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2024 News

Newcomb to Indonesia
May 23, 2024. This summer, Adhithi Sreenivasan will be heading to Malang, Indonesia, as a part of the Critical Language Scholarship program, which the US Department of State sponsors. The mission of CLS is to empower US students with proficiency in a critical language by sending them to a country in which it is spoken in order to learn in an immersive environment. Newcomb News.

Jessica Graber reflects on the importance of the 2024 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics
May 14, 2024. From January 19 to 21, Tulane University hosted CUWiP, an American Physical Society event. CUWiP is a three-day regional conference designed to empower undergraduate women in physics by hosting professional opportunities such as networking events, conferences, and panels. Newcomb News.

Newcomb Institute Takes Newcomb Scholars to 14th Annual Athena Film Festival at Barnard College
May 14, 2024. From 2017 to now, Newcomb Institute has given Newcomb Scholars the opportunity to attend the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College. This year, 18 Newcomb Scholars flew to New
York City to embark on a weekend of feminist-centered learning and exploration. Newcomb News.

One of India’s most renowned demographers finds new home for his research at Newcomb Institute
May 13, 2024. Acclaimed Indian social scientist K.S. James joined Newcomb Institute at Tulane as Senior Visiting Scholar over the spring semester. His work as a demographer studying population changes in South Asia has led to distinct contributions in the areas of maternal and child health, aging, and gender equity. Newcomb News.

Feeling the fear and doing it anyway
May 10, 2024. Grace Harsche, a graduate and Newcomb Scholar from New Jersey, is feeling “so nervous and really excited” about her next chapter. Come August, she will be a Fulbright Scholar studying at Vrije University in Amsterdam. It will not be her first time living in the Dutch capital—she studied there abroad her junior year—but this time she will be staying for an entire year to pursue a master’s degree in political science and intern with Dutch & Detained, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal assistance to Dutch detainees in other countries.  Newcomb News.


New statewide research reveals the staggering economic cost of intimate partner violence in Louisiana
April 21, 2024. The report, titled "The Costs of Intimate Partner Violence in Louisiana," found that intimate partner violence cost the state $10.1 billion in medical expenses, lost productivity and criminal justice spending in 2022 alone. The monetary costs per survivor amounted to approximately $105,602 annually, or 2.5 times more than the average wage earned by women in Louisiana.  Newcomb News.


Funding the Future of Public Policy: Newcomb Institute provides grants for Tulane University students to attend PLEN conferences
April 9, 2024. PLEN is a national organization that hosts a series of seminars in Washington, D.C., to prepare women and marginalized gender groups for careers in public policy through learning sessions, site visits to the nation’s capital, and meetings with industry leaders.  Newcomb News.


Bernadette Floresca Appointed Head of Archives Management and Strategies at Newcomb Institute
March 13, 2024. Bernadette Floresca has been promoted to head of archives management and strategies at Newcomb Institute in a notable stride towards advancing archival stewardship and promoting inclusive practices. With a robust academic background and a commitment to progressive archival methodologies, Floresca brings expertise and enthusiasm to the role. Newcomb News.


Molding Power: Amber Rane Sibley’s Ceramic Exploration of Narrative Identity
March 6, 2024. Amber Rane Sibley, an MFA student at Tulane University, uses ceramics as a medium to showcase various power dynamics in relationships. Sibley’s work has been featured in galleries such as Fierman and First Street Gallery and media outlets such as the New York Times and Ceramics Now. Newcomb News.


Trailblazers of Tulane: Honoring Black Alums
March 1, 2024. In 1966 Deidre Labat became the first Black woman to earn a degree from Newcomb College, Tulane’s former women’s college. Since then, Tulane has graduated many inspiring Black women, and this Black History Month is a great opportunity to take a closer look at some of their success stories. Newcomb News.


Newcomb Institute Names New Director of Research to Advance Gender Equity Mission
February 19, 2024. Clare Daniel received her PhD in American studies from the University of New Mexico and has been a part of the Tulane community since 2014. Her research areas include reproductive politics across media, political culture, and advocacy; sexual and reproductive health equity; and feminist pedagogies and epistemologies. Newcomb News.


Zoom Can Increase Quality of Feedback, Article by Tulane Professor and Alum Shows
February 16, 2024. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in which students transitioned to virtual classes through Zoom, Dr. Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, a Professor of Practice of Data at the Connolly Alexander Institute for Data Science and former director of the Technology and Digital Humanities (DH) Lab at the Newcomb Institute, observed a significant increase in the quality of feedback interns on the Digital Research Internship team were giving about each other’s work during meetings. Newcomb News.


I Have Some Questions For You: An Evening Discussion with Rebecca Makkai
February 6, 2024. Rebecca Makkai, the author of this year’s New York Times bestselling I Have Some Questions for You, as well as the novels The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, The Borrower, and the short story collection Music for Wartime, spoke on Nov. 6 to Tulane University students and staff.  Newcomb News.


Universities Must Train Students to Be Leaders in Reproductive Rights, Health and Justice
January 30, 2024. As institutions committed to fostering critical thinking, social responsibility and knowledge production, it is imperative that colleges and universities marshal their resources toward reproductive justice, in today’s post-Dobbs world.  Newcomb News.


Yasmín López spoke as the 12th annual Roe v. Wade lecturer at Conceiving Equity 2024
January 29, 2024. On Wednesday, Jan. 24., the Newcomb Institute, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Mary Amelia Center for Women’s Health Equity Research, and other sponsors held Conceiving Equity 2024, along with the 12th annual Roe v. Wade lecture in the Diboll Gallery at Tulane University.  Newcomb News.


Tulane Student Sophi Tomasulo Reflects on Her Internship with Gloria Steinem
January 26, 2024. Sophi Tomasulo, a senior at Tulane University and the curator of Masked Violence is making waves in the world of feminism. Over the summer, Tomasulo worked closely with the archives of renowned feminist Gloria Steinem to preserve the activist’s rich history. Newcomb News.


Franny Choi's Workshop and Reading Spark Inspiration at Newcomb Institute’s Florie Gale Arons Poetry Program
January 17, 2024. Newcomb Institute was delighted and honored to host Franny Choi as the featured poet of the 2023 Florie Gale Arons Poetry Program. The program was established by the daughters of Florie Gale Arons (NC ’50) in 1999 in honor of their mother’s 70th birthday. Newcomb News.

2023 News


Newcomb Alumnae Association President-Elect Maggie Herman Reflects on Her Career in Politics and Health Policy
November 30, 2023. Maggie Herman (PHTM ’15), a Tulane alumna and Congressional Affairs Advisor, was elected President-Elect of the Newcomb Alumnae Association (NAA) during its Annual Meeting. Newcomb News.


Newcomb Networking Night 2023: Bridging Generations and Physical Boundaries for Career Success
November 29, 2023. On Nov. 8th, the Newcomb Alumnae Association celebrated the success of its second annual Newcomb Networking Night, a remarkable remote networking opportunity that brought together current Tulane students and accomplished alums. Newcomb News.


Institute now leading EMERGE: An Open Access Repository of 900+ Gender Empowerment Survey Measures
November 27, 2023. Newcomb Institute proudly leads the Evidence-based Measures of Empowerment for Research on Gender Equality (EMERGE) initiative, focusing on global health, violence prevention, and women’s economic and political empowerment. Newcomb News.


“[Do] not forget us”: Evacuated Afghan Women Leaders in Greece reimagine an Equitable Future
November 27, 2023. More than two years since the United States withdrew its armed forces from Afghanistan, a new report with evacuated Afghan women leaders throws light on their political careers, experiences, and difficulties and the way forward. Newcomb News.


Tulane University provides Grace Hopper Celebration travel grants for thirteen computer science students
On Tuesday, Sept. 26, nine Tulane students flew to Orlando, Florida to attend three days of the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC ‘23); a celebration that prioritizes the research and career interests of women in computer sciences. Newcomb News.


Even With Tenure, Women Are More Likely to Leave Higher Ed
October 23, 2023. Across academe, women are more likely to leave their faculty positions than men, and attrition is highest for women who have tenure or work in fields outside of science, technology, engineering, and math, according to a new study. The Chronicle.


Junior League of New Orleans Commissions Anniversary Study on the Status of Women in New Orleans
October 16, 2023. As the Junior League of New Orleans prepares to commemorate 100 years of engagement among women in Greater New Orleans, has commissioned a study on the state of women in New Orleans in time for Women’s History Month in March 2024. Newcomb News.


Rebecca Makkai Visiting as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Tulane's Newcomb Institute
October 13, 2023. Newcomb Institute is bringing Rebecca Makkai, the award-winning author of I Have Some Questions for You and other outstanding novels, to Tulane as the 2023 Zale-Kimmerling Writer-in-Residence. Newcomb News.


2023 Jeff Ubben Fellowship Winner
October 12, 2023. Featured on NPR’s 2022 “Books We Love” list, New York Times featured author Franny Choi is visiting the Newcomb Institute. Newcomb News.


2023 Jeff Ubben Fellowship Winner
October 11, 2023. The Posse Foundation has awarded Newcomb Scholar Sheccid Rodriguez, a class of 2025 Political Science and Environmental Studies major and Latin American Studies minor, with the prestigious Jeff Ubben Fellowship. Newcomb News.


Roe repeal may lead to fewer female student applicants for some universities
October 4, 2023. The 2022 repeal of the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in 1972 was associated with a decrease in the number of applications from female students in states where abortion bans and restrictions ultimately went into effect. Newcomb News.


Are Climate Crises Increasing Domestic Violence in New Orleans?
October 1, 2023. From April to June 2023, New Orleans saw a spate of femicides. Climate-sensitive events, including extreme heat or extreme precipitation, could be associated with an increased risk of femicide in New Orleans during this period. Newcomb News.


Newcomb Alumnae Association Annual Meeting and President-Elect Slate Announcement
September 28, 2023. The Annual Meeting of the Newcomb Alumnae Association will take place on Friday, October 20th, 2023. Newcomb News.

In Memoriam 

Remembering Jeanne Bruno
September 25, 2023. The Newcomb Alumnae Association and Newcomb Institute announce the peaceful passing of cherished alumna Jeanne Antoinette Fernandez Bruno. Newcomb News.


Sexual, Physical Violence In California Called ‘Epidemic’
September 9, 2023. A new report in California says that sexual and physical violence is causing a health crisis in the state. The Criminal Report.


Violence is common and increasing in pandemic-era California
September 8, 2022. In a new report, UC San Diego researchers label physical and sexual violence a state ‘epidemic;’ call for health equity-based reform. Eurekalert!


Non-binary and transgender Californians suffered alarming levels of physical, sexual violence in the past year: Survey
September 6, 2023. An annual survey of physical and sexual violence suffered by Californians documents for the first time the higher incidence of violence among non-binary and transgender people. Medical Xpress.


September 6, 2023. Physical violence directed toward non-binary and transgender Californians has risen in the past year while it's gone down for the rest of the state's residents. Muck Rack


GOLD Krewe Ambassador Spotlight: Angel Carter, PhD (SLA '19, SoPA *21, PHTM *24)
Angel Carter, PhD, was a first-year Resident Advisor in Josephine Louise House, a Newcomb Peer Mentor, and a producer of Newcomb Institute’s annual feminist production. Newcomb News.


Newcomb Institute is pleased to showcase the latest publication of the Women Leading Change Journal
Newcomb Institute announces the latest publication of two new issues of Women Leading Change: Case Studies in Women, Gender, and Feminism. Featuring case studies authored by Newcomb Scholars, an elite cohort of students at Tulane University. Newcomb News.


Non-binary and transgender Californians suffered alarming levels of physical and sexual violence in the past year
September 6, 2023. An annual survey of physical and sexual violence suffered by Californians documents for the first time the higher incidence of violence among non-binary and transgender people. Newcomb News.


Current Intern of Newcomb Institute Co-writes MS. Article on Recent Developments in Abortion Bans in Texas
Val Diez Canseco is a Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health Intern and Newcomb Scholar through the Newcomb Institute. She is an editorial intern at Ms. and a sophomore at Tulane University studying international relations and English. Newcomb News.


Protect and Control: Coverture's Logics Across Welfare Policy and Abortion Law
In the aftermath of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned the federal constitutional right to abortion, states have begun to recriminalize the procedure. These abortion bans raise important questions about the political and social status of women and pregnant people in the United States. Society for the Psychology of Women.


Half of Louisiana residents experience physical violence: New study dives into state's stats
August 24, 2023. Tulane University released a survey Monday, Aug. 14, that offers the first comprehensive snapshot of violence prevalence across Louisiana. The Times Shavenport.

Television Interview

More than half of Louisiana adults experience violence, Newcomb survey reports
August 24, 2023. A new study conducted by the Newcomb Institute at Tulane University points to the alarming amout of violence residents in the state have experienced. Institute Executive Director Dr. Anita Raj said, “Unfortunately, more than half of the people in Louisiana have experienced physical or sexual assault.” WGNO.

Television Interview

Footage of shooting near Orleans Parish line released at the same time as staggering Tulane crime data
August 18, 2023. Louisiana is the second state to get statistics this in-depth. This comes after rounds of gunfire were heard Thursday morning in the Lakewood neighborhood. WWL-TV.


New survey gives in-depth view of violence in Louisiana
August 16, 2023. Though the numbers are stark — more than half of Louisianans have experienced physical violence, and 1 in 5 has been threatened or harmed with a gun, it found — their potential impact on policy is promising. Louisiana Radio Network.


Half of Louisiana adults have faced physical violence, report says
August 16, 2023. The Tulane University survey offers a comprehensive look at the types of violence Louisianans face and how prevalent those experiences are. Axios.


1 in 5 Louisiana Residents Have Been Threatened or Harmed by Guns
August 16, 2023. The state has the nation’s highest rate of gun violence per capita. Residents experience more gun violence than even those living in California, and a survey found that more than half of residents have experienced physical violence.


1 in 5 Louisianans has had a gun used against them, new statewide survey says
August 15, 2023. Though the numbers are stark — more than half of Louisianans have experienced physical violence, and 1 in 5 has been threatened or harmed with a gun, it found — their potential impact on policy is promising. The Times Picayune/New Orleans Advocate.


Guest column: We studied violence in Louisiana. Here are some stark truths.
August 14, 2023. Louisiana has the highest rate of gun violence per capita of any state in the U.S. and is fifth in the nation for femicides, the murder of a women by an intimate partner. The Time Picayune/ New Orleans Advocate, The Advocate.


New Tulane survey offers first comprehensive snapshot of violence prevalence across Louisiana 
August 14, 2023. More than half of Louisiana residents experience physical violence in their lifetime, and about one in five are threatened or harmed with a gun, according to a new statewide survey by Tulane University researchers. Newcomb News.


Controversy surrounding Blue Cross Sale
August 14, 2023. State regulators are reviewing the proposed acquisition of Louisiana’s largest health insurer – the nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) – by Elevance Health. While the takeover has support from many business leaders, others (including insurance brokers and the Louisiana Budget Project) are raising concerns about how the sale will affect healthcare costs and access to physicians. Louisiana Budget Project.

Podcast Episode

An Interview about how data can influence prevention programs for survivors
July 26, 2023. Jessie Nieblas talks to Dr. Anita Raj about the forthcoming statewide survey on violence experiences among Louisianans. They discuss how data can influence politicized decisions about equitable access to services and prevention programs, as well as whether Anita is more like Liz Lemon or Matilda. Dr. Raj is Executive Director of Newcomb Institute and the Nancy Reeves Dreux Endowed Chair at Tulane School of Public Health. Spotify.


Robin Lovell brings energy to EDI initiatives on the NAA Board
July 10, 2023. For Robin Lovell (NC ’03), bringing diverse perspectives to alumni boards is of paramount importance. Along with his co-chair, Tina Nguyen (LA ’18), he has spent the past year and a half leading the Newcomb Alumnae Association (NAA) Board’s Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). Newcomb News.


A Letter from the Executive Director
June 29, 2023. Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am pleased to introduce myself to you as the new Executive Director of the Newcomb Institute at Tulane University. Newcomb News.


State Abortion Laws Are a Deciding Factor for Students One Year Post-Roe, IWPR Poll Reveals
June 28, 2023. Almost one year after the Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade, state laws banning abortion are becoming a factor for students and parents in the Northeast considering an out-of-state college education, according to a new poll commissioned by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and conducted by Morning Consult. Newcomb News.


Newcomb Institute Celebrates the 2023 NAA and TAA Award Winners
April 24, 2023. Each spring, the Newcomb Alumnae Association (NAA) honors Newcomb and Tulane graduates that have made exceptional achievements in their industries, contributions to their communities, and shown overwhelming dedication to their alma mater. In 2023, the NAA Awards Committee has selected the following alumnae to be recognized at this year’s Under the Oaks. Newcomb News.


Elizabeth Hearne Receives 2023 Lerner-Scott Prize from the Organization of American Historians
April 17, 2023. The Organization of American Historians (OAH) announces that Elizabeth Hearne, the Bonquois Postdoctoral Fellow at the Newcomb Institute within Tulane University, is the recipient of the OAH’s 2023 Lerner-Scott Prize, which is given annually for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history. Newcomb News.


Tulane University names acclaimed psychologist Anita Raj as executive director of Newcomb Institute
March 31, 2023. Anita Raj, PhD, a distinguished scholar and research scientist trained in developmental psychology and public health with a multi-disciplinary research focus on gender equity in global health and development, has accepted the appointment as the new executive director of Tulane University’s Newcomb Institute, effective July 1, 2023. Newcomb News.


Newcomb Scholars Alumnae Spotlight: Nina Baumgartner (SSE ’16, Ph.D. ’21)
March 17, 2023. It is impossible to be bored as a neuroscientist. Nina Baumgartner would know, especially as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Newcomb News.


Visiting global scholars bring unique perspectives to Tulane campus
February 6, 2023. Mariam Taqaddusi and Islam Ahmed are part of Tulane's Global Visiting Scholars Program, co-sponsored by a university-wide collaboration including Tulane Global, the School of Liberal Arts,  Newcomb Institute, the Office of the Provost, and others. Newcomb News.


Valentine’s Day Alumnae Spotlight: Cora Boyd (LA ‘15)
January 18, 2023. A multi-passionate creator, a relationship expert, and for many, a literal lifesaver. Cora Boyd has made your business her business as an all-around dating and love life consultant and media personality. Newcomb News.


Center for Public Service awards Community-Engaged Research Grants to Tulane faculty
January 4, 2023. Two Tulane professors have received Faculty Community-Engaged Research Grants from the university’s Center for Public Service (CPS): Jana Lipman, PhD, professor in the Department of History at the School of Liberal Arts, and Clare Daniel, PhD, administrative associate professor of Women’s Leadership and assistant director of Community Engagement at Newcomb Institute. Newcomb News.

2022 News

Tulane’s Newcomb Institute Part of a Team Studying How Black Women Participate in Legislative Caucuses
November 16, 2022. Faculty from Georgetown University, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and Newcomb Institute at Tulane University are working on a study entitled Bridges: How Black Women Coordinate the Lawmaking Efforts of Identity-Based Caucuses. Read more.

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Tulane University Joins LSU Reilly Center Partnership to Document, Preserve Women’s Legacies in State Politics
November 3, 2022. The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication is partnering with Tulane University’s H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Institute to document women’s experience as political leaders through oral histories. Read more.

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30 Under 30: Hannah Novak, 27
November 2, 2022. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) centers public health by regulating the products Americans use each day, from food to cosmetics. As a Public Health Analyst for the FDA, Hannah Novak helps the agency with its regulation of medical devices by transforming complex scientific and medical documents into accessible information for the public. Read more.

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30 Under 30: Tara Wilson, 29
November 2, 2022. Tara Wilson was driven to public service out of an urgency to use her skills to give communities a stronger voice in government and to build a better world. As a Legislative Budget Director for the Massachusetts State Senate, she finds purpose in collaborating with stakeholders, public officials, and their staffs to connect people with resources and make necessary legislative changes. Read more.

30 Under 30: Sarah Swig, 29
October 31, 2022. How does public opinion transform into legislative action? This is the question that informs Sarah Swig’s work as Policy Advisor for the United States Senate. Read more.

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30 Under 30: Sarah Jones, 25
October 31, 2022. In the world of nonprofit organizations, finding strong and empowering leadership is a challenge. Sarah Jones, the Senior Research and Outreach Associate for DRG Talent Consulting Experts, meets daily with executive leaders hoping to change the political, social, and economic ecosystem, and helps them find the organizations that suit both their passions and professional trajectories. Read more.

30 Under 30: Allison Saft, 28
September 24, 2022. For New York Times bestselling author Allison Saft, the best part of her job is the writing process itself, from the idea formation stage to the final edits. Read more.

30 Under 30: Samantha Morris, 26
September 23, 2022. Hearing patients’ stories and sharing in their medical journeys are the features of becoming a physician that most excite Samantha Morris. A medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Morris is excited to have reached her clinical years and begun meeting with new patients each day. Read more.

30 Under 30: Rebecca Martin, 27
September 22, 2022. Freedom and flexibility can be rare experiences in the world of science and technology, but for Rebecca Martin, they are a daily occurrence. As Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Engineering and Operations at Dell, she enjoys curating her projects and centering her role around her interests. Read more.

30 Under 30: Angel Carter, 25
September 21, 2022. While many faculty and staff members at Tulane University first encounter students when they arrive on campus each fall, Angel Carter has the unique opportunity to forge connections with students before they even choose to attend Tulane. As the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Tulane’s Office of Undergraduate Admission, Carter meets students from all over the world and helps them through their college application process. Read more.

30 Under 30: Franziska Trautmann, 25
September 20, 2022. Franziska Trautmann is changing the environmental landscape in Louisiana through 'glassroots recycling.' As Co-Founder and CEO of Glass Half Full, Trautmann and her team are leading the state’s efforts to recycle glass into sand and gravel for disaster relief and coastal restoration. Read more.

What PLEN Taught Me
August 31, 2022. My name is Sedonia Davis, and I am a pre-medical student at Tulane University with a background in neuroscience. I attended the Global Policy Seminar in 2022 as a part of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). Read more.

In Post-Roe Louisiana, Things Go From Bad to Worse for Teens
August 23, 2022. Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, Louisiana’s trigger laws banning and criminalizing abortions—although currently contested—are in effect. Read more.

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Information Technology Interns Wrap up the School Year by Sharing Their Work and Stats
August 19, 2022. The Newcomb Institute’s Information Technology (IT) interns work in person at The Technology and Digital Humanities Lab, also known as The Lab. Read more.

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Congo Square Connection
August 19, 2022. Tulane University’s Newcomb Institute’s Digital Research Interns worked as website developers on Congo Square Connection. Read more.

Insights from Clinic Administrator on Dobbs Decision and Aftermath
August 5, 2022. “It’s almost like a bad dream,” said Sylvia Cochran, President of Women’s Health Care Center and Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, when asked about the overturning of Roe v Wade. Read more.

Tulane Database Brings Historic Activism to the Forefront
August 2, 2022. Elisabeth McMahon, associate professor of History and Africana Studies in the School of Liberal Arts, holds a folder of letters that are part of the African Letters Project, a free database that consists of over 5,600 letters written between Americans and Africans spanning from 1945 to 1994, during the decolonization era in many African countries. Read more.

Taiwan for the Summer
July 07, 2022. I am unspeakably grateful to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s 2022 Critical Language Scholarship for Mandarin this summer. Read more.

Newcomb to Indonesia
July 07, 2022. This summer, Adhithi Sreenivasan will be heading to Malang, Indonesia, as a part of the Critical Language Scholarship program, which the US Department of State sponsors. Read more.

Alumna Spotlight: Dr. Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan
July 07, 2022. Dr. Kurshan has more than 40 years of experience in education as a researcher, entrepreneur, developer, investor, and company executive. Read more.

Making an Impact at Women With a Vision
June 30, 2022. Women With A Vision, Inc (WWAV) is a community-based nonprofit that seeks to serve through harm reduction and public health frameworks. Read more.

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Turning Back the Hands of Time: The Dobbs Decision
June 29, 2022. As a Tulane student, I was shocked to learn about the death of June Wall. She was a first-year student in the Newcomb College Class of 1963 who died due to a botched abortion she received from an 84-year-old woman with previous convictions of performing abortions illegally and in an unsafe manner. Read more.

Kelsey Lain

Reproductive Justice for People with Disabilities
June 08, 2022. Although great strides have been made towards taking down barriers for women with disabilities and their access to general healthcare, there is still a gap when it comes to their reproductive access. Read more.

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Guiding a Path Through Research 
May 05, 2022. I'm a first-generation college student from Birmingham, Alabama attending Tulane University studying political science with minors in French and Africana studies on a pre-law track. Read more.

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Researching a Movement
May 05, 2022. Working as a research assistant to Dr. Mahoney for the last three and a half years has been one of the highlights of my Tulane experience.  It has given me the chance to combine my passions for politics and gender equity and collaborate with other students and professors who share those interests. Read More. 

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Women in Politics – A Year in Review
May 05, 2022. It has been a busy and successful year for Tulane Women in Politics! 2021-2022 marked the first year that we were able to meet in person again after the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more.

2021 News

Reproductive Labor in Children’s Films: The Boss Baby and Storks
November 17, 2021. Clare Daniel. Popular children’s films are a powerful source of socialization into dominant gender and sexual roles. Read more.

Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, and the Physicians Who (Still) Find Them Threatening
July 22, 2021. Clare Daniel. During the 2021 Louisiana legislative session, I took part in a campaign to eliminate an unnecessary law that has sexist, racist, and classist origins and effects. Read more.

Newcomb Scholar is an Activist and Podcast Host
May 20, 2021. Faith Dawson. Neuroscience was an unlikely major for LaKia Williams, a Newcomb Scholar who originally came to Tulane because of her interest in studying public relations. Read More.

A New Guide Focuses on Online Feminist Pedagogy
March 1, 2021. Mary Lou Santovec. Women in Higher Education. Dr. Clare Daniel and Dr. Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, at the Newcomb Institute, joined by Niya Bond, a Ph.D. student and academic advisor in the college of engineering at the University of Maine, developed a spur‐of‐the‐moment guide to integrating feminist pedagogy and technology into online, hybrid and traditional undergraduate courses. Read More.

2020 News

Abortion rights tighten with passage of Amendment 1 in Louisiana
December 8, 2020. Clare Daniel, the administrative assistant professor of women’s leadership at Tulane’s Newcomb Institute, said that passage of Amendment 1 will only have serious implications if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Read more. 

The overlooked significance Kamala Harris brought to the Biden-Harris ticket
November 11, 2020. Opinion-Editorial by Aidan Smith, Director of the Newcomb Scholars Program, on the overlooked significance of Kamala Harris' presence on the Biden-Harris ticket. Read more. 

Speaker discusses women of color in politics 
October 20, 2020. Tiffany Gonzalez, the Bonquois postdoctoral fellow in women’s history at the Newcomb Institute of Tulane University, discussed how Chicanas have been involved in American politics throughout the 20th century. Read more. 

Amendment 1 would hurt Louisiana families 
October 14, 2020. In a letter to The Advocate, Newcomb faculty member Dr. Clare Daniel explains why we're voting "NO' on Amendment 1. Read more. 

Newcomb Institute releases a guide to feminist teaching 
September 29, 2020. Clare Daniel, PhD, administrative assistant professor of Women's Leadership at Newcomb Institute, and Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, PhD, administrative assistant professor of Technology and Women's History at Newcomb Institute, created the guide "Feminist Pedagogy for Teaching Online" following the university's switch to online learning and teaching last spring. Read more.

Judge Barrett would help decide high-profile cases soon after being confirmed to the Supreme Court; legal experts weigh in 
September 28, 2020. Newcomb Institute Executive Director Sally J. Kenney analyzes President Trump's Supreme Court nominee and Metairie-native Amy Coney Barrett. Read more at Fox 8 News.

Rosie Remembered: 'Every woman... was proud of her contributions to help win World War II'
September 24, 2020. Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, Newcomb Institute's administrative assistant professor of technology and women’s history, is interviewed about the propaganda used to encourage women to enter the workforce in WWII. Read more at

Guest Column: The trail that Ruth Bader Ginsburg blazed ran through Louisiana
September 24, 2020. Newcomb Institute Executive Director Sally J. Kenney reflects on RBG's legacy in Louisiana, in an op-ed for The AdvocateRead more.

Justice Ginsburg left her mark on Tulane Law students, alumni
September 21, 2020. Newcomb Institute Executive Director Sally J. Kenney reflects on her personal relationship and correspondence with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Read more.

Women on the VP Short List are Qualified to Serve Today or Tomorrow
August 8, 2020. Shaffer, Carly, and Anna Mahoney. Election Watch Center for American Women and Politics. These words from former Vice President Joe Biden made headlines back in March when he solemnly pledged to pick a woman as his running mate during the Democratic primary debates. Read More.

Faculty Member Receives Grant for Research into Reproductive Justice and Healthcare
August 5, 2020. Newcomb Institute awarded Tulane School of Social Work's Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Nubian OmiSayade Sun two grants for valuable work in reproductive justice and healthcare. Read more.

Give Green event raises more than $1 million in 24 hours
July 14, 2020. Newcomb Institute won an extra $5,000 for receiving the highest number of gifts. Read more in Tulane Today.

At 14, Lena Richard broke racial barriers with her culinary empire during Jim Crow
June 24, 2020. Newcomb Institute's Archives provides photos of renowned New Orleans chef Lena Richard. Read more in Face 2 Face Africa.

Tulane community, local organizations lead effort to support incarcerated women
June 23, 2020. Since 2018, women at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) have been steadily earning Tulane course credits through the College in Prison Program (CPP), a partnership between the Newcomb Institute, the School of Professional Advancement, the Center for Public Service and community partner Operation Restoration. Read more in Tulane Today.

Newcomb Institute Technology Showcase addresses gender gap in STEM
June 17, 2020. The gender gap in STEM is one of many topics addressed in Newcomb Institute’s Technology Showcase, a student-produced digital symposium of tech-related projects completed during the 2019-2020 school year. Read more in Tulane Today.

Meet Lena Richard, the Celebrity Chef Who Broke Barriers in the Jim Crow South
June 12, 2020. Newcomb Institute's Archives provides photos of renowned New Orleans chef Lena Richard. Read more in Smithsonian Magazine.

A law professor and a truck driver join to make "A Million Masks a Day"
March 30, 2020. Newcomb Institute's 2020 Greenbaum Fellow Elizabeth Townsend Gard spearheads effort to produce and disseminate masks for health care workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more in Tulane Today.

Tualne expands medical school campus Downtown
March 11, 2020. Completion of the 77,000- square-foot Tulane University Commons, which accommodates the student dining facility and the Newcomb College Institute, has been seen as largely successful by undergraduates on the Uptown campus. Read more in The Hullabaloo.

What to know in New Orleans this week
March 9, 2020. The New Orleans rally featured nearly two hours of speakers, including Clare Daniel of Tulane University’s Newcomb Institute, medical students, a clinic escort who volunteers to walk individuals seeking an abortion to the building, Jewish leaders and representatives from NOAF, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and the ACLU of Louisiana. Read more in Gambit.

New Orleans activists rally indoors against Louisiana abortion law at heart of Supreme Court case
March 4, 2020. The New Orleans rally included nearly two hours of speakers, including Clare Daniel of Tulane University’s Newcomb Institute. Read more in Gambit.

The Reading Life with Lauren Groff and Amy Bonnaffons
February 23, 2020. Lauren Groff will be the 35th Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence at Newcomb College Institute in March. Read or listen at

Trivially Speaking: In Praise of Women's Basketball
February 13, 2020. In 1896, bloomers were introduced as a basketball costume at Sophie Newcomb College. Read more in the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

The significance of Newcomb Pottery and where to find it on the Tulane Campus
January 8, 2020. A permanent display of Newcomb products in the new Commons building on Tulane’s Uptown campus now makes them more accessible to the general public as well as students. Read more in the Uptown Messenger.

2019 News

Student health center now provides free emergency contraceptives
December 10, 2019. Newcomb-sponsored student org SURJ inspires Tulane Campus Health to offer free emergency contraceptives. Read more on The Hullabaloo.

Forgiving my rapist, on restorative justice at Tulane
December 4, 2019. 'It wasn’t until two Fridays ago when I went to a “Fridays at Newcomb” talk on restorative justice that I realized what I needed out of my rapist.' Read more on The Hullabaloo.

Décou-Labat Residences Dedicated
November 18, 2019. Labat and Décou became the first African American undergraduates to earn degrees from Newcomb College and Tulane, respectively. Read more on

Tulane Partners with local MCH Coalition to reduce high maternal mortality rates
November 4, 2019. Newcomb Institute partners with local coalition to ask the New Orleans City Council to put its support behind postpartum home visits for all birthing people in New Orleans, the training and hiring of black and queer health workers and finding ethical ways to reimburse doula care via Medicaid and other insurance plans. Read more on Tulane Today.

Louisiana laws will lead to life-threatening self-managed abortions 
October 3, 2019. Isabelle Lian is a Newcomb Institute Reproductive Rights & Reproductive Health intern and a Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast intern. Read more at Tulane Hullabaloo. 

Molloy announces new director for women's leadership
October 1, 2019. Rebecca Mark will take over as Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutger's University. Read more at The Daily Targum

Center of the action
September 29, 2019. The Newcomb Institute evolves in the 21st century, taking a prominent place in The Commons and carrying on Josephine Louise Newcomb’s vision for women’s education. Read more in The Tulanian

Tulane students participate in fights for reproductive justice
September 1, 2019. Get involved inadvocacy for women's and trans people's rights with internships through the Newcomb Institute. Read more at Tulane Hullabaloo

Tulane unveils new $55 million dining hall
August 28, 2019. In addition to two stories of food service areas, lounges, and table and bar-style seating, the building's third floor provides a consolidated setting for Newcomb Institute, which was previously spread out in various areas of the Newcomb-Tulane campus. Read more at Canal Street Beat.

Tulane celebrates new home for Newcomb Institute
August 26, 2019. Tulane University President Mike Fitz will officially welcome students today to the opening of The Commons. Read more at Uptown Messenger.

A new, $55M dining hall at Tulane
August 25, 2019. In addition to two stories of food service areas, lounges, and table and bar-style seating, the building's third floor provides a consolidated setting for Newcomb Institute, which was previously spread out in various areas of the Newcomb-Tulane campus. Read more at

Newcomb Insitute's new home in the Commons
August 23, 2019. Pictures of Anna Many and Nadine Robbert Vorhoff wait to be placed on the wall in the Newcomb Institute Library. Read more at The New Orleans Advocate.

New dining hall opens at Tulane University
August 21, 2019. Tulane University opened a new dining hall in a building that will also house multipurpose meeting spaces and a permanent home for the Newcomb College Institute. Read more at New Orleans City Business.

Six out of Seven: Wisconsin Supreme Court has highest percentage of high court female justices in the country
March 22, 2019. Historic all-woman bench possible if elections next week and next year break that way. Read more at The Badger Project.

2018 News

Now is Time to Boost Paid Family Leave, and These Louisiana Representatives Can Help
December 2, 2018. Anna Mahoney. Just before the midterms, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond made a prediction: “If Democrats get in the majority — which I think we will — you will see us very quickly vote to raise the minimum wage, for paid family leave . . . and for criminal justice reform.” Advocate.

Record Numbers of Women in State Legislatures: Caucuses will Help Them Get Work Done
November 15, 2018. Anna Mahoney. The Gender Policy Report, Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Midterm votes are still being tallied, and women are predicted to increase their overall share of state legislature seats from 25.4% to as much as 38% across the country. Read More. 

'Gavel gap': Louisiana's judiciary mostly white and male, except in one parish
January 28, 2018. The report from Tulane University's Newcomb Institute, written by professors Heather Johnson and Sally Kenney, shows that women and minorities are under-represented in almost every court in Louisiana. Read more at

WWL-Radio Study: Louisiana making slow progress in electing minorities and women to judgeships. 
January 25, 2018. A new study out of Tulane University finds that Louisiana is making slow progress in electing minorities and women to judgeships. Read more at

The Continued Importance of the ‘Bros Caucus’ Underscores the Need for More Women’s Caucuses
August 28, 2018. Anna Mahoney. LSE US Centre. California US House Representative, Republican Duncan Hunter has been in the news this week, following extensive allegations of misuse of campaign funds. Read More.

2017 News

Louisiana Is First State To Ban Public Colleges From Asking About Criminal History
June 22, 2017. Annie Freitas, of the Louisiana Prison Education Coalition and Newcomb Prison Project (a student organization of Newcomb Institute), helped write and advocate for the bill. Read more at

LA becomes first state to ban the box on college admissions applications
Annie Freitas, of the Louisiana Prison Education Coalition and Newcomb Prison Project (a student organization of Newcomb Institute), helped write and advocate for the bill. Watch the video at Fox 8.

Pulling Out Of The Paris Climate Agreement Will Hurt Women Everywhere
May 31, 2017. Two years after Hurricane Katrina, women had a harder time returning to work and getting back on their feet. Labor participation was still down 6.6% for women, and only 3.8% for men in the area, according to a 2008 report from Tulane University's Newcomb Institute Center for Research on Women. Read more at Refinery29.

From underdog to national champs, Tulane women's rugby goes for gold again
April 21, 2017. The Newcomb Institute at Tulane has donated $3,000 to the team to help fund their trip to the west coast. Read more at WGNO.

Jeremy Alford: Women have monopoly on judicial elections
In a report last year, the Newcomb Institute of Tulane University found that 31 percent of the judges serving in Louisiana were women. Read more at, March 7, 2017.

New Orleans Mayor Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Wage History Inquires
According to a study conducted by Newcomb Institute of Tulane University, the New Orleans gender pay gap is 21 percent. Read more at The National Law Review, February 3, 2017.

Landrieu signs executive order addressing equal pay for female city employees
In a press statement issued by Landrieu's office, the city referenced a study by Tulane University for its findings that on average, women in New Orleans make about $9,500 less than their male counterparts. Read more at WWLTV, January 26, 2017.

2016 News

'Orange is the New Black' author to speak at Tulane
Piper Kerman, author of the best-selling book "Orange is the New Black," will discuss life in women's prisons at Tulane University on Thursday, Nov. 17. Read more at, November 14, 2016.  

Is the judicial selection process in crisis? Akron Law holds feminism conference to discuss issues in judiciary
These are dangerous times for judicial appointments, according to Sally J. Kenney, an expert on judicial selection and social movements. Read more at Akron Legal News, November 2, 2016.

Tulane professor delves into the mud of negative political campaigns
The level of viciousness, verbal assaults, charges and countercharges that typified the presidential contest between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump have led many to decry the 2016 election campaign as the worst ever. But Aidan Smith, administrative assistant professor at Tulane's Newcomb Institute says all the negativity might actually have had a positive side, too. Read more at, November 2, 2016.

Tulane study finds La. lacks women and minority judges
A new report issued by Tulane University has found that the judiciary in Louisiana doesn't reflect the state's gender or racial diversity. Read more at, October 24, 2016.

Louisiana doesn’t have enough women and minority judges, new Tulane report says
Louisiana’s state and federal judges do not accurately reflect the state’s racial and gender makeup, according to a new Tulane University report. Read more from the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, October 24, 2016.

Women, minority judges underrepresented in Louisiana, but less so in New Orleans: Tulane study
Women and minority judges continue to lag far behind their male counterparts for the share of representation in Louisiana's court system in 2016, but Orleans Parish has seen a reversal of that trend, according to a report published by Tulane University's Newcomb Institute. Read more at, October 24, 2016.

Green and blue all over at Tulane University pre-season tea
The Greenie Gals Booster Club, Newcomb Alumnae Association and Tulane University Women's Association hosted a high-tea and silent auction honoring the new coaches' wives and alumnae members of the Tulane University Marching Band. The money raised went to the Brooke Miner Spirit Group Fund for the Green Wave's auxiliary and spirit groups. Read more at, September 5, 2016.

Post-Katrina New Orleans gets older: Where are the kids?
A new report from Tulane University's Newcomb Institute takes a deep dive into U.S. Census Bureau data, among other sources, to paint a picture of the state of New Orleans women after Katrina. Read more at, August 29, 2016.

New Orleans City Business: New Orleans women lose financial ground since Hurricane Katrina, report says
Their annual salary of $36,367 is 79 percent of men’s median income of $45,934, according to a report released Friday by the Newcomb Institute of Tulane University. Read more at, August 26, 2016.

New Orleans Advocate: New Orleans women earn 79 cents to every dollar earned by men, report finds
Income gaps are just one of the areas the Tulane University Newcomb Institute explored in a 74-page study of women's experiences in the city. Read more at, August 26, 2016.

One More Time
August 16, 2016. Anna Mahoney. A Blog of the Center for American Women and Politics. Scholars have long lamented the lack of women candidates for public office. Attempts to recruit women candidates have been widespread, targeting older women with empty nests, younger women without children (or those not interested in having them), lawyers, and businesswomen whose experience mirrors that of typical male candidates. Read More.

New Orleans women offered Posse Scholarships
In 2012, Posse New Orleans was established with the goal to provide deserving New Orleans area students access to elite colleges as well as the tools and support to ensure their success. A cohort of high achieving women have now graduated.  Read more at, July 27, 2016.

Works of Longtime Tampa Artist Carolyn F. Heller Acquired by Tulane’s Newcomb Art Museum
In recognition of Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University’s 20th anniversary, Carolyn F. Heller will donate 20 of her early works for their exhibit “Women of Newcomb, Recent Acquisitions.” Her bold and vivid interpretations of abstract expressionism were influenced when attended Newcomb College in the 1950s and studied drawing and painting. Read more at, June 3, 2016.

200 Years of History Propels “Poydras Home”
Pamela Tyler sees fertile ground for more writing about the history of New Orleans women — the history and influence of Newcomb College, for example. Read more in the New Orleans Advocate, May 14, 2016.

Memories on a Page: The Joys of Scrapbooks
Susan Tucker is a retired archivist for the Vorhoff Library at the Newcomb Center for Research on Women, and is one of the authors of The Scrapbook in American Life. Tucker says that scrapbooks were made by people “trying to hold their world of knowledge – they didn’t have Google.”
Read more at My New Orleans, May 2016.

From Cairo to Louisiana, More Female Judges Needed
Sally J. Kennedy, the executive director of Newcomb Institute, writes about the similarity of struggles for both Egypt and Louisiana in increasing women's representation in the judiciary. Louisiana currently ranks last in representation of women in state legislature in the US. Read more at, April 12, 2016.

An Evening with Zadie Smith, Spring 2016
WTUL News & Views presents a reading and interview from the event, "An Evening with Zadie Smith, Spring 2016 Newcomb College at Tulane University, Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence" on March 1, 2016. Listen now at, March 6, 2016.

British Novelist Zadie Smith Discusses Life as Writer in New York, Merits of Twitter
“But reading seriously is what makes a good writer, in my opinion,” says Zadie Smith in her conversation with The Arcade. Read more of the conversation on The Hullabaloo, March 2, 2016 

Reading: An Evening with Zadie Smith
Acclaimed author Zadie Smith gives a reading at Tulane University. Smith is the author of White Teeth, NW, and On Beauty and is currently a tenured professor of creative writing at New York University. Read more on, March 1, 2016.

Survey: Public Would Pay More to Support Gulf of Mexico Biodiversity
The survey, funded by Tulane’s Murphy Institute, Newcomb-Tulane College, and the Georges Lurcy Grant Program, found that people “placed a value on preserving it for future generations,” said Stephanie F. Stefanski who led the survey as part of her undergraduate thesis at Tulane University. Read more on, February 29, 2016

Zadie Smith Reads at Tulane on March 1
Author Zadie Smith, who is this year’s Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence at Tulane University, will give a reading and sit for an interview with Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé, Assistant Professor in English, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. Read more at, February 27, 2016.

Newcomb Film Series explores new facets of female empowerment
The purpose of the film series, which started in 2011, is to provide women both on campus and in the community with unique, intimate stories that are not largely publicized. Read more on The Hullabaloo, February 18, 2016

2015 News

Safe spaces for women must be preserved on campus
"Outside of the Newcomb College Institute and related student organizations, though, little remains to gender spaces on campus. With this movement toward total integration, however, the value of spaces intentionally for women cannot be dismissed. Read more of the conversation on The Hullabaloo, September 16, 2016

U.S. News and World Report: Tulane University Moves Up in Ranking
"Female students at Tulane University receive extra support through the Newcomb Institute" and Tulane ranks 41 among national universities. Read more in the U.S. News & World Report, September 9, 2015

Due Process: The Legacy of Sylvia Roberts at Tulane University
Benjamin Morris visits the Newcomb Archives to discover the legacy of Louisiana lawyer Sylvia Roberts. Read more on, September 7, 2015.

Nell Nolan: Greenie Gals, Opera Junior Committee 
The Pre-Season Tea and Silent Auction, hosted by the Greenie Gals Booster Club, Tulane University Women's Association and Newcomb Alumnae Association, honored wives of the 1998 football team and Green Wave coaches' wives. Read more in the New Orleans Advocate, September 7, 2015

The Wolfsonian Debuts Exhibition on the Women of Newcomb Pottery
The "Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise" collection is on display at the Wolfsonian-FIU. Read more in Miami New Times, June 19, 2015

City Council Roundup: LA Habana Hemingway, Children's Hospital, Tulane, Demos
Towards the end of the meeting the council discussed the proposed demolition of the Tulane University Dean's home at 6823 St. Charles Ave. The council approved the motion. Tulane will use the site to build a $50 million facility called The Commons. Read more in the Nola Defender, June 5, 2015.

Tulane University wins initial approval to demolish former Newcomb building making way for expanded dining hall
Tulane University's plan to tear down the former home of the Newcomb Institute to make way for an expansion of its dining hall has received initial approval from city officials. Read more in The Advocate, May 26, 2015.

Panel Talks Romance Across Cultures
Tulane International Society has hosted the Language of Love panel as a part of the Newcomb Institute long before Kayla Bruce, senior and president of TIS, came to Tulane, but its tradition has only continued to grow.  Read more on The Hullabaloo, March 11, 2015.

A Reading and Interview with Lorrie Moore
Lorrie Moore is the author of five collections of short stories and two novels. Read more on, March 2, 2015.

Lorrie Moore at Tulane and more things to do in New Orleans Monday
Lorrie Moore reads at Tulane. Read more on, March 1, 2015.

Novelist Lorrie Moore to give reading at Tulane
Novelist Lorrie Moore, author of "A Gate at the Stairs" and a finalist for the Story Prize, will give a public reading from her work this week as this year's Zale-Kimmerling Write in Residence at Tulane University. Read more on the Uptown Messenger, February 28, 2015.

Lorrie Moore bring her witty prose to Tulane March 2
Moore is scheduled to speak at Tulane's Kendall Cram lecture hall Monday, March 2 at 7 p.m. The writer will read from Bark and answer questions. Read more on Gambit, February 20, 2015.

2014 News

A literary debut with clout: Mount Holyoke College history grad draws on her degree to pen acclaimed novel
Today Katy Smith is an adjunct professor with Newcomb Institute at Tulane University in New Orleans, a division of the university that’s geared to women undergraduates; she teaches history and research skills. Read more on, November 26, 2014

Leading biographers and memoirists to appear at Tulane Saturday
Four leading practitioners of biography, literary criticism and memoir will gather for a daylong symposium of readings and panel discussions at Tulane University on Saturday, October 25th. The program is sponsored by the Tulane University Department of English and Newcomb Institute through the Zale-Kimmerling Fund and Barnes and Noble College Booksellers.
Read more on, October 20, 2014.

Pulitzer-winning poet to give reading at Tulane, and other news of higher education
Tracy K. Smith, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, is this year's Florie Gale Arons Poet at Tulane University. 
Read more in the New Orleans Advocate, October 2, 2014.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet to read Monday at Tulane
Tracy K. Smith, the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, will read from her work, answer questions and sign books Monday evening as this year's Florie Gale Arons Poet at Tulane University.
Read more in the Uptown Messenger, September 28, 2014.

Tracy K. Smith at Tulane, and more things to do in New Orleans on Monday
Confessional, political, and profoundly lyrical, the poetry of Tracy K. Smith has earned many laurels. Read more in, September 28, 2014.

Nell Nolan: Getting a Move On!
Teamed to host the pre-season tea and silent auction were the Greenie Gals, Tulane University's Women's Association, and the Newcomb Alumnae Association. Read more in the New Orleans Advocate, September 12, 2014.

Women's Equality Day? Right to Vote Commemorate But Louisiana Lags Behind in 2014
In Louisiana, 61 percent of women are the primary or sole wage earners for their family, according to Rosalind Cook, a professor at Tulane University’s Newcomb Institute. However, Louisiana women earn just 67 cents for each dollar earned by men. The second-worst pay gap in the nation means that women achieve a median annual income of just $31,586. Read more in Nola Defender, August 26, 2014.

Tulane women's association, Newcomb alumnae host high tea for football preseason
A trio of women's groups at Tulane University are hosting a pre-season high tea and silent auction Sunday honoring alumni football wives. Read more in the Uptown Messanger, August 7, 2014.

People in Business, July 20, 2014
Kaye N. Courington has been appointed to a three-year term on the Director's Advisory Council of the Newcomb Institute, an academic center at Tulane University with a mission to educate women for leadership.  Read more in The Advocate, August 2, 2014.

Students Need an Education in Sexual Assault - Before College
Sally Kenney, NCI Executive Director, worked with the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to develop a report that says universities need to do a better job of investigating and reporting sexual assaults. Read more in the Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2014.

Author Jesmyn Ward brings celebrity, smarts and Southern roots to Tulane faculty
Ward has been named to the first Paul and Debra Gibbons Professorship at Tulane University and will work in the English Department. In her new position, she also will work closely with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and the Newcomb Institute. Read more on, April 16, 2014.

Tulane Plans $46 Million Building for the Newcomb College Institute, Campus Dining
Construction is scheduled to start next year on a four-story, $46 million building that will house the Newcomb Institute staff and activities, as well as a new dining facility. Sally Kenney, NCI Executive Director, believes it will be "a fabulous campus hub that's going to bring women's programs into the 21st century." Read more on, April 15, 2014.

Women in Business Q&A: Dr. Marsha Firestone, Founder and President of the Women Presidents' Organization
Dr. Firestone shares her professional knowledge by serving on numerous boards and advisory councils including: Women's Leadership Initiative at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Enterprising Women Advisory Board, Forbes Executive Women's Board, Newcomb Institute Director's Advisory Council, the International Women's Forum, and The Women's Jewelry Association. She also sits on Mayor Bloomberg's Commission on MWBEs for New York City.  Read more in Huffington Post, April 15, 2014.

Chelsea Peretti at One Eyed Jacks, Tony Kushner at NOMA, and more things to do in New Orleans Wednesday
Feminist lesbians from the New Orleans area share stories of the 1970s women's movement in Louisiana at Newcomb Institute.  Read more on, March 25, 2014.  

Tulane to Host Novelist Susan Choi for Reading and Public Interview
Tulane University's long-running series presenting women writers will this year host Susan Choi, a novelist and Pulitzer finalist, for a public reading and interview session on March 17. Read more in the Uptown Messenger, March 9, 2014

Mardi Gras Indian Queens stake their claim to an essential role in a singular New Orleans tradition
Begun as a program of the Newcomb Institute at Tulane University, Queens Rule! organized public discussions with Indian queens and worked with Newcomb new media classes to create video tributes to Littdell Banister, and other masking queens. Read more on, March 2, 2014.

Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise
The Newcomb Art Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling  Exhibition Service organized an exhibition which showcases about 180 pieces of Newcomb pottery and lesser-known examples of jewelry, textiles, metalwork and bookbinding offering new insights into the Newcomb community. Read more on, February 4, 2014.

Blue-Slip Blues Keep Female Judges Stuck at 30%
NCI Executive Director Sally J. Kenney discusses how the Senate's anti-filibuster Vote in November does not guarantee that Obama will be able to appoint well-qualified women and minority men to the bench. Read more on, January 20, 2014.

How do Women Become Effective Leaders and Great Bosses?
The Newcomb Institute released a study that revealed women only hold 7.2% of corporate board seats and 13.6% of executive officer positions at many of Louisiana's publicly traded companies. Read more on Business Report, January 20, 2014

2013 News

"Unlearning Inequality: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter"
Sally Kenney shares why courts matter and why we should fight for gender equality in the justice system. Watch on, December 2, 2013.

Are Women the 'Better Half' or the Have-nots
Prepared for Tulane University's Newcomb Institute, in partnership with the local chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners and ION (the InterOrganization Network), a recent report evaluates female participation in the decision-making ranks of 50 publicly traded companies in Louisiana. The study's findings showed that businesses in Louisiana lag behind other states in terms of female participation. Read more on, December 2013.

When the judge is a woman
The best case scenario, as scholar Sally Kenney's work highlights, is that a gender-diverse judiciary corrects the biased false neutrality latent in justice systems... Read more on, November 19, 2013/

The "New Orleans Humanist Perspective with Sally Kenney"
Sally J. Kenney, NCI, Executive Director, speaks on the necessity to get more women in the judiciary, hosted by Harry Greenberger. Watch on the New Orleans Humanist Perspective, November 12, 2013.

Women rare at top of La. corporations
Far too few women reach the top rungs of the corporate ladder in Louisiana, according to a new Tulane University report that finds women occupy only 7.2 percent of the total board positions on the state’s top 50 publicly traded companies. Read more on The Advocate, October 30, 2013

Few women hold top positions in Louisiana public companies, concludes a Tulane Newcomb Institute study
Women hold only 7.2 percent of corporate board seats and 13.6 percent of executive officer positions among most of the publicly traded companies based in Louisiana, concluded a study unveiled Thursday by the Newcomb Institute at Tulane University. Read more on, October 24, 2013.

Mary Jo Bang at Tulane Monday
Poet Mary Jo Bang will present a reading at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, in the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center on Tulane University’s campus. Read more on NOLA Vie, October 21, 2013 and on Press Street, October 20, 2013

Newcomb College's "Dirty Dozen" on The Queen Latifah Show
Queen Latifah hosts, Janis Dropkin Smythe, Cheryl Joseph Zacarro, Linda Lewis-Moors and Carol Nathan McKegney, as they discuss their efforts to help rebuild New Orleans. Watch it on, October 17, 2013.

LA Ladies & Women's Equality Day
"When asked what issues the Declaration of Sentiments (Seneca Falls, 1848) raised are still of concern today, Newcomb Institute Center for Women’s Education and Research Executive Director, Sally Kenney, said, “Gosh, everything almost except the vote" Read more in the NOLA Defender, August 26, 2013.

Basu: Courts need female justices' perspectives
Read more in the Des Moines Register, June 25, 2013.

Gender diversity should be a consideration when appointing judges, panel members say 
"Tulane University Prof. Sally Kenney said Thursday she had better arguments for getting a woman on the bench than women make different decisions than men, and she even wrote a book about it." Read more in Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 21, 2013.

'Mother' Dearest: Alison Bechdel's Graphic Memoir on 89.9 WWNO
Read more at, May, 1, 2013.

Gender diversity should be a consideration when appointing judges, panel members say
Read more on, April 11, 2013

NCI Tech Liaison Jaelle Scheuerman and Newcomb Scholar Olivia Mahler-Haug comment on the gender gap growing for women in technology in the New Orleans CityBusiness
Download PDF, April 4, 2013.

Alison Bechdel, a cartoonist to watch out for, speaks at Tulane
Read more at, March 6, 2013T

Tulane Welcomes Feminist Icon Alison Bechdel
Read more in the NOLA Defender, March 5, 2013.

Gender Diversity in the Courts
Female judges and law professors talked about why women being represented in the judicial process matters.
Watch on, February 8, 2013.

NCI Executive Director Sally J. Kenney contributes to a discussion about the lack of women in Louisiana politics in The Times-Picayune.
Read more at, February 6, 2013.

NCI Executive Director calls attention to judicial emergencies in a commentary in Women's e-News.
Read More at, January 17, 2013.

2012 News

Newcomb Scholar Briah Fischer reflects on gender and undergraduate leadership in the Association of American Colleges and Universities newsletter On Campus with Women.
Read More at, Fall 2012/Winter 2013.

Executive Director Sally J. Kenney reflects on the 2012 presidential race as part of's Academic Feminist 2012 Election Forum
Read more at, November 5, 2012.

Newcomb Scholars program is profiled in the Women in Higher Education Newsletter.‬
Download a PDF, September 2012

NPR's profile on Melissa Harris-Perry, founder of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics
Read more at, July 20, 2012.

CJ Pascoe speaks to Tulane students about bullying, homosexuality
Read more in The Hullabaloo

Executive Director Sally Kenney reflects on Independence Day memories on WBOK's Crosstown Conversations. Listen at the 52 minute mark
Listen here, June 28, 2012

Editors Susan Tucker and Beth Willinger discuss their new book, Newcomb College, 1886-2006, Higher Education for Women in New Orleans, after the 11:30 mark
Listen at, May 22, 2012.

Incoming student Ella Weiner blogger reflects on feminism at Tulane and the Newcomb College Institute
Read more on, May 15, 2012

Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient Marlene Moses (NC '72) is featured in the Nashville Ledger
Read more on, May 11, 2012.

NCI's Custard lecture on bullying and homophobia
Read more at, April 10, 2012.

NCI's Anna Julia Cooper Project sponsors youth essay contest
Read more at, April 1, 2012.

Dr. Amy Schalet's Fridays at Newcomb lunchtime lecture on the contrasts between American and Dutch ideas about contraception, abstinence and teen sexuality is featured in the Times-Picayune
Read more at, March 4, 2012.

Sally Kenney reflects on the lack of women judges on the Indiana Supreme Court
Download a PDF of the article in The Statehouse File, March 2, 2012.

Newcomb Archivist Susan Tucker spoke at LSU about her book, Telling Memories Among Southern Women and the film The Help
Read more on NBC, February 24, 2012.

Times-Picayune features the Inaugural Anna Julia Cooper Lecture
Read more at, February 13, 2012

Newcomb archivist and leader of the culinary history group Susan Tucker selects the city's best king cakes for the Times-Picayune
Read more at, February 7, 2012

AAUW profiles former fellow NCI's Melissa Harris-Perry and the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South
Read more at AAUW Dialog, February 9, 2012.

Newcomb Fellow Nancy Maveety details her research in the Beverly Blair Cook Collection, held by the Newcomb Archives
Download a PDF of the article in Law & Courts, Winter 2012.

2011 News

Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry lands her own MSNBC show
Read more at, December 26, 2011.

NCI's Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South co-sponsors its first community event, the Fit for a King "Gender and Fair Housing Conference"  hosted by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. 
Read More at, December 26, 2011.

Newcomb College Institute hosts a delegation from Ginling College, the first women's college established in China
Download PDF of article in The Times-Picayune, December 8, 2011.

Executive Director Sally Kenney's support of women-owned business in New Orleans is detailed in Forbes Magazine
Read more on, November 17, 2011.

NCI's student organization's VOX's showing of The Education of Shelby Knox is featured in the Ms. Magazine Blog
Read more at Ms. Magazine, November 15, 2011.

U.S. News and World Report discusses the Newcomb College Institute in their ranking of Tulane University as a top undergraduate school
Read more on U.S. News and World Report.

Tulane taps start poet Marie Howe for its annual Arons reading series
Read more at, October 31, 2011,

Tulane Builds Strength in Race and Gender Politics through Newcomb College Institute and New Faculty
Read more in Political Science & Politics, October 2011.

Marie Howe's Vist as the Arons Poet was featured in the Times-Picayune

NCI hosts National Book Award nominee and other top women authors for reading

Melissa Harris-Perry discusses New Orleans and her research in the Times-Picayune
Read more in the Times-Picayune.

Newcomb Archivist Susan Tucker NC'71 talks about her book "Telling Memories Among Southern Women" and "The Help" in the Times-Picayune
Read more in the Times-Picayune.

Newcomb’s Archivist Susan Tucker (NC ’71) talks about the real stories of African American domestic workers with Ohio Public Radio
Those who wish to hear the story of these women in their own words, as well as the words of women who employed domestic workers, should turn to Susan Tucker’s book of oral histories Telling Memories Among Southern Women: Domestic Workers and Their Employers in the Segregated South (1988). Author of The Help Kathryn Stockett's acknowledgement page mentions Susan's book as inspiration. Susan talks with Ohio Public Radio about her project, a collection of interviews that gives voice to women born between 1882 and 1964, as well as the current film.
Download the Podcast.

Melissa V. Harris-Perry named professor of political science at Tulane University
Read more in the WIAReport.

Orderly Disorder: Librarian Zinesters in Circulation Tour
Read more in the ALA Conference 2011 Reports.

Two Parts of Feminist Judicial Scholar Beverly Blair Cook's papers are reunited at Tulane's Newcomb Archives
Read more in the Women/Politics Summer 2011 Newsletter.

Tulane’s undergraduate women carried on their beautiful commencement tradition of the Daisy Chain at this year’s Under the Oaks ceremony
Read more at New Wave

Dee Silverthorn (NC’ 70) is one in a long line of Tulane physiologists, and her contributions to her profession earned her the Newcomb Alumnae Association’s 2011 Outstanding Alumna Award
Read more at the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin.

Award-winning author Valerie Martin met students and alumnae during her campus visit as part of the Zale-Kimmering Writer-in-Residence Program
Read more at the Hullabaloo