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Tulane Honors Program

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Honors Professor of the Year

Dr. Justin Wolfe was named Honors Professor of the Year for 2004-2005. Dr. Wolfe was nominated by Claire Breedlove who said, in part:
As I look back on my four years at Tulane, Narrating Race and Nation was one of the most provocative classes I’ve taken, and Justin Wolfe is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful and caring professors I have ever known. I came to the course having just returned from studying abroad in Senegal, slightly disillusioned with what seemed at the time like incredible excess and privilege in the American academy, and, perhaps most problematic for the course, with absolutely no background in Latin American studies. Instead of telling me that his wasn’t a class about Africa, Prof. Wolfe listened patiently to my frustrations and gave me the critical, intellectual framework I needed to think through my questions about colonialism, development and race. He opened my eyes to the fascinating ways in which 19th century Latin Americans sought to redefine colonial conceptions of race and nation for themselves and carefully guided me through the complexities of 19th century Brazilian historiography. Prof. Wolfe then read my work carefully and critically, pushing me to improve my writing more than any other class I have taken at Tulane. ...

Students gravitate towards Prof. Wolfe because he is approachable and available, intellectually intense and uniquely committed to undergraduate teaching. A consummate professional, he is always thoroughly prepared, on-time and wholly committed to whatever he undertakes. Intellectually, I am lucky to have studied with him, and, personally, I am all the better for having known him.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Intercollegiate Studies Institute - Programs - 2005 - 2006 Honors Fellows

Evan Sparks, a Tulane Junior on Junior Year Abroad at London School of Economics, was selected as an Fellow for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Congrats Evan!

Monday, April 18, 2005

College Arms

This is entirely irrelevant to Tulane Honors Program, but I just learned that my Oxford college was finally granted a coat of arms. St. Cross College was established in 1965 (along with Iffley College, now named Wolfson College) to house graduate students. I confess when I was first admitted I was somewhat disapointed, I had hoped to be in one of the older, "grander" colleges such as Christ Church. But being a grad only college had its perks, such as a 3 course lunch. :-) St. Cross is also right next to the Oriental Institute, where I did all my research, so following my impressive meal I would toddle back to my desk in the basement stacks and take a little snooze. All in all it was a very nice system.

Friday, April 08, 2005

CNN.com - Has Cookie Monster given up sweets?

"Cookie Monster was not available for comment. (I'm hoping he hasn't gone to Hollywood.)

'We are not putting him on a diet,' said his spokesman, Truglio. 'And we would never take the position of no sugar. We're teaching him moderation.'"

First Snuffleu...Snufflupga...Snuffy (how DO you spell his full name?!) can be seen by everyone and now this! As my wife pointed out, Snuffy was visible to no one but Big Bird and Cookie Monster ate plates full of cookies when we were children and our generation was not scarred by it. Perhaps if people did not leave parenting to the television...

(Sorry, perhaps that was preachy?)

Thursday, April 07, 2005

What it takes to be an Honor Student

Monday, April 04, 2005

Another Fellowship Winner!

Claire Breedlove has won a Mellon Fellowship! She will be continuing work she has begun as an undergraduate in the history of west Africa. Claire is also Senior Class President of Newcomb College. Congratulations Claire!