Tulane Library Speaker Series

Description

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.
African American Women Affecting the Arts in New Orleans
Four African American women will discuss what they think about the state of contemporary art(s) in New Orleans. This discussion will include consideration of the state of visual arts, music, literature, and the performing arts in this region. This conversation will also consider the politics of race, artistic agency, and artistic opportunity.The panel will be moderated by actor, director, and producer Lauren Turner. Panelists will include: Ladee Hubbard - (Author: The Talented Ribkins) Dr. Stella Jones - (Curator: The Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans) Margie Perez - (Performer - Latin/Afro Caribbean Music) Breanna Thompson - (Set Designer/Artist - Film and Television). Women and Movement is designed to collectively engage women scholars and artists from across the gulf south region to take part in discourse about place, performance and the social-political issues that transform their bodies, art, language, and greater community. The goal of the series is to create dialogue around the importance of place and community in the performative and socio-political dimension of their work. The series will provoke a deeper understanding of how place informs culture, activism, and community, and what women artists, researchers, and scholars are doing to perpetuate restorative community practices and/or complicate our perceptions of what is possible for women in this region and beyond. Women and movement instigates dialogue that honors gulf south women in the arts and politics and highlights the complexities of place and the region in their work, as well as, the communities of people from which they draw their inspiration.
Amazônia Ocupada featuring the works of João Farkas
Amazônia Ocupada features the work of Brazilian photographer João Farkas, who documented the mass migration of workers from throughout Brazil who came to the Amazon basin in the 1980s and 1990s to try their luck in gold mining, logging and cattle ranching, often with devastating effects on the environment and the indigenous peoples of the region. The exhibit also includes rare books, maps, and other material from the special collections of The Latin American Library tracing Western conceptualizations of the Amazon region beginning with the earliest post-contact explorations in the 16th century to 20th century narratives about the region. João Farkas is one of Brazil’s leading documentary and environmental photographers with projects that document life in the coastal village of Trancoso, Bahia, the carnival masks of Maragojipe, Bahia, and the world's largest tropical wetland, the Pantanal, as well as the occupation of the Amazon
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)
Elias Barreiro: Celebrating a Lifetime of Contributions to the Instrument
A conversation with Elias Barreiro who was honored during the 2016 New Orleans International Guitar Festival.
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.
Per(sister) Incacerated Women in Louisiana: Discussion
Amazônia Ocupada features the work of Brazilian photographer João Farkas, who documented the mass migration of workers from throughout Brazil who came to the Amazon basin in the 1980s and 1990s to try their luck in gold mining, logging and cattle ranching, often with devastating effects on the environment and the indigenous peoples of the region. The exhibit also includes rare books, maps, and other material from the special collections of The Latin American Library tracing Western conceptualizations of the Amazon region beginning with the earliest post-contact explorations in the 16th century to 20th century narratives about the region. João Farkas is one of Brazil’s leading documentary and environmental photographers with projects that document life in the coastal village of Trancoso, Bahia, the carnival masks of Maragojipe, Bahia, and the world's largest tropical wetland, the Pantanal, as well as the occupation of the Amazon
Per(sister) Incacerated Women in Louisiana: The Graduates
Until last year Louisiana was known as the “Incarceration Capital of the World.” With the exception of Oklahoma, our state tops every other state in its incarceration rate, and even outpaces many other nations, with about one in 75 adults in prison or jail at any given moment in Louisiana. Per the Sentencing Project, the number of incarcerated women in the United States increased more than 700 percent between 1980 and 2014. According to the ACLU only 18 percent of our female inmates have committed violent crimes and, today, about 80 percent of female inmates are mothers, 86 percent are survivors of sexual violence (according to a report by the Vera Institute of Justice). Newcomb Art Museum has partnered with formerly incarcerated women, community organizations, stakeholders, and those directly impacted by the prison system to create the exhibition Per(Sister), which is intended to share the stories of currently and formerly incarcerated women in Louisiana, and shine a light on the myriad issues as identified and expressed by the women themselves. The experiences of incarcerated women are often unknown, overlooked, dismissed, or misunderstood. Per(Sister) presents the personal and intimate stories, in their own voices and in their own terms, of women that persist in their drive for the integral survival of their mind, body, and soul. Some stories come to life through the pairing of a “persister” and an artist who created a work inspired by her story, other stories take the shape of voice recordings, self-portraits, or handwritten messages, all with the intention of challenging misconceptions and uninformed assumptions. By building awareness of the situations arising before, during and after incarceration, the exhibition Per(Sister) seeks to find common ground and pathways for society to empathetically move forward together. Spearheaded by formerly incarcerated women, the exhibition includes more than twenty projects created in partnership with local and national artists, community and university-based social and legal justice groups, as well as filmmakers, writers, and performers. Incorporating the voices of the women, academics and creatives alike, Per(Sister) examines themes such as the root causes of women’s incarceration, the social impact of long-term incarcerated mothers, the treatment of female bodies in jail and prison, and the challenges and opportunities of reentry for formerly incarcerated women. This will be the first in a series of three exhibitions at the Newcomb Art Museum exploring mass incarceration from a sustained point of view over the next decade. The exhibition at Newcomb will coincide with several city-wide programs, lectures, and opportunities for service that will inform and educate the community of the issues surrounding the criminal justice system. Syrita Steib-Martin and Dolfinette Martin are the museum’s equal partners in the creation and development of this exhibition together with museum director, Monica Ramirez-Montagut, and museum curator, Laura Blereau. Mellon Fellow for Community Engaged Scholarship Megan R. Flattley is the curatorial research assistant for the exhibition. The museum would like to thank our community partners Women with A Vision and Operation Restoration for their critical contributions in the development of this exhibition.
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