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Fall 2021 TIDES Descriptions

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 2021 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 New Orleans Cities of the Dead: Cemetery Architecture & Its Cultural Legacy

W 10:00-11:15a

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 2:00-3:15p

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**

M 5:00-6:15p** | T 5:00-6:15p** | T 6:00-7:15p | W 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.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Aimee Freeman, Adjunct Instructor, Business | BIO
Kourtney Gray, Director, New Student and Leadership Programs | BIO
Tim Lempfert, Director, Housing and Residence Life | BIO
Erica Woodley, Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students, Student Affairs | BIO
Chris Zacharda, Director, Student Conduct | BIO

TIDE 1011 Exploring Russia

W 5:15-6:30p

The seminar will introduce students to various aspects of Russian culture, history and life, including food, music and visual arts. In an informal and relaxed atmosphere, students will get a “taste” of a little bit of everything that Russia is famous for: from icon paintings to onion domes; from the times of Ivan the Terrible to Putin’s Russia. A variety of readings (mostly short articles), 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 1013 The Architecture of Place

T 2:00-3:15p

How can architecture define a place?  How do buildings support social constructs and cultural patterns?  How do spatial relationships, proportions, and forms shape how we move through and experience places?  How do the lines, curves, textures, and colors of walls, roofs, railings and other built elements impact our senses, emotions, and memories?  All of these questions will be explored as students learn about the particular built environment that makes New Orleans so unmistakably New Orleans.  Students will be encouraged to think critically about built environment and to communicate their ideas effectively through writing, visuals, and speech.

Laura Blokker, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Architecture|  BIO

TIDE 1014 Cultivating Your Health and Well-Being

M 5:30-6:45p | T 5:30-6:45p

Health in college is so much more than avoiding pizza every night and occasionally going to the gym. Health is multifaceted and is pivotal to your ability to thrive during the next four years. 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 leadership skills as an element of being healthy and successful in college.

Alicia Czachowski, Director, Public Health Initiatives and Assessment  | BIO
La'Tesha Hinton, Assistant Director, The Well  | BIO

TIDE 1015 Cultivate Your Inner Changemaker

M 3:30-4:45p | M 5:00-6:15p

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.

Rebecca Otten, Professor of Practice, Taylor Center  |  BIO

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

T 3:30-4:45p

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

T 9:30-10:45a | 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.

Anna Mitchell Mahoney, Administrative Assistant Professor, Newcomb Institute | BIO

Brian Johnson, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs | BIO

TIDE 1020 Cities and the Urban Environment

W 5:30-6:45p

Focusing on selections from the seminal work “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs, we will explore and discuss its relevance to the city of New Orleans. We will also look directly at what is currently happening in the city of New Orleans via field studies, guest presentations and movies. Selected neighborhoods of New Orleans will be explored as vehicles for looking at the social, political, and economic life of cities. By focusing on particular and local examples we will, in effect, also address urban issues that are both more general and global. You will be invited to learn ‘how to see’ (observe) the many aspects of the city, be introduced to tools for the analysis of city form and city behavior, and be asked to draw conclusions from what you read for this class as well as your experiences.

Marilyn Feldmeier, Adjunct Faculty, Architecture | BIO

TIDE 1023 Reproductive Politics in New Orleans**

W 12:30-1:45p

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.  

**This course includes a service learning component**

Clare Daniel, Administrative Assistant Professor, Newcomb Institute | BIO

TIDE 1026 Superheroes: Race/Gender/Orientation

T 5:30-6:45p

This course examines the construction of race, gender, and orientation in several popular cultural ideological mediums: (1) We will consider what race and gender mean in the ever-rising popularity of superhero films. (2) We will interrogate the idea of the “male gaze” with regard to how the role of the female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (3) We will talk about why women and characters of color took so long to get their own stand-alone titles in the MCU and we will discuss the development and construction/creation of the mythology of the “straight, white, male,” as the hero or “God.” (4) We will talk about the cinematic phenomenon of “Wonder Woman” and “The Black Panther”, then theorize their economic success in the American film industry. (5) We will discuss the multiplicity of constructions of the ideas of “blackness” in The Black Panther. (6)We will discuss the sparsity of constructions of “female representation” in Wonder Woman. (7) We will spend some time broadening the scope of our discussions to consider race, gender and orientation on the small screen. (8) We will spend some time considering the intersection between sexual orientation and the sexualization of the comic book hero.

Paula Booke, Director, Academic Equity | BIO

TIDE 1028 Masculinities, Femininities & Sexualities on Campus & Beyond

M 5:00-6:15p

This course will introduce students to social science academic studies and critically engaged scholarship that explore how men's and women's shifting social roles around sex, gender, and sexuality binaries intimately shape young people's sense of self in emerging adulthood. College, particularly a residential college experience, can be very destabilizing as gendered constructions of young adulthood, typically rooted in the media and popular culture, shape how young men and women explore their identities and sexualities within the context of campus cultures. These cultures are not inevitable or natural, but their impacts are very real and reverberate through young people's lives. Some examples include: the pressure to fit into normative binary identities and organizations, strict gendered appearance standards, hooking up, drinking, partying, and having fun, picking a college major and a career path, starting and ending friendships and romantic relationships, and learning what it means to belong the social category "man" or "woman" in our contemporary world. By exposing the often-invisible web of culture, hegemony, and power that shape our feelings, our identities, our opportunities, and our constraints, we can better locate ourselves within their impacts and to forge more conscientious and engaged relationships with ourselves, with our environment, and with others.

Emily Starr, Adjunct Faculty, Sociology|  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
James Markway, Director, Applied 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

M 1:00-2:15p

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 1032 Jazz and New Orleans

R 3:00-4:45p

Jazz is often called "America's Classical Music." It is the only global art form invented by Americans, as created and developed by African-Americans in New Orleans. Jazz began life as "emancipation music," according to clarinetist Sidney Bechet. This class will draw a straight line from the New Orleans jazz of Bechet and Louis Armstrong to the contemporary brass-band funk of Rebirth, Trombone Shorty, and the Soul Rebels.

We will watch videos of live performances each week and listen for how jazz musicians gave voice to racial, social, and political issues. Jazz was also the first pop-music to take over clubs, college campuses, and dance-halls: for three decades, it was America's popular music. Jazz developed in the Black communities of five cities, as we will read: New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City.

Jazz started as a rhythmic revolution and evolved into a concert form of virtuosic solos and complex compositions. Along the way, jazz musicians created the rhythmic grooves of nearly all American genres – rock-and-roll, funk, Motown, soul, R&B, hip-hop. Just as jazz once combined blues, ragtime, and even carnival music, today it combines with funk, hiphop, techno, EDM, and electronica.

There will be three in-class or on-campus performances by New Orleans musicians: the trumpeter and bandleader, James Andrews; pianist and bandleader, Joe Krown; legendary drummer Johnny Vidocavitch. We will also take a field trip to Preservation Hall.

Our goal will be to understand jazz musicians as artists, and the music as a reflection of their experiences. We will start with this short definition: jazz is the sounding out of an individual human experience expressed within a supportive group of musicians.

Joel Dinerstein, Professor, English | BIO

TIDE 1033 Taylor Your Tulane

T 5:00-6:15p | W 10:30-11:45a

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.

Julia Lang, Professor of Practice, Taylor Center | BIO
Cornell Sneed, Assistant Athletics Director, Athletics | BIO

TIDE 1035 Introduction to Yoga

-01: T 2:00-3:15p & -02: R 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 1038 Beyond Orgo: Becoming a Good Doctor

R 12:30-1:45p

Gen Chem, Bio, Orgo, Physics, the MCAT: every premed student knows the prerequisites for medical school. But becoming a good doctor takes much more than lab time and formulas. It requires critical thinking, teamwork, communication skills, resilience, adaptability, emotional intelligence, cultural competence, a capacity for improvement, a desire to serve others, and a strong moral compass. In this course, you will examine the human-centered skills necessary to become the good doctors our world needs. Through readings, guest lectures, reflections, and collaborative projects, you will evaluate your personal strengths and weaknesses, identify helpful role models and resources, and discover the ways you can develop these essential skills at Tulane and beyond.

Mallory Monaco Caterine, Senior Professor of Practice, Classical Studies | BIO

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

M 4:00-5:15p

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 1051 German Heritage in the Crescent City

W 11:00-12:15p

This seminar will introduce students to various aspects of German culture in New Orleans. We will explore how German immigrants helped shape the cultural, social, and political structure of the Crescent City. 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, go on field trips to German sites, and meet with people from the German community. A variety of readings (excerpts from books and short articles), documentaries, as well as guest lectures will be part of the class. Knowledge of German is not required

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

TIDE 1056 Ancient Magic, Modern Witchcraft

M 3:00-4:15p

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.  Such settings typically present students with less structure, more demands, new roles, and increased pressures which may contribute to struggles with stress and adjustment difficulties. The purpose of this course is to help students develop social and emotional skills; benefiting them in academic and work contexts, interpersonal relationships, and overall well-being. Students will explore tranquil locations throughout the city of 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 1067 Nazism, Fascism, and the Alt-Right

W 2:00-3:15p

This course is inspired by current events, including the rise of alt-right, populist, and authoritarian parties and governments across the globe. Its aim is to use the tools of media analysis and social and literary theory in order to deepen our understanding of where and how these movements arose, how neo-fascism appeals to voters in different places and contexts, and, crucially, how leaders have harnessed popular sentiments to their own end. Readings and discussions are based on contemporary media as well as classical historical sources. Important themes in the course will include roots and causes of fascism, fascism as imperialism and racism, fascist attitudes toward gender and class, theories of totalitarianism, the psychology of fascism.

Ari Ofengenden, Professor of Practice, Jewish Studies 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 1081 History and Rituals of Voodoo in New Orleans

T 3:00-4:15p

This 1-credit course fulfills the First-Year Seminar requirement as a Tulane Interdisciplinary Experience Seminar (TIDES). In this course we will discuss the history, culture, misconceptions, pop allure, rituals and rites of Voodoo (Vodou) in New Orleans.

Jessica Podewell, Professor of Practice, Theatre and Dance | BIO

TIDE 1086 Engineering in New Orleans

W 4:00-5:15p

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 1090 Who Dat, Fan Up, and Geaux

M 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.

Charvi Greer, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Athletics | BIO

TIDE 1096 Latin American Dance Cultures

T 11:00-12:15p

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 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.

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

T 12:30-1:45p

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

R 3:30-4:45p

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 4:30-5:45p

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 1230 Latin American Infusion

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 1240 Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll & Disease

M 5:00-6:15p

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

M 5:30-6:45p

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 4:00-5:15p

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 1275 Helluva Hullabaloo: Learning To #BeExcellent At Tulane

M 6:00-7:15p

“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

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TIDE 1315 Making New Orleans

M 2:00-3:15p

Since Hurricane Katrina and the Great Recession of 2008-09, the Big Easy has made a big comeback. This economic growth has been fueled in part by a booming real estate economy driven by substantial investment from both the public and private sectors. Many of the projects under construction today will dramatically affect the future landscape of New Orleans and also provide lessons in revitalization for cities across the U.S. and globally. Co-taught by instructors from the Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development and undergraduate Real Estate Minor programs, this 1 credit, interdisciplinary TIDES course will introduce students to the ways in which real estate development is shaping the future of New Orleans. Students will hear from industry leaders, including local real estate developers, investors, lenders, community advocates and politicians, and will visit a number of impactful and innovative development projects around the City.

John Huppi, Assistant Director, Sustainable Real Estate Development | BIO

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

R 4:30-5:45p

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 1355: Art, Place, and Community in New Orleans

T 12:30-1:45p

This 1-credit TIDES course introduces students to college study, discussion, and research through the topic of art, public space, and community in New Orleans. We will look at histories of placemaking, the role of monuments in public space, and art that has emerged out of engagement with local communities.

In the course Art, Place, & Community in New Orleans, students will learn about historical and contemporary New Orleans through its art in public spaces, historical monuments and community-based art. We will think about the history of art in public spaces of New Orleans, grapple with debates about the legacy of historical monuments; and ask how art plays a role in the history and future of New Orleans, as a geographical place and as a constellation of communities.

Adrian Anagnost, Assistant Professor, Art History |  BIO

TIDE 1365 @InstaNola: Curating Your Digital Self

M 9:00-10:15a

@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 1375: “Gateway to the Americas”: The Roots & Routes of Latinx New Orleans

M 2:00-3:15p

For much of the twentieth century an enormous, iron sign spanned Canal Street celebrating New Orleans as the “Gateway to the Americas.” In recent years politicians have labored to swing this gate shut, imploring America to build a wall instead. Yet this open gate has made New Orleans the unique culture it is today. This TIDE approaches current immigration debates from a local perspective, examining New Orleans and Tulane University as vibrant sites of intercultural intellectual, economic and social collaboration and exchange with Latin America and more specifically, Central America. Readings and activities will complicate the rhetoric of “invasion”—which reduces immigration to one-way street—by acknowledging the multidirectional movement of people, goods, ideas and cultures to and from New Orleans and Tulane across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Toward this, we will examing policy, literature, art, film and food as they are affected by and effect the formation of culture and identity. You, as a student, are part of this and we will engage your American origins as well, toward developing an empathetic understanding of the immigrant experience and the responsibilities of citizenship. Finally, we will explore how students can be more involved in struggles for social justice and human rights at Tulane and beyond: A) Discussing the skills and experience needed for careers in advocacy, activism, social work, education, immigration law, public health and other professions related to the Latinx community that your education here can provide; and B) Examining opportunities for volunteer work, service learning and internships with organizations that serve New Orleans’ Latinx and immigrant communities while you are here. Toward these objectives, we will engages many voices across the New Orleans and Tulane communities, inviting activists, artists, and professionals into the classroom and venturing out of the classroom to experience people, places and life in New Orleans beyond our campus.

Edith Wolfe, Administrative Assistant Professor, Stone Center | BIO

TIDE 1385 Cultivating Connection

W 9:00-10:15a

This course synthesizes meditation, yoga, and mindfulness techniques to allow students to cultivate more presence and connection in their daily lives. The focus will be on calming the nervous system, developing physical/emotional flexibility, and cultivating opportunities for self-care in the university environment.

Monica Payne, 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 1405 New Orleans on Stage and Screen

R 9:30-10:45a

We will explore how the legend of New Orleans was created and reinforced by popular representation in theatre and film works from the 19th century through today. Students will investigate various signifiers of New Orleans through time, watching their rise (and sometimes fall) through performance pieces. We will explore home-grown myth-making as well as visions provided by outsiders, and also get out into the city itself, seeing what truth might lie within the narrative reductions of New Orleans that occupied audiences for the last two centuries.

Victor Holtcamp, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance |  BIO

TIDE 1425 The Archaeology of Mardi Gras

R 3:00-4:15p

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 4:00-5:15p

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, poems discussed during workshops in class and on excursions in the city. Become thoughtful...listen, read, write, 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.

During particular classes the student will be asked to write while on a streetcar, in Audubon Park, and on the levee by the Mississippi river.  Students will keep a journal, participate in a writer’s workshop, give a class presentation, and write a research paper.  Participation is a must.  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

F 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 1445 Arts Around New Orleans (This Ain't Your Momma's Art)

T 12:30-1:45p

This course is designed for those interested in exploring the immensely diverse arts scene in New Orleans. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to a variety of art forms. The course includes amazing field trips as well as guest artists in the classroom. Through readings, classroom discussions, meetings with local artists, reflective writing, and creating your own art project, you will gain a great appreciation for the arts scene in the great city of New Orleans! How does one give voice to creativity? Join us to find out!

Maria DeLouise, Lecturer, Teacher Preparation and Certification Program |  BIO
Todd Shaffer, Instructor, Young Audiences Schools |  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 1475-01 For the Love Of New Orleans: Environmental Conservation**

R 4:30-5:45p

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 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 1475-02 For the Love Of New Orleans: Music Community & Preservation**

W 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.

Trombone Shorty Foundation – Students will support the foundation in its annual fundraiser Shorty Fest and with weekly programming.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Bill Taylor, Adjunct Faculty, Trombone Shorty Foundation|  BIO

TIDE 1475-03 For the Love Of New Orleans: Capoeira and New Orleans Brazilian community**

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.

New Orleans Capoeira will partner to share the history of this Afro-Brasilian tradition and its strong local community. Students will join in and support with annual fundraisers and events.

**This course includes a service learning component**

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

TIDE 1475-04 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 1475-05 For the Love Of New Orleans: Architecture and Equity**

T 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 several agencies, but mainly will continue a partnership with youth at the Dryades YMCA who’ve been examining their own built environment. Students will create college access materials, among other projects.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Rashidah Williams, Assistant Director, Small Center|  BIO

TIDE 1485 Surveillance, Data, and Society**

W 10:00-11:15a

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

M 1:00-2:15p

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 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

TIDE 1535 Delta Clay: Environment and Art

F 9:00-10:15a

New Orleans sits at the edge of the continent on layers of alluvial clays and sand, on a delta barely 5000 years old. The low elevation and shifting nature of the ground has influenced the growth and construction of the city, and provided a resource of clay for building and ceramic art. This class will explore the ground under our feet, examining the makeup of the geology of our city, the river that formed it and some of the ways geography and geology has influenced the growth and character of its neighborhoods. As climate change magnifies the forces that shaped the delta, the natural processes of flooding, erosion and subsidence are accelerating with serious consequences for the New Orleans and South Louisiana. Our environmental exploration will take us out to find and dig local clay, prospecting at the Studio in the Woods and the Carrolton river bank at the “Fly”, experiencing the land in a direct way. The clay we dig will be refined in the ceramics studio and used it to make vessels and other botanical forms inspired by the historic enterprise of Newcomb Pottery. Founded within the Newcomb Art Department in 1896, the Newcomb Pottery enterprise utilized local clays and employed talented women graduates from the Art department, developing unique and beautifully crafted forms that emphasized designs drawn from indigenous plants. Special tours of the Newcomb Art Museum’s collection of the historic pottery will provide models for our own works, made from the clays we dig and fired in the modern kilns of the Newcomb Art Department.

Jeremy Jernegan, Professor, Ceramics|  BIO

TIDE 1545 Law and Order

-01: M 12:30-1:45p

-02: 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.

Sanda Groome, Professor of Practice, Legal Studies|  BIO

TIDE 1615 Positive Psychology and Successful Leadership

W 1:00-2:15p

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 3:00-4:15p

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

R 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 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 2:00-3:15p

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.

Kyriakos Papadopolous, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering BIO
Antony Sandoval, Professor, Theatre and Dance BIO

TIDE 1915 Italian Americans in New Orleans

T 4:30-5:45p

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

M 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 1981 Frames Films & Femmes Fatales**

T 9:30-10:45a

This course is a critical survey of cinematic works by and about women, with examples drawn from different modes of cinematic expression (mainstream fiction films as well as alternative film and video [including documentaries, experimental, & narrative]) and from different historical periods (from the 1930s to the present). The course deploys feminist approaches to film criticism and applies these approaches to cinematic representations of women. Films illustrating particular genres, as well as feminist and ''women's'' films, are discussed and critiqued. We will consider the role of film in our understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality, as well as race, class and disability. Through discussions and writing we will work to discern relevant social, political, ideological, and aesthetic concepts in the media we examine. We will look at contemporary Hollywood and independent cinema, US and some international films by both established and emerging filmmakers.

**This course includes a service learning component**

Aidan Smith, Administrative Assistant Professor, Newcomb Institute | BIO

TIDE 1984 Identity, Power & Community Engagement**

R 3:30-4:45p

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**

Ben Brubaker, Program Manager, Center for Public Service BIO