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Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 10:00am

Uptown Campus
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Wednesday, June 17th and Saturday, June 20th - 10 am - 3 pm on Zoom
Sewing * Culture * Artists* Science * Medicine * Entrepreneurship
Preserving the Past, Preparing for the Future
Just Wanna Quilt presents the Homemade Mask (Virtual) Summit. We've just lived through a moment in history: where the medical profession put out calls all over the United States for sewists to make masks. This Summit brings together the voices that were part of the homemade mask movement, to preserve the experiences, and at the same time, assess and plan for the future. What is science saying about how to keep our friends, colleagues and families safe? What role do sewists now play as industry moves in to make masks? What does the science say about how to make safe(r) homemade masks? We're gathering stories and science together for a two-day event.
The Just Wanna Quilt podcast has interviewed over 75 guests related to Covid-19. Each of our panelists have had full-length interviews that you can listen to, which are linked on our website, Now, it is time for conversations. What we learned over the last three months, and where we go from here.
We are proud to have the conference hosted by the Newcomb Institute, Tulane University, along with the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, and the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Freeman School of Business. Just Wanna Quilt is a research project housed at the Copyright Research Lab @ Tulane University Law School, and now has a spin-out company, Quilting Army Krewe, LLC., who is our merchandise sponsor.
Community Partners: Mask Making Coalition, Million Masks a Day, Quilting on a Budget, Just Wanna Quilt and more to come!
Our Preservation Mission:
We're working with the Newcomb Institute to preserve the stories of the Spring 2020 and our efforts to make masks. We invite groups and individuals to apply to deposit photos, documents, lists, and patterns, and other elements that will help people in the future understand what we did and are still doing.
We are also working with the Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine to request that they capture Facebook groups so that our conversations are preserved as part of the record.
We also support the work of the Quilt Alliance, who is capturing individual stories. We encourage you to go to their Facebook page and tell your story. Go to "Come Tell Your Story."
Our Science Meets Sewing Mission
As part of the Summit, we want a dialogue with the scientists about the masks we make, and potentially testing samples. We have a number of studies that demonstrate that there is a disconnect between the sewing community and the tests the scientists are conducting. We would like to work to bridge that gap.

A Conversation with Timothy K. Eatman on Institutional Support for Public Scholarship

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 4:00pm

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

Join the Gender Research Center Conference for a presentation by Timothy K. Eatman, the inaugural dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community at Rutgers University Newark. Tim's research explores institutional policy and equity issues in higher education. *This event is open to Tulane faculty and staff only. 

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 11:00am

Uptown Campus
Howard Tilton Memorial Public Library Room 308
7001 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA, 7001 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA

Wikipedia’s gender trouble is well documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. When a diverse community isn't represented in the writing and editing on the tenth-most-visited site in the world, information gets skewed and misrepresented.
Let's change this.
Art+Feminism is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign to improve coverage of cis and trans women, non-binary folks, feminism and the arts on Wikipedia.
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library and Newcomb Institute will host two events for this year's A+F: a new-to-Wikipedia editors' training session on March 6th, 11 am to 12 pm; and an edit-a-thon on March 11th, 11 am to 1 pm. Both events will be held in H-TML Room 308.
Staff from Newcomb Institute and H-TML will be there to help and will provide reference materials from our zine and tarot collections, in connection to this year's A+F theme, "Art+Activism," and the current zine exhibit from H-TML Special Collections, "Where We Stand." We'll have free pizza, too! Computers are provided but feel free to bring a laptop along with your ideas for articles. For the editing-averse, we urge you to stop by and show your support.
Please create a Wikipedia account before the edit-a-thon. You can do that here:
Questions? Email
Please register ahead of the event (but walk-ins are welcome):

Fridays at Newcomb: Women in Artificial Intelligence: Building Diverse Coalitions

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 12:00pm

Uptown Campus
Diboll Gallery, Newcomb Institute, The Commons 43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA
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Professor Johnson is the McGlinchey Stafford Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, an affiliate of the Murphy Institute for Political Economy and the Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar. Professor Johnson is nationally recognized as a leading scholar of financial risk management and corporate law. She has presented her research on systemic risk, risk management, cyber risk regulation, emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and distributed digital ledger technologies, in finance and macroprudential financial markets regulation throughout the United States and abroad. Professor Johnson is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an American Bar Association Fellow. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California-Irvine, University of Florida, University of Illinois, and Washington & Lee University Law Schools. Professor Johnson is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and received a B.S. in comparative economics, with honors, and the University of Michigan Law School, where she received a J.D. and served as a Notes Editor on the Michigan Law Review.

Fridays at Newcomb: Getting to the Root of the Problem and Planting Seeds to Achieve Reproductive Health Equity: The Story of a Black Owned Birth Center

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 12:00pm

Uptown Campus
Diboll Gallery, Newcomb Institute, The Commons 43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA
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Dr. Rachel R. Hardeman is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. She is a reproductive health equity researcher whose research uses the frameworks of critical race theory and reproductive justice to inform her equity-centered work at the intersections of health services research and population health. She seeks to improve outcomes for Black birthing people and their babies. Her work also examines the potential mental health impacts for Black birthing people when living in a community that has experienced the killing of an unarmed Black person by police.
Dr. Hardeman’s research has elicited important conversations on the topics of culturally-centered care, police brutality and structural racism as a fundamental cause of health inequities. Her overarching goal is to contribute to a body of knowledge that links structural racism to health in a tangible way, identifies opportunities for intervention, and dismantles the systems, structures, and institutions that allow inequities to persist.

Fridays at Newcomb: 1970's Race, Gender & Anti-Rape Activism

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 12:00pm

Uptown Campus
Diboll Gallery
43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, Louisiana, 43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, Louisiana

Jacquet is an 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.
This Friday's At Newcomb presentation is part of our Feb.7 Sexual Violence Symposium:

Women, Law, and History Reading Group Discussion

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 4:00pm

Uptown Campus
Room 339, Newcomb Institute, The Commons
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Discussion of The Injustices of Rape: How Activists Responded to Sexual Violence, 1950-1980 by Catherine O. Jacquet.  

Fridays at Newcomb: Understanding Generation Z: Preliminary Reflections on Gender, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 12:00pm

Uptown Campus
Newcomb Institute, the Commons, Diboll Gallery
43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA, 43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA

Fridays at Newcomb is a lecture series featuring speakers across disciplines that provides students with the opportunity to learn about subjects outside of their majors. The events are held in the Diboll Gallery at Newcomb Institute, on the third floor of The Commons - lunch is provided and the event is free and open to the public.
Fridays at Newcomb: "Understanding Generation Z: Preliminary Reflections on Gender, Ethnicity, and Immigration"
Shalini Shankar is a Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University. She is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose ethnographic research focuses on youth, media, language use, race & ethnicity, and Asian diasporas. She is the author of several books, including Beeline: What Spelling Bees Reveal about Generation Z’s New Path to Success(Basic Books, 2019); Advertising Diversity: Ad Agencies and the Creation of Asian American Consumers(Duke UP, 2015); and Desi Land: Teen Culture, Class, and Success in Silicon Valley (Duke UP, 2008). Shankar is a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation, and has appeared in numerous media, including NPR, BBC, MSNBC, CNN, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the LA Times.

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 the Founder of the Center for Institutional Courage, Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon, Visiting Scholar at Stanford Medical School, and Faculty Affiliate of the VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab at Stanford University. She is also a Member of the Advisory Committee, 2019-2023, for the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and leader of the Program on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sexual Violence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, 2019-20, where she was a Fellow, 1989-90 and 2018-19. Freyd is a widely published scholar known for her theories of betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, institutional courage, and DARVO.

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). 

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.