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School of Liberal Arts Professional Activities

5/8/2019   |  Professional Activities Archive


William Brumfield, professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, recently added his 217th article to his "Discovering Russia" series titled “Russia Beyond the Headlines.” Each article in the series focuses on Russia’s historic architecture and cultural heritage and is written for the foreign-language service of the Russian national newspaper Rossiiskaia Gazeta.

Patrick Button, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, was appointed as a Faculty Research Fellow of the Economics of Aging program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Melina Calmon de Silva (Ph.D. candidate in anthropology) is author of "Forensic Anthropology and Missing Persons: A Brazilian Perspective," an article published online in March 2019 in advance of print publication in the journal, Forensic Science International.

Brian DeMare, associate professor in the Department of History, was interviewed in Made in China about his upcoming book Land Wars: The Story of China’s Agrarian Revolution. Land Wars: A Conversation with Brian DeMare.” With Nicholas Loubere. Made In China. December 2018, Vol. 3, #4.

Michelle Foa, associate professor of Art History in the Newcomb Art Department, has spent the 2018-19 academic year as the Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., where she worked on her book on Edgar Degas.  

Sean Higgins (B.S. '11, Ph.D. '16, economics) was recently hired in a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Finance at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Victor Holtcamp, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, gave the annual George Rodrigue Lecture on Louisiana Culture and the Arts at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette on April 11, 2019. His talk was titled "Tennessee Williams: New Orleans, Fabulation, and Faith" and was partially underwritten by the Flora Plonsky Levy Endowment in the Humanities.

Erlend Johnson (Ph.D. '18, anthropology), Pastor Gómez Zúñiga, and Mary Kate Kelly (Ph.D. candidate in anthropology) are coauthors of an article, "Ch’orti’, Lenca, and Pipil: An Onomastic Approach to Redefining the Sixteenth-Century Southeastern Maya Frontier," published in the journal Ethnohistory, in April 2019.

Kris Lane, France V. Scholes Chair of Colonial Latin American History, published a new book, Potosí: The Silver City that Changed the World, with the University of California Press. The book's official release date is May 1st, 2019. Lane also published a brief article on the same topic in the online magazine Zócalo/Public Square on April 24th, 2019, entitled "How a Sixteenth-Century Bolivian Silver Mine Invented Capitalism."

Communication professor and author of Almost Hollywood, Nearly New Orleans: The Lure of the Local Film Economy Vicki Mayer spoke on WWL radio about the latest economic impact report indicting Hollywood South. Mayer also commented on the purchase of the Times Picayune by the Advocate via several media outlets:

Alexandra Reuber, senior professor of practice of French in the Department of French and Italian, contributed with her article “Samba: Immigration et Identité” to Promoting French Through Films, Volume 3, published by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) (April 2019): 137-146.

Chris Rodning, professor in the Department of Anthropology, has written an invited commentary, "Archaeology of Social Networks in the Native American South," that has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), in April 2019.

Along with Yasser Elhariry (Dartmouth College), Edwige Tamalet Talbayev, associate professor in the Department of French and Italian, organized the Water Logics International Conference at Tulane on April 11-12, 2019. Taking its critical cue from New Orleans’s liminal position on the Gulf Coast, the conference examined how water and bodies of water give shape to forms of thought, art, literature, and politics. Bringing together scholars from the U.S., Britain, France, Luxembourg, and New Zealand, the event also featured Dean Brian T. Edwards, Rebecca Snedeker, and Lidia Zhigunova from Tulane's School of Liberal Arts, as well as New Orleans-based photographer Ben Depp. Noted cultural geographer Philip Steinberg (Durham University, UK) delivered the keynote lecture, “De-bordering the Ocean: Reflections on Alterity and Materiality from Melville to James to Gilroy.” The event was sponsored by the Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grants, the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French, the Department of French and Italian, and the New Orleans Center for Gulf South Studies.

Lidia Zhigunova, professor of practice in the Department of Germanic & Slavic Studies, presented a paper ‘The Children of Whose Turbaned Seas’: The Black Sea in the Historical Memory of the Circassians at the Water Logics International Conference (April 11-12, Tulane University). Zhigunova also published an article entitled “Empire’s Erotic Conquests: Circassian Women in Russian Romantic Literature.” Gorizonty Gumanitarnogo Znaniya. The Journal of the Moscow University for the Humanities no.6 (2018): 178-203.

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