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FOOTNOTES • September 2019

This month's Footnotes will highlight:

  • Upcoming Events and Lectures
  • Alumni Spotlight: Audrey Catalano
  • Faculty in the News
  • Graduate Student News: Christina LeBlanc
  • Internship and Publishing Opportunities for Students

Upcoming Events and Lectures


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How have digital humanities databases changed the nature of scholarship? How have racism and sexism distorted those databases and the scholarship based on them? Professor Block will address these and other questions related to digital humanities research in her lecture.

Sept. 19, 5:00 p.m.

Hebert Hall 201, Tulane University
Free and open to the public

Professor Block has researched and taught the history of sexuality for over two
decades. She is the author of Rape and Sexual Power in Early America (OIEAHC Imprint, University of North Carolina Press, 2006) and Colonial Complexions: Race and Bodies in Eighteenth-Century America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and numerous essays and articles. She pioneered applying new data- mining technologies to historical sources, including data-mining 80,000 eighteenth-century newspaper articles and evaluating the place of women’s history in a half million abstracts of historical publications. She is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.

Alumni Spotlight

Audrey Catalano TU '17

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Teacher Institute, Neighborhood Narratives: Addressing Change Through Stories, February 2019.
Photo Credit: Brandon Fields. Courtesy of Jane Addams Hull-House Museu
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Educator Audrey Catalano leads a group in theatre games as part of a Teacher Institute for Chicagoland educators to learn neighborhood history and story-telling techniques that can be used in the classroom. The Institute was a collaboration between Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and National Hellenic Museum.

In Spring 2017, I took Prof. Haugeberg's Women's and Gender History, 1861-present survey. Earlier in the year I had started an internship with the New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF) and was looking for ways to supplement my education on the history of feminism, reproductive healthcare, and women's rights in the United States. I was postulating about the types of jobs I wanted to pursue post-grad, and more importantly, about the kind of impact I wanted to make on the community and world around me. Professor Haugeberg's class gave me the tools to contextualize the work I was doing with NOAF. Our wide variety of class readings, lectures, and discussions deepened my understanding of and commitment to intersectional feminism, and offered a historical perspective in viewing modern-day issues of gender inequality.

In January 2019, I started my role as a Museum Educator at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (JAHHM) in Chicago, a radical space that preserves and interprets the work of Jane Addams and her fellow Progressive educators, artists, and activists. While I studied Theatre and Linguistics at Tulane and have spent most of my career so far as a theatre educator, I don't think I would have sought out a position at a museum if it weren't for Prof. Haugeberg's class. At the Museum, I lead daily guided tours for groups from elementary and high schools, universities, non-profits, and the general public. The Museum also has specialized tours that focus on gender and sexuality, and I engage groups in conversations surrounding terms, concepts, and histories that I learned in my women's history class every day. I also get to collaborate with other Museum Staff in developing workshops with our community groups and cultural partners in Chicago. Being a Museum Educator allows me to synthesize all of my experience as a theatre teaching artist with my passion for gender history, and I love that I get to speak with new people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences each and every day.


Faculty in the News

Honors Professor of the Year
Jana Lipman

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Professor Jana Lipman (right) pictured here with Norah Lovell, Honors Program Manager (left) and
Charlotte Maheu Vail, Director, Honors Program.


This award, chosen by graduating Honors Program students, recognizes a professor for contributing substantially and positively to their education by challenging them and by leading them to ask questions or draw conclusions they would never have considered. This professor is also recognized for exciting students' interest in and curiosity about a particular subject and encouraging them to engage further with questions and ideas associated with the scholarly community.

Recent articles by History Department Faculty:

R. Blakeslee Gilpin
The Family Dynasty That Pursues Perfection in Shaved Ice Atlas Obscura - August 21, 2019

Andy Horowitz
“When the Levees Break Again,” New York Times - May 31, 2019
“Hurricane Barry and the New Normal” New York Times - July 14, 2019

Jana Lipman
"Detaining refugee children at military bases may sound un-American, but it’s been done before." The - June 18, 2019

Graduate Student News

Christina LeBlanc

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PhD Candidate, Christina Leblanc, recently finished an internship in Washington DC.

Christina LeBlanc is a PhD candidate studying US foreign and domestic disaster policy and gender in the Caribbean and Gulf Coast after World War II. She received her MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane in 2015 and a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College in 2010. She has worked in environmental organizations in New Orleans since 2012. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the US Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Program and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. Her dissertation examines how political status and gender shape US federal disaster relief at home and abroad.

Internship and Publishing Opportunities for Students


Howard - Tilton Memorial Library The Library Fellowship program creates an opportunity for students of color to explore the field of librarianship as a potential career path and to participate in the development of a more accessible library.  Program Benefits: 

  • Enhance your portfolio within your major
  • Develop research skills
  • Build an academic support network
  • Gain relevant professional work experience

Become more familiar with the library and discover potential library career paths APPLICATION DEADLINE:  SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 AT 11:59PM
More information at:


Interns wanted! Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is opening in New Orleans in 2020. The Museum is looking for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in helping the Museum in the following areas:

  • Library and Online Research 
  • Social Media Growth 
  • Collection Organization and Care 
  • Business Organization 

Internships available for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Interested?  Email and let us know.


Reflecting Black: 400 Years of African American Life and History (1619-2019) Call for Papers

For more information:

The final deadline for submissions of proposals is September 6, 2019. On Thursday, October 24, 2019, the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History, Humanities, and Languages, and Center for Critical Race Studies will be hosting a Symposium commemorating 400 Years of African American Life and History. This year, 2019, marks the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of the first documented Africans to the North American continent. Undoubtedly, the past four centuries of African American life have been replete with trauma, struggle, and resiliency. The Symposium will examine the centrality of race and racism throughout United States history and ongoing efforts to dismantle structural systems of oppression. We will also highlight the myriad achievements and contributions African Americans have made to various sectors in the United States.The Symposium aims to provide undergraduate students interested in Africana studies opportunities to engage and network with graduate students performing cutting-edge research in Africana studies. We also seek to provide graduate students opportunities to engage UHD faculty concerning transdisciplinary pedagogical strategies and creative methods that enrich educational experiences of students of color, especially transfer and first-generation college students.
Please address questions to Dr. Jonathan Chism via e-mail at


Call for Submissions: Chicago Journal of History Autumn 2019 Edition

Papers must be submitted by September 15th, 2019, 12:00 PM CST in order to be considered for the Autumn 2019 issue.

For more information about the journal and to read previous issues, please visit

The Chicago Journal of History, the University of Chicago’s undergraduate journal for research in history and related fields in the social sciences and humanities, is accepting submissions for the upcoming Autumn 2019 edition. The Journal’s mission is to provide not only an opportunity for printed and online publication, but also a forum for dedicated undergraduate students of history and related fields from across the country to exchange ideas and share their intellectual passion. The Journal publishes biannually; each issue contains 5-7 original articles selected from a large pool of qualified submissions. All submissions are reviewed rigorously, and selected pieces undergo a collaborative editing process prior to publication.



Clio’s Quill

Volume XXII A Journal Published by Epsilon Xi Chapter
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University of Louisiana at Lafayette Clio’s Quill, a journal dedicated to undergraduate and graduate student scholarship in Louisiana, is now accepting submissions for Volume 22, set for publication in Summer 2020. Submissions should be fewer than 5,000 words and have historical content and research. Papers must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Footnotes should be separate from the text and conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. In addition, Clio’s Quill is accepting book reviews of scholarly, historical works published in 2017 or later. Reviewed books must be from a scholarly publisher and be fewer than 800 words. Articles and reviews should be emailed to  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Rob Hermann at 337-482-6900 or

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