Newsletter: April 2017 – The Power of Ideas

Dr. Vandana Shiva at Tulane

Soil Not Oil: A Public Lecture by Dr. Vandana Shiva

Renowned ecofeminst scholar and indigenous rights activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva, visited Tulane on March 23. In her first visit to New Orleans, Shiva was thrilled to be a part of the Tulane Environmental Studies Focus on the Environment Speaker Series, The Petrochemical City: The Costs and Consequences of Petrochemical Industrial Production.

Wilbert Rideau at Tulane University

Dayton Literary Peace Prize Recipients Discuss Race

Literature is a powerful antidote to systemic racism. This was the theme of a panel, "Bridge to Understanding: A Discussion on Systemic Racism in America."

Stack of books

Guggenheim Fellow Talks Experimental Poetry at Tulane

In the annual event sponsored by the Poetry Society of America and the Tulane English Department, Poet Dan Beachy-Quick gave a reading of his own poetry on March 13.

Elizabeth Poe and Jeff Klein, Tulane University

French Travel Fund Established by Alum in honor of Professor Elizabeth Poe

The influence of a supportive, encouraging French professor transformed Jeff Klein's (A&S '93) life, inspiring him in turn to transform the lives of his fellow Tulanians by establishing an endowed fund in her honor.

Alumni Spotlights

School of Liberal Arts professors

Providing Movie Industry Opportunities to Undergrads

They say Hollywood is the land of dreams. And, thanks to the generosity of Tulane alumnus and parent Larry Sibley (A&S '80), that dream will come a little closer to reality for two lucky undergraduates.

Courtney Bryan, Tulane University

Alum Lends Financial Expertise to SLAMM Students

Alumnus and finance expert Lawrence Schloss (A&S '76) gave students in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts Management Minor (SLAMM) Financial Literacy class a lesson in how saving early pays big dividends.

Message from the Dean SLA The Power of Ideas

Carol Haber, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

Universities fulfill many functions in today's world. Without question, however, one of the most important roles they play is in the creation and dissemination of new ideas. Faculty pursue scholarship that questions assumptions and explores new paths. Students, whether through courses, outside-of-class lectures, or their own research, learn the power of such knowledge as they shape their own futures and, in turn, the communities in which they live.

News from the Field Mia L. Bagneris

The Representation of Enslaved Mixed-Race Women in British Art

As the groundbreaking work of Joy S. Kasson demonstrates, beauties in bondage significantly preoccupied the Victorian popular imagination, and Hiram Powers's Greek Slave (initial version 1843 with several subsequent versions and variations) was the mother of them all, spawning a number of pale—and, significantly, some not so pale—imitators that aimed to capitalize on the success of Powers's precedent.

Mia L. Bagneris, Tulane University

Peruvian Archaeology Brings Scholars to Japan Jason Nesbitt

During the recent spring break, Elizabeth Boone (Art), John Verano, Tatsuya Murakami, and I (Anthropology) visited Japan as part of an academic exchange with Yamagata University. Our visit was supported by a grant from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science awarded to Professor Masato Sakai of Yamagata University. Thanks to the efforts of Sakai, Yamagata University has become a leading center for the study of Peruvian archaeology.

Elizabeth Boone, John Verano, Tatsuya Murakami, and Jason Nesbitt, Tulane University

Communication Professor Explores Hollywood South Tax Credits in New Book

As the Louisiana Legislature prepares to debate ways to lure filmmakers back following a tightening up of the tax credit program in 2015, a Tulane University professor has published a book that shows why the state may not be getting its money's worth from "Hollywood South."

Photo Illustration blending Hollywood sign with New Orleans street tiles

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