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Accolades Archive

 

February 2017

Audrey Davis (senior) received the Presidential Scholarship from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, and the Dean's Scholarship from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Audrey will graduate in May of 2017 and move back to Oregon to begin her study of law at Lewis & Clark. 

Bernice McFadden, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, is the recipient of a 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work of Fiction for her latest novel The Book of Harlan (Akashic Books, 2016).

 

January 2017

Teresa Villa-Ignacio, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English, is the recipient of a 6-month Fulbright award to complete archival research in Paris for her manuscript-in-progress, Poethical Import: Translationships in Contemporary French-American Poetic Exchange. During the Spring 2017 semester, she will be a Visiting Scholar at the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. More information about the project is available here. Professor Villa-Ignacio is also a co-editor of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford University Press, 2016), a scintillating volume of experimental leftist writing from post-Independence North Africa, now available for the first time in English translation. Last year, she participated in a series of roundtables, lectures, and readings from the anthology in Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Paris, Rabat, New York, and Berkeley. More information about the anthology can be found here.

Toby Wikström, Assistant Professor of French, was elected to the Executive Committee of the Seventeenth-Century French Forum within the Modern Language Association.

 

December 2016

This past spring, Steven M. Sheffrin, Professor of Economics and Executive Director of the Murphy Institute at Tulane University, and James Alm, Professor and Chair of Economics at Tulane University, were appointed to the Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy, a new legislative task force established to target structural tax and budget reforms for the 2017 fiscal session. Notably, this task force presented its final recommendations to the state legislature in the beginning of November.

The Music Department has announced the 2016 Concerto/Aria Contest winners. Winners will perform with the Tulane Orchestra in its spring concert.

Co-Winners:
Benjamin Battala, piano - Student of Prof. Faina Lushtak
Shira Kaplan, soprano - Student of Prof. Amy Pfrimmer and Prof. Kate Halm

Honorable Mentions:
Alyssa Cruse, oboe - Student of Prof. Jaren Philleo
Amanda Wittels, soprano - Student of Prof. Amy Pfrimmer and Prof. Kate Halm

 



November 2016

Elio Brancaforte, Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, has been awarded a Keeley Visiting Fellowship at Wadham College, University of Oxford during the academic year 2016-2017. While on sabbatical at Oxford he will be writing a book about how early modern European travelers represented Safavid-era Azerbaijan and Iran, and will be affiliated with the Faculty of Oriental Studies.

Assistant Professor of Economics, Patrick Button, was recently awarded a grant from the NBER Disability Research Center, which is funded by the Social Security Administration. Button is the Co-PI on this grant along with Phil Armour at the RAND Corporation. Their project if called "The Long-Run Effects of US Disability Discrimination Laws on the Earnings and SSDI Participation of the Disabled Population".

Anthropology PhD student Lauren Dodaro won a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship for the year 2017. It will cover her field research on her doctoral project.

Chris Rodning, the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professor and Associate Professor of Anthropology, was given the Patty Jo Watson Award for 2016 at the annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference, which took place recently in Athens, Georgia. The award is given annually to an outstanding scholarly paper in the archaeology of the American South published during the year preceding the award. Rodning received the award for his article, "Mortuary Patterns and Community History at the Chauga Mound and Village Site, Oconee County, South Carolina," published in the journal, Southeastern Archaeology, in 2015.


Anthropology PhD student John White received an honorable mention for the 2016 Netting Award in the Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropology Association for his paper entitled: "Manioc Landrace Identification Characteristics of the Napo Runa: The Importance of Intercultural Diversity in Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Crop Development”.

 

October 2016

Olanike Orie, Professor of Anthropology & Director of Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, successfully applied for and was awarded two Fulbright African Language Teachers this academic year from Kenya and South Africa:
-Nkosinathi Mhlanga of South Africa received a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Award to work with Olanike Orie and teach Zulu language
-Justine Waluvengo of Kenya received a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Award to work with Olanike Orie and tech Swahili language

Chris Rodning, Associate Professor of Anthropology, has been named the Paul and Debra Gibbons Professor for 2016-2018.

 

September 2016


Tulane's City, Culture, and Community PhD Graduate student Clare Cannon received Honorable Mention from the American Sociological Association's Section on Environment & Technology for the 2016 Marvis E. Olsen Student Paper Award for her paper “Direct effects of poverty, race, and gender on landfill presence: Across the contiguous United States.”

Yuri Herrera has won the prestigious German Anna-Seghers Literary Prize. The prize goes back to the German writer Anna Seghers (1900-1983), who stated in her testament that the revenues from her work should be used to encourage promising young writers. The award is endowed with 15,000 euros, to be awarded in equal parts to an author from the German and the Latin American region. The prize has been awarded since 1986 by the Academy of Arts (Berlin) till 1994, later by the Anna Seghers Foundation.

Laura McKinney's paper, "Gender equality and climate justice: A cross-national analysis," received the 2016 Morton Deutsch Award from the International Society for Justice Researchers for the best article published in Social Justice Research in 2015.

David Smilde’s piece co-authored with Matt May "Causality, Normativity, and Diversity in 40 Years of U.S. Sociology of Religion: Contributions to Paradigmatic Reflection," Sociology of Religion (2015) has been selected for the 2016 Distinguished Article Award from the Association for the Sociology of Religion.

Army veteran and Tulane alumnus Jeffrey Stenbom (MFA, Glass, 2015) received the Silver Academic award at Bullseye's ninth biennial exhibition, Emerge 2016. Stenbom's sculpture of monumental kiln-cast glass dog tags titled, To Those Who Have, was first shown in his MFA exhibition at Tulane University's Carroll Gallery. Christopher Gray (MFA candidate, 2017) was also named a finalist in the competition.

John Verano, Professor of Anthropology received a grant from National Geographic's Committee on Research and Exploration to conduct archaeological excavations in northern Peru this past summer.  He was joined by three doctoral students from Anthropology, Davette Gadison, Khrystyne Tschinkel, and Melina Calmon.  He and his students also received travel support from the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies.  They were excavating at a Pre-Columbian human sacrifice site and several cemeteries, and conducting lab analysis on the skeletal remains.

Undergraduate student, Megan Wolfkill (SLA '18), double major candidate for the BFA in Dance and in Art, was invited and awarded partial scholarship to participate in the prestigious Paul Taylor Dance Company Summer Modern Dance Intensive in New York City, from July 17 – August 13. She participated in technique classes, repertory workshops, and research of Paul Taylor, American Master and pioneer of modern dance.

 

June 2016 (commencement edition)


FACULTY ACCOLADES

Assistant Professor Mia Bagnaris is the recent recipient of a Paul Mellon Center for British Art Mid-Career Fellowship. This fellowship will allow Bagnaris to complete research needed in England and Scotland in order to continue her book project tentatively entitled Imagining the Oriental South: The Enslaved Mixed-Race Beauty in British Visual Culture after 1865.

Karissa Haugeberg, Assistant Professor of History, received the 2016 Judith Lee Ridge Prize from the Western Association of Women Historians for her article, “’How Come There’s Only Men Up There?’: Catholic Women’s Grassroots Anti-Abortion Activism,”  Journal of Women’s History 27, no. 4 (Winter 2015): 38-61. 

Kevin Gotham, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the Director of Social Policy and Practice Program, and Professor of Sociology, (Principal Investigator) and Clare Cannon (co-PI) received an NSF award for their project titled, “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Unequal Exposure to Environmental Hazards: Analyzing the Location and Distribution of Landfills in the Contiguous U.S.” National Science Foundation (NSF). Sociology Program - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) Awards.  $11,999.

Nora Lustig, Professor of Latin American Economics and director of the Commitment to Equity initiative (CEQ), has been awarded the 2016 Lawrence M. v. D. Schloss Economics Prize for her outstanding work in the Department of Economics. This Schloss Prize for Excellence in Economics is given annually in recognition of outstanding performance. The prize carries with it a cash prize of $5,000 for the recipient.

Congratulations to Philosophy Department faculty member Dave Shoemaker, who has been awarded a grant in the Philosophy & Science of Self-Control Project at Florida State University, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The title of his project is "Empathic Self-Control." He will conduct the research in the summer and fall of 2016.

Felicia McCarren, Professor of French, has been awarded a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Paris 2016-17. 

Stephanie Porras, Assistant Professor of Art History, will be a Mellon Decade Fellow at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts for the Fall semester.

 

School of Liberal Arts Awards

Kris Lane – Research
Toni Weiss – Teaching
Casey Love – Service
Yuri Herrera Gutierrez ­– Young Mellon
Barb Ryan ­– Staff Award

 

Tulane Faculty Commencement Awards

Bill Balee, Department of Anthropology - 2016 President’s Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching
Toni Weiss, Department of Economics – 2016 Weiss Award for Undergraduate Teaching
Mike Kuczynski, Department of English – 2016 Weiss Award for Undergraduate Teaching

 

2016 Board of Regents of Louisiana Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars 
 (ATLAS) Award Recipients from the School of Liberal Arts

AnnieLaurie Erickson, Newcomb Department of Art
Virginia Oliveros, Department of Political Science
Edward Maxwell Dulaney, Newcomb Department of Music
Michael Cohen, Department of Jewish Studies 
Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé, Department of English 



2016 Newcomb Institute Mortar Board Teaching Awards given to School of Liberal Arts Faculty

MORTAR BOARD EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING (NON-TENURED)
Daniel Burnston
Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Tulane University

MORTAR BOARD EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING (TENURED)
Elizabeth Hill Boone
Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art, Tulane University

   

 

STUDENT ACCOLADES

2016 Newcomb Art Department Student Awards

Nicholas Hunter Gleber - Nell Pomeroy O’Brien Award for a Sophomore or Junior in Art History
Lilith Winkler-Schor - Nell Pomeroy O’Brien Award for a Sophomore or Junior in Studio Art
Abigail Ditesheim - Sandy Chism Memorial Award in Painting
Yu Zou -The Abigail Frank Gerrity Award for Public Service in the Studio Arts

 

School of Liberal Arts Phi Beta Kappa 2016 New Inductees

Savanna Bailey
Anthropology

Nicholas Bradley Ballou
Linguistics, Environmental Studies

Jennie Barker
Political Science, International Relations

Victoria Marie Barry
Art History, English

Ella Raine Bartlett
Economics

Katharine Bruce
Public Health, International Development

Ellen Bartow-Gillies
Environmental Studies, Economics

Aislinn Brennan
Philosophy, International Relations

Zoe Brumfield-Meyers
Political Science, Philosophy

Carolyn Canulette
English

Rachel Cohen-Sidley
Political Science, Social Policy & Practice

Nicholas Maka Cummins
English

Zachary Davidson
Political Science

Matthew Doyle
Political Science, Spanish

Patrick Duffy, VI
Spanish & Portuguese

Amanda Earl
Economics, Political Science

Emma Ernst
Spanish

Joel Ferguson
Economics

Leah Marie Fox
Communication, English

William Gillispie
History

Daniel Joseph Gore
Spanish & Portuguese

Rachel Keitelman
English, Studio Art

Katherine Sofia Kodner
Political Science

Basch Jernigan
Environmental Studies

Elizabeth Lee Lauer
Communication

Julia Lewando
Political Science, Spanish 

Emily Blythe Lubin
Political Economy, History

Sarah Anne Kelleher
Music

Rachel Margaret Marsh
English, Psychology

Alexandra DiBiase Moody
English

Matthew Hardy Moore
Cell & Molecular Biology, English

Lauren Oberheim
English

Anneke Elisabeth Olson
Psychology, Sociology

Samantha Marie Patel
Communication, Psychology

Katelin Reishus
Spanish

Gabriella Runnels
Economics, Mathematics

Allison Saft
English, Medieval/Early Modem Studies

Jaime Eduardo Santos
Political Science, History

Chloe Schmergel
Political Science

Joanna June Schreiner
Sociology

Eleanor Caldwell Semmes
Neuroscience, Political Economy

Mitchell Therieau
English, Medieval/Early Modern Studies

Bria Trosclair
English, Anthropology

Sarah Rose Toulmin
Political Science

Gaetano Lazio Trachtenberg
Political Economy

Currin Sharkey Wallis
Latin American Studies, Spanish

Evan M. Walter
Economics

Tara Alayna Wilson
History, Political Science

 

School of Liberal Arts 2016 Tulane34 Award Recipients

Jennie Barker – BA in International Relations and German Studies, minor in History
Nina E. Baumgartner – BS with a double major in Neuroscience and Gender & Sexuality Studies
Carolyn Canulette – BA in English with a focus in poetry writing
Emilia Discher – BA in Communication and Political Science
Sheldon "Ryan" Hitchens – BA in English and Africana Studies
Gabriella Runnels – BA in Economics and Math, minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies
Emma Tran – BS in Public Health and a BA in International Development
David Watt – MA in Anthropology
Tara Wilson – BA in History and Political Science

 

2016 Newcomb-Tulane College Senior Awards within the School of Liberal Arts

The Program in Africana Studies

The Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Africana Studies
SHELDON RYAN HITCHENS
NATHAN LEO TREACY

The Department of Anthropology

The Arden R. King Award for Excellence in Anthropology
MONIKA DENISE DANIELS

The Elizabeth S. Watts Award for Outstanding Achievement in Physical Anthropology
BRIA ANGELLE TROSCLAIR

The Robert Wauchope Award for Excellence in Anthropology
JOSHUA DAVID KIRBENS

The Victoria Reifler Bricker Award for Excellence in Linguistics
MEGAN ANNA HARVEY

The Newcomb Department of Art

The Alberta “Rusty” Collier Award for Outstanding Studio Art Major in
2-Dimensional Work
DARRELL MADELINE SCHWARTZ

The Alberta “Rusty” Collier Award for Outstanding Studio Art Major in
3-Dimensional Work
CLAIRE E. BEAUCHAMP

The Class of 1949 Prize in Art - Drawing
EMILY VICTORIA JOHNSON

The Henry Stern Prize for the Best Paper in Art History
DANA NOELLE LYNCH

The Juanita Gonzales Prize in Ceramics
LIAM MARONEY TRAINOR

Outstanding Art History Major Award
JAMES JOSEPH DAVENPORT NEWTON

The Program in Asian Studies

The Japan-Tulane Friendship Award
LEAH MARIE FOX

The Department of Classical Studies

The Ernest Henry Riedel Classical Studies Prize
ASHLEY NICOLE GAUDLIP

The George H. Terriberry Classical Prize
EMMA JOHANNA CRAMER

The Judah Touro Medal
COREY DAVID SMITH

The Department of Communication

The Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award
SAMANTHA MARIE PATEL

The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication
LEAH MARIE FOX

The Department of Economics
 
The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics
GABRIELLA CHAVIVA RUNNELS

The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize
GABRIELLA CHAVIVA RUNNELS

The Mathematical Economics Award
JOEL DOMENIC FERGUSON

The Newcomb College Award in Economics
ELLA RAINE BARTLETT**
AMANDA EARL
CHEYENNE LEE SWANSON

The Paul Tulane College Award in Economics
CONNOR KELLY JAMES CASAS**
EVAN MURRAY WALTER

The Research Award in Economics
ADAM COREY YOHANAN

The Department of English

A Studio in the Woods Residency for an Outstanding Senior in Creative Writing
ANNA ELIZABETH TORCSON

The Award for Service to the Literary Community
CAROLYN MADISON CANULETTE

The Class of 1903 Shakespeare Prize for Best Shakespearean Essay by a Woman
HADLEY WILLIAMS

The Dale Edmonds Prize for Best Short Story by an Undergraduate
ANNA BARBARA CURREY

The Donald Pizer Award in American Literature
MITCHELL GREY THERIEAU

The Henry Clay Stier Award in English
CAROLYN MADISON CANULETTE

The Pierce Butler Prize for Excellence in English
ALLISON HALEY SAFT

The Senior Achievement Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing
JUSTIN ARMAND PICARD

The Virginia Gleaves Lazarus Memorial Award
RACHEL MARGARET MARSH

The Department of French and Italian

The Alcée Fortier Memorial Prize
JAMES JOSEPH DAVENPORT NEWTON

The Charles Oscar Maas Prize in French and Italian
VALENTINA MARIA GYARFAS
STEPHANIE REBECCA SHEA
MARLEE SOPHIA SHNITKIN
HELENA EVE SOREO
SHAKTHI UNNITHAN

The French Government Prize
MEREDITH MICHAEL ALONGI**
EDITH LOGAN DAVIS
KAITLIN ELIZABETH MAHEU

The Italian Government Prize
MEGAN ELAINE CELONA
WILLIAM PATRICK GILLISPIE
MOLLY FIONA PECHUKAS-SIMONIAN

The Jonathan Lorino Memorial Prize
FATIMA GUADALUPE SALCIDO

The Louis Bush Medal
KAITLIN ELIZABETH MAHEU

The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Award for the Outstanding Senior in Gender and Sexuality Studies
NINA ELENA BAUMGARTNER

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies

The Ann Royal Arthur Memorial Award
NICHOLAS BRADLEY BALLOU
JAMES JOSEPH DAVENPORT NEWTON

The John T. Krumpelmann Award
JENNIE LYNN BARKER

The Russian Award
ANTON SERGEYEVICH KRAYNIY

The Russian Book Prize
ANDREA JOYCE PAULA ARONSKY

The Sally Reed Atkins Award
KELSEY ELISE LACOURREGE

The Department of History

The Charles Till Davis Prize for Excellence in European History
CARSON WILLIAM FALLO

The Chi Omega Prize in History
TARA ALAYNA WILSON
Tara is recognized as the female history major with the highest GPA this year.

The Montgomery History Award
WILLIAM PATRICK GILLISPIE

The Prize for Excellence in Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, or Asian History
BETHAN KATHLEEN CORYELL MEYER

The S. Walter Stern 1905 Memorial Medal
EMILY BLYTHE LUBIN

The Sidney Beyer Prize for Excellence in American History
EMILY BLYTHE LUBIN

The Program in International Development

The Eamon Kelly Prize
NATHAN LEO TREACY

The International Development Director’s Prize
JUAN FERNANDO GÓMEZ LÓPEZ

The International Development Undergraduate Prize
ERIN NICOLE PLATT

The Department of Jewish Studies

The Dr. Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award
BENJAMIN JEFFREY SIGAL

The Ephraim Lisitzky Memorial Award
VICTORIA TRESSA BERGER**
SPENCER LANE FRANKSTON
TAYLOR HANNA WOLF**

The Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter and Julie Kanter Award

HEATHER NICOLE GILLIES**
CLARA ROSE MALKIN

The Program in Linguistics

The Excellence in Linguistics Award
SIMON JOSEPH EDBER

The Outstanding Scholar in Linguistics Award
BRETT CASWELL NELSON

The Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Prize
JAMES JOSEPH DAVENPORT NEWTON

The Newcomb Department of Music

The Sarah I. Nadler Memorial Award in Music
BENJAMIN JULIAN BATALLA
MOHAMED AMINE BELKHOUCHE***

The Department of Philosophy

The Anne Butler Hess Award
ZOE BRUMFIELD-MEYERS

The Murphy Institute – Political Economy

The Anthony F. and Mary Anne Corasaniti Award
SAMUEL BENNETT FISHMAN

The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy
EMILY BLYTHE LUBIN
ELEANOR CALDWELL SEMMES
GAETANO LAZIO TRACHTENBERG

The Murphy Institute Public Service Award
ELEANOR CALDWELL SEMMES

The Political Economy Program Senior Scholar Award
ELEANOR CALDWELL SEMMES

The Department of Political Science

The Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Fellowship in Political Science
RYAN ONEILL POCHÉ
ALISON PEARL REIP

The Class of 1935 - Ned Putzell Memorial Prize
MIRIAM MEYER COHEN

The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize
JENNIE LYNN BARKER

The Pi Sigma Alpha Award
KATHERINE SOPHIA KODNER

The Shirley Wiel Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science
JENNIE LYNN BARKER

The Department of Sociology

The Outstanding Student in Sociology Award
DILLON BENNIE NUANES

The Phi Mu Award in Sociology
SARAH BLOOM

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Hispano-American Studies Prize
EMMA McFETRIDGE ERNST

CURRIN SHARKEY WALLIS

The Iberian Studies Prize
ANDREW CARLOS del VALLE

The Luso-Brazilian Studies Prize
DANIEL JOSEPH GORE

The Newcomb Department of Theatre and Dance

The Monroe Lippman Founders Award for Excellence in Original or Creative Writing
JOSHUA BERNARD***

The Elizabeth B. Delery Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance
MARGARET MALLORY HARLAN
SAMANTHA ARIEL JANFAZA
MIRIAM MAE LOBRANO

The Janice Torre Perky Memorial Award for Excellence in Original or Creative Writing
DOUGLAS ABRAHAM HILTON KMIOTEK

The Jill Karp Prize in Dance Choreography
BROOKE ANNE DUARTE

The Jill Karp Prize in Dance Performance
MARGARET ROSE KOLINA

The Minnette L. Starts Award for Excellence in Dance
NOELLE KRISTINA RAYMOND

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Harold E. Vokes Award
ETHAN BRETT ADER

The Reinhard A. Steinmayer Award
CLAIRE E. BEAUCHAMP
SARAH DAVIDSON MARGOLIES

 

2016 School of Liberal Arts Students who received Newcomb-Tulane College Senior Honors Scholars
The distinction of senior honors scholar is bestowed upon the one student (or, occasionally, students) each department or program considers to be their very best, taking into account the quality of the student’s senior thesis, the student’s performance in courses, and the student’s other contributions to his or her field.

Africana Studies                                                     
NATHAN LEO TREACY

Anthropology                                                                      
SAVANNA L. BAILEY

Art History                                                               
VICTORIA MARIE BARRY

Communication                                                                  
KIRBY HARDAWAY DUBOSE

Economics                                                                           
GABRIELLA CHAVIVA RUNNELS

English                                                                                  
MITCHELL GREY THERIEAU

Environmental Studies                                          
REBECCA J. GREANEY

French and Italian                                                   
STEPHANIE REBECCA SHEA

Germanic and Slavic Studies                               
ANTON SERGEYEVICH KRAYNIY

History                                                                                  
TARA ALAYNA WILSON

Latin American Studies                                        
CURRIN SHARKEY WALLIS

Music                                                                        
JACOB MITCHELL BERMAN

Neuroscience                                                                      
ELEANOR CALDWELL SEMMES

Philosophy                                                               
REBECCA ANN McDONALD

Political Science                                                      
JENNIE LYNN BARKER

Sociology                                                                             
CONNOR BEAU BURKETT

Spanish and Portuguese                                      
LAURA ANN NELSON

 

National Fellowships and Scholarships Awarded to School of Liberal Arts Seniors
Newcomb-Tulane College wishes to congratulate the following graduating seniors on receiving prestigious national fellowships and scholarships.

Critical Language Scholarship

KATHARINE GRACE KHAMHAENGWONG
Language: Arabic
Ibri, Oman, Summer 2015
Political Science

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)/German Exchange Service

JENNIE LYNN BARKER
Undergraduate Scholarship, 2014-2015
Political Science and German

 

School of Liberal Arts Students who received Public Service Awards

The Leaders in Service Award
CLAIRE E. BEAUCHAMP
RACHEL MARIE RUSSELL CLAYTON
SAMUEL BENNETT FISHMAN
JULIA ANNA GALLAGHER
REBECCA J. GREANEY
JAZMIA EVON HENRY
SAMUEL ROBERT HEYMAN
FLORENCE JANE PRATER
ALISON PEARL REIP
EVAN MURRAY WALTER
LINDSEY ANNE WARD

The Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Student Award
SAMUEL ROBERT HEYMAN

 

School of Liberal Arts Student Athlete Award
The Newcomb-Tulane College Student Athlete Award
MEREDITH LADD MALTBY

 

School of Liberal Arts Students who received Newcomb-Tulane College Dean’s Service Awards
CAROLYN MADISON CANULETTE
TIMOTHY GEORGE DeCOTIS
ELEANOR CALDWELL SEMMES

 

School of Liberal Arts College-wide Awards

The Edward Ambrose Bechtel Medal for Cocurricular Achievement
TIMOTHY GEORGE DeCOTIS

The William Wallace Peery Society
JENNIE LYNN BARKER
GABRIELLA CHAVIVA RUNNELS
ELEANOR CALDWELL SEMMES
MITCHELL GREY THERIEAU
CURRIN SHARKEY WALLIS
TARA ALAYNA WILSON

 

The William Wallace Peery Medal for Academic Excellence
ELEANOR CALDWELL SEMMES

 

All award recipients are May 2016 degree candidates, except where noted as follows:

*Degree requirements completed August 2015
**Degree requirements completed December 2015
***Degree requirements to be completed after May 2016
¹ Earned jointly with a Master of Accounting
²Degree requirements for the joint Bachelor of Science in Engineering/Master of Science in Engineering program to be completed in 2016-2017

 

SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS AWARDED TO GRADUATING SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS SENIORS 2016


CRITICAL LANGUAGE SCHOLARSHIP

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

Aislinn Brennan
Language: Chinese
Dalian, China, Summer 2016
Philosophy and International Development

Katharine Khamhaengwong
Language: Arabic
Ibri, Oman, Summer 2015
Political Science 

 

DEUTSCHER AKADEMISCHER AUSTAUSCHDIENST (DAAD) / GERMAN EXCHANGE SERVICE

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) / German Academic Exchange Service is a private, publicly funded, self-governing organization of higher education institutions in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic relations and cooperation by offering mobility programs primarily for students and faculty in higher education.

Jennie Barker
Award: Undergraduate Scholarship, 2014-2015
Political Science and German

 

U.S. STUDENT FULBRIGHT PROGRAM

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide. The following are Fulbright students:

Jennie Barker
English Teaching Assistant Program, Germany
Political Science and German

Nathan Benjamin
Binational Internship, Mexico
Political Economy and Business; Management

Samuel Fishman
English Teaching Assistant Program, Venezuela
Political Economy

Leah Fox
English Teaching Assistant Program, Spain
English and Communication

Abigail Goodman
English Teaching Assistant Program, Taiwan
Political Economy and Asian Studies

Allison Koh
English Teaching Assistant Program, Malaysia
Economics and Asian Studies

Bria Trosclair
English Teaching Assistant Program, Bulgaria
English and Anthropology

 

BENJAMIN A. GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Charlie Draughter
Costa Rica, Summer 2015
Philosophy

Allison Koh
China, Fall 2014
Economics and Asian Studies

 

BARRY GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

Nina Baumgartner, Goldwater Honorable Mention, 2015
Neuroscience and Gender and Sexuality Studies





May 2016

Delgado Community College Professor Derek D. Bardell (MLA ‘01, MA ’02) was named a Northshore Hero by the West St. Tammany YMCA for extraordinary contributions to education. 

Michael Brumbaugh, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies was awarded a research fellowship from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Marcello Canuto, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, were awarded with a National Scientific Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award. The title of the grant is Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award: Spatial Organization Within A Traditional Political System. The research funded by the grant will take place in during the summer of 2016 at the site of La Corona, Guatemala, and will contribute to the doctoral dissertation of Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire.

Yuri Herrera-Gutierrez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, along with his translator Lisa Dillman, has been recognized for his book Signs Preceding the End of the World, as the best translated book of the year.  The award was presented by Three Percent, an online resource for international literature. Three Percent is based at the University of Rochester and takes its name from the estimated percentage of books published annually in the U.S. that are works in translation. Winning authors and translators each receive $5,000.

The Graduate Studies Student Association (GSSA) at Tulane Awards Committee has awarded Antonio Gómez, Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, this years' Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. The award comes with a plaque that will be given to the faculty member. 

Christopher Gray (MFA candidate ‘17) and Jeffrey Stenbom (MFA ‘15) have been named finalists in Bullseye Glass' ninth biennial exhibition Emerge/Evolve 2016. The award ceremony for this international juried competition will take place on June 25 at the exhibition's opening reception at Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon.

Gillian King-Bailey, graduate student in the Anthropology Department, received a Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation James F. Nacey Fellowship and an International Primatological Society research grant for research on white-faced capuchins in Costa Rica.

Susann S. Lusnia, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, has been awarded a Samuel H. Kress for Research and Publication in Classical Art and Architecture, for her book, Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome, to be published by Wiley.

Daniella Santoro, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, has been named one of twenty Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2016 at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation’s largest and most prestigious award for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Each Fellow will receive a 12-month award of $25,000 to support their final year of dissertation work. Ms. Santoro is completing her dissertation, titled Wheelchair Life: Race, Disability and the Afterlife of Violent Crime in New Orleans, in the Department of Anthropology. The dissertation explores the experiences of rehabilitation amongst New Orleans residents with disabilities from gun shot trauma, and how they vie for social visibility and self representation in the afterlife of violence.

 

 

March 2016

For her book, Memory’s Turn: Reckoning with Dictatorship in Brazil (U of Wisconsin Press, 2014) Rebecca Atencio, Associate Professor of Brazilian Cultural Studies, received honorable mention for the Roberto Reis Book Prize, which recognizes outstanding books in English that contribute significantly to the understanding of Brazil. The Roberto Reis Book Prize is awarded by the Brazilian Studies Association.  

Congratulations to Ian Rohr (SLA ’17) on receiving a grant from the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Rohr, who is double majoring in political science and Russian will use the grant to have conversation tutoring for any student at Tulane. Currently, the group meets weekly at PJ's Coffee on campus and an instructor speaks to them in Russian.

Anthropology professor Marcello Canuto has been awarded a three-year, $255,760 grant by the Alphawood Foundation in support of his project, “The Development of the Regional Political System among the Classic Maya.” In 2008, the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project, co-directed by Canuto, who also serves as director of Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute, began long-term and sustained archaeological research at La Corona, Guatemala. In 2012, Tulane archaeologists working at the La Corona site discovered a 1,300-year-old Maya text that provided only the second known reference to the so-called “end date” of the Maya calendar, Dec. 21, 2012. Just last year, Canuto announced additional discoveries, including well-preserved Mayan hieroglyphs from the archaeological site of El Achiotal that dates to the 5th century AD. This new grant will allow Canuto to continue this vital fieldwork. He will conduct three seasons of archaeological research to determine the extent to which La Corona was the locus of multiple and concurrent political strategies.

Another Alphawood Foundation Grant will support Tulane adjunct faculty memeber Francisco Estrada-Belli’s ongoing Holmul research project. This project investigates the rise and fall of political institutions in the Maya Lowlands and has already revealed a “once-in-a-lifetime” discovery. Beyond the artistic value of the site, the hieroglyphs, which are still being deciphered, tell a story about the installation of a king and a “game of alliances” between different kingdoms in the region.

 

Travis Fink and John White, both PhD candidates in Cultural Anthropology, have been awarded The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. They were awarded these Fellowships to study the Achuar/Shiwiar language in the Ecuadorian Amazon during June and July 2016.

 

 

February 2016

Douglas N. Harris, Professor of Economics, Schleider Foundation Chair in Public Education and Director for the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, received an invitation from the White House to meet with President Obama's Domestic Policy Council on January 20. The topic was expanding college access and the impetus for the invitation is the big financial aid experiment Harris has been working on in Milwaukee (funded by the USDOE).

Tom Hughes, (BA '73, Economics) was recently named Outstanding Professor of the Year in the University of South Carolina Honor's College. In 2012 he was named by the Princeton Review as one of the top 300 Professors in the country. He has won 7 Mortar Board awards and numerous other accolades for his teaching. He has taught in England, France, Turkey, Greece and Cuba.

Linette Reed, Senior Professor of Practice of Spanish in the Spanish and Portuguese Department, was chosen a Jewel of the Nile in the Krewe of Cleopatra for this carnival season. The Krewe of Cleopatra is an All Female Krewe with over 800 members and every year a new court is chosen with one Queen Cleopatra and four Jewels of the Nile. The theme for Cleopatra this year was Louisiana music and songs. Reed represented Cajun music.

Jesmyn Ward, Associate Professor of English, has been identified as one of the 30 Most Innovative Women Professors Alive Today in a recent ranking by The Best Master's Degrees. The recipients were evaluated based upon their individual successes in various fields. They all embody the term “innovative” as defined as something “featuring new methods;” each woman on this list has done something new and different for their respective field. Projects, awards and honors, publications, job titles, and ambition have been considered as well. Ward came in at #30. The editors noted that “Jesmyn Ward may be one of Tulane University’s newest associate professors, but she is easily one of the most impressive innovative professors in the country.”

 

January 2016

Patrick Button, Assistant Professor of Economics, who was recently appointed to the Kurzius Professorship, which provides $4,000 in research funding, also won the runner-up best Doctoral Dissertation Award from the National Tax Association (comes with a prize of $1,000), as well as a $2,000 grant from the Newcomb College Institute to hire an undergraduate RA to help with continuing aspects of the above age discrimination paper. Additionally, Button received the following grant: NBER Disability Research Center Grant “A Comprehensive Analysis of the Effects of U.S. Disability Discrimination Laws on the Employment of the Disabled Population” (Co-PI with Philip Armour) (Approx. $60,000)

Antony Sandoval, Associate Professor of Theatre & Dance, was awarded an Award of Merit this December 2015 as part of the Accolade Global Film Competition for his Experimental Featurette Medea Redux. The Accolade Global Film Competition is unique in the industry. Attracting both powerhouse companies as well as talented new filmmakers, it is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition.

Alum Timothy J. Smith (A&S 1998), an associate professor of anthropology at Appalachian State University, UNC, was inducted into their Academy of Outsanding Teachers for Arts and Sciences.

 

December 2015

The Southern Historical Association awarded Assistant Professor of History Andy Horowitz the C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation in Southern history completed and defended in 2014.

The CEQ Institute at Tulane University, directed by Nora Lustig has been awarded a $4.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study ways to reduce inequality and poverty through taxes and social spending in developing countries.

Stephen F. Ostertag, an assistant professor in the sociology department, won the 2015 Barbara E. Moely Service Learning Teaching Award presented by the Center for Public Service. Ostertag teaches a service learning criminology course where students work with the Orleans Public Defenders (OPD). Over the semester, students spend 40 hours helping an under-resourced, overworked public defenders office in their client services division, where they attend bond hearings, interact with clients and inform loved-ones of their status. Students see how criminogenic conditions and trends in law enforcement manifest in the courtroom, and how differences in power and resources structure criminal justice practices and outcomes. They witness criminological and correctional theory, labeling and social constructionism, institutionalized racism and class inequalities, and learn methods of sociological research as they manifest in the New Orleans court system. By the end of the semester students learn the realities of crime, criminals, and criminal justice, and that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.

 

November 2015

New Assistant Professor of Economics, Patrick Button (late of UC Irvine), has been awarded grants from two prestigious organizations. The first is funded by the Social Security Administration through the National Bureau of Economic Research Disability Research Consortium; the second, a $100,000 award, is also funded by the Social Security Administration via the University of Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC).

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Tulane's Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics Nora Lustig 4.9 million dollars to support the activities of the recently created Commitment to Equity Institute. The purpose of the grant is to increase the equity and poverty reduction impact of fiscal policies in developing countries, in particular Africa, through the support of the CEQ Institute.

A fifth-year Economics PhD student, Dan Teles, has received a dissertation grant from the Corporation for National Community Service. The Corporation has awarded him its only dissertation grant through the 2015 National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition. Dan, who is a Center for Public Service Community Engaged Graduate Fellow, was the lone grantee in the dissertation category, and his study is one of only seven to receive funding in the selective, national competition that seeks to build research in the field of national service, volunteering and civic engagement. Dan says that he discovered this opportunity through the Community-Engaged Graduate Fellowship, a pilot program created by the Tulane Center for Public Service to train and support community-engaged scholars at the graduate level. Dan’s research studies the relationship between the AmeriCorps grants to nonprofits and the amount of private donations they receive — what’s known as “crowd out” in economics. “Crowd out is the idea that some government action leads to less private action,” Dan says. “In the realm of philanthropy, it’s the idea that government funds for what we call public good would lead to fewer donations from the private sector to subsidize that.” The seeds of his research were planted long before he began his studies at Tulane. “I came to New Orleans in 2006 to do AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity. I did that for a year and worked on their staff afterwards, so when I started reading about the existing literature about crowd out, I immediately thought about whether or not anyone has done this kind of research with AmeriCorps because it’s a very atypical form of government grant.” The grant will allow Dan to conduct his research “much more robustly.”

Two fifth-year Economics PhD students, Bibek Adhikari and Sean Higgins, have been awarded Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Bibek’s project, “The Economic and Behavioral Effects of a Value-Added Tax: Evidence from Firm-Level Data,” investigates whether the value-added tax (VAT) is an efficient tax in practice, where imperfect tax compliance and enforcement imply that one cannot rely on traditional economic models of tax efficiency. His study, under Principal Investigator Jim Alm, Chair of Tulane’s Economics Department, exploits the notch created by the VAT registration threshold in France to analyze the causal effect of VAT. In addition to funding from the NSF, Bibek’s research has received funding from a Tulane School of Liberal Arts Summer Merit Fellowship, as well as the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. The results from his study will provide insights on how to improve the administration, enforcement, and ultimately the effectiveness of the VAT system. Sean’s project, “Debit cards, Cash Transfers, and Savings: Evidence from Mexico,” studies the use of formal bank accounts by poor families who receive cash transfers from the government. His study, under Principal Investigator Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, exploits a natural experiment in Mexico to explore the role of debit cards in both reducing the transaction costs of accessing savings (by permitting withdrawals at any bank’s ATM) and in providing a mechanism for poor families to build their trust in banks (by checking account balances at nearby ATMs). In addition to funding from the NSF, Sean’s research has received funding from two Tulane School of Liberal Arts Summer Merit Fellowships, as well as the Fulbright Program. The results from his study will provide important insights for governments seeking to increase financial inclusion, especially as many government welfare programs move to payments in bank accounts tied to debit cards.

Congratulations to Tulane alum, Nicolas Laracuente (’03), who won a Kentucky History Award (given through the KY governor's office and the Kentucky History Society) for his work as director for the Jack Jouette Distillery Archaeology project. Laracuente was a classical studies and anthropology major at Tulane.


Congratulations to the Tulane Liberal Arts alumni selected for Gambit's 18th annual “40 Under 40” Awards: Megan Holt ('05, English) a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the Department of English who got a shout-out for spearheading community literacy programs in New Orleans; Johanna Gilligan ('03, American Studies) founder and executive director of Grow Dat Youth Farm; Alexander John Glustrom ('10, Digital Media Production) filmmaker, photographer and artist who created the award-winning documentary Big Charity: The Death of America's Oldest Hospital, which premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival in 2014 and was named 2015 Documentary of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. In this annual feature, Gambit pays homage to some of the brightest and most innovative young people in a range of areas, including health care, crime, literature, education, art, law and more.

 

October 2015

Alumnus Derek D. Bardell (MLA '01, MA '02) was named a 2015 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award recipient by the League for Innovation in the Community College for outstanding service to the students at Delgado Community College.

In September, the Gulf Coast Steinway Society held a Festival for Piano and Voice. The competition was open to students from Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida, and took place at the University of Alabama in Mobile. In the college senior division, Benjamin Batallo won first place; in the college junior category, Olivia Gilbert won second place; and 3rd place in the same junior category was given to Rebecca Whitney. Between the three of them, they won $1000.00.




September 2015

Congratulations to SLA’s Professor Peter Cooley on being named the next Louisiana State Poet Laureate. Cooley, who is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Tulane and is a Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities, will serve a two-year term as the state poet laureate. Announced on August 14 by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Cooley will deliver an annual reading as the state poet laureate at a location designated but the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Dorothy Maweu of Kenya has been awarded a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program grant to teach Swahili and take courses at Tulane University School of Liberal Arts for academic year 2015-16. While in the United States, Dorothy will share their language and culture with students at Tulane University and local communities in New Orleans to inspire Americans to travel and study overseas, and make U.S. citizens better prepared to engage with businesses, governments, and organizations abroad. She will teach Elementary Swahili I (Fall 2015) and Elementary Swahili II (Spring 2016).

The Committee of the Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research of the American Philosophical Society in June awarded  James Andrew Whitaker, PhD student in Anthropology, a fellowship to help continue his fieldwork at Surama Village of the Makushi people in Guyana. With this award, Mr. Whitaker is now a Lewis and Clark Field Scholar.




May 2015

Faculty Accolades

Yigit Akin, Assistant Professor of History, was recently awarded a Hoover Institution Library and Archives Fellowship.

On April 28, Variety magazine published its annual Entertainment Education Report, which focuses on media programs at colleges and universities around the world. In honor of Variety’s 110th anniversary in 2015, a special edition called, “110 Students to Watch” featured Tulane School of Liberal’s Arts own Andrew Craig. Craig, an MFA student in musical theatre, is an aspiring musical director who is directing Sondheim’s score “Into the Woods” for Tulane’s Musical Theatre Workshop. http://variety.com/2015/film/spotlight/education-impact-report-110-students-to-watch-1201480869/

Department of History Assistant Professor, Andrew Horowitz, is the recent recipient of a Monroe Fellowship. Professor Horowitz will also be a Duren Professor for 2015-16.

In its ninety-first competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded Kris Lane, France V. Scholes Chair in Colonial Latin American History, a fellowship. Lane was among a diverse group of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists who were appointed fellowships on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. The successful candidates were chosen from a group of over 3,100 applicants.

 

Student Accolades

Anthropology Graduate Student, Lauren Dodaro was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship. This fellowship is granted through Duke University to study the indigenous Amazonian Ecuadorian language of Kichwa this summer.


Joanna Gautney, Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, recently had a journal article published entitled "New estimations of habitable land area and human population size at the Last Glacial Maximum" in the Journal of Archaeological Science 58 (2015): 103-112.

 

Two undergraduates in Liberal Arts were awarded the Critical Languages Scholarship:
Katherine Khamhaengwong is majoring in political science, minoring in theatre, and plans to graduate in 2016. She is from Berkeley.
Ian Rohr is majoring in political science and Russian and plans to graduate in 2017. He is from Metairie.

Congratulations to graduate students in the joint PhD program in Art History and Latin American Studies have been awarded the following grants and fellowships: Jennifer Saracino, Junior Fellowship, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections, Harvard University
Emily Floyd, Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library
Allison Caplan,
Internship for the major exhibition on luxury arts of the Americas, Getty Research Institute

 

Graduating Student Awards & Accolades

School of Liberal Arts 2015 Student Awards

African & African Diaspora Studies

The Outstanding Student in African and African Diaspora Studies Prize:

MICHAELA MARIE LOVEJOY

Anthropology

The Arden R. King Award for Excellence in Anthropology:

ALISON CLARKE WATERHOUSE

The Elizabeth S. Watts Award for Excellence in Physical Anthropology:

JONATHAN CHANCE ORTEGO

The Robert Wauchope Award for Excellence in Anthropology:

JULIA HANA SILVER

The Victoria Reifler Bricker Award for Excellence in Linguistics:

LAUREN ELIZABETH DEAN

Art

The Alberta "Rusty" Collier Award for Outstanding Studio Art Major in 2-Dimensional Work:

RYAN LEE PEPE

The Alberta "Rusty" Collier Award for Outstanding Studio Art Major in 3-Dimensional Work: DAKOTA MOE.

The Edmond Lester Lacoste III Memorial Award in Painting:

KRISTINA VICTORIA BJORNSON

The Juanita Gonzales Prize in Ceramics:

 HILLARY ANN KURLAND

The Outstanding Senior in Art History Award:

SOPHIE AURORA CUSHMAN

The Sandra "Sandy" Chism Memorial Award in Painting:

JESSIE ANNE GOMEZ

Asian Studies

The Japan-Tulane Friendship Award:

DEIRDRE MARIE ERKMAN and

LAURA MARIE O'STEEN HARRELSON

Classical Studies

The Ernest Henry Riedel Classical Studies Prize:

MICHELLE LEIGH WRIGHT

The George H. Terriberry Classical Prize:

RYAN JOSEPH MIGLIORE

The Judah Touro Medal:

SOPHIE AURORA CUSHMAN

Communication

The Ashton Phelps Sr. Memorial Award:

WILLIAM BENTON OLIVER

The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication:

JOANNA CARMEN JOHNSON

Economics

The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics:

NICOLE ELIZABETH FLORACK

The Mathematical Economics Award:

PAUL HECKER CRIPE

The Newcomb College Award in Economics:

IZABEL ESME ARNOLD

The Paul Tulane College Award in Economics:

HARRISON RUSSELL GRIEB

English

The Class of 1903 Shakespeare Prize for Best Shakespearean Essay by a Woman:

HEATHER MICHELLE BARNES

The Dale Edmonds Prize for Best Short Story Written by an Undergraduate:

STUART ABSALON LLOYD

The Donald Pizer Award in American Literature:

KATHERINE LYNN GROVER

The Henry Clay Stier Award in English:

TESSA KAILE BARKAN

The Pierce Butler Prize for Excellence in English:

HANNAH ROSE HOROWITZ

The Senior Achievement Prize in Creative Writing:

M'BILIA MARTHA MEEKERS

The Senior Service Award in Creative:

M'BILIA MARTHA MEEKERS

The Studio in the Woods Fellowship in Creative Writing:

STEPHANIE ASHLEY CHEN

The Virginia Gleaves-Lazarus Award for Best Essay Written by a Junior or Senior:

LAURA BLAIR SIBERT

French & Italian

The Alcée Fortier Memorial Prize:

CAROLINE VIRGINIA LANFORD

The French Government Book Prize:

LOUISE ANNE GRETSCHEL

MAIRÉAD ANNE KIERNAN

MARK ANDREW LANDRY

HALEY VICTORIA NORRIS

MADELINE LUNDBERG PARRISH

The Italian Government Prize for Excellence in Italian:

HARRI LEIGH PLOTNICK

The Jonathan Lorino Memorial Prize:

SIENNA CHRISTINE NELSON

The Louis Bush Medal:

SELENE ROCHELLE SMITH

Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Award for the Outstanding Senior in Gender and Sexuality Studies is presented to:

AMY COULTER SCHULLY

Germanic and Slavic Studies

The Ann Royal Arthur Memorial Award:

NICHOLAS EDWARD PERLS

The John T. Krumpelmann Award:

PAMINA ELISE BUECHNER

WILLIAM BENTON OLIVER

The Russian Book Prize for Achievement in the Russian Language:

DYLAN THOMAS SARGENT

The Sally Reed Atkins Award:

ALANA LOUISE GIBSON

EMILY MARIE GULOTTA

MOLLY TRUXILLO

History

The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize in the Social Sciences:

SOPHIA KANE LEONARD

The Peter T. Cominos Memorial Award

John Bardes

The William R. Hogan Fellowship Award

Beau Gaitors

Paul and Elizabeth Selley Dissertation Year Fellowship

Matthew Kocsan

Folger Mellon Fellowship in Paleography

Laura Oliver

History Senior Honors Scholar

Anna Kolarusso

The Chi Omega Prize in History

Elizabeth Doppelt 

The Montgomery History Award

Sean DeClue

The Sidney Beyer Prize for Excellence in American History

Hannah Kojm  

The Charles Till Davis Prize for Excellence in European History

Joseph Nunn

The Aline Mackenzie Taylor Award in Intellectual History

Sophia Leonard

The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize in the Social Sciences

Madeleine Lafuse

Jewish Studies

The Dr. Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award:

ERICA LAUREN GOLDEN

The Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter and Julie Kanter Award:

SARA NICOLE KARNES

SHIRA ROSE SPIEGEL

The Ephraim Lisitzky Memorial Award:

MELANIE HELAINE MELASKY

JONATHAN "YONI" SOLOMONOW

Linguistics

The Outstanding Scholar in Linguistics Award:

OLIVIA HALLEY PRICE

Murphy Institute – Political Economy

The Anthony F. and Mary Anne Corasaniti Award:

HALEY JOY REA

The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy:

BOTHWELL GRAVES LEE JR.

MELISSA DIANE REITCHECK

The Murphy Institute Public Service Award:

SUZANNE RAAD McSHANE

Music

The Sarah I. Nadler Memorial Award in Music:

JOHN AARON JOVAAG

ALEXANDER MICHAEL SIBLEY

Payson Center – International Development

The Eamon Kelly Prize:

SARA ELIZABETH DeSTEFANO

The Payson Center Executive Director's Prize:

MICHAELA MARIE LOVEJOY

The Payson Center Faculty Prize:

FERNANDO LUIS RAMOS

The Payson Center Undergraduate Prize:

HALEY JOSEPHINE BURNS

Philosophy

The Anne Butler Hess Award:

JOSEPH RAYMOND ROSING

MARYANN PEACOCK THOMPSON

Political Science

The Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Fellowship in Political Science:

MELANIE ANNE BARLOW

ZACHARY AUSTIN STINE

The Class of 1935—Ned Putzell Memorial Prize:

AMY KATHERINE FOTTRELL.

The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize:

IDAN BEN YAKIR

The Pi Sigma Alpha Award:

CAROLINE VIRGINIA LANFORD

The S. Walter Stern 1905 Memorial Medal:

ELIZABETH MABEL SAWYER

The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science:

IZABEL ESME ARNOLD

Sociology

The Outstanding Student in Sociology Award:

MANON LEIGH BURNS

The Phi Mu Award in Sociology:

HANNAH ROSE HOROWITZ

Spanish & Portuguese

The Hispano-American Prize:

CORA ELIZABETH BOYD

NICOLE ELIZABETH FLORACK

GARY MICHAEL LAVIGNE JR.

The Iberian Studies Prize:

NATALIA SARMIENTO

DARRELL MADELINE SCHWARTZ

The Luso-Brazilian Studies Prize:

WHITNEY RAINE BRAUNSTEIN

Theatre & Dance

The Dorothy Young Memorial Award for Best Performance by an Actress:

REBECCA THERESE GREAVES

The Elizabeth B. Delery Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance:

RIANNA PEARSON

MICAELA ROSENKRANTZ WOSKIE

The Janice Torre Perky Memorial Award for Excellence in Original or Creative Writing:

ANNA GABRIELLA RAJO-MILLER

The Jill Karp Prize in Dance Choreography:

EMILY ROSE APPLE

EMILY RACHEL BARASCH

The Jill Karp Prize in Dance Performance:

CLAIRE CARON MARIE ESCHER

The Milton Latter Award for Best All-Round Contribution to the Department:

SYDNEY MARLENA GOLDEN

The Minnette L. Starts Award for Excellence in Dance:

LILY KATHLEEN WOOD

The Sheila Richardson Lee Memorial Award for Excellence in Production Design:

ELIZABETH ANNE HOWARD

 

School of Liberal Arts 2015 Fulbright Recipients

Jonathan Berman, 2013 (Majors: Psychology and Spanish; Minor: Business) – Argentina

Anna Colarusso, 2015 (Major: History; Minor: Environmental Studies) – Amsterdam

Sara Destefano, 2015 (Majors: Public Health and International Development; Minor: Spanish) - Peru

Casey Donahue, 2014 (Majors: Linguistics And History; Minor: Political Science) – Turkey

David Duesing, 2013 (Major: Political Science; Minors: Spanish and German; English Teaching Assistant Program – Spain

Emily Parker, 2015 (Majors: Public Health and International Development; English Teaching Assistant Program) - Thailand

Nhu Ngoc Pham 2015 (Masters in Public Health; Majors: Public Heath and International Development) - South Korea

Tess Zaretsky, 2015 (Majors: English and Communication; English Teaching Assistant Program) - South Korea

 

School of Liberal Arts 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

Izabel E. Arnold (Majors: Economics and Political Science)

Tessa K. Barkan (Majors: English)   

Dylan L. Barnes (Majors: Latin American Studies and International Development)

Heather M. Barnes (Majors: English and Neuroscience)

Idan Ben Yakir (Majors: Art History and Political Science)

Kristina V. Bjornson (Majors: Art Studio and Mathematics)

Charlotte C. Brewer (Majors: Linguistics and Psychology)

Manon L. Burns (Majors: English and Sociology)

Kelsey R. Casano (Major: Art History)

Stephanie A. Chen (Major: English)  

Anna M. Colarusso (Majors: History and Environmental Studies)  

Paul H. Cripe (Majors: Economics and Mathematics)

Sophie A. Cushman (Majors: Classical Studies and Art History)

Sara E.Destefano (Majors: Public Health and International Development)

Elizabeth S. Doppelt (Majors: History and Economics)

Shari G. Ex (Major: Anthropology)  

Nicole E. Florack (Majors: Economics and Spanish)

Amy K. Fottrell (Majors: Political Science and Social Policy & Practice)

Elizabeth A. Gaffin (Major: Art History)

Laura A. Garcia (Majors: Latin American Studies and International Development)

Erica L. Golden (Majors: Psychology and Jewish Studies)

Harrison R. Grieb (Major: Economics)         

Jacob D. Grodsky (Major: Anthropology)

Katherine L. Grover (Major: American Studies and English)

Hengshuo Gu (Majors: Economics and International Development)

Elizabeth C. Hanlon (Majors: Political Science and Asian Studies)  

Maximilian H. Heckhausen (Majors:  Economics and Public Health)

Hannah R. Horowitz (Majors: English and Sociology)

Joanna C. Johnson (Major: Communication)

Hillary A. Kurland (Majors: English and History)

Madeline A. Lafuse (Majors: Linguistics and Gender & Sexuality Studies)

Caroline V. Lanford (Majors: Political Science and French)

Michaela M. Lovejoy (Majors: African & African Diaspora Studies and International Development)

Halle J. Lucas (Majors: English and Film Studies)

Michelle A. Marchiony (Majors: Linguistics and Asian Studies)

Hallie R. Marx (Majors: Economics and Psychology)

Brenna K. Mossman (Majors: Political Science and Psychology)

Melissa D. Reitcheck (Majors: Political Economy)

Eric P.Roessler (Major: English)

Cecilia C. Santini (Major: Political Science)

Rebecca G. Schweig (Major: Sociology)

Laura B. Sibert (Majors: English and Spanish)

Malia L. Tarpley (Major: Public Health and Anthropology)


School of Liberal Arts 2015 Tulane34 Award Recipients

Jayur Mehta - Anthropology

Morakinyo Ogunmodimu - Linguistics

Joanna Johnson - Communication  

Sara Karnes – Jewish Studies

Suzanne Raad McShane – Political Economy

Joseph Nunn – History and Political Science


Newcomb-Tulane College Senior Honors Scholars

The distinction of senior honors scholar is bestowed upon the one student (or, occasionally, students) each department or program considers to be their very best, taking into account the quality of the student's senior thesis, the student's performance in courses, and the student's other contributions to his or her field.

American Studies

KATHERINE LYNN GROVER

Anthropology

ALARICA NICOLE DIETZEN

Classical Studies

SOPHIE AURORA CUSHMAN

Communication

ELLEN MARGARET THARP

Dance

ALIXANDRA LEIGH DOMNEY

Economics

NICOLE ELIZABETH FLORACK

English

HANNAH ROSE HOROWITZ

Environmental Studies

DEREK BRADLEY EHRNSCHWENDER

Gender and Sexuality Studies

MADELINE ANN LAFUSE

History

ANNA MERCEDES COLARUSSO

Linguistics

MADELINE ANN LAFUSE

Philosophy

JOSEPH RAYMOND ROSING

Political Economny

EMMA JILLIAN LOOS

SUZANNE RAAD McSHANE

Political Science

ELIZABETH COURTNEY HANLON

Sociology

EMMA JILLIAN LOOS

DAVID SHEID SILVER


School of Liberal Arts 2015 Public Service Awards

The Leaders in Service Award

This award recognizes those students who have committed their Tulane University career to improving the community around them.  Whether through service-learning courses, internships, student leadership, or volunteerism, these students have shown dedication to the city of New Orleans and beyond.

EMILY APRIL CARDINAS

ANNA MERCEDES COLARUSSO

ERICA ELIZABETH ENDLEIN

LAURA ANTONIETA GARCIA

JACOB DANIEL GRODSKY

ERICA RUTH LIPOFF

SUZANNE RAAD McSHANE

SEBASTIAN PHILIPPE MOLINA GASMAN

CHARISSE KIANA POSTON

ANNA GABRIELLA RAJO-MILLER

LAURA BLAIR SIBERT

JULIANA BRIELLE STRICKLEN

JULIA CAMPBELL TURKEVICH


The Jim Runsdorf Excellence in Public Service Student Award

EMILY APRIL CARDINAS



The 2015 Newcomb-Tulane College Dean's Service Awards to SLA Students

This Award recognizes the following graduating seniors who have shown exemplary leadership, scholarship, honor, service, and commitment to the college and the campus community.

TESSA KAILE BARKAN

BOTHWELL GRAVES LEE JR.

DANIELLE LEIGH SILVER

MORGAN PAIGE WITTENBERG



2015 College-wide Awards Given to SLA students


The Isoline Rodd Kendall and John Smith Kendall Award

This award is given annually to a student who excels in both academic and extracurricular accomplishments.

BOTHWELL GRAVES LEE JR.


The William Wallace Peery Society

The William Wallace Peery Society was established in 1964 by Mrs. Peery in memory of her husband, the late Dr. Peery, professor of English, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1955 to 1964. Once restricted to senior men in the College of Arts and Sciences, later renamed Tulane College, the Peery Society now invites all Newcomb-Tulane College undergraduates in the top 5% of their class to apply. Membership is awarded to those students who have earned among the highest cumulative grade point averages over the course of their undergraduate careers, and who have distinguished themselves academically through an honors thesis or equivalent accomplishment.

 

STEPHANIE ASHLEY CHEN

ANNA MERCEDES COLARUSSO

SOPHIE AURORA CUSHMAN

KATHERINE LYNN GROVER

SARAH JEAN JOSEPH

MARYANN PEACOCK THOMPSON




April 2015

Rebecca Atencio, Associate Professor of Brazilian Cultural Studies, was awarded the Alfred B. Thomas Prize for her book Memory’s Turn: Reckoning with Dictatorship in Brazil at the March 2015 meeting of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. The prize recognizes the best book on a Latin American subject published the previous year. The book was also cited multiple times in the final report of the Truth Commission of the State of São Paulo, released this month.

Thomas Beller, Associate Professor of English, will be awarded a 2015 The New York City Book Award, presented by The New York Society Library, on May 4th, for his book, "J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist." 

Derek Burdette, a 2012 graduate of the joint PhD program in Art History and Latin American Studies, was awarded the Association for Latin American Art's biennial award for the best dissertation in Latin American art history 2012-2014, for "Miraculous Crucifixes and Colonial Mexican Society: The Artistic, Devotional, and Political Lives of Mexico City's Early-Colonial Cristos."  His dissertation committee was Elizabeth Boone (Art History, chair), Thomas Reese (Art History and Latin American Studies), Susan Schroeder (emeritus History). Dr. Burdette is currently at Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College.

Gaurav Desai, Professor of English and African and African Diaspora Studies has been awarded a travel to archives research grant by the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The grant will allow him to study the role of private foundations in shaping the study of the African humanities in the mid to late twentieth century.

Two recent graduates from Tulane University’s Department of Economics have been awarded highly selective and prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for graduate study in economics. Jessica Hayes (class of ‘11) and Rachel Ryley (class of ‘14) are among the recipients to be awarded NSF fellowships for graduate study in economics. Overall, the NSF received over 16,000 applications for its 2015 competition, and it made 2000 fellowship award offers, of which only 30 were in the field of economics. Each recipient will be given three years of support, an annual stipend of $34,000, and the cost of tuition and fees.

Associate Professor of English Zachary Lazar has won the $20,000 John Updike award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The award is one of 18 literary prizes, totaling $250,000 that the Academy will present in a May 2015 ceremony in New York. 

Stephanie Porras' forthcoming book Pieter Bruegel’s Historical Imagination (Penn State University Press, 2016) has received a Millard Meiss Publication Award from the College Art Association a Kress publication grant from the Renaissance Society of America, as well as a Historians of Netherlandish Art Fellowship award. Dr. Porras has also been awarded a short term fellowship at the New York Public Library this May, where she will be conducting research on her next book project, Maerten de Vos: a Renaissance Life in between

Michel Varisco (MFA 1994) won the Civic Design Pitch in the fifth annual Water Challenge at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Michel was awarded $25,000 to create, "Turning," three stainless steel cylinders laser-cut with historical traces of the Mississippi River. 

 

March 2015

Michael Brumbaugh, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, was awarded a residential research fellowship from the Fondation Hardt, Geneva, Switzerland.

Derek Burdette, a 2012 graduate of the joint PhD program in Art History and Latin American Studies, was awarded the Association for Latin American Art's biennial award for the best dissertation in Latin American art history 2012-2014, for "Miraculous Crucifixes and Colonial Mexican Society: The Artistic, Devotional, and Political Lives of Mexico City's Early-Colonial Cristos." His dissertation committee was Elizabeth Boone (Art History), Thomas Reese (Art History and Latin American Studies), Susan Schroeder (emeritus History). Dr. Burdette is currently at Visiting Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College.

Holly Flora, Associate Professor of Art History, has been named a fellow at Harvard's Villa I Tatti in Florence for next year.

Tulane University and New Orleans have been selected to host First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a traveling exhibition for 2016, in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

 

February 2015

Melissa Bailes, Assistant Professor of English, has been awarded a long-term fellowship at the Huntington Library for next year (2015-16).

Stephanie Porras, Assistant Professor of Art History, received a Millard Meiss publication grant from the College Art Association for her forthcoming book Pieter Bruegel’s Historical Imagination (Penn State University Press, 2016).

 

December 2014

William Brumfield, Professor of German and Slavic Studies, along with six others, was recently honored at a special ceremony in St. Petersburg, Russia and presented with the Likhachev Prize, Russia’s most prestigious honor for cultural preservation.  Brumfield, a prolific author and renowned photographer of historic Russian architecture, received the prize “for outstanding contributions to the preservation of the historic and cultural heritage of Russia.”  He is only the second Westerner ever to receive the prize.

Zachary Lazar, Assistant Professor of English, recently had his new novel, I PITY THE POOR IMMIGRANT (Little Brown, 2014), selected as one of the New York Times Notable Books for 2014.


November 2014

Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India and the Afrasian Imagination (Columbia University Press, 2013) by Gaurav Desai, Professor of English and African and African Diaspora Studies, has been named a finalist for the Bethwell A. Ogot Book Prize of the African Studies Association. This prize is offered annually to the best book in East African Studies published in the previous calendar year. In its citation, the award committee noted: “Drawing from a variety of fields, including anthropology, literary theory, and social history, Desai provides a work of cultural criticism that will force us to rethink many established notions about globalization, diasporas, and the role of minorities in the making of national cultures.” Professor Desai’s book has already received the American Comparative Literature Association’s Rene Wellek Book Prize earlier this year.

Professor of French and Italian, Felicia McCarren, has just received two prizes for her 2013 book French Moves: The Cultural Politics of le hip hop (Oxford, 2013), to be awarded this month at the joint meeting of the SDHS and CORD at the University of Iowa. Outstanding Publication Award, Congress on Research in Dance De la Torre Bueno Prize, Society of Dance History Scholars.

The Department of Music hosted their annual Concerto/Aria contest. The winners, who will perform on the Spring orchestra concert, are Alexander Sibley and Ali Bloomston, both from Amy Pfrimmer’s voice studio. Honorable mentions went to Austin Adomitis and Sienna Nelson. Austin is from Michael Howard's voice studio, and Sienna is from the voice studio of Laura Booras. Congratulations to all the participants who presented a very strong showing that represented the department in a great light.

October 2014


Elizabeth Boone, Professor and holder of the Martha and Donald Robertson Chair in Latin American Art, will be attending a conference in her honor on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Harvard University, titled "Telling Stories: Discourse, Meaning, and Performance in Mesoamerican Things," and receiving the 2014 "H.B. Nicholson Award for Excellence in Mesoamerican Studies" by the Moses Mesoamerican Archive and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard.

Caroline Good, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will be honored with the Barney Mintz New Leadership Award at the Anti-Defamation League's ("ADL") Centennial Dinner, held on December 4, 2014. The Barney Mintz New Leadership Award, which is given to two up-and-coming leaders of the ADL each year, is funded by the family of Barney Mintz, one of the original board chairs of the local and national chapters of the ADL. Together with the other award recipient, Good will travel to Washington D.C. in May to attend the Shana Amy Glass National Leadership Conference. While in Washington, she will join other ADL participants and have the opportunity to meet Congressional officials to discuss domestic and foreign issues concerning the Jewish community.

 

September 2014


William Balée, Professor of Anthropology, received the Mary W. Klinger Award for 2014 from the Society for Economic Botany for his book, Cultural Forests of the Amazon.

Elio Brancaforte, Associate Professor and Chair of Germanic and Slavic Studies, received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant for Teaching/Research in Azerbaijan. He will teach at Baku State University during the 2015 Spring semester.

The National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration has awarded Tulane's Middle American Research Institute a grant in support of Associate Professor of Anthropology and M.A.R.I. Director Marcello A. Canuto's proposed project to further his research at the Classic Maya city of La Corona in the jungles of northern Guatemala.

Douglas N. Harris, Associate Professor of Economics and Sean Higgins, PhD student, Department of Economics, have been awarded the 2014 Lawrence M. v. D. Schloss Economics Prize for their outstanding work in the Department of Economics at Tulane University.

Ashley Neumeister, an SLA student double majoring in Anthropology and Asian Studies, won 3rd prize in the 13th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition held on April 27, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.

The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane was awarded a grant by the Arts Midwest, on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in Shakespeare in American Communities in 2014-2015. This grant will help to fund The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane’s Annual Production for the Schools.

 

 

June 2014


Student Accolades

Seth Appelbaum, graduate student in Philosophy, was chosen as one of three graduate students in an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers on "Medieval Political Philosophy: Islamic, Jewish, and Christian."

Jennie Barker, German major, received a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Undergraduate Scholarship for 2015. The fellowship will facilitate her research project for her honors thesis that she will conduct while studying in Berlin during the spring of 2015. The scholarship will also allow her to do an internship in Germany after her semester at IES Abroad and Humboldt University ends.

Jessie Gomez (Art Studio; Psychology) was presented by the Newcomb Art Department the Promising Rising Senior Award in Painting in their recent awards ceremony for students in the History of Art and Studio Art programs.

Rachel Horowitz, PhD candidate in Anthropology, was recently awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for her project "Economic Implications of Lithic Technological Organization in the Mopan Valley, Belize."

Emily Johnson (Art Studio) was presented by the Newcomb Art Department the Nell Pomeroy O’Brien Award for a Sophomore or Junior in Studio Art in their recent awards ceremony for students in the History of Art and Studio Art programs.

Maxime Lamoureux St.-Hilaire, graduate student in anthropology, was recently awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Fonds de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture of the Quebec provincial government.

Nathan Rabalais, PhD candidate in French Studies, is the recent recipient of a highly competitive Chateaubriand fellowship to spend the academic year 2014-15 in Poitiers, France doing dissertation research. He was one of only six students out of 131 applicants from all over the country to receive a year-long grant.

James Steele (Art History; French) was presented by the Newcomb Art Department the Nell Pomeroy O’Brien Award for a Sophomore or Junior in Art History in their recent awards ceremony for students in the History of Art and Studio Art programs.

Sonya Wohletz (Art History) received the Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities. The paper is entitled “Through a Glass, Darkly: A Study of Mirrors in Aztec Art”. The award was presented on Thursday, May 1, at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies as part of their 13th annual Awards Ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding staff, faculty, and students.

David Rizk (Neuroscience; Classical Studies) and Arielle Suskin (Classical Studies Art Studio) will both be participating in Classics related summer projects and are the recipients of Classical Studies sponsored Summer Project Awards to help fund their endeavors.

Each spring, the Tulane University Marching Band selects new student leaders who will serve for the next academic year. These student leaders, as part of the 85+ students participating in the band program, represent every school and field of study at Tulane University. During the summer months they are a resource for their section members, guiding them through the process of learning new music for the football pre-game and halftime shows, and working closely with incoming freshmen to make sure that they prepared for the rigors of band camp and the fall season. The section leaders will arrive back on campus in mid-August to ensure a productive and engaging band camp for all members, then continue their leadership responsibilities throughout the academic year.
The student leaders for 2013-14 include, Lauren Stevens and Liz King as Drum Majors, Kimberly Plants-Paris as section leader for the clarinet, Chris Willuhn as section leader for the French horn, J.T. Barta as section leader for the trombone, Olivia Browslawsky as section leader for the alto saxophone, Zak James as section leader for the tenor and baritone saxophones, Amy Lipman as section leader for the trumpet, Ari Levine as section leader for the sousaphone, Kyle Pearcy as section leader for percussion, Angela Servello as section leader for color guard and Annie Cuccia as section leader for the dance team.

Philosophy graduate students Alex Limanowski and Paul Wilford were selected as participants in a 2014 Summer Seminar of the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History.

 

The Judith Kelleher Schafer Summer Internship Grant Program
Funds from the Judith Kelleher Schafer Summer Internship Grant Program were used to endow eight fellowships in the amount of $2,000 each for summer 2014. The students receiving the funds, along with their graduating class, hometown and internship placements are as follows:
Jonathan Brodo,
‘15 from Narberth, Pennsylvania, will intern in the office of Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) in Washington, D.C.
John Crowley,
’15 from Essex Junction, Vermont, will intern for Bird Peck Organics Farm in District Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Bothwell Graves Lee,
’15 from Louisville, Kentucky, will intern for the Waterman, PLLC law firm in Louisville, Kentucky.
Emma Loos,
’15 from Mission Viejo, California, will intern for the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation in Los Angeles, California.
Tomas O’Brien,
’15 from Lititz, Pennsylvania, will intern for the Orleans Parish Public Defenders Office in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Melissa Reitcheck,
’15 from Crystal Lake, Illinois, will intern in the office of Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Elizabeth Schoen,
’15 from Covington, Louisiana, will intern for the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Nicolas Stone,
’15 from Portland, Oregon, will intern in the office of Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in Washington, D.C.


SLA Summer Merit Fellowship Recipients
Seth Appelbaum – Philosophy
Octavio Barajas – Latin American Studies
Carlos Capellino-Fuentes – Spanish
Imen Djouini – Art Studio
Carla Flores-Ortiz – Spanish
Benjamin Fox-McCord – Art Studio
Beau Gaitors – History
Sean Higgins – Economics
George Johnson – Theatre
Peyton Jones – History
Heidi Krajewski – History
Kyle Lawton – Spanish
Alex Limanowski – Philosophy
Haley Holt Mehta – Anthropology
Jayur Madhusudan Mehta – Anthropology
Jonathan Moore – History
Thomas Mulligan – Philosophy
Morakinyo Ogunmodimu – Linguistics
Stephanie Parham – History
Erin Patterson – Anthropology
Xose Pereira-Boan – Spanish
Samantha Perez – History
Isabel Quintana – History
Nathan Rabalais – French
Maria Rincon-Chavarro – Spanish
Karen Sanders – Anthropology
Daniella Santoro – Anthropology
Jennifer Saracino – Latin American Studies–Art History
Lindsey Schier – History
Jason Somerville – Art Studio
Jeffrey Stenbom – Art Studio
Elsa Stephan – French
Nathan Stout – Philosophy
Carole Trevise – French
Jorge Valenzuela – Latin American Studies
Tatina Vintu – Theatre
James Whitaker – Anthropology
Allison White – Spanish
Paul Wilford – Philosophy


Graduating Student Accolades


Lee Barnett (Linguistics) has received an Erasmus grant to study toward a master’s degree in Computational Linguistics.

Chris Brown, recent graduate of Masters in Piano Performance, was accepted to University of North Carolina, Greensboro for his DMA.

Zachary Chizmar (Art History) was presented by the Newcomb Art Department the Senior Honors Scholar in Art History award in their recent awards ceremony for students in the History of Art and Studio Art programs.

Scott Cohen, recent graduate of Masters in Piano Performance, was accepted to both the University of Miami and the University of Kansas for the DMA program, and has decided to attend the University of Kansas.

Benjamin Kim (Art Studio) was presented by the Newcomb Art Department the Senior Honors Scholar in Studio Art in their recent awards ceremony for students in the History of Art and Studio Art programs.

Sam Stoner, who received his PhD in May, has been offered a three year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Western Heritage Program of Carthage College.



Fulbright Recipients

GRADUATE STUDENTS:
Daniel Castilow
(Anthropology) - Trinidad and Tobago
Erlend Johnson
(Archeology) - Honduras


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:
Lauren Kwiatkowski
(English Teaching Assistantship) - Taiwan
Patrick Matthews
(English Teaching Assistantship) - Belgium
Daniel Mellow
(English Teaching Assistantship/HAEF) - Greece
Reese Osta
(English Teaching Assistantship) - Germany
David Ewens,
(English Teaching Assistantship) - Germany

 

The following School of Liberal Arts students were recognized at the Newcomb-Tulane College Senior Awards Ceremony

• The William Wallace Peery Medal for Academic Excellence is presented to JOANNA ERYKA LAPUCHA
• The Award for Outstanding Student in African and African Diaspora Studies is presented to MWENDE KALONDU KATWIWA
• The Arden R. King Award for Excellence in Anthropology is presented to HILLARY RAY JOHNSON
• The Elizabeth S. Watts Award for Outstanding Achievement in Physical Anthropology is presented to HALEY MELINDA BLOCK
• The Robert Wauchope Award for Excellence in Anthropology is presented to BENJAMIN GARRETT DAVIS
• The Alberta “Rusty” Collier Memorial Award in 2-D Studio Art is presented to MARJORIE SUEZANNE McWILLIAMS
• The Edmond Lester Lacoste III Memorial Award in Painting is presented to CAROLINE MASUE MUNEOKA
• The Henry Stern Prize for the Best Paper in Art History is presented to GABRIELLE SIERRA STEWART
• The Outstanding Art History Major Award is presented to KIRA SCOTT SULLIVAN
• The Sandy Chism Memorial Award in Painting is presented to ELIZABETH CLAIRE FEROZE
• The Japan-Tulane Friendship Award is presented to CECILIA JAYNE BILLHEIMER
• The Classical Studies Prize is presented to ARIELLE JENNIFER SUSKIN
• The George H. Terriberry Prize is presented to JORDAN REINHOLD GARCIA GONZALEZ
• The Judah Touro Medal is presented to JULIA EVELYN JUDGE
• The Ashton Phelps Award is presented to CRAIG ANDREW HENRY
• The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication is presented to CAMERON ALEXANDRA DURHAM CONKLIN
• The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics is presented to MALLORY LORRAINE AVERY
• The Mathematical Economics Award is presented to RACHEL D. RYLEY
• The Newcomb College Award in Economics is presented to RACHEL D. RYLEY
• The Paul Tulane College Award in Economics is presented to BLAKE ROBERT HOLBROOK and NICHOLAS CLAYTON SUELLENTROP
• The Award for Service to the Literary Community is presented to SARAH GRACE MONSEN
• The Class of 1903 Shakespeare Prize is presented to LUCY KATHERINE STRATTON
• The Dale Edmonds Prize for Best Short Story Written by an Undergraduate is presented to MARIE-CLAIRE SEROU
• The Donald Pizer Award in American Literature is presented to DAVID LELAND BARENHOLTZ
• The Henry Clay Stier Award in English is presented to MEGAN ASHLEY ALFONSO
• The Pierce Butler Prize for Excellence in English is presented to JAMIE LYNNE BERTEL
• The Senior Achievement Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing is presented to CONNOR BROOKS CRAWFORD
• The Quarante Club Prize for Best Short Story by a Woman is presented to ELLY HOWARD
• The Virginia Gleaves-Lazarus Memorial Award is presented to LAURA ELIZABETH DECUIR
• The Senior Achievement and Studio in the Woods Prize is presented to CONNOR BROOKS CRAWFORD
• The Alcée Fortier Memorial Prize is presented to JOANNA ERYKA LAPUCHA
• The Charles Oscar Maas Prize in French and Italian is presented to MIZALA GRACIA MVULA and MELISSA LEIGH SAPP
• The France-Amérique Award is presented to MIZALA GRACIA MVULA
• The French Government Book Prize is presented to JESSICA CLAIRE BARRILLEAUX, MOSTELLER RUTH LIERLE, PATRICK LARSON MATTHEWS, KIRA SCOTT SULLIVAN and MEGAN ELIZABETH SUPER
• The Jonathan Lorino Memorial Prize is presented to WILLIAM PATRICK MITCHELL LUAN
• The Louis Bush Medal is presented to JULIA ALISON GELDZAHLER
• The Italian Government Prize for Excellence in Italian is presented to ALLISON JUDITH ANSPACH, KATHLEEN ELIZABETH CASEY, RACHEL KATHLEEN HULLETT and TERESA MARIA RUSSO
• The Award for the Outstanding Senior in Gender and Sexuality Studies is presented to JESSICA SUZANNE CALLAHAN
• The Anne Royal Arthur Memorial Award is presented to MALLORY LORRAINE AVERY
• The John T. Krumpelmann Award is presented to CLAIRE HELOISE DAIGNEAULT and REESE PATRICK OSTA
• The Russian Book Prize for Achievement in the Russian Language is presented to LILLIAN SOPHIA KOPASKA-MERKEL
• The Aline MacKenzie Taylor Award in Intellectual History is presented to SOPHIE GLORIA CORNFIELD
• The Charles Till Davis Prize for Excellence in European History is presented to ELISA MATTON
• The History Senior Scholar Award is presented to LAUREN KWIATKOWSKI
• The Chi Omega Prize in History is presented to NATALIE ERIN RUTSCH
• The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize in Social Studies is presented to NATALIE ERIN RUTSCH
• The Montgomery History Award is presented to ANDREW J. PELLATT
• The Sidney Beyer Prize for Excellence in American History is presented to CHANI NICOLE JENSEN
• The Dr. Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award is presented to ANDREW SCOTT GAYNOR
• The Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter and Julie Kanter Award is presented to ERIN DANIELLE ALBERT, ALEXANDRA PAIGE COHEN and LARA ELAINA COHEN
• The Ephraim Lisitzky Memorial Award is presented to NICOLE JORDAN ETSEKSON and JACOB HENRY HARRIS
• The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy is presented to CAMERON ALEXANDRA DURHAM CONKLIN and AURORA ELIZABETH GUNDERSEN
• The Murphy Institute Public Service Award is presented to MWENDE KALONDU KATWIWA
• The Political Economy Program Senior Scholar Award is presented to OCTAVIA LUCY MAWSON ABELL
• The Sarah I. Nadler Memorial Award in Music is presented to CHRISTINIA ANN BORNE and JENNA LAUREN WINSTON
• The Anne Butler Hess Award is presented to THANH LAM “LANCE” TRAN
• The Anthony F. and Mary Anne Corasaniti Award is presented to JULIÁN OSPINA
• The Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Fellowship in Political Science is presented to SALLY ELEANOR NESS
• The Class of 1935—Ned Putzell Memorial Prize is presented to AMANDA CATHERINE SAVAGE
• The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize is presented to ANGELA LOUISE FILARDO
• The Pi Sigma Alpha Award is presented to NICHOLAS CLAYTON SUELLENTROP
• The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science is presented to LARA ELAINA COHEN
• The Outstanding Student in Sociology Award is presented to SAMANTHA NICOLE BOSALAVAGE
• The Phi Mu Award in Sociology is presented to AMELIA THREEFOOT ESENSTAD
• The Hispano-American Prize is presented to SARAH MARIE EDWARDS
• The Iberian Studies Prize is presented to JULIÁN OSPINA and KELLEY ELIZABETH WALTON
• The Luso-Brazilian Studies Prize is presented to RILEY SUSANNE RUSSELL
• The Senior Scholars in Spanish and Portuguese is presented to TAYLOR CROSBY and JOCELYN SAUSNER
• The Dorothy Young Memorial Award for Best Performance by an Actress is presented to VICTORIA AUDREY ROSE GURAL
• The Garrick K. Barringer Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role is presented to BRENDAN BURKE BOWEN
• The Garrick K. Barringer Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role is presented to TRICIA ROBIN ANDERSON
• The Janice Torre Perky Memorial Award for Excellence in Original or Creative Writing is presented to JESSE CHARLES FRIEDMAN
• The Stephanie “Stevie” Dawson Memorial Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre is presented to SARAH ELIZABETH SCHULTZ
• The Elizabeth B. Delery Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance is presented to JACOB MATTHEW ELY
• The Jill Karp Prize in Dance Choreography is presented to ANNA TIANYU TAN
• The Jill Karp Prize in Dance Performance is presented to JESSIE ALANDA KARDOS• The Minnette L. Starts Award for Excellence in Dance is presented to DELIA ANN CONSTANTINO and LARA RENÉE MURRAY

 

School of Liberal Arts 2014 Tulane34 Award Recipients
Jessica Callahan – Linguistics; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Julia Grabowski – History
Lauren Holtzman – Sociology; International Development
Mwende Katwiwa – Political Economy; African and African Diaspora Studies
Lauren Kwiatkowski – History; Political Science
Kelsi Sexton – Anthropology; English
Walter Stern – History
Anna Tan – Public Health; Dance
Kelley Walton –Sociology; Spanish

 

School of Liberal Arts 2014 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees
Erin Albert – Psychology; Sociology
Megan Alfonso – Musical Theater; English
Skye Janille Anderson – Linguistics
Jamie Bertel – English; Classical Studies
Samantha Bosalavage – Sociology; Social Policy and Practice
Zachary Robert Chizmar – Art History
Cara Clatanoff – Environmental Studies
Monika Cohen – Public Health; Spanish
Sarah Marie Edwards – Spanish
Jesse Charles Friedman – Political Science; Spanish
Andrew S. Gaynor – Cell and Molecular Biology; Jewish Studies; Chemical Engineering
Michael Edwin Seehorn Glass – Philosophy; Mathematics
Anna L. Hamilton – Public Health; International Development
Anne Kincaid Hauser – Political Science; International Development
Craig Andrew Henry – Communication; Digital Media Production
Lauren Sydney Holtzman – Sociology, International Development
Megan Carol Johnson – Anthropology
Julia Evelyn Judge – Classical Studies
Alyssa Kahan – Gender and Sexuality Studies
Stacy L. Krost – English; Asian Studies
Jessalyn Leigh Kunz – Political Science-International Relations; International Development
Danielle LeClair – French; Linguistics
Patrick J. Lorio – Political Science
Daniel Isaac Mellow – Economics
Terese I. Murphy – Art History
Minzala Gracia Mvula – Political Economy; French
Andrew J. Pellatt – History
McCall Kent Raftus – Sociology; Social Policy and Practice
Angelina Rose Ruddell – Sociology
Riley Susanne Russell – Spanish; Sociology
Natalie Rutsch – History
Rachel D. Ryley – Mathematics; Economics
Lucy K. Stratton – Political Science; English
Nicholas Clayton Suellentrop – Political Science-International Relations; Economics
Dana Jean Swanson – Anthropology
Louis Taylor – Cell and Molecular Biology; Spanish
Sonia Tompkins – Linguistics
Thanh Lam Tran – Neuroscience; Philosophy
Caitlin Elinor Truitt – Public Health; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Bryan Joseph Ueng – Mathematics; Economics
Benjamin Williams – Political Science-International Relations; History
Sarah Amanda Williams – Neuroscience; Spanish

 



May 2014


Bruce Bower, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, was awarded the 2013-2014 Graduate Studies Student Association Outstanding Faculty Award for the School of Liberal Arts.

Congratulations to David Friezo (A&S '86) who recently completed the UVU North Pole Marathon. Running through snow and ice in -30 degree Celsius temperatures, Friezo was one of just 47 competitors from 20 countries to complete this grueling marathon. To see pictures of the race and its competitors, check out the UVU North Pole Marathon Facebook page.

Amy Pfrimmer, Assistant Professor of Music, is one of seven national winners of the 2014 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Emerging Leaders Award. In May, Pfrimmer will adjudicate and give a master class entitled "Survival Skills: Master Class, Discussion and Direction for Emerging Artists" at the National Classical Singer Convention to be held in San Antonio. Also in May, Amy is invited to give a master class at the Mississippi School of the Arts.

Stephanie Porras, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, received both a Renaissance Society of America grant, supporting her research in Antwerp this summer, as well as a National Endowment for the Humanities “Enduring Questions” grant to develop her course “What is a copy?” to be taught as an Honors Colloquium next year.

 

April 2014


Professor of English and African & African Diaspora Studies Gaurav Desai's book, Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India, and the Afrasian Imagination, has been selected as the 2014 Wellek Prize winner. This year's René Wellek Prize recognizes an outstanding book in the discipline of Comparative Literature published in the triennium 2011-13. The prize was awarded at the ACLA annual meeting in New York City (March 20-23).


Congratulations to SLA history graduate student Kaitlyn Henderson on receiving a Cuban Heritage Collection Graduate Fellowship. The CHC awards provide assistance to doctoral students in the U.S. who wish to use the research resources available in the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries. Henderson's research focuses on Cuban Racial Discourse in the Twentieth Century.

Katharine Jack, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Environmental Studies, received a grant from the LA Board of Regents to continue her research. The title of her submitted proposal is Major Histocompatibility Complex, Mate Choice and Dispersal Decisions in Wild Cebus capucinus: Implications for Sexual Selection in Male Dispersed Social Animals. The grant will provide $156,000+ over the course of three years.  Of the 112 applicants, Jack's proposal was raked #1 along with five others.

Patience Moll, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of English, was awarded a three-month grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to conduct research at the Hegel Archives at the Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany this summer.

 

March 2014

Congratulations to English Professor Molly Rothenberg on being awarded a Fulbright Flex Award. The Flex Award is one of two special awards from the Fulbright Scholar Program which funds research for several months at a time over a two year period. The Flex Award is also designed for scholars who require multiple visits abroad to accomplish their research objectives. Rothenberg will use the Flex Award to help complete her book project currently titled, Jane Austen’s Exceptional Universalism.

 

February 2014

The Foundation for Entertainment, Development and Education (FEDE) will present Pianist and Professor of Practice Daniel O. Weilbaecher Jr. with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tribute to the Classical Arts luncheon on Feb. 14 at the Hotel Monteleone. The Foundation presents special awards and nominations for performances of classical music, opera, ballet and ethnic and contemporary dance in the New Orleans area. Weilbaecher teaches piano and theory in the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University. He has performed across the country and is the founder of the New Orleans Piano Institute. He recently stepped down as Executive Director of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, a position he held for nearly two decades.

 

January 2014 

Undergraduate student Jesse Friedman won 2nd place in the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy’s student essay contest for a research paper he wrote during the fall 2012 semester abroad in Cuba. The article, written in Spanish, was published in the prestigious journal, Cuba in Transition. This is a very unusual honor for an undergraduate student, as the other contributors are all recognized scholars in Cuban Studies. Friedman is a triple major in Political Economy, Spanish, and Theater and Dance, and an accomplished actor and dancer as well as student and researcher. 

Senior Professor of Practice of Political Science M. Casey Kane Love, won the Barbara Moely Service Learning Teaching Award for 2013.

Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies Supriya Nair’s book Pathologies of Paradise: Caribbean Detours has won the The Nicolás Guillén Award for Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature from the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

 


December 2013

The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is proud to announce that they have 5339 students, representing 51 schools from the Greater New Orleans area, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Hattiesburg, registered to attend school performances in the spring. Additionally, Shakespeare on the Road (the mobile branch of SFT) has had nine performances at local middle and high schools this semester. Most recently they have visited residents of the Pontchartrain Healthcare Centre in Mandeville.

Piano student Zhichan Huang and soprano student Sarah Weinberg won the Music Department's annual Concerto and Aria Contest, which was held on Friday, November 15th. The winners will perform as soloists in a Spring 2014 Tulane Orchestra concert.

The Department of Jewish Studies has won a continuation of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) grant supporting a Schusterman teaching professor at Tulane for the 2014-15 acdemic year. The grant has brought a number of academics and professors to teach at Tulane and engage with students during this time, including Prof. Moshe Naor, Prof. Ilan Fuchs, Prof. Rami Kimchi, and Prof. Yehuda Halper, among others. Also, the department is to proud to announce the debut of the M.O. Gershenzon Digital Library, a companion piece to Prof. Horowitz's most recently published book, Russian Idea – Jewish Presence: Essays on Russian-Jewish Intellectual Life.

Nora Lustig, the Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Economics, has been awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the impact of fiscal policy on inequality and poverty in low-income countries. The $581,162 grant will enable Lustig and her team to implement the analysis in two pilot countries in Africa, Ghana and Tanzania, as well as to adapt the CEQ methodology to encompass the idiosyncrasies of low-income countries. She will work alongside co-principal investigators James Alm, Chair of the Economics Department, and Sean Higgins, Economics PhD student.

Discover magazine has released it’s top 100 stories of 2013. Associate Professor of Anthropology, Christopher Rodning’s archeological find was ranked at #29 on the list. The location of the first European fort established in the interior of North America was discovered this past summer by Rodning and project co-directors from the University of Michigan and at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. “We selected the top 100 stories based in part on each item’s impact and implications on its particular field,” said Steve George editor of Discover.

Nick Spitzer, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the James Williams Rivers prize in Louisiana Studies, an annual award administered by the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. The prize selection committee specifically cited American Routes, as well as Spitzer's scholarly contributions to the study of Louisiana folklore, as factors in his selection. Previous winners of the Rivers Prize include A. Hays Town, Ernest Gaines, Ellis Marsalis, James Lee Burke, Carl Brasseaux, LPB, George Rodrigue, and several others.

 

November 2013

Aaron Collier, Senior Professor of Practice in Art Studio, was selected by The Joan Mitchell Center as one of ten artists for the 2013-2014 New Orleans Local Artists ("NOLA") Studio Program. Artists will receive a free studio and a materials stipend for five months, as well as professional development support over the full length of the pilot.

This October, Professor of Political Science Sally J. Kenney was recognized by the National Association of Women Judges for her service to the cause of gender diversity in the judiciary. The organization held its annual meeting in New Orleans, where Kenney was presented with The Florence K. Murray Award, honoring a non-judge who, by example or otherwise, has influenced women to pursue legal careers, opened doors for women attorneys, or advanced opportunities for women within the legal profession. Kenney's most recent book is Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter.

Jana Lipman's (Associate Professor of History) article "Give us a Ship": Vietnamese Repatriates on Guam, 1975" was awarded the Constance Rourke Prize for the best article published in American Quarterly (2012).


October 2013

Upon the completion of its 20th season, the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is the recipient of a Community Arts Award. The award was presented by the Arts Council of New Orleans at a ceremony at the Contemporary Arts Center on September 24.

Assistant Professor Alan I. Barreca and Associate Professor Jonathan Pritchett, both from the Department of Economics, have been selected as this year's joint Schloss Prize recipients. This Schloss Prize for Excellence in Economics is given annually in recognition of outstanding performance - Pritchett for service and Barreca for research. As a bonus, the prize carries with it a cash prize of $5,000 for each professor.

Congratulations to Director of the New Orleans Gulf South Center, Associate Professor Joel Dinerstein, and Senior Professor of Practice in Theatre & Dance, Gary Ruker, who have both been selected as one of New Orleans Magazine's Top People to Watch for their annual issue (Sept. 2013).

Professor William Brumfield is the recent recipient of the Achievement Award in Russian-American Relations, Arts and Education. The award is given by the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities on the occasion of the annual Russia Day Gala. This is the first year that the award has been presented.

J. Emmanuel Raymundo, Assistant Professor of Communication, has received a 2013-2014 Eugene Garfield Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society. Founded by Ben Franklin in 1743, the American Philosophical Society is an eminent scholarly organization of international reputation that promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources and community outreach.



June 2013


Congratulations to English Department Lecturer, Luisa Dantas, who is the recipient of the Community Enrichment Award from the Tulane University Center for Public Service for her service-learning course, Placed-Based Storytelling in New Orleans. In addition, the short film Splitting the Tremé, which was produced by Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School students in conjunction with their Tulane mentors as part of Dantas' Place-Based Storytelling class last Fall, recently won first place in the prestigious Congress for the New Urbanism's 'Highways to Boulevards' national video contest. There is a $500 cash prize, which Clark will use to fund more Digital Media Club programming next year. The video also screened at the CNU national conference in Salt Lake City, and will be placed on their website for use in their campaigns to redesign America's urban spaces.


At the Tulane University Unified Commencement ceremony, T.R. Johnson, Associate Professor of English and Director of the writing program, received the Weiss Presidential Fellowship, the highest award for undergraduate teaching at Tulane University. The Board of Tulane, with support from Suzanne and Stephen Weiss, established the Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship to recognize the importance of undergraduate teaching. The fellowship honors a faculty member who has a sustained record of effective, inspiring and distinguished teaching. Recipients receive a special medal, $5,000 a year for four years and permanent designation as a Weiss Fellow.


The National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration has awarded Tulane's Middle American Research Institute a grant in support of Associate Professor of Anthropology and M.A.R.I. Director Marcello A. Canuto's proposed project "Archaeological Investigations of La Corona's Hieroglyphic Staircase 2."


English Post-doc Teaching Fellow, Catherine Michna, is the recipient of the Social Justice & Advocacy Award from the Tulane University Center for Public Service for her service-learning course, Makers and Motivations: Culture and Organizing Histories in New Orleans.


Justin Wolfe, Director of Graduate Studies and William Arceneaux Associate Professor of Latin American History, received an NEH Summer Stipend, providing two months of supplemental funding this summer toward the same research. Both will contribute to his book manuscript in progress, tentatively titled, "On Equal Grounds: Race and Empire in the Age of Manifest Destiny, 1848-1858."


Alumni Dr. Joseph V. Trahan, III, APR, Fellow PRSA (A&S 1976) was selected Outstanding Faculty Advisor at Georgia State University for 2013.



Student Accolades/Awards 

This year at the Sigma Tau Delta convention Tulane students of the English Honor Society presented original works in fiction, critical essay, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Not only did they present polished, thought-provoking pieces, but they answered their audiences' questions in a poised, professional manner. Subsequently, Tulane's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta won the Outstanding Chapter Award, given to the best chapter in the nation. In addition, Meghan Holt, Instructor in the English Department, won the Outstanding Sponsor Award.

Each spring, the Tulane University Marching Band selects new student leaders who will serve for the next academic year. These student leaders, as part of the 85+ students participating in the band program, represent every school and field of study at Tulane University. During the summer months they are a resource for their section members, guiding them through the process of learning new music for the football pre-game and halftime shows, and working closely with incoming freshmen to make sure that they prepared for the rigors of band camp and the fall season. Our section leaders will arrive back on campus in mid-August to ensure a productive and engaging band camp for all members, then continue their leadership responsibilities throughout the academic year.

Our student leaders for 2013-14 are:

DRUM MAJORS: Alex Tir and Chris Willuhn

SECTION LEADERS: Caitlyn Schroeder, flutes; Brittany Carnes, clarinets; Olivia Browslawsky, alto saxophones; Zak James, tenor & baritone saxophones; Amy Lipman, trumpets; Christopher Collins, mellophones; Alex Cammack, trombones & baritones; Ari Levine, Sousaphones; Kyle Pearcy, percussion; Angela Servello, color guard; Annie Cuccia, dance team

Congratulations to School of Liberal Arts recent graduates, Anne Mellan ('13), and Patrick Marcus ('13), who have received jobs with the Ministry of Education in Japan.

We are happy to announced that two School of Liberal Arts students have received awards from Tulane's Center for Public Service:
Michelle Liu is the recipient of the Donald Mintz Award and Joshua Weinberg is the recipient of the Community Enrichment Award.

Fulbright Recipients

″ David Ewens, a graduating senior ('13) majoring in English and German, has won a Fulbright Grant to teach English in Germany next year.

″ Sean Higgins ('11 - Economics) received a Fulbright Award to conduct research in Mexico in the 2013-2014 academic year. Sean is currently working with Economic Professors Claudiney Pereira and Nora Lustig on several papers discussing income inequality and poverty.

″ Nicole Katin, a Ph.D student in Anthropology, received a Fulbright Award for her doctoral research in Brazil.

″ Beau Gaitors, a Ph.D. student in History, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program fellowship for 2013-2014 to carry out research in Mexico for his dissertation on traders and trading networks in late-colonial and early-independent Veracruz.

″ Maria Aguilar, a Ph.D. student in History, has received a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Fellowship to support her research during 2013-2014 on the development and transformation of the urban police in Guatemala City between 1944 and 1985.

″ Liberal Arts graduating senior, Catherine Fitpatrick, will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Brazil. Her majors were Environmental Studies and Political Science/International Relations.

″ School of Liberal Arts alumna Grace Kenneally ('12), whose majors were Political Science/International Relations and Russian, has been awarded a Fulbright to teach English in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Grace just completed a position as a research assistant through the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and is currently working at a law firm specializing in international law. She will enter a Masters program in International Economics and Russian and Eurasian Studies at John Hopkins University upon her return from Bishkek.

The following School of Liberal Arts students were recognized at the Newcomb-Tulane College Senior Awards Ceremony

″ The Award for Outstanding Student in African and African Diaspora Studies is presented to Samantha Alexis Kaplan

″ The Arden R. King Award for Excellence in Anthropology is presented to Alexa Carroll Schwartz

″ The Elizabeth S. Watts Award for Outstanding Achievement in Physical Anthropology is presented to Erin Leigh Macdougal

″ The Robert Wauchope Award for Excellence in Anthropology is presented to Rebecca Johnson Howsam

″ The Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Anthropology is presented to Matthew Preston Dobbins

″ The Alberta "Rusty" Collier Memorial Award in 2-D Studio Art is presented to Samuel Ruskin Crosby and Margaret Ellen Spacapan

″ The Edmond Lester Lacoste III Memorial Award in Painting is presented to Molly Elizabeth Knobloch

″ The Henry Stern Prize for the Best Paper in Art History is presented to Rachel Daphne Weiss

″ The Outstanding Art History Major Award is presented to Samuel Ruskin Crosby and Joseph Alexander Ramsey

″ The Sandy Chism Memorial Award in Painting is presented to Madeline Claire Marak

″ The Japan-Tulane Friendship Award is presented to Brooke Adams Schueller

″ The Classical Studies Prize is presented to Jonathan Scott Salman

″ The George H. Terriberry Prize is presented to Jennifer Elise Triplett

″ The Judah Touro Medal is presented to Rachel Lilley Love

″ The Ashton Phelps Award is presented to Raphael Ramil Rosalin

″ The Glendy Burke Medal in Communication is presented to Claire Frances Goodill

″ The J. Ernest Tanner Award for Excellence in Economics is presented to Joshua Marcus Pollack

″ The Mathematical Economics Award is presented to Emily Anne Brechlin and Jessica Bernardine Feagles

″ The Newcomb College Award in Economics is presented to Emily Anne Brechlin

″ The Paul Tulane College Award in Economics is presented to Charles Earle Gaber and Joseph Frederick Lustig

″ The Award for Service to the Literary Community is presented to Elizabeth Ryan Mardiks

″ The Class of 1903 Shakespeare Prize is presented to Rachael Anna Wingate

″ The Dale Edmonds Prize for Best Short Story Written by an Undergraduate is presented to Katherine Cecelia Hines

″ The Donald Pizer Award in American Literature is presented to Katherine Cecelia Hines

″ The Henry Clay Stier Award in English is presented to Philip Joseph Herman

″ The Pierce Butler Prize for Excellence in English is presented to Engram Weatherford Wilkinson

″ The Senior Achievement Prize for Excellence in Creative Writing is presented to Mary Katherine Brake

″ The Virginia Gleaves Lazarus Memorial Award is presented to Athena Jane Manatis-Lornell

″ The Studio in the Woods Residency Award for an Outstanding Senior in Creative Writing is presented to Engram Weatherford Wilkinson

″ The Alcée Fortier Memorial Prize is presented to Meagan Jean Gross Knowlton

″ The Charles Oscar Maas Prize in French and Italian is presented to Margaret Yvonne Osburn and Tanvi Mukesh Shah

″ The France-Amérique Award is presented to Tanvi Mukesh Shah

″ The French Government Book Prize is presented to Casey Howell Boersma, Anne Elizabeth Lootens and Madeline Grace Tideman

″ The Jonathan Lorino Memorial Prize is presented to Michael Patrick Ross

″ The Louis Bush Medal is presented to Brooke Adams Schueller

″ The Italian Government Prize for Excellence in Italian is presented to Emily Revere Lutken

″ The Award for the Outstanding Senior in Gender and Sexuality Studies is presented to Leila Mohammad Abu-Orf

″ The Anne Royal Arthur Memorial Award is presented to Sara Autumn Shockey

″ The John T. Krumpelmann Award is presented to David Russell Ewens

″ The Russian Book Prize for Achievement in the Russian Language is presented to Jane Emily Hayashi

″ The Aline MacKenzie Taylor Award in Intellectual History is presented to William Douglas Jones

″ The Charles Till Davis Prize for Excellence in European History is presented to Sarah Louisa Sklaw

″ The Chi Omega Prize in History is presented to Mallory Eleanor West

″ The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize in Social Studies is presented to Jane Emily Hayashi

″ The Montgomery History Award is presented to Scott Aran Sigman

″ The Sidney Beyer Prize for Excellence in American History is presented to Allison Elizabeth Palmer

″ The Dr. Bernard Kaufman Essay Contest Award is presented to Eli Joseph Kamerow

″ The Dr. Lawrence J. Kanter and Julie Kanter Award is presented to Nathan Judah Jablow and Emily Lauren Seyburn

″ The Ephraim Lisitzky Memorial Award is presented to Ronald Michael Kanter and Benjamin Lawrence Samuels

″ The Linguistics Program Award for Scholastic Excellence is presented to Zachary Taylor Santosuosso

″ The Charles H. Murphy Prize in Political Economy is presented to Charles Kent Crosby and Hillary Ruby Rose Donnell

″ The Murphy Institute Public Service Award is presented to Mathew Ryan Freimuth

″ The Maynard Klein/Friedrick E. Stoll Award is presented to Phillip Charles Larroque

″ The Sarah I. Nadler Memorial Award in Music is presented to Phillip Charles Larroque and Michael Carl Pepper

″ The Anne Butler Hess Award is presented to Victoria Joanne Kane

″ The Anthony F. and Mary Anne Corasaniti Award is presented to Nicole Sydney London

″ The Charles E. Dunbar Jr. Fellowship in Political Science is presented to Amelia Grace Conrad and Joseph Frederick Lustig

″ The Class of 1935—Ned Putzell Memorial Prize is presented to Paige Marie Boetefuer

″ The Mary B. Scott Memorial Prize is presented to Darcey Dillon Tindall

″ The Pi Sigma Alpha Award is presented to Claire Elisabeth Galley

″ The S. Walter Stern 1905 Memorial Medal is presented to Joseph Frederick Lustig

″ The Shirley Weil Greengus Memorial Award for Achievement in Political Science is presented to Nicole Sydney London

″ The Outstanding Student in Sociology Award is presented to Allison Lee Madera

″ The Phi Mu Award in Sociology is presented to Sara Maria Jacob

″ The Hispano-American Prize is presented to Sally Brand Friedman and Jonathan David Munns

″ The Iberian Studies Prize is presented to Amanda Claire Foy

″ The Luso-Brazilian Studies Prize is presented to Ailene Mary Orr

″ The Dorothy Young Memorial Award for Best Performance by an Actress is presented to Emily Clare Russell

″ The Stephanie "Stevie" Dawson Memorial Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre is presented to Erin Elizabeth Cessna

Department of Art Award Recipients

″ Senior Honor Scholar in Art History presented to Brady Plunger

″ Nell Pomeroy O'Brien award for academic achievement in Art History presented to Idan Ben Yakir

″ Nell Pomeroy O'Brien award for academic achievement in Art Studio presented to Dakota Moe

″ The Juanita Gonzales Award in Ceramics presented to Benjamin S. Kim

School of Liberal Arts Tulane34 Award Recipients

Melissa Beske, Amelia Conrad, David Duesing, Rogers Jason Ervin, David Ewens, Morgan Franklin, Michael Lewis

2013 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees

John Coy Allums - Mathematics; Asian Studies
Carolina M. Bejarano - Psychology; Spanish
Emily Anne Brechlin - Mathematics; Economics
Lisa Ariel Brown - English
Cooper Cain - Cell & Molecular Biology; Political Science
Amelia Conrad - Political Science-International Relations; International Development
Charles Crosby - Political Economy-International Perspectives; English
Rory Grace DeMaio - Art History
David R. Ewens - English; German Studies
Sally Brand Friedman - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Spanish
Anna Gaca - Art History
Lindsay Gus - Political Science-International Relations; English
Jane Emily Hayashi - History; Russian
Philip Joseph Herman - Film Studies; English
Katherine Cecelia Hines - Public Health Studies; Philosophy
Casie Marie James - Psychology; Spanish
Nicole Sydney London - Political Science; International Development
Joseph F. Lustig - Economics; Political Science-American Politics & Policy
Katie Mitchell - Political Science
Jonathan David Munns - Cell & Molecular Biology; Spanish
Ailene Mary Orr - Spanish & Portuguese; Latin American Studies
Nicole L. Pelletier - Gender & Sexuality Studies; History
Danielle Pensack - Political Science-International Relations
Alison Futura Perry - Psychology; Political Science
Jillian Poché - English
Michael Ross - French; Spanish
Tanvi Shah - French; International Development
Sean Hunt Simonson - Anthropology
Hunter Jackson Smith - Philosophy; Religious Studies
Whitney Stewart - Anthropology; International Development
Darcey Tindall - Political Science; International Development
Jennifer Elise Triplett - Classical Studies; International Development; Latin American Studies
Frances C. Weil - Philosophy; International Development
Mallory Eleanor West - History; Anthropology
Janine London Wilkin - Public Health Studies; International Development
Bari Danielle Winik - Anthropology
Rosanna Wyatt - Latin American Studies





May 2013


Associate Professor of Anthropology, Shanshan Du is the recipient of a 2013 ATLAS award from the Louisiana Board of Regents. The ATLAS program provides support to faculty members in arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines to complete major scholarly and artistic productions with the potential to have a broad impact on a regional, national, and/or international level. Professor Du will use the award to work on her book project currently title, "Fatalistic Collision with a Cosmo-Social Structure: Epidemic Suicide among the Lahu in China."


Congratulations to Professor Raymond Taras of the department of political science on being awarded a Polish Fulbright. Taras will use the Fulbright as part of his year-long sabbatical to continue his research on the conception of nationality specific to Poland's foreign policy toward Russia from 2007 to the present.

April 2013


Constance Balides, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and the Director of Tulane's Film Studies Program, won the 2013 Pedagogy Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. 

Karen Celestan, Senior Program Manager for the Music Rising at Tulane program within the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, won a Carve Magazine's 2013 Esoteric Award for her short story entitled Higher Ground.



Jeffrey Gunshol,
Newcomb Dance Program faculty member, received a 2013 Big Easy Theater Award Nomination for Best Choreography for Southern Repertory Theatre's production of Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge, A Flowergory Manifold.



Ph.D. student Sean Higgins received a Fulbright U.S. Student Award for 2013-2014 to Mexico. Sean is currently working with Economic Professors Claudiney Pereira and Nora Lustig on several papers on income inequality and poverty.

Justin Wolfe, Director of Graduate Studies and William Arceneaux Associate Professor of Latin American History, received a Mayers Fellowship at the Huntington Library, where he will be conducting research for the month of June. The grant provides $3,000 for the one-month stay.

Tulane's Summer Lyric Theatre won the following categories at the 2013 Big Easy Awards:

  • Best Actress in a Musical (Alum Elizabeth Argus for Sunset Boulevard)
  • Best Costume Design (Charlotte Lang for Sunset Boulevard)
  • Best Choreography (Alum Diane Lala for Anything Goes)


March 2013


Christopher Dunn, Department Chair for Spanish and Portuguese, received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete a book project titled "Contracultura: Alternative Arts and Emergent Social Movements in Authoritarian Brazil" during the 2013-14 academic year.

Anthropology graduate student Nicole Katin recently won a Fulbright Scholarship Award for her doctoral research in Brazil.

In February, two piano students of Music Professor Faina Lashtak, Angelina May and Zhichan Huang, received monetary awards as the winners for outstanding performances in the Junior Philharmonic Audition.

Associate Professor in Anthropology Chris Rodining, submitted and won the Third Annual Excavation Outreach Contest by the Archaeological Institute of America.  The honor is given for the public outreach component of his archaeological project in western North Carolina, "The Berry Site: The First, Lost Colony in North Carolina". Rodining credits colleagues, staff, collaborators, predecessors and alumni for their contributions to this project.

Alumnae Jane Wolfe (SLA '12), attending Harvard Divinity School, received the honor of being asked to give a sermon at Harvard's Morning Prayers, a 375-year old tradition.

Tulane's Summer Lyric Theatre has been nominated for several 2012 Big Easy Awards (to be held March 25).

Sunset Boulevard

Best Musical Best Director (B. Michael Howard - faculty)
Best Actress in a Musical (Elizabeth Argus - alum)
Best Actor in a Musical (Kasey Marino - staff)
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Bob Edes, Jr)
Best Costume Design (Charlotte Lang)
Best Set Design (Rick Paul)
Best Musical Director (C. Leonard Raybon - faculty)

Anything Goes

Best Choreography (Diane Lala - alum)
Best Actress in a Musical (Julie Tolivar)


The Department of Theatre and Dance received a 2012 Big Easy Award nomination for :

Hay Fever

Best University Production – directed by student Stephen Eckert for his thesis

February 2013


Undergraduate student Christina Borne was selected and performed in the 2013 Louisiana Intercollegiate Honor Band on January 20, 2013 which was held at UL Lafayette.   Christina is a junior majoring in music composition.  She is currently in her third year with the Tulane University Marching Band and also participates in the concert band, pep band and other ensembles in the Newcomb Department of Music.


Anthropology graduate student Nicole Katin is a 2013 recipient of the Halperin Memorial Award from the Society for Economic Anthropology for her project, "Ethnographic Study of conservation induced displacement in Núcleo Itariru, Southeastern Brazil."


The Tulane University Marching Band (TUMB) performed at two major media events as part of Super Bowl week in New Orleans.  On Friday, February 1st the TUMB was featured on "Fox & Friends" on Fox Network from 5:00am-8:00am Central Time.  On February 2nd the TUMB performed for DirecTV broadcasts of its morning "Super Bowl Tail Gate Party" and afternoon "Celebrity Beach Bowl" events at Mardi Gras World.  Combined coverage on the two networks and partners was expected to reach an audience of more than 200 million!


The TUMB is now in its 8th year of operation, and for Mardi Gras 2013 will be featured in three major parades.  Tulanians, locals and out-of-town guests will be able to see the TUMB in Krewe d'Etat on February 8, Bacchus on February 10 and Rex on February 12.
For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit www.tulaneband.org.




January 2013


Catherine "Cat" Carlton (NC, '90), was elected to the City Council of Menlo Park, California, and sworn into office in December. She will serve a four-year term in this position, representing approximately 33,000 people in the Silicon Valley city.

Christopher Clark (SLA, '11), has been accepted to Cambridge University to pursue graduate work in the area of development studies, one of Cambridge's most renowned programs.

Peter Cooley, Professor of English, Director, Creative Writing, recently won the Faulkner Society gold medal for poetry for an 800-word (approximately four-page) excerpt of "Aftermaths," a massive poem that now stands at 194 pages.

Chris Dunn, associate professor in Spanish and Portuguese, received an NEH fellowship to support his research. The fellowship will support the competition of a project titled "Contracultura: Alternative Arts and Emergent Social Movements in Authoritarian Brazil." The fellowship will fund research and writing, which he will undertake between July 2013 and June 2014.

Managing Director Clare C. Moncrief, announces that The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Selly Foundation to support the upcoming 2013 season.




December 2012



Diane M. Grams, Assistant Professor of Sociology,  received Best Conference Paper Award for her paper entitled "Freedom and Cultural Consciousness: Black Working Class Parades in Post-Katrina New Orleans" which she presented at the Urban Affairs Association's (UAA) 2012 conference.

Keith Finlay, Assistant Professor of Economics, received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the purpose of assessing the impact of regulating purchase of pseudoephedrine on the public health costs of methamphetamine production and use.

The Faulkner Society in New Orleans has given Peter Cooley, Professor of English, The Marble Faun Award, First Place in Poetry, for his poem "Arrangements," a section of the long poem Aftermaths which he wrote on his leave last year with an ATLAS grant.

Art History professor Elizabeth Boone, Professor of Art, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October.

November 2012


Sally Kenney, Professor and Executive Director of the Newcomb College Institute, has been named a New Orleans Citybusiness Woman of the Year, recognizing 50 women who have helped move the region forward with energy, innovative ideas, achievements and a commitment to excellence.  Kenney will also be speaking to the National Association of Women Judges this month in Miami about her new book Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter.

The African Studies Association Women's Caucus awarded Professor and Chair Adeline Masquelier the 2012 Aidoo-Snyder book prize 2012 for her work Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town (Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 2009). The Aidoo-Snyder book prize is awarded by the Women's Caucus of the African Studies Association for an outstanding book published by a woman that prioritizes African women's experiences. Named in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo, the celebrated Ghanaian novelist and short-story writer, and Margaret Snyder the founding Director of UNIFEM, this $500 prize seeks to acknowledge the excellence of contemporary scholarship being produced by women about African women. In alternate years, the prize is awarded for the best scholarly book, or for the best creative work. The Women's Caucus Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize Committee (social sciences) had the following to say of Masquelier's work "This richly layered work portrays in convincingly sensitive detail the experiences of Muslim women (and men) who became for a time followers of Muhammadu Awal, who began a reformist movement in Dogondoutchi, Niger.  Through participant observation and interviewing Masquelier entered into their situation to record the growth and decline of his movement, with particular attention to women's experiences.  Her analysis of how women see themselves and negotiate and renegotiate moral agency regarding the "ever fluctuating and tangled field of Muslim identities" (p. 8) presents women neither as submissive victims nor triumphant victors, but as complex actors with agency within a shifting societal context riven by Islamic sectarian activism."

Professor Vicki Mayer has been selected as this year's recipient of the Barbara E. Moely Service Learning Teaching Award




October 2012


Adam Mysock, Professor of Practice of Art, was awarded the "Best in Show" prize at the first annual Louisiana Contemporary exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.  The show was juried by Rene Paul Barilleaux, the Chief Curator and Curator of Art after 1945 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.  It featured 86 works selected from over 600 submissions from throughout the state.  The winning piece titled "Mountains Named After Presidents, Seen from a Distance" (it's an installation of five small paintings).  More information can be found at http://louisianacontemporary.org.

The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is pleased to once again be the recipient of the 2012 Arts Midwest/NEA grant for the program Shakespeare for a New Generation.  Arts Midwest gave over $1 million in grant funding to 42 nonprofit organizations across the country, with the goal of bringing performances of Shakespeare's works to young audiences.  The awards this year celebrate the anniversary of Shakespeare  in American Communities: a national program managed by the Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  The 2013 Shakespeare Festival performances run January 9-11 and 15-18 at 10am.  There will be one public performance on the evening of Friday, January 11th at 7:30 pm.

Assistant Professor Keith Finlay and Professor Douglas R. Nelson have been awarded the 2012 Schloss Prize in Economics.

Threadhead Cultural Foundation recently announced the release of Up Front and Center: New Orleans Music at the end of the 20th Century on Threadhead Press by Jay Mazza (BA'83; MA '85).  The book is the first in-depth account of this very important era in the history of New Orleans music.  It is filled with vivid descriptions of many of the  most significant musical performances in the last two decades of the 20th century.

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