Fall 2023 TIDES Courses

By definition, TIDES is an interdisciplinary experience, driven by intellectual curiosity, active learning, and experiential education. Discover the exciting topics of this year’s TIDES below. Each class also has an accompanying peer mentor, an upperclass student paired with each section to offer academic and social support as you transition to campus. Fall 2023 Peer Mentor bios will be posted in July.

TIDES courses marked with an asterisk (*) are Service-Learning courses. Students in these courses must also register for the corresponding Service-Learning component.

TIDE 1000 NOLA Cities of the Dead: Cemetery Architecture & Its Cultural Legacy

R 11:00-12:15p

Students will be introduced to the history and cultural folkways of New Orleans through the study of historic figures, cemetery architecture, monument construction and funerary symbolism reflected in stone and iron.  Why are above-ground tombs more prevalent in New Orleans?  What are the different tomb types and their architectural styles?  Why do families in Louisiana visit cemeteries on All Saints Day?  What symbolism does funerary art in stone and iron reveal?  This TIDES course will provide several informative field sessions to local cemeteries combined with class lectures.

Heather Knight, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Newcomb-Tulane College | BIO

TIDE 1003 Happiness & Human Flourishing

W 1:00-2:15p

What can scientific research tell us about practices and perspectives that lead to a happier life? What can psychology do to help ordinary people to thrive and flourish?  Which practices lead to greater fulfillment and life satisfaction?  Positive psychology engages such questions by utilizing scientific research methods to identify practices which lead to greater happiness and human flourishing -- a life rich in purpose, relationships, and enjoyment. Positive psychologists maintain that (1) flourishing requires more than curing pathology; (2) flourishing requires tapping human strengths and positive capacities; and (3) scientific research methods can help us to identify and refine strategies for flourishing.  This course will provide a theoretical and practical introduction to applied positive psychology.   

Topics will include positive emotions, hedonic misprediction and adaptation, character strengths (and their application in academia), purpose, gratitude, kindness, meditation, nurturing social relationships, and more.  Students will learn about the foundational theories and research of positive psychology and will also engage in experiential homework in which they will apply strategies for enhancing their own health and happiness and for positively impacting their relationships and communities.  This course will also expose students to local wellness resources at Tulane and New Orleans and will offer opportunities to explore a variety of life-enhancing practices through homework assignments and a few group activities such as attending a yoga class (exercise), a meditation class (mindfulness), and a field trip to the French Quarter exploring New Orleans architecture and history on a walking tour (engagement) and enjoying some local cuisine (savoring).

Hans W. Gruenig, Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy |  BIO

TIDE 1010 Leadership, Politics, Power and Change**

MTWorR 5:00-6:15p

Are leaders born or bred? How do leaders and their leadership styles impact change? How does one develop the courage and wisdom to lead and promote change effectively? This TIDES class provides an opportunity to examine the nature of leadership, its impact on the change process, and the underlying dynamics of power, politics, and conflict.

Over the course of the academic year, this course focuses on developing an interdisciplinary understanding of the theories and practices of organizational and community leadership. As a TIDES member, you will actively study the theories that emerge from a variety of fields and reflect on their practical, political, and ethical assumptions as well as on their implications in a variety of settings. Through readings, classroom discussions, interviews with local leaders, and a group initiative, you will gain a greater appreciation for the issues that affect leaders and the components of successful leadership.

**Some sections include a service-learning component**

Tim Lempfert, Director, Housing and Residence Life | BIO
Beth Wilson, Assistant Dean, Finance, Newcomb-Tulane College| BIO
Erica Woodley, Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students, Student Affairs | BIO
Chris Zacharda, Director, Student Conduct | BIO

TIDE 1011 Exploring Russia

R 4:00-5:15p

The seminar will introduce students to various aspects of Russian and Ukrainian culture, history and life. The discussions will largely focus on the ongoing Russia's war in Ukraine, its important historical background and its aftermath. A variety of readings, film screenings, musical videos, and guest lectures will be part of the class. No knowledge of Russian is needed or required.

Lidia Zhigunova, Professor of Practice, Germanic and Slavic Studies |  BIO

TIDE 1014 Cultivating Resiliency and Self-Care

M 5:30-6:45p, T 5:30-6:45p or W 5:30-6:45p

Health is multifaceted and is pivotal to your ability to thrive during the next four years. This course goes beyond the idea of health as simply navigating choices at the dining room or setting up a gym routine. This course will examine the most relevant health topics for college students from a public health perspective, integrating theories and practices relevant to your life. In addition, this course seeks to cultivate self-care skills as an element of being healthy and successful in college.

La'Tesha Hinton, Director of Community Engagement and Health Equity, Campus Health   | BIO

Megan Byas Hill, Assistant Director, Fitness & Wellness  | BIO

TIDE 1015 Cultivate Your Inner Changemaker

W 10:00-11:15a

Cultivate your Inner Changemaker is devoted to exploring the skills, strategies, and ideas of effective social change advocates in the 21st century. Students will be learning about some of the essential skills of effective changemakers, including leadership, optimism, resilience, risk-taking, luck, relationship building, conflict resolution, creativity, and innovation. Throughout the course, students will practice these skills, both in class and through assignments. Students should have most Saturdays free to engage in community research and project implementation.

Ariana Vargas, Associate Director, Center for Academic Equity  |  BIO

TIDE 1016 Tolkien as Translator: Language, Culture and Society in Middle Earth

T 5:00-6:15p

While many have enjoyed J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as an epic novel, few readers are aware of the fundamentally linguistic and anthropological nature of Tolkien’s writing. As Oxford Professor of Anglo-Saxon, Tolkien was intimately familiar with the Germanic languages, their history, and their epic literatures. Because of his background, he went far beyond the invention of a few strange-sounding names for the characters and places of his world, instead developing a detailed proto-language (Common Eldarin) and following its development into two distinct but related Elvish tongues, Quenya and Sindarin. He also invented Khuzdul (Dwarvish), the Black Speech, Adûnaic (Númenórean) and Sôval Phârë (The Common Speech). Importantly, he assumed a role of translator of The Lord of the Rings, employing English archaisms and dialects to reflect the varying speech styles of his characters, their relative social status, and their complex interrelationships. Old English, Old Norse, and Gothic were all employed to accurately reflect the degree of kinship characters, places and languages had to the ‘Common Speech’.

In this course, we study the role of language in The Lord of the Rings, applying concepts and perspectives from linguistic anthropology to shed light on Tolkien’s methods and purpose as the ‘translator’ of Middle-earth. Students are introduced to Tolkien's invented languages (and their real-world inspirations) and two of his invented alphabets. An appreciation of the linguistic foundations of Middle-earth greatly increases one's understanding of Tolkien’s achievement, and provides insights into one linguist’s view of the intricate and interdependent relationships of language, culture, and society.

Marc Zender, Assistant Professor, Anthropology |  BIO

TIDE 1018 Case Studies in Leadership: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

M 5:00-6:15p

This 1-credit course will utilize a variety of cases which highlight a real-life example of a challenge in leadership. Fields covered will include business, politics, non-profit work, and social movements - all highlighting decision making in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. In most class periods, you will be asked to “inhabit” the case and take up the dilemma of its protagonist. I may assign class members roles to prepare and play in the class discussion spontaneously or in advance. None of the cases have right answers, although we may have an epilogue that tells what actually happened (the historical outcome). You are asked to wrestle with the problem as if it were your own and bring your experience and classroom learning from Tulane University and elsewhere to bear on the questions.

The Harvard Business School originated and developed the phenomenon of the teaching case to simulate business experience in novices, to create a concrete vehicle for applying abstract theories to real-world situations, and to engender engaged classroom discussion while fostering critical thinking skills as students were forced to wrestle with actual business dilemmas that had no easy answer. It is no accident that professional schools were drawn to case teaching—Law, for obvious reasons—but also schools of public affairs and public health whose missions are to utilize the best thinking of the disciplines to prepare students for careers as practitioners. Cases marry learning about real world policy and organizational problems with critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and theorizing valued in all academic disciplines. In particular, this course will offer you a chance to get to know New Orleans as a resilient city with monumental challenges left to tackle.

Brian Johnson, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs | BIO

TIDE 1023 Reproductive Politics in New Orleans**

T 3:00-4:15p

What does it mean to live in a post-Roe New Orleans? How does the overturning of the constitutional right to abortion affect Tulane students and the surrounding community? How is having or not having the right to abortion intertwined with other reproductive health issues?

From sex education for middle and high schoolers to nutrition assistance for impoverished new parents, the phrase “reproductive politics” encompasses far more than debates over abortion and contraception. This one-credit first-year course explores American studies scholar Laura Briggs’ claim that “all politics [are] reproductive politics,” with a particular focus on the political and legal realities of reproductive life in the city of New Orleans. By interacting with local experts and community organizers, students will gain an understanding of the landscape of reproductive politics within the unique context of New Orleans, a city that is an influential center of reproductive rights/health/justice activism within a state that has some of the most stringent restrictions on women’s reproductive lives. For students who are new to the city, this course will give them much needed knowledge about the reproductive context in which they plan to spend their next four years.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Clare Daniel, Administrative Associate Professor, Newcomb Institute|  BIO

TIDE 1030 The Music and Culture of New Orleans

W 4:30-5:45p

The Music and Culture of New Orleans introduces the newcomer to New Orleans to the diversity of culture in the city and region. The 11-week course explores the music, literature, art, dance, architecture, and food that are unique to Southern Louisiana so that during your student years here you can fully enjoy them. This TIDES course includes general lectures by experts in the various aspects of the culture of New Orleans. Interspersed and alternating are small sections where these experts converse directly with the freshmen, helping each individual explore the city. Students are directed to the most important music venues in the city, as well as to the best Creole and Cajun restaurants. In addition to the class meetings, each student is expected to join in at least two field trips to witness the culture first hand.

Joan Jensen, Professor of Practice, Music BIO
Ashlin Parker, Professor of Practice, Music | BIO
Jessica Podewell, Professor of Practice, Theatre and Dance | BIO
Beverly Trask, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance BIO

TIDE 1031 Ideology and Belief in Everyday Life

W 4:00-5:15p

The course looks at the main beliefs and ideologies prevalent in our culture. Ideas like the entrepreneurial self, celebrity, pleasure seeking, economic man, techno-optimism, God, nation, race, and family. These ideas are constantly hammered into us by the media, our friends, family and institutions, motivational speakers, business gurus, films, but also in the actions we take in our everyday lives and even more deeply in the experience of who we are. We will look at the origin of these ideas, their often-adverse societal effects and why they sometimes make us feel disempowered, anxious, and depressed. The course thus attempts to do two things at the same time. First teach students to critically think about their society and culture, and second help them achieve more personal freedom and wellbeing.

The course focuses on several key ideas such as the myth of the great individual and covers its expression from the Renaissance to Elon Musk. I will trace the political uses of individualism from toppling the feudal order to creating a culture of self-blame. I look also to another form of individualism, the utility maximizer. The utility maximizer is a conception of ourselves that is reinforced by our role as consumers and investors. I look at the pleasure seeking self and the way that it is mobilized by the market.

Ari Ofengenden, Professor of Practice, Jewish Studies BIO

TIDE 1033 Taylor Your Tulane

W 1:30-2:45p, W 4:30-5:45p, W 5:00-6:15p or R 6:00-7:15p

Taylor Your Tulane is a 1-credit TIDES course that applies human-centered design (design thinking) mindsets and tools to support first-year students in designing a fulfilling college experience. Students in this course will build an understanding of how they can be designers in their own lives and prototype different “investments” in the college experience by building a diversified college portfolio that includes their education, and relationships and experiences on campus and in New Orleans. Topics include the purpose of college, major selection, educational wayfinding, and interest exploration outside of the classroom, all applied through an introduction to Design Thinking. This seminar class incorporates small group discussion, in-class activities, field exercises, personal reflection, and individual coaching.

Sarah Berger, Academic Advisor | BIOJulia Lang, Professor of Practice, Taylor Center | BIOWendy LeBlanc, Assistant Director, Academic Services | BIO>LeShawn Simplis-Barnes, Director of Admission, School of Public Health

TIDE 1035 Introduction to Yoga

M or T 2:00-3:15p

Yoga is a practice that offers many tools for living skillfully. This class will arm first year students with tools to help ground, calm, and focus them. The best part is that these lessons come from sweating, moving, going upside down, chanting, breathing, talking, listening, and having fun. The Sanskrit work Kula means a community, and we will create a Kula in our class, as well as connect with the New Orleans yoga community. This course is for anyone who loves yoga, or is just interested in learning more about it.

Michaela Cannon, Senior Professor of Practice, Theatre and Dance BIO

TIDE 1040 Religion, Media, Politics & Food: A Conversation on Contemporary Life

M 2:30-3:45p

From the influence of the religious right to the impact of gay marriage on the social fabric, religion is moving front and center in our culture. But so is food.  Religion and food are often thought as distinct, separate. But in fact religion, cuisine, sexual orientation, the media, and way of life issues strongly impact politics.  In this class we will discuss the relationships of these factors on present-day consciousness. This will be a student-centered class, so come ready to share your thoughts.

Brian Horowitz, Sizeler Family Professor, Jewish Studies BIO

TIDE 1043 LGBTQ+ New Orleans

M 5:00-6:15p

This seminar explores LGBTQ+ life in New Orleans from an interdisciplinary perspective. It focuses on the LGBTQ+ history of the city, narratives of personal experiences, cultural representations and expressions, and current research on discrimination and on social and health programs.

The main objective of this seminar is to introduce students to New Orleans LGBTQ+ community not only through its history, culture, and challenges, but also through meeting some of its members and leaders. The first part of the seminar will focus on the LGBTQ+ history of the city, from the 1920s to nowadays, in order to understand both the challenges the community has had to face throughout the 20th century and its particular contemporary context. The second part of the seminar will focus on interdisciplinary issues including the ways the community dealt with post-disaster traumas, the discrimination trans individuals and people of color face, and approaches to improve health programs geared toward the community. A mandatory part of the seminar will be a field trip to the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans to meet some of the leaders and members of the community and to the French quarter to visit one of the oldest LGBTQ+ bookstores in the US, Frenchmen Art and Books.

Charles Mignot, Senior Professor of Practice, French | BIO

TIDE 1051 German Heritage in the Crescent City

R 11:00-12:15p

This seminar will introduce students to various aspects of German culture in New Orleans. We will begin by looking at broader German immigration trends to the United States and discuss the history of New Orleans under French and Spanish rule. We will then explore how German immigrants helped shape the cultural, social, and political structure of the Crescent City, especially after the Louisiana Purchase. Today, New Orleans is primarily known for its French and Spanish influence, but in the years before the American Civil War, the German population of New Orleans made up the largest German colony south of the Mason-Dixon line. German settlers dominated the local beer industry, supplied New Orleans with food harvested in the outlying parishes, and were an integral part of the local cultural scene. With the advent of World War I, Anti-German sentiment in Louisiana grew, and by the end of the war all expression of German culture was prohibited by law. Gradually, the German language disappeared, and German traditions were forgotten. However, if we dig a little deeper, we will find ample evidence of a once vibrant German culture, remnants of which survive to the present day. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy traditional German food at Deutsches Haus, go on field trips to German sites, and meet with people from the German community.

Pia Kostner, Professor of Practice, Germanic and Slavic Studies | BIO

TIDE 1052 Climate Changes Solutions

W 1:00-2:15p

The course is a global examination of human adaptations, resilience, technologies, and indigenous/traditional culture responses to climate change challenges. We will learn about climate science, climate change challenges, and societal and community responses to these challenges.

Jennifer Veilleux, Professor of Practice, Earth and Environmental Studies | BIO

TIDE 1053 Horrific Monsters

T 2:00-3:15p

This course will engage in a critical and historical exploration and analysis of the horror genre in film. In due course we will discuss the origins of horror as a film genre; the definitive characteristics of horror, both formally and narratively; horror’s intersections with major critical and social themes and issues; the monster as the definitive characteristic of horror films; and the various ways in which the monster is imagined.

Jerome Dent, Assistant Professor, Communications | BIO

TIDE 1056 Ancient Magic, Modern Witchcraft

M 9:30-10:45a

For the inhabitants of the ancient world, magic and witchcraft were part of everyday life. In modern-era New Orleans, magical practitioners have also found a home and a place in the local culture. This course will explore magical literature, rituals, and beliefs in two ways: first as they existed in ancient Near Eastern civilizations (such as Mesopotamia and biblical Israel), and how these beliefs continue into modern America (especially locally in NOLA). Students will learn the skills necessary to succeed at a rigorous university (such as close reading, academic writing, and class participation) while exploring topics such as demonology, illness, prayer, exorcism, and witchcraft

Jason Gaines, Professor of Practice, Jewish Studies | BIO

TIDE 1060 New Orleans: Global at the Local

T 2:00-3:15p

Open only to Altman Scholars, this TIDES experience plays an important role in the 4-year curriculum of the Altman Program in International Studies and Business. The students that make up each Altman “cohort” will take one class together each semester that they are on campus during their studies. Altman TIDES will kick off these courses during the Fall of their Freshman year. With an eye towards producing exceptional global citizens, Altman TIDES introduces students to the rich cultural fabric of New Orleans by examining past and present contributions made by peoples of different ethnicity and race. The cultures of French, Spanish, Italian, Creole, African, Latino, Jewish and Vietnamese residents, both past and present, have shaped New Orleans into the vibrant city that it is today.

Specifically, we will discuss each group’s impact on New Orleans’ history, culture, economy and business and the challenges each faced in the process of social and cultural integration.  Along the way, students will be exposed to some of the finest food representative of each group that makes New Orleans one of the greatest cities in the world – and an interesting place to directly study international influences at a local level. 

**For Altman Scholars Only**

Casey Love, Senior Professor of Practice, Political Science BIO
Myke Yest, Professor of Practice, Finance BIO

TIDE 1062 Calming the Wave: Discover Being in New Orleans

W 2:00-3:15p

The transition to university life can present challenges, as you juggle less structure, more demands, new roles, and increased pressures. The purpose of this TIDES course is to help you develop social and emotional skills; benefitting you in academic and work contexts, interpersonal relationships, and overall well-being. Explore the tranquil side of New Orleans and discover your best self through mindfulness and self awareness activities.This course is designed to help students develop strengths and assets that promote their social and emotional well-being as they transition to a higher education setting in New Orleans. Along the way, they will be introduced to social and emotional competencies that can help promote their personal and interpersonal awareness and competence which will help students navigate new and challenging academic, social, and emotional terrain. These competencies include: self-awareness; self-management; social awareness; relationship skills; and responsible decision making.

Brooke Grant, Professor of Practice, Teacher Preparation and Certification Program BIO
Erica Smith, Professor of Practice, Teacher Preparation and Certification Program BIO

TIDE 1066 Media and Narrative in Modern US Presidential Campaigns

R 9:30-10:45a

This course explores the development of the modern United States presidential campaign, with an emphasis on mass media. Considering the development of new communications technologies, how has the presidential campaign changed over the last six decades? How has it remained the same? The class will consider the creation of narrative across radio, television and social media outlets.

Various forms of mass communication, including radio, television, and social media networks, will be considered as channels for political campaign development. The development of emerging technologies and media landscapes will be contextualized.

Aidan Smith, Administrative Assistant Professor, Newcomb Institute | BIO

TIDE 1070 Museums and their Communities in the Crescent City and Beyond

T 3:30-4:45p

Get to know New Orleans through an exploration of its museums, from art museums to contemporary galleries to house museums and beyond. Students will seek to understand how museums in New Orleans serve diverse communities in the city. To understand museum practice more generally, we will also explore past and current methods in museum curation and education, ethical issues museums face, and how museums respond in times of war and natural disasters. Ideal for students considering majors in art history or history.

Holly Flora, Associate Professor, Art BIO

TIDE 1072 Object/ive Data: Collections, Databases and Museums

T 11:00-12:15p

Museums and galleries can inspire awe with the objects and materials they put on display. From the histories of their making, through their preservation over time, objects in museum collections tell stories and reflect larger legacies of movements and change. It is the role of museum staff to extrapolate themes and concepts from their collections, collating information and different interpretations which are recorded in museum databases. Databases allows museums to document objects, but what more can their data do? Can data help museums reevaluate the significance of their objects and collections as a whole? Does the data alone tell a story? And does it come with its own limitations and biases? In this TIDES course, students will have the opportunity to investigate the benefits, challenges, and constraints of managing museum’s collection data. Following a brief grounding in the history of museum collections from both an art historical and a collections management perspective, students will progress through weekly conversations and site visits that illuminate the practicalities, perks, and pitfalls that can emerge at the intersections of historical materials and data analysis. Alongside these components, students in this course will gain “hands on” access to a selection of objects from the Newcomb Art Museum (NAM) as they work to research and draft thematic object checklists as a capstone to our course that can potentially be published as a resource for others on campus.

Alexis Culotta, Professor of Practice, Art History | BIOSierra Polisar, Collections Manager and Exhibitions Registrar, Newcomb Art Museum | BIO

TIDE 1073 Artists Respond: NOLA Through Visual Culture

M 4:00-5:15p

Art is a conversation that takes place over time and space. It is a response to events past and present, and an invitation to discuss how we shape our future. Art creates community, but it also reflects the communities it is created out of. This course will provide an understanding of New Orleans through the lens of Visual and Performing Arts. The course will introduce students to the rich cultural heritage of New Orleans while gaining insight to how history, environment, politics, socioeconomic conditions, and diversity has shaped life in the city, and how the art of the city responds to help define its culture. Through numerous artists, artworks, cultural traditions, and temporary exhibitions, students will learn how art can provide a reflection on where we’ve been, alternatives to where we are, and opportunities for ways forward as a city or a community.

Thomas Friel, Coordinator for Interpretation and Public Engagement, Newcomb Art Museum | BIO

TIDE 1074 Foodways in Asian American New Orleans

M 2:00-3:15p

You already know that New Orleans is famous for its food, but how much do you know about its Asian American foodways? The seminar employs food and foodways as an analytical framework to explore issues of identity, migration, imperialism, race, gender, and sexuality. Through a diverse range of texts including short stories, films, documentaries, menus, cookbooks, and blogs, we will consider what food reveals about cultures, relations, and identity in Asian diasporas with a focus on locales and traditions in New Orleans. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your own relationship to food as a first-year student at Tulane University.

Allison Truitt, Professor, Anthropology | BIO

TIDE 1082 Crescent City Conundrum – How do we build a healthy New Orleans?

T 12:30-1:45p

Health is influenced by factors beyond one's genetics. The social determinants of health - where we are born, raised, work, and play - contribute to our overall health. Inequities in these determinants lead to inequities in health. In this TIDES course we will look at New Orleans through the lens of social determinants of health and the health care institutions that have served the people in this community. We will explore the history of New Orleans to understand the social, economic, and racial disparities that impact our residents' health and wellbeing today. Finally, we will look to the future and see what's on the agenda for improving the health of New Orleanians.

Emily Harris, Clinical Instructor, Health Policy and Management | BIO

TIDE 1083 Cultural Heritage, Social Change: The Activist Archivist

T 2:00-3:15p

Howard Zinn coined the term “activist archivist” in his seminal 1970 address to the Society of American Archivists, in which he challenged cultural heritage professionals to disrupt the status quo and confront social injustices through their work. This class introduces students to the fundamentals of archives and cultural heritage information management, with special attention to the role record-keeping plays in both reifying and dismantling systems of power and how activism can take the form of memory work. Students will develop knowledge of major theories and practices of cultural heritage information management by interacting with primary source materials during visits to the various and eclectic archives of Tulane University and New Orleans. They will apply a critical, investigative lens with consideration for how collective and individual memory is produced and preserved, and whose stories get told. Students will also engage with alternative, activist forms of memory-keeping, including zines, oral histories, craftwork, tarot and oracle decks, and other art forms, through class visits with local memory workers and field trips to explore New Orleans memory work that blurs the lines of art/archives/activism. The class will culminate with a group project: the creation of a zine, a scrapbook, or a documentary product of your group’s own design, as a tangible record of your semester experience. This class is ideal for students interested in anthropology, history, studio art, or those considering future work in Public History or the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) sector.

Chloe Raub, Head of Archives and Special Collections, Newcomb Institute | BIO

TIDE 1084 New Orleans in Literature and Film

T 12:30-1:45p

In this class we will consider which concepts and representations are associated with the idea of New Orleans as a city and Louisiana as a larger territory. We will examine theoretical texts of space and urban organization in conjunction with film (and other forms of visual representation), prose, and social commentaries to consider how the city as a modern and postmodern construct has come to be imagined as a site of utopian progress and a space of internal contradiction. We will analyze how texts represented varying and blurred notions of exclusion and inclusion, experiences of longing and belonging. At times the city and its residents are depicted as the most decadent, cosmopolitan, or spectacular and at other times as the most lawless, diseased, and corrupt. The course will interrogate how social spaces, in particular New Orleans (and the larger Louisiana area) have been mapped by literature, film, and culture in paradoxical and interconnected ways and served as projections of social and cultural ideologies. Furthermore, the class will explore how historical and social processes –such as colonialism, increased industrialization, national and political ideologies, and consumer culture—have both informed and been shaped by the culture and literature.

Isa Murdock-Hinrichs, Professor of Practice, English | BIO

TIDE 1086 Engineering in New Orleans

M 2:30-3:45p

In this course, students will explore engineering projects local to the New Orleans area. From the St. Louis Cathedral to the Superdome, the Crescent City Connection to the Causeway, the Lapeyre Shrimp Peeler to Mardi Gras Megafloats, Oil & Gas to Wind & Solar Energy, NASA Rockets to Nerves-On-A-Chip, New Orleans has a wide array of engineering interests. These projects, advancements, and industries will be introduced and put into perspective with discussions of their technology, histories, economic impacts, and cultural influence. The topics will be brought to life by local guest speakers and trips to one or more of the following: NASA Michoud, Mardi Gras World, the Superdome, and the French Quarter.

Matt Barrios, Professor of Practice, Science and Engineering | BIO

TIDE 1087 Science, Technology & Society

T 12:30-1:45p

Those interested in and pursuing STEM fields have often felt like they were exempt from the conversation on society. They have often been excluded from discussions regarding the ethical implications of the progress that they pay a key role in. In this class, we will use various lenses to view the technical advancements in big data, science and engineering, including those that you may be working on in the coming four years. We will examine the global, societal, economic, and environmental implications of subjects such as ethics of big data, AI, social media, digital media, large scale engineering projects, scientific research , medicine and big pharma, and more, focusing on examples found in the NOLA area. The topics will be brought to life by local guest speakers from local organizations such as Glass Half Full or Green Light NOLA as well as trips to one or more of the following: NASA Michoud, Mardi Gras World, the Superdome, and a Flood Abatement Pumping Station.

Khaled Adjerid, Professor of Practice, Biomedical Engineering | BIO

TIDE 1090 Who Dat, Fan Up, and Geaux: Sports & New Orleans**

W 5:00-6:15p

Founded in 1718, the city of New Orleans has a long and rich history with sports. From the rise of social class-driven sports such as rowing and billiards to the New Orleans Saints’ heroic revival of the city post-Hurricane Katrina, sports has been as integral to the area as food, music, and Mardi Gras. Sports have made an enduring impact on the social world in which we all live. It is a taken for granted aspect of our everyday lives – whether that entails watching “SportsCenter” or noticing that every single major newspaper contains a “Sports” section that is as long if not longer than any other section. Yet there is more to sport than just what we see on a daily basis. In this course, we will explore general sports-related topics and examine actual case studies related to New Orleans’ sports scene. More than simply ‘talking sports,’ students will study issues from political, economic and social viewpoints and also gain an understanding of the rich sports heritage found here in New Orleans.

Readings and discussions, field trips, and guest speakers will aid students to understand both historical accounts and modern-day subjects associated with sports such as governmental involvement, public financing, community development and community engagement. Students will learn about after-school programs and how they promote and development boys and girls through activities that build character, cultivate new skills, and create a sense of belonging – in this case a place where kids can express themselves, play together and get fit.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Maurice Smith, Associate Director, Center for Public Education   |  BIO

TIDE 1093 Afro-Brazilian Resistance: Contesting Racism & Discrimination through Popular Culture

M 4:00-5:15p

This course examines the racial history of Brazil and how it compares and contrasts with other regions in the Americas. Students will engage in weekly discussions about topics in Afro-Brazilian popular culture and will analyze the political resistance inherent in so many of these art forms.

Megwen Loveless, Senior Professor of Practice, Spanish and Portuguese|  BIO

TIDE 1096 Latin American Dance Cultures

R 2:00-3:15p

This course examines issues of Latin American race, class, gender, nationality and global belonging through dance cultures. Students will learn how chosen dances, songs and rhythms are conveyors of cultural tenets, regional variations, and national trends. Since culture is made visible to us through its representations, students will learn to read and analyze Latin America through ethnographic texts about performance. Over the semester, students will learn through both theory and practice the techniques and philosophies of dance in selected Latin American performance circles. We will analyze Latin American festivals, stage/commercial performance and everyday cultural performance. As part of student training in ethnographic participant observation, students will also learn the basic steps of these studied dances and contextualize their work within the cultures of Latin American dance communities in New Orleans. In doing so, students will learn to think critically about the relation between text, ethnography and the body by paying attention to the demands that performance places on us as participants, spectators, scholars and commentators where we may be/act, see/hear, feel/sense, and think/evaluate within a world different from our own and understand its implications in governance, policy, and practice. No dance experience required!!!

Annie Gibson, Administrative Assistant Professor, Study Abroad | BIO

TIDE 1101 Environmental & Climate Diplomacy

Time TBD

This class will consider our role as members of a global society, and as guardians of a complex solid Earth-oceans-atmospheres system, and introduce concepts of circular economy, nature-based solutions, climate mitigation and adaptation, as well as the alphabet soup of global organizations, and U.S. diplomacy. The over-arching goal of this course is to introduce students to the nuts and bolts of sustainability and a circular economy where markets give incentives to reusing products.

Cynthia Ebinger, Marshall-Heape Chair Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences  BIO

TIDE 1102 Talking New Orleans

T 2p-3:15p

Do you know how to pronounce New Orleans the right way? Do you make groceries or wrench your dishes in the zink? You’ll learn to talk like an insider in this class that looks at the history, development, and current diversity of New Orleans English!We’ll start by taking an overview of the New Orleans (and by extension Louisiana’s) linguistic history, starting with the indigenous people who occupied the place called Bulbancha at the time of European arrival. We’ll then examine the arrival of Europeans and Africans: the languages they brought with them and the new one(s) they created here. You’ll get hands-on experience collecting and analyzing linguistic data as you explore modern New Orleans, talking to locals, attending festivals and participating in the exciting culture this city has to offer. By the end of the semester, you’ll be able to say what it really means to sound New Orleans!

Nathalie Dajko, Associate Professor, Anthropology BIO

TIDE 1105 Cultural Nutrition and Wellness**

M 11:00-12:15p

Welcome! As a member of the Tulane community, you are also now a part of the larger New Orleans community. In a city with such rich cultural roots, there is a vast expanse of health and wellness options throughout the city. From access to nutritionally complete foods or more esoteric resources, such as mind-body connections, this course is designed to introduce students to overall health and wellness needs and availabilities across New Orleans. In addition to exploring health and wellness resources, we also delve into facilitated discussions surrounding the experiences of a first-year college student, such as vulnerability, connection, self-awareness, mindfulness, and integrity.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Elizabeth Abboud, Professor of Practice, Cell and Molecular Biology BIO

TIDE 1113 Mindfulness: Understanding Self and Emotions

W 5:00-6:15p

This class introduces different mindfulness techniques, application of mindfulness practices in understanding destructive emotions and cultivating positive emotions. Mindfulness techniques cover intentional cultivation of non-judgmental, non-reactive, present-moment awareness, bare attention and concentration. Concentration and mindfulness exercises will be practically studied and evaluated. Students will enhance their experience of awareness, clarity, and empathy. Students will also learn coping skills for emotional regulation, distress tolerance, depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Students will be required to participate in daily mindfulness practices: self-awareness, identification of destructive emotions, logical and mindful responses, and compassionate living. The course will critically analyze mindfulness-based research articles and introduce to how to integrate different mindfulness techniques in research applications. Information will be based on recent scientific research and ancient Tibetan contemplative practices.

Ngawang Legshe, Adjunct Faculty, School of Social Work BIO

TIDE 1117 New Orleans Performance Culture

M 2:00-3:15p

There will be two primary goals in this course. The first will involve introducing students to New Orleans history, culture, and literature. The second will entail an interdisciplinary introduction to a wide array of influences with the effort of showing how New Orleans's turbulent history of changing possession, immigration, and migration have contributed to a "performance" of various versions of "New Orleansness." The course will focus specifically on the presence of French, Spanish, African and a brief overview of the various immigrant communities in the city's history and the various ways in which these groups have performed their own version of New Orleans for the city itself, the United States, and the world. In addition, the students will use the maps found in Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas to look at how maps are constructions of authenticity.

Brittany Kennedy, Senior Professor of Practice, Spanish & Portuguese;BIO

TIDE 1125 New Orleans as a Dungeons and Dragons Campaign

T 11:00-12:15p

The central conceit of this course is that all participants build characters for, and participate in, a Dungeons and Dragons (styled) adventure that is based around collaborative storytelling, problem solving, the building and development of critical analytic skills, and the discovery of identity. This course will employ the city of New Orleans – and the Tulane Campus – as the “world” in which these new adventures discover themselves. The students will begin this course by building “character sheets” based on who and what they are (Identity location markers) and what they bring to the adventure. This part of the class will encourage students to articulate their own strengths and – areas of themselves upon which they are working. We will partner with The Office of Multicultural Affairs to engage these students in a discussion of identification (self-identification and how we identify others). The students will be sent on an adventure during which they will have to learn to use the resources available to them in the Tulane University Library System. The students will be asked to go through Audubon Park (and Audubon Zoo) to find creatures and treasures. The students will be asked to go to the French Quarter and have specific foods that are specific to New Orleans Culture and listen to music that was created here in New Orleans. The students will be asked to take pictures and sample sounds as “proof” that they have completed their quests. The students will be asked to “scribe” and reflect upon their adventures. The students are going to be asked to consider the relationship between “game” and “real-life” when we talk to local New Orleans Health and wellness programs (CrescentCare). This course will be rooted in the concepts of discovery, and gaming, and responsibility for choosing one’s own adventure. We will also read at least on “fantasy” novel and discuss the nature of the narrative itself. We will discuss how the idea of women and female characters function in the book. We’ll talk about how the book depicts the idea of the protagonists, as well as, the “traditional” trope of male as default in much of fantasy fiction – and what that means. We will discuss how the novel utilizes and incorporates the concept of “race.”

Ray Proctor, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance | BIO

TIDE 1145 Student Leaders Committed to Cultural Diversity at Tulane

W 3:00-4:15p

In 2016, Tulane University President Mike Fitts established the Race Commission composed of students, staff, faculty, and board members to address issues related to campus diversity. Join this TIDES course as an early step in becoming a student leader committed to this and other diversity initiatives at Tulane. You will learn about the array of programs offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 

Activities will include academic and social events that bring together TIDES students and members of various student organizations involved in promoting intercultural exchange and understanding. We invite you to become a part of this group of change-makers.

Monique Hodges, Associate Director, Newcomb-Tulane College | BIO
Richard Mihans, Professor of Practice, Teacher Preparation and Certification Program | BIO

TIDE 1185 Innovation in Chemical Engineering

W 2:00-3:15p

This course will introduce students to the modern approaches chemical engineers employ to solve real-world problems. Topics will emphasize engineering design and innovation. Students will learn through relevant readings, discussions, and guest lectures from leaders in the field. Fieldtrips to the Audubon Aquarium, a local brewery, and the Tulane Maker Space will expose students to real-world applications.

Katie Russell, Professor of Practice, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering BIO
Julie Albert, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering BIO

TIDE 1210 Art Meets Physics

T 5:00-6:15p

Art (in its broadest sense, including visual arts, literature, and various types of performance) is meeting science all around us. These interactions go well beyond the use of science as raw material by artists. The advancements in science lead to dramatic changes in our perception of the world clearly reflected in artists’ creations. Just as religious and mythological sources had influenced art before and during the Renaissance, artists are now being moved by the need to capture the complexities and mysteries of the physical universe. In many ways, science and art are profoundly similar. The best of each rises up from the depths of human creativity, in both the arts and science there’s the need for inspiration and hard work, the willingness to experiment and be brave, and the conviction that you are searching for or creating work that says something meaningful about the world or nature. In this course, we will discuss the mutual influence of arts and science (particularly physics) using examples from different art forms and historic periods. The course includes trips to New Orleans Museum of Arts and Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO-Livingston).

Jerry Shakov, Senior Professor of Practice, Physics and Engineering Physics BIO

TIDE 1224 Art of the Modern Archive

W 2:00-3:15p

What is an archive, and how do we make them? From the selfies we take or the ticket stubs we treasure to the cultural institutions we visit, we are surrounded by different means of documenting our past and present for the future. This TIDES course investigates the concept of the archive through a wide array of archival networks available from personal, local, and even global perspectives. Following a brief grounding in the history of collecting artifacts/art as a means to fashion the self or formulate an identity, we will focus on how subsequent archival spaces are created – from the intimate to the expansive, from the tangible to the ephemeral/digital – and the issues at stake when developing the narrative that an archive relays. We will question the voices both resonant and silent in archival practice through guided reading and discussion as well as through visiting speakers and corresponding visits to local institutions to make connections across campus and across the city of New Orleans. Students will be encouraged to consider their own voice in this documentary process as they develop their own personal archive in a capstone project woven through the course.

Alexis Culotta, Professor of Practice, Art History | BIO

TIDE 1230 Latin American Infusion

T or W 5:00-6:15p

What do you think of when you hear “Latin America”? What does it mean to be “Latin American”? This class aims to touch on these questions by exploring and expanding your perceptions about the region and its peoples. This class will delve into the cultural stereotypes and expressions of the region established within historical, societal, and political frameworks. Drawing on literature, film, music, art, performance, and the lived experiences of Latinx and Latin American immigrant communities, this class will examine diverse aspects of culture, society and identity in the region known as “Latin America.” At the end of the course, students should be able to identify what and where is Latin America, who are Latin Americans, how Latin America has influenced local New Orleans community life and culture, and why knowing about Latin America is important.

James Huck, Administrative Assistant Professor, Stone Center | BIO

TIDE 1235 Memory and the Negotiation of Public Space

R 12:30-1:45p

In this course, we will come to a better understanding of the articulation of public space in its relationship to history and memory. We will first discuss a number of paradigmatic cases in the battle for the public expression of national, regional, or group trauma in the form of monuments, memorials, or sites of commemoration: the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, the Vietnam memorial in DC, the “Parque de la memoria” in Buenos Aires, and the alternative ways of remembering the totalitarian period in Indonesia. Next, we will focus on these negotiations in the recent history of New Orleans: the marks of Katrina in the city today, the ways New Orleans chooses to remember it, and the controversy about the removal of confederate monuments in the city.

Antonio Gomez, Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese | BIO

TIDE 1240 Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll & Disease

M 4:00-5:15p

Over the course of the next year students will develop an understanding of why young adults engage in high-risk health behaviors. During the first semester attention will focus on the social processes thought to underlie young adults' uptake of behavior patterns which expose them to unnecessary health risks. Among the wide range of high risk behaviors to be covered over the course of the year will be drinking, drugging, smoking, eating, speeding, unsafe sex, and other risky choices. Participants will develop an understanding of how one's family, friends and peers come to shape high-risk health behavior patterns. New Orleans provides an excellent vantage point from which to scientifically explore a culture in which exhibiting high risk health behavior patterns is almost normative. Students will work up epidemiological comparisons between their hometowns and New Orleans based on a wide range of available Internet databases. Students do no direct observations or participation in any high-risk behavior patterns as part of the course.

Reginald Parquet, Clinical Assistant Professor, Social Work BIO

TIDE 1250 Visual Arts in New Orleans

T 5:00-6:15p

This TIDES class was put together by a team of university art professionals with the intention of introducing students to the breadth of the visual arts scene in contemporary New Orleans. The course includes field trips to and visits from artists, curators, critics, collectors, private gallery owners, and public museum professionals, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the vibrant cultural life of the city. Ideally students will come away from the class with an appreciation of the richness of the visual arts in New Orleans, the ability to discuss and write about the visual arts, and some insights into the nuts-and-bolts activities of the individuals and institutions the define the visual arts in New Orleans.

Laura Richens, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art BIO

TIDE 1255 Creative Writing in Literary New Orleans

T 5:00-6:15p

Explore New Orleans through sampling its literature while working on your own creative writing. We will read selections from various genres of New Orleans literature as well as works about the craft of writing, and spend time inside and outside of class in creative writing pursuits. We’ll visit where writers lived and wrote in the French Quarter, attend local readings together, and meet with contemporary New Orleans authors. These activities, along with workshopping each other’s pieces, will help us discover how literature can illuminate a city. Discover the literary imagination of New Orleans, and begin to experience your time at Tulane as “a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands” (Tennessee Williams).

Lyle Colombo, Adjunct Lecturer, Newcomb-Tulane College BIO

TIDE 1265 Indian Tribes On The Bayou: Native American Communities of LA**

W 3:30-4:45p

Want to explore the wilds of Louisiana outside of New Orleans? Try some alligator meat, shrimp caught fresh from the sea or, in general, explore another side of Louisiana's rich cultural heritage- then this class is for you! The far-reaching impact of Native American Tribes of the lower Mississippi Valley on shaping Louisiana history is among the least explored subjects among the otherwise well-documented rich history of Louisiana. Recent and ongoing research shows that without the “Petit Nations’”, as some of the Tribes were called, the history of this region would have been quite different. This course offers students the rare opportunity to participate in on-going, important research that entails working directly with Tribal members. In addition, students will have the opportunity to take a trip conducted by Tribal members down the bayous as they give a tour of their ancestral lands as well as explore other areas of Louisiana outside of New Orleans while also tasting some of the food native to Louisiana. An experience not to be missed!

**This course includes a service learning component**

Laura Kelley, Adjunct Professor, History | BIO

TIDE 1275 Helluva Hullabaloo: Learning To #BeExcellent At Tulane

M 5:00-6:15p

“A Helluva Hullabaloo: Learning How to #BeExcellent at Tulane” introduces students to developing life skills that will be useful not only in college, but also will help prepare them for the “real-world.” The broad-reaching goal of this TIDES course is to offer students the opportunity to gain valuable skills and lessons that can be used to succeed during their career at Tulane.

Wendy LeBlanc, Learning Specialist, Athletics BIO

TIDE 1285 Crafting & Community in New Orleans

T 5:00-6:15p

Ever wondered about the distinction between art and craft, why crafting is popular, or how many beads are in a Mardi Gras Indian suit? Whether you do crafts, buy them, use needle and thread, hammer and nails, paper and scissors or glitter and glue, you are involved in crafting. We’ll learn about crafting as a hobby and a profession, with an emphasis on local craft culture in New Orleans. We’ll explore assorted craft practices and communities through guest speakers, field trips to local craft centers or markets and hands-on workshops.

Penny Wyatt, Director, Parent Programs BIO

TIDE 1305 Different Pictures of New Orleans

W 3:30-4:45p

This TIDES course we will address the question, "What constitutes the heart and soul of New Orleans?" The most common answers are, great restaurants, Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, French Quarter Festival, Voodoo, Ghosts, the Blue Dog, and of course, the Saints. Throughout the semester, we will study and discuss the city's cultural fabric from a folkloric, historical, artistic, literary, and cinematographic point of view. Students will assess the different facets and components that build our great city and contribute to its unique culture through the analysis of assigned text and film material, the participation in class discussions, team presentations, and field trips, as well as in the format of a reflective final paper.

Alexandra Reuber, Senior Professor of Practice, FrenchBIO

TIDE 1317 Sports as a Leadership Model

M 5:00-6:15p

Sports as a Leadership Model is a one-credit hour course for first year students that uses a sports lens to introduce Tulane students to what character traits have made sports figures, coaches, teams, and organizations successful as well as aided in turning sports from recreational fun to a multi-billion-dollar global industry juggernaut. This class will introduce students to several different valuable life skills and lessons to aide them in their academic endeavors and professional journey. The goal of this class is to see what transferable skills those in the world of sports use in their respective venues to help them become success stories and pass those qualities along to you to aid you in achieving success in life during and after Tulane.

Charvi Greer, Deputy Athletics Director, Athletics | BIO

TIDE 1325 Organizing Society

R 2:00-3:15p

This course will explore how various societies, past and present, have been organized. From small tribal societies that practice communism to large industrial societies that foment capitalism, the mechanisms by which society is organized are intentional and deliberate. Anthropological, sociological, political, economic, and historical perspectives will be considered throughout the course. Special attention will be given to how inequality manifests itself within societies. This course will require students to select the societies we will study and to actively participate in researching these societies. The course will culminate in student groups designing a society according to goals and outcomes they set by applying the knowledge they have gained over the course of the semester.

Liv Newman, Associate Director, CELT | BIO

TIDE 1335 Art On and From the Margins Questions of Race, Class, and Gender

R 12:30-1:45p

This course investigates practices in New Orleans art that interrogate dominant systems of representation. It examines how artists in New Orleans rely on and devise strategies that confront, appropriate, subvert, and queer the meanings, aims, and experiences of conventional art practices. These may include shifts in the content of a work and its audience to methods by which it is produces, its formal properties, and its reception. The focus of the class will include analyses of practices of documentation, re-appropriation, abstraction, mining the archive, and camp (among others). Directly connected to questions of marginalization of certain artistic voice and art practices are—of course—inquiries into whether attempts to dislodge and reconfigure dominant systems results merely in the consumption of those works and their integration into larger system or whether they have the potential to destabilize those systems. The class will include a number of talks by New Orleans artists, visits to New Orleans museums and other art spaces.

Isa Murdock-Hinrichs, Professor of Practice, English | BIO

TIDE 1365 @InstaNola: Curating Your Digital Self

M 1:00-2:15p

@InstaNola: Curating Your Digital Self is a one credit TIDES course that looks at our relationship to social media, both real and projected, set to a New Orleans backdrop. The term “curation” has migrated from the physical world of art to the digital domain as we increasingly apply it in the context of our online activities. The images, songs, stories, locations, and people we interact with online shape the way we want the world to view us. But what happens if our digital self and physical self don’t align? We will look at our own relationships to social media, hear from local social media influencers, and visit some of New Orleans’ most ‘grammed spots all towards the question: How do we see the world, and how do we want others to see us?

Leslie Scott, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance |  BIO

TIDE 1390 Silver Screen Shakespeare

R 5:00-6:15p

Silver Screen Shakespeare offers an introduction to Shakespeare’s life and works through film. Utilizing class viewings, discussion, and outside readings, students will gain familiarity with Shakespearean dramaturgy and history, as well as be introduced to theatrical production concepts. No prior knowledge of Shakespeare, theatre, or film production is required.

Vanessa Rodriguez, Assistant Dean, Student Support and Success | BIO

TIDE 1425 The Archaeology of Mardi Gras

W 10:00-11:15a

From Indiana Jones to Lara Croft to the guy in the “Ancient Aliens” meme, archaeologists are standard in pop-culture. But what do they actually do? In this course, we will explore the practice of archaeology through the lens of the “greatest free show on earth:” Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Archaeology is the study of humans through our material culture, the stuff we leave behind, and Mardi Gras brings plenty of stuff for us to examine. Working together each week, the class will complete readings, field trips, and hands-on projects, learning how to investigate Mardi Gras as an archaeological phenomenon. By the end of the semester, you will know more about New Orleans and its central tradition, and I promise, you will never look at a strand of beads the same way again.

Allison Emmerson, Assistant Professor, Classical Studies |  BIO

TIDE 1430 Writing in New Orleans

W 5:00-6:15p

A student adopts and inhabits a new city, becoming native. Keep a journal of New Orleans. Write it down! Take moments, ideas to reflect the experience among peers living in the Crescent City. Write lyrics, letters, and poems discussed during workshops in class and on excursions in the city. Become thoughtful...listen, read, write, and converse through language. A journal may recollect moments in tranquility or may take the form of day-to-day experience.

During particular classes we will write about riding the streetcar, trips in Audubon Park, and on the levee by the Mississippi river. Students will keep a journal and participate in a writer’s workshop. There are no examinations.

Beau Boudreaux, Adjunct Lecturer, School of Professional Advancement BIO

TIDE 1435 Ecology, Equality and Migration an Interdisciplinary Perspective Contemporary European Politics

T 2:00-3:15p

The interdisciplinary course will examine three main political problems in Europe today; the environmental crisis, social inequality and migration from the Middle East. Prof. Ofengenden will begin with examining the ways of life and accepted thinking that these three problems undermine and challenge including consumerism, individualism, traditionalism, economic rationality, developmentalism, growth, globalization and nationalism. Prof. Ofengenden will survey the history of early challenges to accepted thinking including the challenges to exploitation and privatization of land argued by the thinkers of the Enlightenment (e.g. Rousseau) as well as early critics of industrialism. Prof. Ofengenden will use both literature and thought to show illuminate these critics. Prof. Ofengenden will then move to 20th and 21th European contributions to environmental thought and economic inequality as well as political movement and artistic expressions of both of these trends. These will include Martin Heidegger, Theodore Adorno, Arne Naess, Serge Moscovici, Bruno Latour, Thomas Piketty, Jacques Rancière, David Harvey. Finally this part of the course will look at two contemporary political protest movements the Yellow Vests in France and Extinction rebellion in the UK. It will look into how these movement were formed and the way they have transformed in the discourse around income inequality and environmental crisis in France and the UK.

The second part of the course lead Prof. Nicosia by will look at the issue of immigration to Europe. After a first survey on the immigration phenomenon starting from the year 2010 through, course will pass to analyze social and political tensions caused by anxiety and phobias towards the Other, and the way it reshapes geographical spaces and cultural patterns of the hosting countries, with particular attention to the notions of borders (in the cities and the neighborhoods), citizenry (what and how to define a citizen at the margin), new ethics’ parameters (e.g. religion, welfare etc...), and ultimately the ideas of nation, nationality and nationalism. The second part of the course will be dedicated on the voices of the migrants and their representation through the new artistic phenomena related to migration in the Mediterranean countries (Italy, Greece), with particular attention to literature, video, (photography, video installations), cinema, as well as music creations.

Roberto Nicosia, Professor of Practice, French and Italian |  BIO

TIDE 1455 Sports and Culture in Spain: A Sociological Approach

R 3:30-4:45p

The syllabus of this course has been programmed from a sociological approach to sport, so that the students can gain an overall view of Spanish culture, of the Spanish way of life, throughout the analysis of geographical, historical, cultural and literary factors in the make-up of the nation in the present-day, and in its diverse manifestations. Additionally, it will examine various aspects of the relationship between sport and Spanish society. The importance of sports goes beyond its obvious political significance. Indeed, sociologists and anthropologists have recently studied the interaction between sports and social and cultural dimensions. Nowadays, there is no doubt about the integrative and unifying strength which sports exhibit. It is a phenomenon that carries out an enormous social impact, interests the majority of the population and is practiced by a large part of the population.

The course begins with a consideration of general theoretical questions on the idiosyncrasy of every culture by comparing U.S. and Spanish cultural trends and stereotypes. After that, it will examine the different cultures within Spain: Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician; focusing mainly on language, nationality, and political implications. Following the midterm, we will focus on the analysis of specific sports such as soccer, traditional sports of Spain, basque pelota, the controversial bullfighting and all their different social and political implications.

Carlos Juan Lozano, Professor of Practice, Spanish and Portuguese |  BIO

TIDE 1465 Crafting Your Story

M 2:00-3:15p

Compelling storytelling lies at the heart of success across fields. From a business person pitching a new product to a research scientist vying for a competitive grant, the ability to tell a captivating story gives you an advantage. Storytelling skills serve you when interviewing for internships or jobs, networking, or even just making new friends in college. Whether your ultimate goal is a TED Talk with a million views or just a kick ass toast at your best friend’s wedding one day, this class will give you concrete tools to improve your public speaking and storytelling skills. In this experiential class, we will create a supportive environment where you will discover your personal communication style and how to leverage your strengths to gain more confidence in your ability to tell a great story. Our class will culminate in a story-telling event where each student tells a personal story from their lives in front of an invited audience.

Jenny Mercein, Assistant Professor, Theatre & Dance |  BIO

TIDE 1475-01 For the Love Of New Orleans: Environmental Conservation**

M 4:00-5:15p

Many students have been drawn to Tulane for its heavily touted commitment to community, but what does this mean and look like in actuality and from the perspective of the New Orleans community? This course introduces students to concepts around community engagement at an individual level and at Tulane, the components of ethical service, the dynamics of entering a community that may be new to you, and an introduction to a specific community within New Orleans via service with a partner organization that will engage with the course throughout the semester.

The class will partner with two main community partners (Pointe-au-Chien Tribe and Mardi Gras Indian Chiefs Council) and also serve with various partners that work on recycling, re-using, and restoration, to overall learn how conservation measures impact communities.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Jelagat Cheruiyot, Professor of Practice, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology|  BIO

TIDE 1475-05 For the Love Of New Orleans: Youth & Community Development**

R 3:30-4:45p

Many students have been drawn to Tulane for its heavily touted commitment to community, but what does this mean and look like in actuality and from the perspective of the New Orleans community? This course introduces students to concepts around community engagement at an individual level and at Tulane, the components of ethical service, the dynamics of entering a community that may be new to you, and an introduction to a specific community within New Orleans via service with a partner organization that will engage with the course throughout the semester.

The class partners with Trinity Community Center, a long-term center serving and empowering the Hollygrove neighborhood. Students will mentor with the afterschool program or support other aspects of the community center.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Bridget Smith, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service|  BIO

TIDE 1475-07 For the Love Of New Orleans**

T 2:00-3:15p

Many students have been drawn to Tulane for its heavily touted commitment to community, but what does this mean and look like in actuality and from the perspective of the New Orleans community? This course introduces students to concepts around community engagement at an individual level and at Tulane, the components of ethical service, the dynamics of entering a community that may be new to you, and an introduction to a specific community within New Orleans via service with a partner organization that will engage with the course throughout the semester.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Michael Pizzolatto, Senior Program Manager, Center for Public Service BIO


TIDE 1485 Surveillance, Data, and Society**

>T 12:30-1:45p

This seminar examines the historical and contemporary relationships between race, gender, class, and modern practices of surveillance. This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary theories of surveillance studies such as discipline, control, capitalism, and privacy, as it relates to race, class, and gender. Students will examine readings related to enslavement, prisons, police violence, reality television, workplace surveillance, domestic violence, media, big data, travel, and drones. Seminar discussions will include cases where patriarchal power and racialized systems were used to promote perceptions of security, fear, exposure, and control. As praxis, students will use rapid response research strategies to design and produce a digital media project that uses technology tools such as maps, visualizations, textual analysis, and/or audio-visual production. These products will use New Orleans as a case study to analyze how surveillance technology is used as a form of social control or counter-surveillance tactic as it relates to concepts of race, gender, class, and power. Digital media skills will be taught in this course. All technical skill-levels are welcome.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Jacquelyne Howard, Administrative Assistant Professor, Newcomb Institute|  BIO

TIDE 1500 Irish in New Orleans**

T 3:30-4:45p

This course introduces students to an unfamiliar part of New Orleans’ history that is as defining to the city’s character as her more familiar Spanish and French past: Irish New Orleans.

For many different reasons, Irish immigrants were drawn to Antebellum New Orleans, and they came to this city by the tens of thousands. Contrary to still prevailing prejudice, the newly arriving Irish immediately set about creating their own communities, several of which we will explore in this course. Strong familial ties denoted these neighborhoods as did their Catholic faith and the extraordinarily beautiful churches these immigrants built to serve their spiritual needs. Life was not easy in New Orleans: frequent epidemics killed people by the tens of thousands. However, the Irish immigrants successfully carved out lives for themselves that gave the city a permanent Irish flavor which, to this day, is still defined by Irish customs and traditions and inseparable from the colorful, multi-faceted spirit of New Orleans.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Laura Kelley, Adjunct Faculty, History | BIO

TIDE 1515 Voices of the future: Student & Youth Activism

W 11:00-12:15p

From Ruby Bridges’ role in the desegregation of New Orleans schools in1960 to Mari Copeny’s (Little Miss Flint) present-day push for clean water in Flint, Michigan, the efforts of youth activists illuminate them as political actors and change agents who seek to create an equitable world. With the influx of student-activists comes the development of distinct fields of inquiry that analyze their experiences and motivations. This course explores youth activism situated between the “angry decades” (60s &70s) and "age of rage” ( present). While investigating the ways students participate in and construct movements, we will examine how they encourage policy change. As the course centers youths’ voices, we will analyze speeches and written work (e.g., statements, petitions, credos) of activists and place their ideas in conversation with scholarship, popular texts, and media about the myriad ways youth insert themselves in social justice efforts. The course engages youth studies, girlhood studies, and history to develop greater understanding of student activism related to, education, environmental justice, and civil and human rights. As we learn, research, and analyze, we will consider our roles in resistance work on local, national, and global levels and discuss the world(s) that we imagine.

Ebony Perro, Professor of Practice, English|  BIO

TIDE 1525 Kindness in Action: Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

W 4:00-5:15 p or 5:00-6:15p

Over the course of the academic semester, this course focuses on developing an interdisciplinary understanding of the theories and practices of emotional intelligence as it applies to your transition and success as a first-year student at Tulane. As a TIDES member, you will actively study the theories that emerge from a variety of fields and reflect on their practical, social, and ethical assumptions as well as on their implications in a variety of settings. Through readings, classroom discussions, and episodes of Apple TV’s Ted Lasso, you will gain a greater appreciation for the issues that affect all of us as human beings in relationship with each other.

This course is designed around the three central themes of emotionally intelligent leadership: self, others, context. Each theme will be addressed individually but the course will also examine the interdependence between the three. Course sessions will be dynamic and include a variety of experiential learning, group participation, guest speakers, and activities designed to stimulate thinking and build our capacity and efficacy for affecting change in our own lives and within our community.

Laura Osteen, Assistant Vice President, Campus Life|  BIO

Heather Seaman, Director of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life|  BIO


TIDE 1545 Law and Order**

M or W 12:30-1:45p

In Henry VI, Shakespeare wrote, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers;” however, “all the lawyers” have avoided being killed since that line was written. Why? From the largest corporate mergers to simple adoptions, and from public policy to the enactment of criminal laws, the need for lawyers is increasing because the law is a central part of our daily lives and the bedrock of a free society. Although the press might occasionally indicate otherwise, lawyers are members of a profession and they get respect, but is being a lawyer really like the popular portrayals on television shows such as Law and Order or in a John Grisham novel? This class will help you explore how one becomes a lawyer and what it is like to be a lawyer.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Sanda Groome, Professor of Practice, Legal Studies|  BIO

TIDE 1615 Positive Psychology and Successful Leadership

W 3:00-4:15p

This course will introduce students to research, theories, and practices central to the field of applied positive psychology and the emerging subfield of positive leadership for the purposes of (a) increasing personal and interpersonal well-being and (b) developing positive leadership skills which can be applied within university, business, organizational, civic, and government spheres.

Positive psychology is a relatively new field which asks questions such as: What can scientific research tell us about practices and perspectives that lead to a happier life? What can psychology do to help ordinary people to thrive and flourish? Which practices lead to greater well-being, fulfillment, and life satisfaction? Positive psychology engages such questions by utilizing scientific research methods to identify practices which lead to greater well-being (including positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment). Positive psychologists maintain that (1) flourishing requires more than curing pathology; (2) flourishing requires tapping human strengths and positive capacities; and (3) scientific research methods can help us to identify and refine strategies for flourishing. Topics in positive psychology include positive emotions, hedonic misprediction and adaptation, character strengths, purpose, gratitude, kindness, meditation, nurturing social relationships, exercise, and more.

Positive leadership studies focus on evidence-based approaches to successful leadership and draw on research at the intersection of positive psychology, leadership studies and organizational studies. Topics in positive leadership studies include approaches to well-being, strengths, leadership styles, problem solving (appreciative inquiry vs. pathologizing inquiry), meaning, intrinsic vs. extrinsic value, effective communication, and cultivating and maintaining positive relationships.

This course will provide students with a theoretical and practical introduction to applied positive psychology with a focus on positive leadership. Students will engage in experiential homework in which they will apply strategies for enhancing their own well-being -- and for positively impacting their own leadership initiatives. This course will also expose students to local wellness resources at Tulane and will include a walking tour of the French Quarter exploring New Orleans architecture, history, culture, and cuisine.

Hans Gruenig, Instructor, Philosophy|  BIO

TIDE 1680 Hot Topics in Sports Law

T 4:30-5:45p

This course will explore the authority of commissioners in the major professional sports leagues to discipline players, owners, coaches, and others for conduct deemed injurious to the interests of the league or the sport.  Students will explore the origin and evolution of the office of the commissioner, tracing the development of the position from Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis to Bud Selig, Paul Tagliabue, and David Stern. Students will focus on and discuss actions taken by commissioners in specific cases involving gambling, performance enhancing and recreational drug use, brawling during games, mistreating game officials and opposing players, and other types of misconduct both on and off the playing field.   Students will be asked to think critically about the scope of the commissioner’s power to act in these situations and the propriety of the actions taken by the commissioner.  The course will also analyze the commissioner’s regulatory authority to take action “in the best interests of the game,” and will look at notable cases where this authority was challenged by players and owners.

Gabe Feldman, Paul and Abram B. Barron Associate Professor, Law BIO

TIDE 1700 The Myths & Realities of New Orleans Food & Drink

T 3:30-4:45p or 5:00-6:15p

As the concept of local foodways becomes entrenched in the growing “foodie” culture of the United States, local food and local dishes become an ever more important marker of place. Whether justified or not, Creole and Cajun food and, of course, the ubiquitous Cocktail, are perceived by many as synonymous with New Orleans. In this course, we will explore the myths and realities of these three key concepts as they apply to food and drink in New Orleans.

Amy George, Senior Professor of Practice, Spanish and Portuguese BIO

TIDE 1713 Storytelling with Data – How Healthy Are We?

W 5:00-6:15p

Storytelling through data visualization can dramatically enhance our ability to think about the meaning within data. The connection between vision and cognition is powerful. In this course we will explore the fundamentals of discovering and presenting the story that lies within the data that we wish to tell. We will do this in the context of health care and public health in the United States. Along the way we will explore some common data sets about health care and public health, and we will learn to recognize the strengths and shortcomings of current data visualizations we see in academic settings and the mainstream and social media.

Mark Diana, Drs. W. C. Tsai and P. T. Kung Professor in Health Systems Management BIO

TIDE 1810 Non-Profit Organizations & Community Engagement in New Orleans**

T 4:00-5:15p

In this course, we will come to a better understanding of the role that non-profit organizations play in combating the effects of poverty in the US. We will focus primarily on New Orleans and examine the contributions of non- profits to such efforts as building houses, providing health care, and supporting education. We will also examine the interactions of non-profits and state and local governments. Although we will be considering the broad role that non-profits and community engagement play in the US, we will focus on New Orleans' long-term recovery from hurricane Katrina as well as on the roles that non-profits play in New Orleans outside the context of recovering from Katrina.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Dennis Kehoe, Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Humanities BIO

TIDE 1880 Martial Arts for the Performing Arts

R 1:30-2:45p

Successful fight scenes have always played a role in many theater, film and dance performances. Through this course Tulane students will have the opportunity to be exposed to martial-art techniques that can be used for staging combat. They will practice drills, read selected passages and watch film clips that will aid them to stage small fight performance along with their classmates by the end of the semester.

Dimitri Papadopolous, Visiting Instructor, Engineering BIO
Antony Sandoval, Professor, Theatre and Dance BIO

TIDE 1911 Ocean Health/ Human Health

M 4:00-5:15p

The United Nations designated this decade (2021-2030) as the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to highlight the needs and mechanisms to reverse the decline in ocean health. This course will focus on the most pressing issues that intersect ocean health, human health, and local/global economics. We will explore, discuss, and debate the science and policies behind what led us to our current situation and what can possibly be done as the international community moves forward.

Tim McLean, Senior Professor of Practice, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology BIO

TIDE 1915 Italian Americans in New Orleans

T 2:00-3:15p

The Italian Culture in New Orleans" will focus on different facets and components of the Italians in the Crescent city. Special consideration will be given to the discussion of the following topics: New Orleans and the culture of the Italian emigrants, traditions, cuisine, music, fiction and movie rendering of the Italian emigration.

Roberto Nicosa, Professor of Practice, Italian BIO

TIDE 1925 Natural History of Louisiana

R 4:00-5:15p

This course examines the origin and evolution of Louisiana’s ecosystems. Students will learn about living and prehistoric plants and animals and their physical surroundings while exploring Louisiana’s coastal marshes, bottomland hardwood forests, longleaf pine savannahs, and tallgrass prairies. Course includes multiple field trips.

Jeff Agnew, Professor of Practice, Earth and Environmental Sciences BIO

TIDE 1950 Salsa!

R 2:00-3:15p

To many it comes as a surprise that Salsa music was born in New York, but its emphasis on the rhythm of the music, its introduction of electronic instruments and other musical genres fundamentally changed the Cuban Son and Mambo on which it was based. In addition, early salsa was a product of the late 1960’s and 1970’s revolutionary politics and many of classic salsa from this period has complex and interesting critiques of Latin America and the United States. Salsa’s introduction into an international media market was not the first: the Mambo and Cha cha cha’s entry into American culture is portrayed in films like “Dirty Dancing,” and it has been integrated into international ball room dance, like in the Japanese film “Shall We Dance.”

¡Salsa! is comprised of two main approaches to understanding this complex and exciting musical genre. First students read critical texts about the evolution of the genre, some of its many polemics, and the themes that its songs express. The methodology of this course will focus on historical and cultural studies readings discussions, class presentations and short writing assignments. These are designed so that students will gain an understanding of the evolution of the respective genres and of the complexity of the themes that they address.

Salsa music frequently has a hidden beat that many anglo listeners miss. Students will also be treated to music presentations by award winning Cuban music band AsheSon in an attempt to engage their ears in active listening. Finally, salsa can only be understood through dancing it. Through four workshops with Cervantes instructor Aurelio and Linda of the Cervantes Organization students will learn the basic steps, some turns, and then will begin putting them together in an introduction to the Cuban Rueda, a circle dance where couples periodically change partners. The goal of these workshops is a bodily immersion into the cultures that they are studying, and to give students an opportunity to discuss their readings with master practitioners.

Javier Olondo, Adjunct Professor, Music | BIO

TIDE 1970 Songwriting for an Audience

W 5:00-6:15p

Are you a songwriter, or someone who is interested in songwriting?  In this course students will read articles on songwriting by the songwriters themselves, listen to and analyze successful songs, use techniques that the pros use, and collaborate with each other. There will also be guest lectures by professional songwriters and artist. By the end of the course students will have written original songs and have them critiqued by the other students and the Instructor.  Musical ability will be welcome but will not be required.

Mark Carson, Adjunct Professor, Newcomb-Tulane College BIO

TIDE 1975 Visual Pleasure & Photography in NOLA

W 2:00-3:15p

The class is about visual pleasure and aesthetic beauty. What makes a picture or painting beautiful? We will examine this question through several disciplines including philosophy, art history and experiential artistic practice. We will consult short readings of the classics answer to this question (e.g. Plato, Kant, Schiller, Delacroix, Hegel, Marx, Heidegger, Freud, Vygotsky, Foucault, Gombrich, Susanne Langer, John Berger, Elaine Scarry, Boris Groys, Clement Greenberg, Laura Malvie) At the same time we will also look at several distinct periods and ask what was beauty at these specific times. I have chosen four such times. The first period is the Northern Renaissance (e.g. Van Eyck, Bosch, Dürer, Bruegel) the second the Baroque (e.g. Velázquez, Rembrandt), the third the impressionists (e.g. Manet, Degas, Cassatt, Monet, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec) the expressionists (Franz Marc, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner) and fourth 20th century art photography. We will examine various concerns that we have with the beautiful. For example, the concern that the love of beauty is at best an evasion from the problems of social reality, at worst a way of legitimizing the status of the rich and powerful. That it is merely a marker of social class (e.g. Bourdieu). That beauty is frivolous, decadent, distracting, and unserious. That there is nothing to describe or to share or give account to this most subjective experience. We will attempt to answer this question by looking to both the experience as well as production of beauty as a kind of temporary emancipation from a life-world experience, a life- world that is limited by material conditions and social factors. We will also look at beauty as a transformative decentering of the self. We will examine deeply Kant’s idea that true beauty is the free play of imagination and understanding in the mind of the audience and therefore can include any theme of topic.

Taking our inspiration both from the philosophers of beauty as well as from the artists we will attempt to capture and frame beauty around us in NOLA. There will be structured weekly tasks in which we will train the eye and mind in finding the aesthetic in some of the most unlikely places, as well as to close viewing. Much of the course will be focused on finding words in writing and speech that attempt to describe and theorize our aesthetic intuitions.

Ari Ofengenden, Professor of Practice, Jewish Studies |  BIO

TIDE 1984 Identity, Power & Community Engagement**

M 3:00-4:15p

Identity and power are often interwoven with community social issues, but may not be openly apparent to the average individual engaging in community service. This course encourages students to first understand their social identities, then the broad range of social issues in New Orleans, to contribute in a meaningful way to the body of work already being done in the New Orleans community. Students will reflect on their own social identities and connect to local non-profits, community organizers, and a broad survey of current issues in New Orleans. By creating a space for meaningful discussions about community involvement, students will examine how social identities and power affect community engagement in New Orleans. This is also a tier 1 service learning course and students will be required to complete at least 20 hours with the selected community partners.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Benji Brubaker, Program Manager, Center for Public Service BIO