Tulane's Young Public Scholars Program offers 4 different week-long courses in either a two-week residential option or a one-week day option for students who live in the greater New Orleans area. Students may take any course or pair of courses.
Each week-long course features full days of seminar discussions and collaborative projects. Students in different courses come together for select workshops, lunch breaks, and a closing reception for families.
Session 3A, July 6-10
Popular Music as Social Critique
With Dr. Christine Capetola
Music is a lens for thinking about gender, race, and sexuality in the context of a spectacle. Readings will include Beyoncé in Formation by Omise'eke Tinsley and music reviews. Students will experience live music in the city and write their own music review to publish on ViaNolaVie.
Christine Capetola (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin) has been a professional freelancer and music critic on the intersections of music and identity for Bitch Magazine. With degrees in American Studies and Performance Studies, she puts female artists in focus. She’s a fan of Lana del Rey and Janet Jackson.
Session 3B, July 13-17
Punishment and Redemption from the Industrial Prison Complex
With Betsy Weiss
Louisiana leads the world historically in incarceration rates and now in criminal justice reform. Learn about the broad social impacts of a justice system rooted in inequalities and the struggles to reverse them. Students meet with formerly incarcerated activists while studying the structures for incarceration through film, video, and reportage. Students will learn interview techniques in producing a profile for ViaNolaVie.
Betsy Weiss (M.F.A., San Francisco State University; M.S.W. Hunter College) trained as an experimental filmmaker and a social worker before blending these in social justice documentary. Using collaborative oral histories as method, she has worked with activists and artists to create social change through media.
Session 4A, July 20-24
Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene
With Dr. Ned Randolph
The layers of history are written in the geographies of New Orleans and its surroundings. Understand how slavery is embedded in the scenery of public spaces and the construction of zones of exclusion. Students will visit significant landscapes for environmental struggles. Readings include John McPhee, Rachel Carson, and other environmental essayists. Students will learn first-person non-fiction techniques to write an op-ed to publish on ViaNolaVie.
Ned Randolph (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) worked as a reporter covering the region for The Advocate newspaper, before leaving the newspaper business to study environmental infrastructures and the geography of the Mississippi. Recently he has been investigating the roots of the area known as Cancer Alley.
Session 4B, July 27-31
Promoting the Arts Against Censorship
With Kelley Crawford
The arts have a long history as a bulwark against social injustice and a bullhorn for alternative futures. Exploring the arts as a means to communicate identity and politics, students explore short readings by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ursula Le Guin and Simone de Beauvoir. Students visit a radio station in preparation to produce their short audio pieces for ViaNolaVie.
Kelley Crawford (M.F.A. candidate, University of New Orleans) is co-founder and Editor of ViaNolaVie, a professor at Tulane and Bard Early College, and a radio journalist and host on WWNO, the local NPR affiliate. Her profiles with local artists and entrepreneurs are a weekly staple in local media outlets. In her free time, you may spy her as a participant in inventive public art performances.