Friday, April 8, 2016

Weekly Newsletter

Welcome Back! 
We hope that you've had a relaxing Spring Break and have gotten back into your daily routines. There's only a little over 2 weeks left of classes for the semester, so be sure to schedule an appointment with your study abroad advisor now if you have any questions or concerns, because your schedule will probably get very busy in these upcoming days. For those of you who are heading abroad in the fall, it's definitely time to complete your secondary application requirements if your program requires one, if you haven't already completed it. If you have any questions throughout this entire process, don't hesitate to ask your study abroad advisors for guidance! Lastly, take advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend and head to the French Quarter for French Quarter Fest if you get the chance!

International Events in New Orleans:

1. Irish Italian Islenos Parade
Just 5 miles from downtown New Orleans is St. Bernard Parish, home to the annual St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Parade. With over 43 floats, 1,500+ members and 300,000 pounds of produce, this is the largest event in St. Bernard! As in other large Irish and Irish-Italian float parades, in addition to beads, cups and other trinkets, the riders on these decorated trucks will be throwing vegetables! From cabbage to potatoes to onions to carrots, catch enough to add them to your ingredients for dinner! 
April 16, 2016
Parade begins at 11 am
See the parade route here

2. NOLA Cherry Blossom Festival
Join Kawaii NOLA for a Cherry Blossom Festival, a celebration of springtime in New Orleans blended with their love for cute Japanese culture! For more details on the event, see the Facebook event here.
April 24, 2016
12-2 pm
Kawaii NOLA, 3512 Magazine Street

2. Exhibition "At Home and at War: New Orleans 1914-1919"
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, this exhibit looks at the war's impact on life in New Orleans, a city still strongly connected to its French roots and in full embrace of its robust German community.
Exhibit runs from December 9, 2015-May 7, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Boyd Cruise Gallery, Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street

3. China Lights 
New Orleans City Park is excited to announce the transformation of its Botanical Garden into a new and exciting space filled with over 30 blazingly bright silk structures and hundreds of lanterns to dazzle its audience members! Picture an incredible glowing dragon 131-feet long! Open during the day and night, come see what has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people in Europe (most recently in the Netherlands). 
Exhibit runs from February 23-May 1, 2016
New Orleans City Park, 1 Palmer Drive 
Buy tickets online here.

International Events at Tulane:

1. Bayou Lacombe Work/Play Service Opportunity with INSTANT 
Join Tulane's INSTANT (International Studies Activism and Networking) for a work/play volunteer adventure! Join park rangers to help restore historical gardens and trails, then enjoy lunch in the great outdoors and be rewarded with a canoe outing on the bayou! All equipment and lunch is provided. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty! Get out of New Orleans for the day and have some fun with international and returned study abroad students, as well as students interested in studying abroad! The ticket fee is only $10, and it's just to cover transportation costs. Purchase your ticket here.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
7:30 am to 3 pm

2. Holi
Come celebrate the beginning of spring with IATU, the Indian Association of Tulane University. Holi, or the "festival of colors," is a spring-time celebration in India where people have fun enjoying music, company, food, and of course, throwing colored powder! The IATU is having their own celebration and would like for everyone to come experience the fun with them! Additionally, there will be free food and free music. Be sure to wear something you don't mind getting a little bit colorful!
Saturday, April 9, 2016 @ 1 pm
Bruff Quad

3. Political and Economic Challenges to Latin America's Left Turn
A dozen different Latin American countries have elected a left-of-center president since the late 1990s, and many of these presidents and their parties have achieved multiple re-elections. In recent years, however, these governments have confronted new political and economic challenges, ranging from the end of the commodity boom to corruption scandals, social protest, and the rise of new conservative challengers. This workshop and public symposium will explore these challenges and assess their implications for the region's leftist governments and their reformist legacies. This open forum will feature a discussion by multiple professors of Political Science and International Relations, from both Tulane and elsewhere.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 @ 4pm
100A Jones Hall, Greenleaf Conference Room

Photo via Clare McCarthy, during her Fall 2015 semester abroad with SIT in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Interesting Reads:

Did you know?

The Dead Sea, which lies between Jordan and Israel, has shores that lie almost 1,400 ft below sea level, making it Earth's lowest elevation on land! 

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