"Changing Styles of Newcomb Pottery: What the Data Shows Us"
Sierra Polisar, Collections Manager and Registrar at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, will discuss the museum’s collection of Newcomb Pottery, a commercial art pottery operating at Newcomb College from 1896-1939. By examining the objects themselves as primary source material, Polisar will discuss what the ceramics reveal about the Pottery’s ever-changing explorations of the modern, while also detailing the strategies the museum’s inventory team used to catalog and digitize the collection.
Sierra Polisar is the Collections Manager and Registrar at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University in New Orleans. She recently spearheaded the museum’s complete collections inventory, digitizing over 7,000 artworks in the museum’s collection. Prior to her work at Newcomb, Polisar worked as an Assistant Loans Registrar at the British Library in London, and as a Collections Technician at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Polisar received a B.A. in American Studies from Goucher College and an M.A. in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester.
Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the bestselling author of Woman of Light and Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the National BookAward, the PEN/Bingham Prize, The Story Prize, and winner of an American Book Award. She is the 2021 recipientof the Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been honored with the DenverMayor’s Award for Global Impact in the Arts and the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers AssociationReading the West Award. She has written for The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, The American Scholar,Boston Review, and elsewhere, and has received fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and TinHouse. Fajardo-Anstine earned her MFA from the University of Wyoming and has lived across the country, fromDurango, Colorado, to Key West, Florida. She is the 2022/2023 Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas StateUniversity. She is from Denver, Colorado.
We are excited to continue our series featuring Latinx writers that explore Latin America, race, and identity. Theseries features writers that explore topics which reach a range of readers from the young adult to adult genre.Fajardo-Anstine provides a unique perspective on indigenous Latina identity to be included in both the high schoolclassroom and within university courses. Read more about Fajardo-Anstine’s work on her site:https://www.kalifajardoanstine.com/writing. This online program is free and open to the public. Sponsored by theStone Center for Latin American Studies and Newcomb Institute.
Title: “The Secret History of the Right to Privacy”
Bio: Amy Gajda, Tulane Law School’s Class of 1937 Professor of Law, is a journalist turned lawyer recognized internationally for her expertise in privacy and media law.
Viking published Gajda’s Seek and Hide: The Tangled History of the Right to Privacy in 2022 to significant critical acclaim. The New York Times called it “wry and fascinating” and named it one of the year’s best, one of the 100 Notable Books of 2022. The courts of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit chose it as the Circuit’s inaugural “One Court. One Book.” reading.
In addition to other books, scholarly articles, and book chapters, Gajda’s opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Slate, Time, the Daily Beast, and the New York Daily News, among others. Gajda is a proud winner of both Tulane Law School’s and Tulane University’s highest teaching awards.
Fridays at Newcomb is a lecture series with speakers across disciplines that provides students with the opportunity to learn about subjects outside of their majors. Lunch provided. It is free and open to the public.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs, Newcomb College Institute, The Center for Academic Equity and ALAAMEA, invites all students, staff, alumni and faculty who identify as women of color to join us for an informal lunch and dialogue on being empowered. We will acknowledge some of the trailblazers on our campus, share stories of success, and provide an opportunity to network while building community. This luncheon will be a great opportunity for students who are interested in building meaningful relationships and hearing about the success of alumni, faculty and staff members who identify as women of color. Attendees may find a new mentor or meet someone who can help them reach the next level in their personal or professional journey.
AnthropoSonic: Seismic Studies
Monday, April 24
Rogers Memorial Chapel, Tulane’s Uptown Campus
Part II: Gulf Coast Acoustemologies –– A Live Performance Lab
Featured Artists: Demi Ward, Cory Diane, Clementine Hartman, Ryan Clarke, and Peter J Bowling
The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South (NOCGS) continues its exploration of the Anthropocene highlighting the interdependence of humans, animals, and the earth by presenting AnthropoSonic: Seismic Studies. The Anthropocene is a useful concept—and proposed geological epoch—recognizing the present era in which human-generated forces have altered the earth’s surface, atmosphere, and planetary patterns. AnthropoSonic: Seismic Studies is a two-part series that will allow researchers to explore seismic studies in our region and participate in a sound art workshop that will consider the impact of these studies on plant and wildlife. In the second part of the series, we will discuss the results of our findings and present various reflections on the past two years of AnthropoSonic.
AnthropoSonic: Reflections with Rebecca Snedeker, Denise Frazier, and Ryan Clarke
Clark Executive Director of New Orleans Center for the Gulf South Rebecca Snedeker, Assistant Director Denise Frazier, scholar, composer and Newcomb Department of Music graduate student Ryan Clarke will be in conversation about the AnthropoSonic concept, past events, and the debut of Clarke’s short film from Lisa E. Harris’ Live Performance Lab last Spring.
Live Performance Lab featuring Cory Diane, Clementine Hartman, and Peter J Bowling
We will discuss coastal erosion, climate change, and how the survey impacts local wildlife from West Indian manatees to waterbird nest colonies and blue crabs. Composer and ecological researcher and sound artist Cory Diane will present on their research of the seismic studies in Lake Maurepas and the Gulf South Rice’s Whales impacted by anthropogenic sound.
The Gulf of Mexico is a site of competing acoustemologies - ways of knowing through sound - with often devastating consequences. In this series, Cory Diane shares their research and creative practice into the soundscape of the Gulf of Mexico, centering the story of one of its most vulnerable populations - the recently named Rice’s whale, a population of whales finally recognized as a species in 2021, the Gulf of Mexico’s only resident whale, one of the most endangered marine mammals on the planet, and a community uniquely threatened by the sounds of oil exploration, shipping and industry.
Seismic Studies Soundscape Debut featuring Demi Ward
Composer, Newcomb Department of Music graduate student and sound artist Demi Ward will debut their composition from the kayaking trip.
This event is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments will follow the program. This event is made possible with the support of the Dorothy Beckemeyer Skau Art and Music Fund.
The interns, grantees, and affiliated student organizations of Newcomb Institute's Technology and Digital Humanities Labs will showcase their work in digital research, instructional technology, and advocacy from the past year. Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to join them in exploring the theme of STEMINISMS. Food provided.