Friday, April 22, 2016

Weekly Newsletter

Happy End of the Semester! 
With just two days left of classes, we hope that you are focusing on preparing for finals and finishing up all of your work for the semester. Remember, if your program requires a secondary application and you haven't completed it yet, NOW is the time! Your study abroad advisors are here to meet with you to discuss any concerns or questions you may have, so be sure to schedule an appointment (or email them if you just have 1 quick question) if you need assistance before the school year ends! Otherwise, good luck on your finals and safe travels home to those leaving New Orleans for the summer! And to all of you students traveling abroad for the summer or in the fall, we can't wait to hear about your experiences! Don't make the OSA a stranger upon your return!

Important Announcements:

In an effort to bring some relief to those affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the coast of Ecuador this past Saturday, April 16th, the Ecuadorian community at Tulane has created the "Tulanians Together" Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund. Their aim is to collect donations that will help the Ecuadorian Red Cross with its mission in the areas affected by this natural disaster. They will be tabling on McAlister and in the LBC through this upcoming Tuesday. Stop by and receive a delicious Latin treat as a thank you for your donation, participate in a different raffle each day, and help fundraise for a beautiful country that needs our help. For more details, see the Facebook event here.

International Events in New Orleans:

1. Spring Outdoor Concert: A Caribbean/Latin American Musical Experience
This event, sponsored by XUTULAC: Xavier/Tulane Latin American & Caribbean Studies Partnership-a US Department of Education Title VI Educational Resource Center Initiative-will feature SoMisPo: The University of Southern Mississippi Steel Orchestra. Organized by Xavier University African American and African Diaspora Studies Program, Xavier University Mass Communication Department and Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Tulane University Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Tulane University Africana Studies Program. 
Friday, April 22, 2016 @ 5 pm
Xavier University, UC Yard

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

3. 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

4. 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. (Re-) Politicizing Inequality: Movements, Parties, and Social Citizenship in Chile
A talk facilitated by Kenneth Roberts of Cornell University, this lecture will give insight on Chile political pressures. The focal point of mass protest has been Chile's largely-privatized education system, one of the "social pillars" of the country's vaunted neoliberal development model. Roberts explores how Chile's free market reforms and pacted democratic transition largely removed inequality from the political agenda for the better part of two decades, and how social movements have challenged established parties and returned inequality to the forefront of political debate over the past five years. 
Friday, April 22, 2016 @ 1 pm
Greenleaf Conference Room, 100A Jones Hall

2. Black Atlantic Grooves: Carnival Music from NOLA and Afro-Brazil
Discover the parallels and interconnections between the Black Atlantic carnival traditions of northeast Brazil and the American. Featuring Scott Kettner, founder of Nation Beat and Maracatu New York, and SpyBoy Honey of the Mardi Gras Indian tribe "Creole Wild West," the day's events will explore the music and dance of Afro-Brazilian maracatu nação and the New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians. Audience participation is welcomed; no music or dance experience is required. Check out the Facebook event here.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 11:00 am- 6:30 pm
Jones Hall Patio & Jones Hall 100A

Photo via Patrick Clark, taken at the East Side Gallery in Berlin on a weekend excursion during his Spring 2016 semester abroad in Vienna, Austria.

Interesting Reads:

Did you know?

The original snow globe was invented in Austria by accident, in 1900. Originally the goal of the Austrian Erwin Perzy, a producer of surgical instruments, was to develop an extra bright light source for use as a surgical lamp. As he tried to intensify the candlepower of a now-called snow globe with particles made out of different materials for reflection purpose, the effect reminded him of snowfall and it's said that by this he got the idea for a snow globe.

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