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Message from the Dean


4/16/2014

Dear Alumni, Students, Staff, Parents, and Friends of SLA,

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Dean Carole Haber
Professor of History
chaber@tulane.edu

As defined by its strategic plan, one of the core missions of Tulane's School of Liberal Arts is to be the nation's leader in the teaching and research of the Gulf South. The School's New Orleans Center for the Gulf South provides support for scholars who are working on the region as well as offers lectures and symposia of interest both to scholars and the public. We focus on two such symposia in this month's newsletter. In addition, the recently established coordinate major on the musical cultures of the Gulf South explores the area's cultural identity through its global influences, historical roots, and artistic expressions. Numerous innovative service learning classes, such as the Trombone Shorty Academy, break down the walls between classroom and community, creating unmatched opportunities for the exchange of ideas and experiences.

Not to rest on our laurels, in this month's newsletter, we are excited to announce the hiring of an outstanding new faculty member in the English department's creative writing program. Jesmyn Ward, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for her novel, Savage the Bones, and author of the recently acclaimed memoir, Men we Reaped, will join us beginning in the fall of 2014. As you will read, her work is deeply rooted in the Gulf South.

At the end of the month, we will launch the website for our long-awaited Music Rising at Tulane project. Our partnership with the Music Rising Foundation has provided us with the ability to turn our goal of being a leader in the study of the Gulf South into a reality. Through our shared vision, we have been able to create a truly innovative website, an interdisciplinary coordinate major, and a platform for artists throughout the region. Through the support of the Music Rising Foundation, we are able to ensure that future generations of students and scholars -- both in New Orleans and around the world -- will serve as producers, consumers, and advocates for the unique musical cultures of the Gulf South. Look for more information about the Music Rising at Tulane launch on April 23. In the meantime, you can get a sense of the website by watching a short video on our Youtube channel.

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