The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program

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Deadline to apply for 2017-2018: March 10, 2017

The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program was established and endowed with a generous gift from Professor William L. Duren '26, M.A. '28, Ph.D., LL.D. honoris causa '59, professor emeritus of mathematics and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Each year, up to four faculty members serve as Duren Professors, and eligibility is open to all full-time professors, including professors of practice. Duren Professors enjoy an especially close relationship to the Newcomb-Tulane College during their tenure in the program. They are provided with additional resources that permit them to adopt distinctive pedagogies (team-teaching, use of auxiliary materials or electronic information technologies, and others) and to arrange for and facilitate distinctive kinds of meaningful interactions with students enrolled in the courses they teach as Duren Professors.

Duren Professors 2016-2017

Thomas BellerProfessor 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.


Patrick ButtonProfessor Patrick Button, Economics: “Research Methods in the Economics of Discrimination”

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.


Christopher DunnProfessor Christopher Dunn, Spanish and Portuguese: “Clarice Lispector in Translation"

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.

Michelle FoaProfessor Michelle Foa, Art History: “The Meaning of Materials

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.

Recent Duren Courses

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