Message from the Dean
Dear Alumni, Students, Staff, Parents and Friends of SLA,
In last April’s newsletter, we introduced the four multi-and interdisciplinary themes of our new strategic plan: Digital Arts and Humanities; Crises and Innovations; Global Latin America; and, Gulf South Culture. As we noted, each of these areas comprises strengths or emerging strengths of the School of Liberal Arts. Each is based on our vision founded on place, approach, and mission and offers an opportunity for unmatched research, teaching, and service. In this newsletter, as well as several editions to follow, we will focus individually on each theme, and offer a snapshot of some of the exciting work being done in each strategic area.
The first of our themes – Digital Arts and Humanities – encompasses filmmaking, photography, visual and performing arts forms, social and electronic media, music technology, archival storage and the digitalization of documents. The field encourages new forms and applications of learning and innovation, providing inventive tools for scholarly work and creative activity as well as career opportunities. In the past, you have read about internships won by students in our growing digital media program, as well as outstanding documentaries made through our creative place-based learning course. You have been introduced to the Media Nola project, and seen the stunning endeavors of Prof. John Allen in digital dance.
In articles below, you will find that our engagement in this area does not end with these exceptional accomplishments. As you will read, we are currently developing a summer program that will immerse students in the film industry, both at Tulane and in Los Angeles. In the News from the Field, Professor Kevin Jones discusses his Tokyo digital video exhibition, “Placebo Effect.” Michael Kuczynski, the Chair of the English Department, explains some of the work being done in our graduate-level digital humanities certificate program. These are just a few examples of the why we believe that the School of Liberal Arts is at the forefront of digital arts and humanities and posed to make extraordinary contributions to the field.
Digital Arts and Humanities articles:
From Tulane to Hollywood - Mary Sparacello
News from the Field: Engineering Art - Kevin Jones
The Study of Digital Preservation - Michael Kuczynski