The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program
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Deadline to apply for 2014-2015: March 14, 2014
The William L. Duren '26 Professorship Program was established and endowed with a generous gift from Professor William L. Duren '26, M.A. '28, Ph.D., LL.D. honoris causa '59, professor emeritus of mathematics and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Each year, up to four faculty members serve as Duren Professors. Duren Professors enjoy an especially close relationship to the Newcomb-Tulane College during their tenure in the program. They are provided with additional resources that permit them to adopt distinctive pedagogies (team-teaching, use of auxiliary materials or electronic information technologies, and others) and to arrange for and facilitate distinctive kinds of meaningful interactions with students enrolled in the courses they teach as Duren Professors.
Duren Professors 2013-2014
Professor Rebecca Atencio, Spanish and Portuguese: “Telenovelas and the New Brazilian Middle Class”
This course is being presented in conjuncton with the campus visit of telenovela producers with Globo, Brazil’s most powerful television network. It will employ a cultural studies framework to focus on a range of issues including social merchandising (the use of television dramas to promote awareness about a variety of pressing social problems), media convergence, and the rise of 30 million Brazilians to the middle class in the past decade. Students will have a chance to present their original research at a conference on “Brazilian Media Culture and the New Middle Class.”
Professor Jim Cronin, Cell and Molecular Biology: “Cellular Neuroscience Lab”
Professor Cronin will use Duren funds to provide a more “hands-on” learning experience for lab exercises that focus on mammalian brain slice electrophysiology, a rare offering at most undergraduate programs. Biological preparations offered in the course will also include intracellular recording from vertebrate and invertebrate preparations (crawfish and aplysia). Students will also be trained in recording technology, and collecting data for papers and grants.
Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, Political Science: “Hip Hop and Feminism”
For more than 30 years, hip hop has been the most pronounced cultural identifier for young Americans. Hip hop music is analyzed primarily by literary critics, anthropologists, and musicologists in terms of its aesthetic contributions. This Duren course seeks to address, analyze, explore, and contest the political aspects of hip hop through a close examination of feminism. The course will also serve as an analytic space for debate and discussion about the impact of hip hop culture on the sexual, gender, and political understandings of Americans and others around the world.
Professor Jana Lipman, History: “U.S. Immigration History,” “Latin America and the Cold War,” and “U.S. History from 1877 to the Present”
Professor Lipman will use Duren funds to add supplementary programming, including guest speakers, film screenings and course-related field trips, to her regular courses. For instance, the “U.S. Immigration History” course will now feature a field trip to the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation, which touches on the history of Vietnamese Americans in New Orleans, community formation, and Post-Katrina organizing efforts.
Recent Duren Courses