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Weatherhead Roundtables

Spring 2017

4/11 – “Socratic Education Within the Cave of Public Opinion,” Instructor April Olsen will be discussing the way students and citizens should approach nature of truth and reality in the context of modern Public Opinion.

4/6 – “Honors Thesis Panel,” The Honors Program and Faculty and Residence Dr. Michael Moore are hosting a panel of current thesis writers who will talk about the opportunities and challenges of writing an Honors Thesis. Students representing different departments will discuss getting started with the process (regardless of major), identifying faculty members for a committee and writing a prospectus.

3/22 – “Immigration: Perspectives from Central and South America,” Dr. Justin Wolfe and Dr. Felipe Cruz, as part of the continuing History in the News series, will present on the current immigration debate from the perspectives in Central and South America.

3/15 – “Fear Campaigns: Do They Really Work,” Dr. Elizabeth Glecker will present on the issue of fear campaigns as related to controversial issues and in the context of the recent election.

3/8 – “Better Living through Acting - How Acting Can Prepare You for Your Future Career,” Dr. Carl Walker, of the Department of Theater and Dance, will present on the usefulness of acting as a skill and the ways it can be a positive influence in life.

2/21 – “Navigating Academic Life: What Am I Supposed to be Getting Out of My Education Anyway?” Dr. Michael Moore will host a panel discussion of recent graduate, career services and alumni and explore the long term implications of academic life. In this discussion, panelists will reflect on what they have gleaned from their experiences and what they wish they had known when they were still in college.

2/7 – “Disability in the Workplace: Creating an Equal Playing Field,” Dr. Adrienne Colella will present on current issues of disability discrimination in the workplace, as well as ways to move forward.

Fall 2016

12/6 – “Honors Thesis Panel,” A group of current Honor Thesis writers will answer talk about their research and answer questions about writing and the process. Moderated by William Gillispie, with Jamie Logan, Robert Kellner, Maggie Zhang, Annika White, Jessica Conrad.

11/30 – "How Neoliberalism Feeds Nationalism in the EU: an Honors Roundtable," Dr. Mark Vail, in the last Roundtable of the semester, will explore the history of neoliberalism and its effect on the growth of nationalism in Europe. Dr. Vail will start by defining neoliberalism as he sees it before developing his argument.

11/15 – “Finding Research Opportunities: Insider Tips Revealed,” Dr. Michael Moore will moderate a discussion of a panel of students who have participated in summer research at and beyond Tulane in various subject areas.

11/1 – “2016 US Election: International Perspectives,” Dr. Brian DeMare, Dr. Marline Otte and Dr. Samuel Ramer, as part of the History in the News series, will present on the 2016 election from non-US elections. Dr. DeMare will talk about the Chinese response, Dr. Ramer will discuss Russian controversy and interests, and Dr. Otte will consider the wider European reaction.

10/27 – “How Bourbon Street Happened,” Dr. Richard Campenella, of the School of Architecture, will present on the history of Bourbon Street within an urban geographical context.

10/20 – “Navigating Academic Life: How Can Healthy Choices Improve Your Grades?” Dr. Michael Moore, Dr. Gary Dohanich and Dr. Scott Time will participate in a panel discussion on how living healthy can improve academics and grades. They will also give tips on how one can live healthy while still keeping up with demanding, academic life of college. The panel will consider if a healthy body truly leads to a healthy mind.

9/27 - “Beach Bodies: The French 'Burkini' Ban in Historical Context,” Dr. Kathryn Edwards of the Department of History, as part of the History in the News series, will present on the current controversy over the “Burkini Ban” in France.

9/22 - “Of Notes, Narratives, and Neurons: My Take on the Creative Process,” Dr. Michael Moore, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Faculty in Residence at Weatherhead Hall.  Dr. Moore will discuss the peculiar intersection of two seemingly divergent aspects of his life: his research into the central nervous system, and his personal hobbies for musicianship, composition, and creative writing, and how they influence and complement each other.