The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program
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Duren Professors 2016-2017
Professor Thomas Beller, English: “Narrating the Environment: Lead and Lead Poisoning”
This course, which will also count towards the environmental studies major, will look at the history of lead and the intractable problem of lead poisoning, as well as instances in which lead is present as fact and metaphor in literature. Professor Beller will use Duren funds for field trips to local sites that are directly working with the issue of lead, as well as to invite distinguished writers on the history of lead to campus.
In this course, students will summarize what is known about intersectionality in economics by working on a research article aimed at journal publication, conducting literature reviews and bibliographies, and participating in other research and writing activities. Professor Button’s research involves quantifying discrimination in labor markets faced by Indigenous peoples, and students will also assist in data collection in the field.
Widely acclaimed as one of Brazil's greatest modern writers, Clarice Lispector gained an enthusiastic following among post-structuralist and feminist literary critics. Her work has been the subject of renewed interest, due largely to the efforts of essayist and biographer Benjamin Moser, who has endeavored to edit and translate her complete collection of novels, short stories, and essays. This course will focus largely on these new translations to reach a broad audience of students. Duren funds will help bring Moser to Tulane for a week to deliver lectures and conduct workshops in translation.
Professor Foa's course is a multidisciplinary, historically grounded exploration of people's relationship to materials and to their material environment. It will examine the profound impact that various materials have had on societies at different points in time, and will analyze how artists, writers, and philosophers have invested materials with cultural, political, and religious significance. Duren funds will be used to bring a world-renowned art conservator to campus, and to take class trips to local art institutions.
Current Duren Professors: For expense reimbursement policies, please see Dean James MacLaren's Meal Reimbursement Guidelines Memo and Tulane's Policies and Procedures for Purchasing and Expense Reimbursement.
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