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SLA Online: May 2011
SLA Awards 2011

Last year, we established a new practice in SLA - recognizing outstanding teaching, service, and research. As befitting a school less than five years old, we now can call this practice a tradition, although given that we are still improving the format of these awards, I admit that it is a tradition still in the making. Continue Reading

News from the Field: Holly Flora

This past September, I arrived at the American Academy in Rome, to begin my year as the 2010-11 Milicent Mercer Johnsen Rome Prize Fellow in Medieval Studies. I am one of 32 fellows who represent a range of disciplines in the arts and humanities, from musical composition and landscape architecture to classical studies and early-modern Italian studies. Most fellows are connected to an academic institution, some as pre or post-doctoral fellows, but others are independent scholars or artists. The Academy’s mission is to bring us together to encourage intellectual exchange across disciplines, and give us time and resources to foster our own work here in Rome.

Life at the Academy has far exceeded all my expectations. To start, my family and I settled in to our spacious apartment with large windows overlooking the 17th-century Villa Aurelia, in a building next door to the main Academy building, a neo-Renaissance palazzo built by McKim, Mead and White between 1911-1914. We have use of the Academy’s excellent library and are given a private study, and twice a day we sit down as a community to enjoy local, sustainable Roman fare prepared by Mona Talbott, a disciple of star chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. A typical dinner features three courses as well as wine selected by an in-house sommelier. On the menu tonight: handmade ravioli with marjoram pesto, roast spring lamb with crispy potatoes, arugula salad with toasted hazelnuts, and chocolate-dipped pistachio cookies and fresh mint tea to finish. As if the food weren’t enough to entice you to come to meals, you might find yourself sitting next to the likes of artist Chuck Close, poet Derek Walcott, or photographer Annie Leibovitz, all of whom visited this spring. Thus the social life surrounding indulgent mealtimes is aimed at the more noble purpose of promoting conversations that might lead to new connections or ideas relevant to our work.

And speaking of work, I have been busy researching a new book on the late medieval/early Renaissance painter and mosaicist Cimabue, who worked in the late 1200s in Rome, Assisi and in Tuscany. I am particularly interested in the way Cimabue’s style signaled a sea-change in art for his time, and I am seeking to understand how the Franciscan order, one of his primary patrons, contributed to that change... Continue Reading

Glick Fellows 2011

In 2011, Cathy and Craig Glick, members of our Dean's Advisory Board, donated $100,000 to the School of Liberal Arts. Each year for the next five years, SLA's Executive Committee will name four outstanding SLA faculty members to be Glick Fellows. These individuals will receive funds to support their scholarly or creative pursuits.
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$2200 Raised for Japan

On Friday, April 8, students, faculty, staff, and friends of SLA gathered to create Japanese origami cranes for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. Led by Saeko Yatsuka-Jensen of the Asians Studies Program, and in coordination with Students Rebuild, the event taught individuals how to create the paper cranes. For each crane built, $2 went to reconstruction efforts in Japan. Approximately 1,100 birds were built, and $2,200 was raised for victims of the disaster. For more information on paper cranes for Japan, please go to: StudentsRebuild.org/japan

Remembering Art Historian Dr. Jessie J. Poesch, 1923-2011

Dr. Jessie J. Poesch, the foremost scholar of the arts of the South, died on April 23, 2011 in New Orleans. She was 88 years old. The cause was complication following surgery.
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Professional Activities

Assistant Professor KAI-MAN CHANG presented a paper Romancing Taipei: Global-local Dialectics of Love and Commence in Taiwan's Youth Cinema at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies on April 1, 2011. He was also the chair of the panel Love and Desire.
Professor of Practice in Communication, KUKHEE CHOO, organized a panel and presented at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI on April 2, 2011. The panel "Nation Envisioned: State, Media and Popular Culture" included professors from the University of Chicago, University of Haifa, University of Venice and Tsukuba University. Choo presented "Envisioning the 'Great Nation': Ubiquitous society and anime", which looked into the governance of body and gender in popular culture.
Drum line instructor MENDEL LEE's composition Timpani Forces had its world premier at the NienteForte concert in early April.
Three SLA alums—RON MARTINETTI '67, MARTY PITTS '68 and VAGN HANSEN '67—started a website www.americanlegends.com where they recently published an interview on Frank Norris with DONALD PIZER, Professor Emeritus.
Professor NORA LUSTIG's column The Final Word regarding declining income inequality in Latin America appeared in Emerging Markets at the Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank. Read the full article here
Professor BRIAN HOROWITZ has been invited to U.C.L.A. May 10 to give a talk at a conference entitled, In the Mirror’s Reflection: The Encounter between Jewish and Slavic Cultures in Modernity.
Tulane University’s NEWCOMB DANCE COMPANY returned recently from Hunter College/Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, NYC where they were part of Sharing the Legacy 2011: Nikolais Centennial. Featuring works choreographed by Alwin Nikolais, modern dance pioneer, from 1955-1985, this program cements Nikolais’s trailblazing role in the creation of multimedia dance performance.
The Museum of Russian Art announces its newest exhibition—a photographic tour of major palaces and administrative buildings in St. Petersburg, the city that served as the capital of Imperial Russia from 1712 to 1917. All images on view are by Professor WILLIAM C. BRUMFIELD of the German and Slavic Studies department. “Imperial St. Petersburg: Architectural Visions” will be on view through Thursday, September 15, 2011.

SLA In the News

Campus Latino Community Comes Together

Group makes plans to spread Latin American culture and create a network for the Latino community on campus. Continue Reading

Neighborhood Ain’t There No More

Stephen Hilger photographs the changing landscape in Lower Mid City New Orleans, where homes make way for new medical centers. Continue Reading

 

Living Language Lab on the Bayou

Students interview speakers of Louisiana French, the language of Cajuns and Creoles that may disappear in this century. Continue Reading

Korean Exchange Brings Global Lessons

Sophomore Tasneem Chowdhury travels to South Korea with a scholarship from the Korea-U.S. Youth Network. Continue Reading

 

Alumnus Spreads the Word About Jazz Fest

If you know anything about the New Orleans Jazz Fest, it’s probably because of alumnus Matthew Goldman. Continue Reading

Professors Find Support in ‘Sistah Circle’

Four women on the faculty regularly meet at an out-of-the-way retreat to share their work and experiences in academica. Continue Reading

 

Masterpiece Theater

A rare work by Tennessee Williams, Eccentricities of a Nightingale, opened at the Lupin Theater. Continue Reading

Women of Islam in a West African Town

Adeline Masquelier, professor of anthropology, explores the religious and economic lives of Muslim women in Niger. Continue Reading

 

Faculty in France

A Tulane group meets with French scholars at a conference and workshops devoted to the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Continue Reading

Summer Lyric Welcomes Back Young Stars

After finding success on stage out in the world, Katie Howe and Ken Goode return for musical theater roles in Dixon Hall. Continue Reading

 

She’s Like, ‘Language Is So Cool’

Linguist Judith Maxwell is fascinated with the way in which particular uses of words and phases advance and retreat over time. Continue Reading

Raising Awareness for Gulf Restoration

Tulane students such as Stephanie Stefanski are interns with the Gulf Restoration Network, an environmental advocacy organization. Continue Reading

 

Mixed Media

An exhibition called “Tectonics” at the Carroll Gallery shows the work of Alyssa Dennis, an MFA candidate. Continue Reading

Award-winning Alumni

Noted political commentator Newt Gingrich, who holds two Tulane degrees, receives this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Continue Reading

 

May 11
Closing reception for Bachelor of Arts Exhibition - Exhibition of artwork by BA Studio Art majors.

Graduate Hooding and Recognition Ceremony

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Graduate Crawfish Boil

May 12
Unified Commencement Ceremony

Wave Goodbye Party

Teacher Workshop - Internationalizing the Curriculum through Performance

May 13
Aliens Are Coming - featuring a presentation by performance artist José Torres-Tama

May 14
The History of the Future, Beyond the Border of Mexico and the US - Panel Discussion featuring artists Michael Berman and Julián Cardona, writers Charles Bowden and Yuri Herrera-Gutierrez, and curator Nancy Sutor on the history, issues, and art related to Mexico /US migration.

June 9 - 25
New Orleans Shakespeare Festival - Julius Caesar

June 25 - July 2
2011 New Orleans Dance Festival

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