Tulane Library Speaker Series


The Tulane Library Speaker Series encompasses speaker events hosted by Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and its divisions such as the Latin American Library, the Music and Media Center, and Special Collections among others. Providing students, faculty, and visiting researchers an opportunity to share their work with their peers, these Library-sponsored events seek to foster an environment of reflexive learning while supporting the robust research environment of Tulane University.
Behind the Velvet Curtain: Getting Ready to Perform Onstage
Performing artists appear onstage before us calm and collected, in full possession of themselves, launching into a flawless performance. The magic that unfolds before the captivated audience appears effortless, as if performing a major concerto, turning a pirouette, or running through an entire Shakespearean monologue is all as easy as breathing. Kelley will be speaking about just what goes into these seemingly effortless performances. Using Franz Liszt’s Totentanz which Kelley will be performing later this fall, Kelley will give the audience a behind the scenes look at the life of an artist before the show.music speaker series
Capacitive Sensing Gestural Music Controller
A new music controller is described which uses capacitive proximity sensing to track a performer’s hand in three dimensions. With minimal data processing, rough gestural patterns can be derived form a relatively simple hardware setup. The controller is demonstrated manipulating a synthesizer based on Harry Partch’s two dimensional tonality diamond.
Comparative Interpretations: Making Sense of How Students Imagine the Library
Sam Eastepp, a senior anthropology major, presents photos, interviews, and field notes from an ethnographic study of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.
Defining Sound Art: a roundtable discussion
Local sound artists and academics discuss the question “what is sound art?” from the perspectives of composers, architects, and ethnological soundscapes. Moderator is Rick Snow, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Science and Technology. Panelists Philippe Landry (sound artist, musician, composer) Joe Evans (sound artist, musician, landscape architect) Brendan Connelly (sound designer, composer, sound artist) Jane Cassidy (artist, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art)
First Time Academic Published Authors
The Library hosted a speaker series session focusing on the book publication process led by Liz McMahon (History Department), Scott Oldenburg (English Department), and Matt Sakakeeny (Music Department). At the time of the presentation, Dr. McMahon’s book Slavery and Emancipation in Islamic East Africa: From Honor to Respectability had been recently published, Dr. Sakakeeny had just received the author’s copy of his book Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans, and Dr. Oldenburg was just initiating the editorial process for his book Alien Albion: Literature and Immigration in Early Modern England. Each presenter spoke about their books and the work that went into them before the floor was opened to discussion about the publication process from selecting a publisher to negotiating changes with the editor(s) and more.
General Rafael E. Melgar Collection: Inaugural Presentation
On April 12, 2013, the Latin American Library (LAL) and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) co-hosted a talk, exhibit and reception to celebrate the public opening of the General Rafael E. Melgar Collection of manuscripts and photographs housed at the LAL. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the LAL, and Ludovico Feoli, Executive Director of CIPR, welcome the audience and introduced the collection and the speakers. Daniel Melgar, son of General Rafael Melgar, offers biographical remarks on his father’s political career. Javier Garcíadiego, Mexican historian and President of El Colegio de México, delivers the keynote address on general aspects of the Mexican Revolution and its consolidation in subsequent decades.
Interview with Erika Diettes
Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library (LAL), interviews Colombian photographer and artist Erika Diettes about the social, political and artistic aspects of her work. Diettes created for the LAL a collection of 318 photographs documenting her numerous exhibitions around the world. This unique collection provides a detailed visual record of the processes of production and reception of her work. This research material will be added to the LAL’s image archive. In the interview, Diettes provides context to these images, explaining how her work with the families of desaparecidos, disappeared persons, began out of her own experiences with violence, how the subject of mourning became a central focus in her work, and how she formed relationships with these families that allowed her to work with such a sensitive part of their lives.
Niente Forte 2016 Panel Discussion
Featured composers Yu-Hui Chang and Erin Gee, along with Jane Cassidy, alumnus of the Tulane MFA program and faculty from the University of Alabama, take part in a panel discussion. Moderated by WTUL 20th Century Classics host Joe Shriner, the artist panel discusses the concepts that shape their work, their view of the art and music scene today, and, more broadly, women in art.
Realizing the circular nature of a rhythmic diaspora
During this talk, student Jason WInikoff will trace connections between West African music and jazz through an exploration of traditional Ghanaian percussion ensemble rhythms which Winikoff has transcribed and edited for the modern drum set.
Street Queens: The Performance of Gender in New Orleans Brass Bands
The musical traditions of New Orleans are largely patriarchal. As the predominant sonic signifier of New Orleans, the brass band amplifies this gender bias more than any other musical tradition in the city. Brass band literature has thus far focused almost exclusively on black men and, partially due to the relative absence of women in brass bands, neglects to view gender as a category of analysis. This paper seeks to introduce gender as a key element to brass band research by studying the only current exception to male dominance in this musical genre, an all-female brass band called The Original Pinettes Brass Band. Drawing largely from ethnography and personal interviews with The Pinettes, I will argue that they subvert gender norms and enter male-gendered spaces by musically establishing a competitive advantage through (1) the introduction of female gendered songs into their repertoire and (2) the appropriation of canonical brass band songs with misogynistic lyrical content