1. Wall Societies – The faculty-led Societies, each of which has a specific theme or disciplinary focus, are designed to foster community among students and create the opportunity for informal interactions between faculty members and students with the support of the Resident Advisors. Past Societies have taken students off campus to explore local and regional issues relevant to the New Orleans community, and sought to introduce students to opportunities for leadership and innovation in the local community.
The Current List of Societies is as follows:
Books and Reading Society
Wall Fellow: Mike Kuczynski, Associate Professor and Departmental Chair, English
Food and Film Society
Wall Fellow: Karissa Haugeberg, Assistant Professor, History
Gray Matter Society
Wall Fellow: Gary Dohanich, Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
Tulane, Naturally Society
Wall Fellow: Donata Henry, Senior Professor of Practice, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Life and Death in New Orleans Society
Wall Fellow: Emily Harville, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Science in the City: Innovation in New Orleans
Wall Fellow: Michelle Lacey, Associate Professor, Math
Get Engaged! Civics and Politics Society
Wall Fellow: Brian Brox, Associate Professor, Political Science
World Languages and Cultures Society
Wall Fellow: Charles Mignot, Professor, French and Italian
Life at the Cutting Edge Society
Wall Fellow: J. Quincy Brown, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
More information on each of the Wall Fellows can be found here.
2. “What is College For?” – This series of talks and discussions, moderated by the Faculty Member in Residence, seeks to give students a more sophisticated understanding of the opportunities available to them at Tulane. It includes, for example, a discussion of academic majors and the relationship between the choice of major and career interests; an introduction to campus resources, centers, and institutes; and panels on study-abroad programs. We also use this program to introduce an enhanced form of career exploration, including discussion of post-graduate scholarships and other opportunities available to them in future years.
3. New Orleans Arts and Intellectual Life — Contingent on available funding, Honors offers tickets and/or transportation to a variety of cultural and intellectual events, for example New Orleans Ballet, LPO, the Second Saturday Art Walk–St. Claude Arts District, second-lines, etc., led by faculty with relevant expertise and interests.
4. Student Mentors – Honors and HRL harness the strong interest and energy of older Honors/TSP students in Weatherhead to mentor freshmen, beginning with their arrival on campus. These interactions include individual and small group meetings as well as social and academic events. The Weatherhead community itself leads this program and to a large extent determines its direction, with Honors and HRL staff supporting.
Faculty-in-Residence: Carrie Wyland, Senior Professor of Practice, Psychology Department
More information on each individual Wall Society and other Faculty Programs can be found here.