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Under the Oaks

Friday, May 15, 2020 - 2:00pm

Uptown Campus
Dixon Auditorium
102 Dixon Hall, 102 Dixon Hall, ,

Under the Oaks is a ceremony hosted each year by Newcomb Institute during Commencement week. At Under the Oaks, we honor graduating students, including award recipients (named awards and Oak Wreath), Newcomb Scholars, Mortar Board members, Newcomb grant recipients, Center for Public Service award recipients, Newcomb Alumnae Association award recipients, and outstanding faculty, in addition to hosting the current Newcomb College 50 year reunion.
Many cherished traditions from the Newcomb College commencement ceremonies are celebrated at Under the Oaks, including the Daisy Chain, presentation of a second diploma to each member of the Newcomb College Fifty-Year Class, wearing of the brown robes, distribution of class pins and mortarboard decals, and singing of the Newcomb College Alma Mater.

An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sexual Violence

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 8:00am

Uptown Campus
Diboll Gallery, The Commons
43 Newcomb Place Room 300, New Orleans, LA, 43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA

All are welcome to join us for this day long, interdisciplinary symposium on sexual violence.
8:00-8:30         Coffee
8:30-8:35         Welcome, Sally J. Kenney, Newcomb College Endowed Chair and Executive Director of the Newcomb Institute
8:35-9:30         Jennifer Freyd, Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon
9:35-10:30        Mary Koss, Regents’ Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona
10:35-11:30    Donna Freitas, author and independent scholar
11:30-12:00    Break
12:00-1:00      Fridays at Newcomb: Catherine Jacquet, Assistant Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies, LSU
1:15-2:10        Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor of African American Studies, History, and American Studies, Yale University
2:15-3:10         Donna Coker, Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, University of Miami School of Law
3:15-4:10        Ray Douglas, Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor, Colgate University
 4:15-5:30         Reception and book signings
Speaker Bios
Donna Coker, JD, is Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on criminal law, gender and race inequality. She is a nationally recognized expert in intimate partner violence (IPV) law and policy. Her research concerns the connection between economic vulnerability and IPV; restorative justice responses to IPV and sexual harm; and the intersections of gender and race subordination in criminal law doctrine, policy, and application. Her research is interdisciplinary and influenced by scholarship in critical race feminism, restorative justice, public health, and criminology.
Raymond (Ray) Douglas, PhD, is Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of History at Colgate University. His most recent work of history, Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War (2012), received the 2013 George Louis Beer Prize from the American Historical Association. His is author of the memoir, On Being Raped (Beacon Press, 2016).
Crystal Feimster, PhD, is a tenured Associate Professor of African American Studies, History and American Studies at Yale University. Feimster’s academic focus is racial and sexual violence; currently, she is completing a project on rape during the American Civil War. Her book, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching, focuses on two women journalists, Ida B. Wells, who campaigned against lynching, and Rebecca Latimer Felton, who urged white men to prove their manhood by lynching black men accused of raping white women.
Donna Freitas, PhD, is the author of both fiction and nonfiction, and she lectures at universities across the US on her work about college students. She is a non-resident research associate at the Center for Religion and Society at Notre Dame. Freitas has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and at Hofstra University in their Honors College. She is author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses (Oxford University Press, 2008), Consent on Campus: A Manifesto (Oxford University Press, 2019), and Consent: A Memoir of Unwanted Attention (Little, Brown and Co, 2019).
Jennifer Freyd, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. She and her students investigate the causes and impacts of interpersonal violence and institutional betrayal on mental and physical health, behavior, and society. Freyd’s research with adult and child participants investigates predictions made by betrayal trauma theory. In recent years, Freyd has focused especially on betrayal and its antidote at the institutional level: institutional betrayal and institutional courage. Current projects include studies of campus and workplace sexual assault and harassment, minority discrimination, gender and sexual orientation, disclosures of abuse, physical and mental health distress, and institutional betrayal and institutional courage. 
Catherine Jacquet, PhD, is Assistant Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies at LSU. She is the author of The Injustices of Rape: How Activists Responded to Sexual Violence, 1950-1980 (UNC Press, 2019) and Guest Curator, “Confronting Violence, Improving Women’s Lives” Exhibition with the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. Sept 2015-Aug 2016. Her research focuses on 20th century US social movements, sexual violence, anti-rape activism, and rape law.
Mary Koss, PhD, is a Regents’ Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She published the first national study sexual assault among college students in 1987. She was the principal investigator of the RESTORE Program; the first restorative justice program for sex crimes among adults that was quantitatively evaluated.  She also directed Safety Connections, a restorative justice-based family strengthening program for children under 5 exposed to violence.  She has developed resources for campus use including ARC3 Campus Climate Survey and the STARRSA model for rehabilitation of those responsible for sexual misconduct.  Her ongoing work evaluates a sexual assault primary prevention program focusing on staff of alcohol serving establishments. She was the 8th recipient of the Visionary Award from End Violence Against Women International. She has received awards from the American Psychological Association:  the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy (2000) and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology (2017). 

Krewe de Newcomb

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 4:00pm

Uptown Campus
Diboll Gallery, 3rd floor of The Commons
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Get into the Carnival spirit and learn more about the various involvement opportunities at Newcomb Institute! Sample different flavors of king cake while meeting representatives from our 20+ student organizations and learning about our grants, internships, and learning opportunities. Whether you're new to Tulane this semester or just looking for something new to do, come to Krewe de Newcomb to discover how Newcomb can help you thrive during your time at Tulane. 

An evening with Ruth Bader Ginsberg: film and dinner

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 4:30pm

Uptown Campus
Newcomb Institue
43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA, 43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA

Join Newcomb-sponsored student organization Tulane University Women in Politics for a film screening of RBG, followed by a dinner and remarks by Newcomb Institute Executive Director Sally J. Kenney.
Film screening: 4:30 p.m. in classroom 337 (third floor of Commons)Dinner and remarks: 6:30 p.m. in the Diboll Gallery *Please RSVP for dinner to

Book Discussion of Reproductive Injustice by Dána-Ain Davis

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 11:30am

Uptown Campus
Commons 337
43 Newcomb Pl Suite 301, New Orleans, Louisiana, , ,

The Reproductive Justice Faculty Working Group will meet to discuss Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth, by Dána-Ain Davis. Lunch is provided. RSVP required. Please email Clare Daniel ( with any questions and/or to RSVP.

Halloween Salon

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 11:00am

Uptown Campus
Newcomb Institute
43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA, 43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA

Newcomb Archives & Vorhoff Collection Halloween Salon
Stop by the Newcomb Reading Room on Halloween to explore the Archives' tarot decks, zines, books and other materials that interweave feminism with divinatory traditions and spiritual practices that facilitate identity exploration, empowerment, and social justice work.
Minority Arcana: Exploring Intersectional Feminist Tarot DecksThursday, October 31, 12:00 p.m.Newcomb Institute Room 335
Dr. Krystal Cleary, Professor in Tulane's Departments of Communication and Gender and Sexuality Studies, will give a short talk entitled "Minority Arcana: Exploring Intersectional Feminist Tarot Decks." Visitors are invited to receive and give readings using tarot decks created by artists who identify as feminist, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and/or whose work counters gender inequality.

Take Back The Night

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 5:45pm

Uptown Campus
Loyola University
6363 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 6363 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA

#TakeBackTheNightNOLA: Stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence! Join us for a Take Back the Night ceremony in the Loyola horseshoe parking lot on St. Charles at 5:45 p.m. followed by a march down St. Charles, across Broadway, and Freret and to Loyola's Audubon Room in the Danna Center for the speak-out. 

The XX Factor: Women in Science, Engineering, Math and Medicine

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 4:00pm

Uptown Campus
Diboll Gallery, Newcomb Institute (The Commons, Third Floor)
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Joan W. Bennett is a Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at Rutgers. From 1971-2006, she was a faculty member at Tulane and is trained as a fungal geneticist, focused on genetics, biosynthesis and molecular biology of mycotoxin production in fungi. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Bennett was hired by Rutgers University as an associate vice president in order to establish an office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics.
Professor Bennett is a past president of both the American Society for Microbiology and the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, as well as past vice president of the British Mycological Society and the International Union of Microbiological Sciences. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005 and is currently chair of the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine for the National Academies.

A Reading by Carolyn Murnick

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 5:00pm

Uptown Campus
Diboll Gallery, The Commons
43 Newcomb Place, , ,

Carolyn Murnick is an online editor at New York magazine and lives in Brooklyn. Her book, The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder, is a memoir of friendship with a tragic twist—two childhood best friends diverge as young adults, one woman is brutally murdered, and the other is determined to uncover the truth about her wild and seductive friend. Part coming-of-age story, part true-crime mystery, The Hot One is a behind-the-scenes look at the drama of a trial and the poignancy of searching for the truth about a friend’s truly horrifying murder.

Conceiving Equity, feat. the 8th annual Roe v. Wade Lecture by Dr. Monica McLemore

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm

Uptown Campus
Commons, Diboll Gallery
43 Newcomb Pl Newcomb Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 43 Newcomb Pl Newcomb Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, ,

 6 - 7pm: Reception and exhibit of poster presentations by Newcomb Institute’s Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health interns, as well as advocacy activities provided by Tulane’s many reproductive rights/health/justice student organizations.
7 - 8pm: Dr. Monica McLemore, Associate Professor of Family Health Care Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, will deliver the 8th annual Roe v. Wade lecture, "An Uncertain Future – The Way Forward to Ensure Abortion Care, Access, and Reproductive Justice.”