Newcomb College Institute at Tulane University

Signatory: Sally J. Kenney, Executive Director

Joined: January 2016

Contact: Anna Mahoney, Director of Research

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In 2015-2016 Newcomb College Institute has supported the following:

Research Investments:

Lena Franklin (student): Funded the only black woman undergraduate in music composition to produce her senior recital project.

Kayla Jackson (student): HerStory NOLA Multi-Media Showcase and Digital Storytelling Workshops. HerStory NOLA is a community-based storytelling project that engages diverse groups of young women in New Orleans to tell their unique life stories using digital media and simple technology tools.

Jennie Lightweis-Goff (faculty): “Stranger to this City” Fugitive Women and the Threat of Urbanity. Support for archival research on fugitive advertisements of escaped urban slaves in Augusta, GA and Charleston, SC.

Amy Parziale (faculty): Research support for Trauma Aesthetics and Cultural Memory in Cristina García’s Dreaming in Cuban

Marguerite (Daisy) Furlong (student): Research project on rural women’s health in Guatemala with Asociación Manos Abiertas clinic.

Rebecca Atencio (faculty): Research support for “Rebels and Martyrs: Brazil’s Cultural Memory of Women Who Resisted Dictatorship.”

Kristin Adele Okoli (faculty): Research support for “Caribbean Runways: Creole Aesthetics and Geopolitics of Contemporary Haitian Fashion.”

Guadalupe Garcia (faculty): Research support for “City of Light and Shadow: Urban Space, Black Mobility, and the Transformation of Havana, 1791-1861.”

Laura Rosanne Adderley (faculty): Research support for “A ‘Black British’ Abolitionist Community in Havana Harbor?: African Life and Labor aboard the HMS Romney, 1836-1844.”

Adeline Masquelier (faculty): Conference travel support for presentation of “The Anthropology of Islam after the Ethical Turn” in Dakar, Senegal.

Mirya Holman (faculty): “The Status of Women in New Orleans Since Katrina Report”

Salmon Shomade and Sally J. Kenney: “The Gender and Racial Diversity of Louisiana’s Judges”

Programming Initiatives:

Student organizations:

  •   African American Women’s Society
  •   Students United for Reproductive Justice
  •   Women of Color Collective

Event sponsorships

  •   Black Arts Festival sponsorship
  •   Women of Color Social

Community grants to N.O. non-profits

  •   Louisiana Prison Education Coalition (LPEC)

Summer program on women and development in Kenya

Annual events:

Newcomb Film Series:

  •   Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower
  •   No Más Bebés
  •   The Trials of Spring
  •   India’s Daughter
  •   American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
  •   Happy Birthday Marsha!

Selected Fridays at Newcomb Talks:

  •   Prof. Trimiko Melancon, Loyola, “‘…these hips are free hips’: Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation.”
  •   Prof. Moon Charania, Spelman College, “Will the Real Pakistani Woman Please Stand Up? (Un)Happy Archives and the Failure of Visual Culture”
  •   Prof. April Prince, Loyola University, “The Lure of the South: Pondering the Southern Past in the Songs of Early Country Music and Blues Women”
  •   Dr. Denese Shervington, Institute for Women and Ethnic Studies, “Crooked Room Stories from New Orleans: Black Women’s Journey to Reclaim Identity”
  •   Savannah Shange, “A King Named Nicki Minaj: Strategic Queerness and the Black Femmcee”
  •   Dr. Jodi Schorb, “Of Books and Bumpology: Gender, Race, and reform in the Women’s Ward of Sing Sing Prison, 1844-48”
  •   Dr. Courtney Bryan – “#SayHerName: Music Composition and Social Justice”
  •   “Putting School First: Challenges Women Overcome to Continue Their Education after Prison” (panel)

Visiting Lectures:

Africana Studies Lecture Series a lecture series organized by Professor Rosanne Adderly:

  •   “The Forgotten History of Women in the Nat Turner Rebellion”, Lecture by Vanessa Holden, Michigan State University
  •   “Slavery’s Exiles: Louisiana’s Forgotten Runaway Communities”, Dr. Sylviane Diouf, NY Public Library
  •   “Slave Revolutions Around the Caribbean,” Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez

Resilience & Creativity in Africa, a lecture series organized by Professor Adeline:

  •   Masquelier“Concealment and the Art of Passing: Self Regulation and Obstetric Fistula in Niger”, Alison Heller, The School for International Training
  •   “The Way She Carries Her Handbag: Marriage, Class and Grown Up in Botswana”, Professor Deborah Durham, Sweet Briar College
  •   “Reconfiguring Applied Arts through Graffiti in Senegal: Questioning Aesthetics, Commodification, and Sociopolitical Engagement,” Prof. Abdoulaye Niang, Universite Gaston Berger in Dakar

“Women in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement”, Lecture by Dr. Brittney Cooper

Zadie Smith, Spring Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence

Danielle Evans, Fall Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence

Sexual Assault Reading Group:

  •   Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching, by Crystal Feimster
  •   The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, by Sarah Deer

“Newcomb College Institute’s mission is to educate undergraduate women for leadership in the 21st century. Central to that mission is a commitment to intersectional research on women’s political leadership. Our recent report, The Gender and Racial Diversity of Louisiana’s Judges, is just one example of our contribution to this rich scholarship. We appreciate the opportunity to be part of the Collaborative with other institutions who share our commitment to the study of women and girls of color and look forward to sharing our work with them.”

Sally J. Kenney, Executive Director