Theatre, '12) and choreographed by Jeffrey Gunshol, with current theatre students Jesse Friedman, Rebecca Greaves and dance students Monica Ordonez (BA Dance, '12), Nasheeka Nedsreal, and Rebecca Frank(MFA Directing '12). DeLima also performed as a guest dancer with the Brazilian-based Grupo Corpo, in Dallas Texas.
This past March, Newcomb Dance students David Doyle, Claire Escher, Iman Marshall, and Danielle Parker joined Diogo DeLima in Greg Schrammel's choreography for the New Orleans Opera Association's production of Samson and Delilah at the Theatre of the Performing Arts.
Ph.D. student Sean Higgins received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award for 2013-2014 to Mexico. Sean is currently working with Economic Professors Claudiney Pereira and Nora Lustig on several papers on income inequality and poverty.
Anthropology graduate student Nicole Katin recently won a Fulbright Scholarship Award for her doctoral research in Brazil.
In February, two piano students of Music Professor Faina Lashtak, Angelina May and Zhichan Huang, received monetary awards as the winners for outstanding performances in the Junior Philharmonic Audition.
Liberal Arts alumnae, Mallorie Elaine Smith (B.S. ’11) had her paper "Sequential Sales as a Test of Adverse Selection in the Market for Slaves" accepted for publication in June 2013 issue of The Journal of Economic History. Smith’s article is coauthored with Associate Professor Jonathan Pritchett of Tulane's Department of Economics. Smith's research was funded by the National Science Foundation award for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).
Alumnae Jane Wolfe (SLA '12), attending Harvard Divinity School, received the honor of being asked to give a sermon at Harvard's Morning Prayers, a 375-year old tradition.
Brad Cousins, (A&S ’04, Law ’09) is proud to announce that, after returning to New Orleans following Katrina, graduating from Tulane Law in 2009, and marrying Adrienne Chavez (TU Law '09), he recently became the Executive Director of Court Watch NOLA, a non-profit dedicated to reforming New Orleans' criminal justice system.
Katharine Jack and graduate student, Valerie Schoof (recipient of an SLA Summer Merit Graduate Fellowship) recently published the article "The Association of Intergroup Encounters, Dominance Status, and Fecal Androgen and Glucocorticoid Profiles in Wild Male White-Faced Capuchins (Cebus capucinus)" - American Jounral of Primatology
Teresa Parker Farris, Newcomb Art Gallery marketing coordinator and SLA doctoral student, recently served as Folk Art and Crafts section editor and essayist for A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana, a 450-page volume published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Farris’ work draws from her extensive experience in folklife studies and her work as chair of the governor-appointed Louisiana Folklife Commission.
Lidia Zhigunova, Ph.D. candidate and Adjunct Professor, presented a paper titled (Re)Writing Circassian Women's (Hi)Stories at the 2012 World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) held at The Harriman Institute in New York. Panel Title: Understanding Political and ideological Processes in the North Caucasus, a Comparative Study of Nationalism and Religion). During this summer, she helped to organize and launch the Caucasus Morpheus Project and the Caucasus Morpheus multimedia exhibition held in Rome (Italy), July 20-27, 2012. The exhibition took place at the Russian Center for Science and Culture (Palazzo Santa Croce) and at the Officine Fotografiche Roma (Rome, Italy).
In November 2012, five Newcomb Department of Music Voice students from the vocal studio of Amy Pfrimmer attended the Southern Region National Association of Teachers of Singing Conference held in Baton Rouge, LA. All five of Pfrimmer's students advanced to the semi-final round of the audition competition. They are:
- Sarah Weinberg, soprano - Junior Women and Upper Level Musical Theatre
- Laura Decuir, soprano - Upper Level Musical Theatre
- Faith Connor, soprano - Junior Women
- Mackenzie Norris, soprano - Lower Level Musical Theatre
- Alison Bloomston, soprano - Sophomore Women and Lower Level Musical Theatre
- Sarah Weinberg advanced to the final round of competition and placed 3rd in the highly competitive Junior Women's division.
Undergraduate student Christina Borne was selected and performed in the 2013 Louisiana Intercollegiate Honor Band on January 20, 2013 which was held at UL Lafayette. Christina is a junior majoring in music composition. She is currently in her third year with the Tulane University Marching Band and also participates in the concert band, pep band and other ensembles in the Newcomb Department of Music.
Anthropology graduate student Nicole Katin is a 2013 recipient of the Halperin Memorial Award from the Society for Economic Anthropology for her project, "Ethnographic Study of conservation induced displacement in Núcleo Itariru, Southeastern Brazil."
Catherine "Cat" Carlton (NC, '90), was elected to the City Council of Menlo Park, California, and sworn into office in December. She will serve a four-year term in this position, representing approximately 33,000 people in the Silicon Valley city.
Christopher Clark (SLA, '11), has been accepted to Cambridge University to pursue graduate work in the area of development studies, one of Cambridge's most renowned programs.
Threadhead Cultural Foundation recently announced the release of Up Front and Center: New Orleans Music at the end of the 20th Century on Threadhead Press by Jay Mazza (BA'83; MA '85). The book is the first in-depth account of this very important era in the history of New Orleans music. It is filled with vivid descriptions of many of the most significant musical performances in the last two decades of the 20th century.
Alumna's Art in Exhibit
Thursday, December 17, 2009
LeMieux Galleries of New Orleans is presenting "Signs of the City," a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by Tulane alumna Shirley Rabé Masinter through Dec. 26 at 332 Julia St.
Masinter continues her tradition of applying a vivid hyper-realist aesthetic to New Orleans inner-city scenes. In this body of work she focuses on the literal "signs" of New Orleans, ranging from contemporary neon lighting and decaying electric signs to "folk" lettering advertising groceries, bars or beauty parlors.
The artist was raised in New Orleans, receiving two degrees from Tulane — a BFA from Newcomb College and a master's degree in art history. Her work is represented in numerous private, public and museum collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Huntsville Museum of Art.
Alumna Named President of Major Memphis Healthcare Foundation
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tulane alumna Paula Jacobson was recently named president of the Methodist Healthcare Foundation in Memphis, TN. She has been with Methodist Healthcare-Memphis Hospitals since 2000. In addition, she is very involved with the Memphis Jewish community.
Paula Jacobson has been with Methodist Healthcare since 2000 and currently serves as president of the Methodist Healthcare Foundation. Prior to coming to Methodist, Jacobson was director of operations for the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1984 to 1987. She was director of development at Rhodes College for eight years from 1987 to 1995, and most recently, from 1995 to 2000, created and served as executive director of Jewish Foundation of Memphis. In her role as president of the Foundation, Jacobson oversees fundraising activities that support and strengthen the clinical, research and educational programs for Methodist Healthcare. She serves on the board of Temple Israel and the MOST Scholarship Fund. Jacobson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies from Tulane University in New Orleans 1973 and a Master of Arts degree in guidance and counseling from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1976.