Newsletter: February 2023 - Scholarly Engagement with Black History Month

Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Belonging, Andrea Boyles

Tulane School of Liberal Arts Newsletter, February 2023

Andrea Boyles, Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

Black History Month: The Significance of Belonging

Dr. Andrea Boyles joined the Dean’s Office last summer as our inaugural Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity & Belonging. Learn more about how her dynamic experiences—from her academic work in Sociology and Africana Studies to her role as a delegate to the UN and her upcoming presidency of the Association of Black Sociologists—equally and actively reflect the conscious intent behind Boyles' title.

Young Alumni Spotlights

Recent graduates Frederick D. Bell (SLA ’20) and Kyla Denwood (SLA ’21) are building impressive professional profiles in their respective fields.

Frederick D. Bell (SLA ’20), Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

Bell now advocates for democracy with The Hub Project in Washington, D.C., and serves as our school’s Tulane Alumni Ambassador.

Kyla Denwood (SLA ’21), Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

NTC just named Denwood as their inaugural Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program recipient.

Featured February Programming

Greer Goff Mendy, Ausettua Amor Amenkum, Mariama Curry, Kai Knight, and Jarrell Hamilton

Women and Movement: Panel

An impressive group of women dancers and cultural leaders gathered at Tulane on February 3rd to address “African-American Women Affecting the Arts in New Orleans,” as part of a larger biannual program highlighting the diverse professional and community work of New Orleanian & Gulf South women. Conversation topics including representation, creative credit, mentorship, and funding engaged a lively, responsive audience. The event was presented by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and Professor John "Ray" Proctor, with support from Tulane Libraries and Africana Studies. Read more about the event here.

William Shakespeare cropped in

Rac(e)ing the Shakespearean Archive: Workshop

With a Folger Shakespeare Library grant, English Professor Michael Kuczynski & Theatre Professor John “Ray” Proctor will examine the intersection of Shakespeare research and performance in the South—specifically, New Orleans—by adopting a critical approach to the collection, archival study, and performance of his works. Ten visiting scholars will come participate in a workshop, portions of which are free and open to the public.

Welcome Reception & Keynote  
Thursday, February 23 | 5pm  
Rogers Memorial Chapel  
Tulane University
Free Performance: Eight Othellos  
Friday, February 24 | 6:30pm  
André Cailloux Center for the Performing Arts and Cultural Justice

Spring Symposium Highlight

Flyer for Deans Speaker series final symposium

Featured Upcoming Event: Dean’s Speaker Series Final Symposium

To formally close the 2021-2022 Anti-Racism and the Disciplines series, Dean Brian Edwards will welcome its previous scholars back to campus for a symposium. The agenda will include critical debates & conversations about the role of racism in several liberal arts academic disciplines by its respective experts—as well as a keynote by American literary critic, Black Feminist scholar and Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University, Hortense J. Spillers. Check the website for updated details on the March 31st event, including our soon-to-be-released School of Liberal Arts-produced podcast!


Tulane Marching band shaking it

Where Y'At Staff/Provided Photo

Show your support as TUMB continues to march in Mardi Gras parades this season:

  • Krewe d’Etat on Friday, Feb. 17 *with special guest trumpeter, Dean Brian Edwards!
  • Krewe of Bacchus on Sunday, Feb. 19
  • Krewe of Rex on Tuesday, Feb. 21

Since its 1968 origination, the Bacchus parade has remained one of the most spectacular in Carnival history, with over 30 massive, animated super-floats. Be a part of the celebration with us! If interested in volunteering, visit the Tulane Marching Band website.

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