Most New Orleanians have probably heard that the Dalai Lama is in town this week. But perhaps you do not know of the work it took to bring the spiritual leader of 6 million Tibetan Buddhists to this city.
On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Ronald Marks, the Tulane scholar who organized the visit.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is visiting New Orleans this weekend for a series of pubic speaking events. This past week a group of Tibetan monks gathered at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to construct a mandala, which will be completed on Friday morning and then ceremonially deposited into the Mississippi River that afternoon.
A major collection of Civil War documents is now part of the permanent collection entrusted to Tulane University. The papers include those written by Confederate President Jefferson Davis as well as the diaries of soldiers.
The Emerson String Quartet will perform Tuesday, March 19 at Tulane University's Dixon Hall. The concert begins at 8 p.m., preceded by a free lecture at 7 p.m. by John Joyce of the Tulane music department.
The Grammy-winning quartet will perform chamber works by Hayden, Bartok and Schumann.
Tickets are available online at www.friendsofmusic.org or at the door for $30. Tulane students will be admitted free.
Longtime Tulane art professor Pat Trivigno died January 30. He was 90.
An accomplished painter, with work in the Whitney, Guggenheim, Ogden and other important collections, Trivigno also left a significant legacy as a teacher. He exerted a gentle but profound influence on thousands of students at Tulane, including such prominent New Orleans artists as Adrian Deckbar and Dona Lief, and Times-Picayune art critic Doug MacCash.
Another of his former students, artist Jacqueline Bishop, has this remembrance.
Tulane University is reaching out to girls attending middle school with an opportunity to focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Organizers hope a one-day workshop will pique their interest in subjects that have historically attracted more boys than girls.
The Superdome began as a public referendum in 1966, and shines today as New Orleans gets ready to celebrate Super Bowl XLVII.
Built atop the bulldozed Back o' Town neighborhood, the Superdome is the site of ecstasy and tragedy, of countless celebrations and memories, historical agonies and post-K clichés. The Dome is a temple to our Saints and our city, and — love it or hate it — you can't ignore it.
Tulane University has signed an agreement with the Confucius Institute Headquarters of China to establish a Confucius Institute at Tulane University.
Tulane said in a news release Tuesday that the center will promote the study of Chinese culture and language.
The Institute, which will be within the School of Liberal Arts, will enhance Chinese language classes in Tulane's Asian Studies Program with a range of new teaching materials. Those include software and hardware, a 3,000-volume Chinese language library and a state-of-the-art language classroom.