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Tulane Honors Program

Friday, September 29, 2006

Mega Churches and Mega Discussion


Hello! Can you hear me over “The Best D*** Sports Show”? No one can say it hasn’t been a jam-packed, exciting week on campus! But wait! There is no slow down in the intensity of the on-campus experience this coming week.

Remember that the Honors Program is hosting its 3rd round table of the year. This round, be prepared to jump out of your seats and holler because Professor Shayne Lee of Sociology will speak on “Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators & Contemporary American Religion” on Wednesday, October 4, beginning at 4:30 in the Butler Hall Lounge. Professor Lee’s discussion is a spin-off of his recent book on T.D. Jakes: America’s New Preacher (NYU Press).

If the title doesn’t get you, here’s what the Atlanta-Journal Constitution had to say about Professor Lee’s work: "Most of the public knows about the Bishop T. D. Jakes who graced the cover of Time magazine, preached "Woman, Thou Art Loosed!" and filled stadiums across the country with throngs of weeping fans. But how many know about the Jakes who boasted that he didn't have enough garage space for his luxury cars, said Jesus was rich, and once tried to evict the owners of a home he had just purchased though they only had a week to pay off their debts? That portrait of Jakes comes courtesy of T. D. Jakes: America's New Preacher. Shayne Lee, a sociologist and professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, asks hard questions about Jakes' ministry."

Trust me when I say that this is the type of round table that will challenge your world view, shake up your preconceptions, and just might lead to an epiphany of your own….

So, don’t forget to join us for what promises to be a provocative discussion. Oh yeah, did I mention WOW! ???? – You got it, hot conversation and spicy wings from World of Wings. SEE YOU WEDNESDAY! And, hey you upper classmen as well as freshmen staying in other dorms, don’t be afraid, come on over and join in the fun. This round table is not just for Butler residents -- all Honors students (and their guests!) are welcome.


Have a music-filled weekend!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Lots of fun and exciting activities are taking place on campus.

Above all don’t forget to reserve this coming Thursday afternoon for what promises to be a “groundbreaking” discussion on the geological underpinnings of the Katrina disaster by Professor Steve Nelson, chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies. His already popular course on “Natural Disasters” took on even greater poignancy this past year. Spring and Lagniappe semesters, Professor Nelson spent a great deal of time visiting with students the sites of the levee breaks in the New Orleans area. He has recently published his assessment of events and is ready and willing to talk with Honors students and answer any questions you have. Undoubtedly, there is no better scholar on campus to give you the scoop on the environmental causes and effects of Katrina…..
Hope to see one and all on Thursday, November 21, at 4:30 in the Butler Hall lounge. Refreshments will be served and lots of astonishing images provided!!!!

Keeping with the theme of Katrina – pre and post, mark your calendars for the extraordinary visit by Ambassador Andrew Young on Monday, Sept.25 at 5pm at McAlister Auditorium. He will speak on "Empowering You to Change New Orleans and the World." Among many of Ambassador Young's
achievements, he is the Chairman of Goodworks International, former
Ambassador to the United Nations, former Mayor of Atlanta, and was one of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s top advisors.


Until then, take full advantage this weekend of the many cultural events occurring across campus and to top it all off, they’re FREE!!!!
The Newcomb Institute hosts the all-female swing trio, the Pfister Sisters, today from 4–6 p.m., 43 Newcomb Place.

Enjoy “stargazing” tonight with the premiere of “All the King’s Men” at McAlister!

If you like classical guitar, don’t miss the Klasinc and Loncar Guitar Duo on Saturday, September 16 at 8 p.m., Dixon Hall. Free admission.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Kick it up a notch!

Thanks to the round table and the two meetings concerning the Senior Honors Thesis, I have had the opportunity to meet so many of you this week! One would think that all those meetings would leave me exhausted; on the contrary, it was an incredibly invigorating experience. From proposals to launch a debate club, a movie group, and a book club to theses on game theory, small businesses before and after Katrina, and francophone literature -- not to mention lively conversations about the value of charter schools or health care in America, I moved from one fascinating discussion to the next. To be frank, after weeks of feeling like an administrator chained to the desk as I prepared for your return to campus, I finally enjoyed the types of intellectual conversations and experiences I had imagined would fill my days as Director of the Honors Program.
So, hope you all have a great weekend because you certainly made it a great week for me!
Feel free to make an appointment to discuss postgraduate plans or other issues of importance this week. Please remember that my office hours are by appointment (just contact Ms. Maxine to set it up at maxines@tulane.edu) MW 10:30-2, T 2-4, and F 1-4. Otherwise, I have open office hours on Thursdays 2-4. If I don't see you this week, MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Thursday, September 21, 4:30 - 5:30 -- Professor Steve Nelson will lead a round table on "The Geology behind the Katrina Disaster."

Friday, September 01, 2006

And we're off!

One freshmen orientation down, two open houses later, and three days of classes behind us...and we're off to a great semester! I hope everyone is getting use to the New Orleans heat and the speed of being back in the classroom. For the returning upperclassmen, keep an eye out for the swanky tie-dyes of the new Honors Krewe and do take time to share your wisdom.

This coming week promises to be as charged as this past week. Mark your calendars for the following events:

Wednesday, 6 September, 4:30 - 5:30 in the first floor lounge of Butler Hall: First Honors Roundtable of the year! Dean MacLaren and yours truly will talk about the "New" Honors Program, answer any questions you have, and happily take suggestions for improving the program. Since yummy traditions should never be abandoned, we'll also serve pizza and drinks.

Thursday, 7 September & Friday, 8 September, 3:30 - 5:00 in the Robing Room of McAlister Auditorium: Honors thesis & scholarship meeting. This meeting is primarily geared toward seniors, but juniors should feel free to join us if you would like to get a headstart on the process. No worries, this is not a two-part info session! Come to one or the other -- unless you find mine and Dean Jean's oratory skills so enthralling that you want an encore! We'll hand out the thesis packet, which includes all of the "must haves" for making it through the thesis experience.

We hope to provide you with details very soon regarding future roundtable events. Thanks so much to all of you who have contacted me with suggestions!
Best,
Dr. M.