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June 2020

In the June 17, 2020 Philadelphia Inquirer article “Philly Prosecutor Lobbying for Statue,” Tulane history professor Kris E. Lane discussed Christopher Columbus’ initiation of the slave trade of Native Americans. Lane encourages “anyone questioning that narrative to read Columbus’ own journals.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Stephen Sheffrin,Tulane professor of economics joined Tommy Tucker of WWL Radio on June 17, 2020 to discuss the national debt and whether that matters during times when the economy is down.
WWL Radio

Tulane history professor Jana K. Limpan co-authored The Advocate article “Coronavirus exacerbates plight of asylum seekers in Louisiana.” Said Lipman, "For many of us, the problems of refugees may seem far away, with the majority escaping Syria, Iraq, and South Sudan. However, there are thousands of people seeking refuge right here in Louisiana."
The Advocate

"That could mean it's still quite a long road to recovery for the state economy or is just a blip in the downward trend or possibly a market response to federal changes to the Paycheck Protection Program," said Stephen Sheffrin, executive director of the Murphy Institute and economics professor in Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts.
The Advocate

Douglas N. Harris, economics professor in Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts and director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, comments on the federal funding of Promise programs, which make college free or more affordable.

Nick Spitzer, anthropology professor and host of the public radio show American Roots, discusses how some musicians are playing live via online concert platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stephen Sheffrin, professor of economics in Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts said he has no problem with dynamic scoring as long as it is based on a variety of economic models and doesn’t automatically assume too many benefits from cutting taxes.
The Advocate

"What is offered this summer should be based on student needs, which will vary by how much support schools and families could provide this spring, says Douglas N. Harris,” a economics professor in Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts.
Christian Science Monitor

Tulane School of Liberal Arts professor Nghana Lewis: "There's a culture here, there's a climate here that is very acclimated to protests, to the spirit of peaceful, civil disobedience...”

New Orleanian Kelly Martin, Tulane School of Liberal Arts doctorate candidate in philosophy, chose early April for staging her first plant swap. “I love plants and thought it might be a fun thing to do to relieve some of the boredom that set in,” she said. “Plus I like the community nature of having a plant swap — people who like to garden sharing plants with others who like to garden.”

What Didn't Kill Her: Tulane School of Liberal Arts professor Bernice L. McFadden ruminates on all the things her mother has endured only to find herself spending her golden years in the midst of a deadly plague and state-sanctioned racism.

Tulane School of Liberal Arts professor of history Jana Lipman OpEd appeared in The Conversation: “Why Hong Kong's untold history of protecting refugee rights matters now in its struggle with China.”
The Conversation

May 2020

Sociology professor David Smilde discusses the key role that the European Union could play in the Venezuela crisis in his recent Spanish language opinion piece in the publication El País, Spain's largest daily news outlet.
El País

LaPorchia Collins, a professor of practice in the Department of Economics at Tulane University School of Liberal Arts, discusses how COVID-19 is impacting the food supply.
Tulane News

The podcast "Missing in Alaska," was produced by Tulane School of Liberal Arts alum Chris Brown (BFA '12, MFA 14). The piece focuses on a non-fiction story of two congressmen who vanished on a small plane in Alaska in 1972. Available via iHeartRadio, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify

Who is a refugee? Who determines this status? And how does it change over time? Department of history professor Jana K. Lipman’s new book In Camps from University of California Press, addresses these questions and more.
In Camps

Professor of economics, Douglas N. Harris, discusses how COVID-19’s turmoil could make schools a potent elections issue.

Tulane School of Liberal Arts historian and architecture expert professor William Brumfield discovers the stories of a Urals factory town in “Russia Beyond: Kyshtym in the Ural Mountains: Idyllic landscape, turbulent history.”
Russia Beyond the Headlines

Anthropology professor John Verano discusses forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology in a May 27 Anthrobiology Podcast. Verano discusses some of the realities of working with the recently deceased before switching gears to talk about a giant sacrifice site that he's been working on in Peru. Plus, find out what mummies smell like.

Economics professor and director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans Douglas N. Harris says there will be a rise in dropout rates among students, especially in disadvantaged communities, due to the pandemic in his May 2020 article in Bloomberg “The Struggles of Homeschooling in the World’s Tiniest Apartments.”

History and environmental studies professor Andy Horowitz discusses the instinctive reaction for people to flee a city in a time of crisis or a disaster in the New York Times articleThe Richest Neighborhoods Emptied Out Most as Coronavirus Hit New York City.”
New York Times

Emily Dickinson is famous for her poetry. So why does Apple’s new series “Dickinson” focus not on Dickinson’s literary contributions, but on her person? More specifically, why is the show deeply committed to showing her as an unusual person? Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts sociology professor Robin Bartram and Boston University’s professor Japonica Brown-Saracino discuss these questions and more in their Public Books article “Dickinson, ‘The Greatest Freak of Them All?’”
Public Books

When Ruth Carlitz, a Tulane School of Liberal Arts’ political scientist, analyzed governors’ track records in the United States, she found that women were not quicker to impose lockdowns to fight the coronavirus. Carlitz discusses this research in the New York Times article “Why Are Women-Led Nations Doing Better with Covid-19?”
New York Times

Economics professor and Brookings Institute author Douglas N. Harris says most districts have decided to emphasize pre-closure grades out of concern for students who can’t access distance education in the Review Journal article “How Distance Learning is Affecting Parents and Teachers.”
Review Journal

History professor Walter Isaacson and Ulta CEO Mary Dillon discuss the path forward for business post-pandemic on CNBC.

Composer, pianist, and School of Liberal Arts professor Courtney Bryan was featured in the second video, performing her work "Spirit." She discusses the work in the May issue of The Gambit article “Musical Arts Society's 'MASNOtes' features classical artists in series of short videos”

Challenges abound for students forced to take classes remotely. CBS Sunday Morning interviewed Douglas N. Harris, Tulane School of Liberal Arts economist and director of the Education Research Alliance.
CBS News

Professor of political science Mary A. Clark co-authored "COVID-19 and Power in Global Health" published by the International Journal of Health Policy and Management. "Political scientists bring important tools to the analysis of the pandemic, particularly a reflection on the crucial role and the various forms of power in health. The weakness of compulsory, institutional, and epistemic power sheds light on the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the pandemic itself has laid bare the ways that productive and structural power not only affect responses but are also reproduced through the crisis."
International Journal of Health Policy and Management

Professor of English and communication Kate Baldwin's OpEd “Why It’s Time to Change Mother’s Day” appeared in The Hill. Co-authored with Shani Orgad of The London School of Economics and Political Science, the OpEd discusses how COVID-19 forces us to rethink “mothering."
The Hill

Economics professor Douglas N. Harris’ research tracked students after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and predicts that “unfortunately, we’re going to see a spike in the high school dropout rate” and a decline in college enrollments as a result of the pandemic. Harris is quoted in the USA TODAY article “After Coronavirus, Expect High School Dropout Wave.”

History professor and former CEO of the Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson talks about the history of science in politics in the U.S.

In The Daily Iberian article “Louisiana not among states moving entirely to mail ballots,” political science professor Brian Brox says, “if you want to vote early, you have to go to a central location.”
The Daily Iberian

A collection of nearly 149,000 digital images, negatives, and photographs of Russia were donated to the department of image collections at the Nation Gallery of Art by German & Slavic Studies professor and photographer William Craft Brumfield.
The National Gallery of Art

“Studies of online learning suggest not only that students learn less in online environments, but that disadvantaged students learn the least,” says economics professor Douglas N. Harris in the Chicago Sun Times editorial “Every Effort Must Be Made to Repoen Schools This Fall – Because ‘Remote Learning’ Doesn’t Cut It.”
The Chicago Sun Times

Tulane School of Liberal Arts Dean and English professor Brian T. Edwards’ OpED piece in The Hill “The Fractured Generation Takes Shape,” discusses how the Covid-19 crisis defines a generation. "The still-unfolding crisis with all its attendant disasters will be the defining moment for the current generation of college and high-school-aged students."
The Hill

April 2020

Classical Studies professor Allison Emmerson, who is part of a large team working at Pompeii, discusses how rubbish was piled up along almost the entire external wall on the city’s northern side in The Guardian article “Pompeii Ruins Show that the Romans Invented Recycling.”
The Guardian

Anthropology professor Katharine Jack talks about non-human primates, reproductive strategies, and what to do if you run into a capuchin in the wild in the April 15 Anthrobiology Podcast.

Professor and Russian architecture expert William Brumfield discovers the unique beauty of the home of metallurgy in the recent Russian Beyond article “Kasli in the Ural Mountains.”
Russia Beyond the Headlines

“You can trace the impact of the health crisis in New Orleans by the silence of the city — no brass bands, no funerals, no church services happening,” said Tulane School of Liberal Arts ethnomusicologist Matt Sakakeeny in the Tennessean article “Jazz Funerals Silenced: How New Orleans Grieves Amid Coronavirus.”

Professor of English and award winning novelist Jesmyn Ward’s new book Navigate Your Stars was inspired by her 2018 Tulane commencement speech.
Tulane News

History professor Kris Lane’s Professor Kris Lane's keynote address at the Inaugural Piracy Studies Conference, entitled "Of Time & Sea Bandits: Shifting Facets of Pirate Studies & New Directions,” is now available to view online.
Stone Center

In the Punch article “COVID-19 and The Challenge of Learning Without Schooling”
economics professor Douglas N. Harris, who was a member of the research team constituted to monitor students learning on their return for re-enrolment at their schools after the post Hurricane Katrina reconstruction, noted that it took the students two full academic years to fully recover the learning lost.

Sociology professor David Smilde’s article “Catholic Church Urges Venezuela to Unite Against Coronavirus” in The Conversation discusses how sociologists are tracking international advocates’ engagement in Venezuela’s fight against the virus amid the nation’s economic and political problems.
The Conversation

Digital Media Practices professor and filmmaker Angela Tucker’s new documentary “All Skinfolk Ain’t Kinfolk” premiered on April 19, 2020 on Season 5 of Reel South on the WORLD Channel followed by a Q&A with Tucker.
World Channel

Tulane sociology professor David Smilde is a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America. His recently article “Despite Contradictions, State Department’s Venezuela Plan is a Step in the Right Direction” appeared in the Washington Post on April 14, 2020.
Washington Post

In the article “Coronavirus aid: state begins sending out $600 payments to unemployed workers in Louisiana” Steven Sheffrin, professor of economics and the executive director of the university’s Murphy Institute, called the payments a “cushion” for the unemployed in Louisiana.

On April 14, 2020 history professor Walter Isaacson appeared on CNBC to discuss biotechnology and what life will be like when the pandemic ends.

Professor of economics Douglas N. Harris was featured in The Lens article “New Orleans Schools Prepare for Unknown Financial Impacts from COVID-19.” Harris said that while some school revenue sources, like local sales taxes, are likely to take a hit, schools also receive a significant chunk of their funding from the state Minimum Foundation Program, which is constitutionally guaranteed.
The Lens

German & Slavic Studies professor and Russian architecture expert William Brumfield writes about the unique town in the Russian north - Kem.
Russia Beyond the Headlines

In the April 3, 2020 New York Daily News article Equity and Distance Learning Can Go Together,” economics professor Douglas N. Harris discusses his skepticism: “Even if every teacher could teach every student online, it still wouldn’t be as good as doing it in person."
New York Daily News

In the Forbes article “Why Coronavirus is Killing New Orleans Area Residents at Possibly the Highest Rate in the U.S.,” Tulane health economist Engy Ziedan notes that preexisting health concerns are only part of the problem, “It’s an easy scapegoat to say, oh, Louisiana is doing poorly on deaths per hospitalization because this is an obese population, they are Southerners, they are ill.”

Director of the Education Research Alliance, economics professor Douglas N. Harris was quoted in the April 2, 2020 NPR piece “9 Out Of 10 Children Are Out Of School Worldwide. What Now?” Harris says that based on what he saw in New Orleans after Katrina, he expects the current shutdown to drive down high school graduation rates and college enrollments.

March 2020

In his March 29, 2020 moving Washington Post OpEd “The Plague is Not a Hurricane,” professor of history Walter Isaacson says, ‘During this plague, we’re not quite sure what to do, other than stay socially distanced. New Orleanians are not good at social distancing. It’s also unclear how this storm ends.
The Washington Post

Economics professor Nora Lustig’s blog post “How COVID-19 Could Be Like the Global Financial Crisis (Or Worse)” appeared in the Center for Global Development site on March 18, 2020. The post also appeared in Richard Baldwin and Beatrice Weder di Mauro’s book Mitigating the COVID Economic Crisis: Act Fast and Do Whatever It Takes, published by CEPR Press.
Center for Global Development

History professor Andy Horowitz’s new book Katrina: A History, 1915–2015 from Harvard University Press is a vivid and persuasive chronicle of the “causes and consequences” of Hurricane Katrina.
Publisher’s Weekly

Anthropology professor Allison Truitt was featured in the The Atlantic article “Why So Many Americans Don’t Talk About Money.” Truitt states “In some societies, the money taboo is instead constant chatter—how much things cost, how much jobs pay, how much the currency is worth—as a way of making sense of one’s place in the world.”
The Atlantic

February 2020

Tulane archeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli discusses finding murals at the city of Holmul showing Teotihuacan warriors accompanying a new king during his ascension to the throne in the Science Magazine article “Astounding new finds suggest ancient empire may be hiding in plain sight.”
Science Magazine

Economics professor Doug Nelson discussed the economic impact of the Coronavirus in regards to trade with China in a Fox 8 news report.

Walter Isaacson, Tulane history professor and advisory partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, joined “Squawk Box” to discuss Bob Iger’s legacy at Disney.

Drew Holland Kinney, visiting assistant professor in the department of political science, wrote the OpEd commentary “Learning From The Banality And Aftermath Of Bolivia’s Coup” for War On The Rocks on February 26, 2020.
War On The Rocks

Anthropology professor and linguist Nathalie Dajko began studying south Louisiana French dialects in 2006. Even then, the effects of climate change on the island were apparent. Dajko discusses this in the article “As Gulf Swallows Louisiana, Displaced Tribes Fear the Future” in a USA Today article by Andrew Yawn.
Yahoo News

German & Slavic professor William Brumfield’s article “The many lives of Kostroma’s Epiphany-St. Anastasia Convent” appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines on February 7, 2020.
Russia Beyond The Headlines

In the USA Today article “What you need to know about polyamory — including throuples — but were too afraid to ask” sociology professor Mimi Schippers discusses power dynamics as something to be aware of in polyamorous relationships.

Anthropology professor John Verano was featured in a Discover Magazine article “Why Did the Ancient Chimú Civilization Sacrifice Hundreds of Young Lives?” Said Verano, “I’ve been digging for 35 years on the north coast of Peru … We had no knowledge that the Chimú sacrificed children.”
Discover Magazine

In his February 6, 2020 New York Times OpEd “Trump’s Shout-Out Masks a Bleak Outlook for Venezuela’s Guaidó,” sociology professor David Smilde says the U.S. president has made the troubled South American nation a political pawn in the new cold war with Russia.
New York Times

History professor Yiğit Akın's book, When the War Came Home: The Ottomans' Great War and the Devastation of an Empire (Stanford, 2018), won the World War One Historical Association’s 2019 Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., prize for best work of history in English on WWI.
WWI Historical

In their “What Do Kids Think of The President” article for The Conversation, political science professors Mirya Holman and J. Celeste Lay discuss their research on how children’s political views are shaped.
The Conversation

January 2020

In their January 29, 2020 The Advocate article “If LSU's mounds really are the world's oldest, then we need more evidence,” Tulane archaeologist Chris Rodning and his co-author Mark Rees of University of Louisiana at Lafayette discuss Louisiana’s responsibility to devote resources toward the ancient monuments.
The Advocate

In the January 28, 2020 The Lens article “Hard Rock Developers Have Contributed Nearly $70K to Mayor Cantrell and Her Political Action Committee,” Tulane political science professor Mirya Holman argues that political contributions can have an effect on public policy, even if it is subtle.
The Lens

German & Slavic professor William Brumfield’s article “Regal Spendor: The Monastery Cathedral of St. Dimitry in Rostov” appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines on January 10, 2020.
Russia Beyond The Headlines

In the The Washington Post article Venezuelan Opposition Lawmakers Attached by Pro-Government Forces as They Try to Enter the National Assembly,” David Smilde, professor of sociology weighs in on a recent attack against Venezuelan opposition lawmakers as they tried to hold a session in the legislative palace.
The Washington Post

Tulane English professor T.R. Johnson’s book New Orleans: A Literary History (Cambridge University Press, 2019) was the featured discussion on WWNO’s “The Reading Life” with Susan Larson.

In the Boston Globe article “All the President’s Sheriffs,” Tulane political science professor Mirya Holman discusses law enforcement hold political power. “Sheriffs have a lot of discretion and power, particularly in areas like immigration where the federal government has devolved a lot of authority to the local level,” said Holman.
Boston Globe

Congratulations to anthropology professor Chris Rodning. Along with collaborators David Moore of Warren Wilson College, Rob Beck of the University of Michigan, and Rachel Briggs of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Rodning received a Field Discovery Award at the Fourth Shanghai Archaeological Forum for their research on the colonial encounters between Native Americans and mid-16th century Spanish conquistadors in western North Carolina. Their project focused on excavations near the location of the Native American town of Joara and the Spanish colonial town of Cuenca and Fort San Juan.
Shanghai Archaeology Forum
Fort San Juan

In the January 9, 2020 Marketwatch article “These words are a sign of age bias in job postings,” economics professor Patrick Button shares details from his report on age bias in the workplace. "They may mention physical ability…or specify computer discriminate against older workers," said Button.
Market Watch

December 2019

“In 2019, Venezuela became a geopolitical plaything,” said David Smilde, a Venezuela expert and sociology professor. Smilde elaborates on the politcal turmoil in Venezuela in the Bloomberg OpEd “Venezuela’s Opposition Should Go Back to the Future.” “Trump was convinced that Chavismo was falling, and the opposition believed he had their back,” said Smilde.

Congratulations to German & Slavic Studies professor William Brumfield on receiving the Russian Order of Friendship Medal for his nearly 50 years of work and dedication documenting Russia’s history, architecture, and literature.
Tulane News

Architecture expert and German & Slavic Studies professor William Brumfield explores one of the highlights of Russia’s most historic town in the article “Discover the beauty of this ancient monastery in Rostov.”
Russia Beyond the Headlines

Congratulations to English professors Bernice L. McFadden and Jesmy Ward on their novels, Gathering of Waters and Salvage the Bones (respectively) selected as two of the “Best Books of the Decade” by Essence.

In the AP News article “Maduro’s foes balk at UN-backed deal to rebuild power grid,” sociology professor David Smilde, a Venezuela expert says “the proposal puts the opposition, which considers the Maduro administration corrupt and illegitimate, in a difficult spot.”

Both The New York Times (Map Quests) and Oprah Magazine (Season's Readings) featured Tulane’s Executive Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South Rebecca Snedeker's book Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas in December book spotlights. Co-authored by Rebecca Solnit, the 3 book set was released in September 2019.
Oprah Magazine

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