New Semester, New Excitement – January 24 Newsletter

Tulane School of Liberal Arts Newsletter, January 24, 2023

New Semester, New Excitement

Mardi Gras Revelers

Beads, Revelry, and Revenue

An important Mardi Gras economic impact study was recently spearheaded by our own Toni Weiss, Senior Professor of Practice in Economics, whose research revealed that the 2023 Carnival season generated an impressive $900M for New Orleans' financial landscape. Commissioned for the fourth time by the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Advisory Council, Weiss embodies Tulane’s commitment to impactful, community-engaged research.


Subject Matter Experts – Faculty Research

Burnston, Tulane Philosophy and Director of Cognitive Studies

Mapping Inner Worlds: Representational Spaces and Mental Life

A trio of researchers—including Daniel Burnston, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Cognitive Studies—won $165,000 in funding from the RCSA Scialog: Molecular Basis of Cognition initiative to advance our understanding of the mind.

Laura-Zoë Humphreys, Communication at Tulane University

Exploring Gender Dynamics in Cuban Media Piracy

Currently on site in Havana, Associate Professor of Communication Laura-Zoë Humphreys is using an $88,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore Cuban media piracy, including how gender dynamics intersect with this phenomenon.


Overheard in Our Halls

Hallway of Newcomb Hall with type treatment #overheard in our halls

Something new for our readers this year! If you’re interested in the significant breadth of Tulane Liberal Arts—with 35+ academic departments, interdisciplinary programs, and allied centers—this will be our hub for timely recommendations from students, faculty, and staff. Bookmark it for an ongoing list of contributions from our community.


Virtual Series: Dismantling Anti-Black Racism

Dr. Andrea Boyles, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Belonging, kicks off a virtual 3-part Black History Month series by Tulane Office of EDI.          
In this session, attendees will learn key occurrences, social constructs, terms, and definitions distinct to Black experiences and pervasive anti-Black racism. They'll also hear strategies for disrupting anti-Black racism in living, learning, and working environments, and gain knowledge about abolitionists and contemporary resistance movements. Register Here  
Thursday, February 8, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Andrea Boyles, School of Liberal Arts Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Belonging
Mardi Gras omedy & Tragedy Masks

Look out for the Tulane University Marching Band on the parade route this Mardi Gras season:

February 2 - Krewe of Cleopatra, Uptown New Orleans  
February 10 - Mystics of Time, Mobile, AL  
February 12 - Krewe of Orpheus, Uptown New Orleans

Flyer for the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane; March 14-16, 2024. Free and open to the public

Book Fest is Back

More than 100 bestselling and acclaimed authors—including our professors Jesmyn Ward and Walter Isaacson, and initial Carole Barnette Boudreaux ’65 Great Writers Series guest, Pulitzer-winner Viet Nguyen—will take to stages across campus this March.

Graduating Students at commencement

Save the Date: 2024 Commencement

We can’t wait to celebrate the Class of 2024! Our School of Liberal Arts undergraduate diploma ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 17, at 6:30pm, in Yulman Stadium. All details will be posted to this website as information is finalized.


2024 Summer Courses at Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

Level Up With Our Boutique Summer Courses

- Race & Prison in Public Policy - Food System Leadership in the Gulf South -         
- The Doctor as Author - Native America on Stage & Screen -         
- Disability Justice and Healthcare - Business of Sports -

With remote courses across three separate sessions, including a dozen NEW special topics classes like these, #SummerLiberalArts has something for everyone.


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