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Sovereignty is the full right and power of a governing body over itself, without any interference from outside sources or bodies. The colonial history of the gulf south region is fraught with infractions to the sovereignty of Indigenous governance, land rights and physical bodies.

Taking its critical cue from New Orleans’s unique liminal position on the Gulf Coast, "Water logics" starts from the shoreline as a threshold, as a point of departure away from land. Beyond the shore, where land meets water, how can water and bodies of water be conceived? To what forms of thought, art, literature, or politics do they give shape? The Gulf Coast’s porosity blurs the very notion of the shore as a cartographic threshold point: the land emerges from water and yet is immersed in water, infiltrated by it.

New Orleans Center for the Gulf South welcomes you to Tulane's Climate Change Action Week with a Thursday poetry reading from poet-scholar Aurora Levins Morales.

Music Rising at Tulane presents Women and Movement #4: This Little Light: An Evening with Directors/Producers Wendi Moore-O'Neal and Ada McMahon. This event will include a film screening, Q&A with Wendi and Ada, and conclude with a Community Sing, led by Wendi Moore-O'Neal.

Music Rising at Tulane invites you to Women and Movement #3: African American Women Affecting the Arts in New Orleans.

Four African American women will discuss what they think about the state of contemporary art(s) in New Orleans. This discussion will include consideration of the state of visual arts, music, literature, and the performing arts in this region. This conversation will also consider the politics of race, artistic agency, and artistic opportunity.

The panel will be moderated by actor, director, and producer Lauren Turner.

On February 20th, 7pm, in the Freeman Auditorium, Cassandro will speak about his personal story of growing up and training as a lucha libre in México. He became one of the first openly gay exóticos (a wrestler who dresses in a flamboyant style), and later he had the honor of being the first exótico to win a championship title.

Newcomb Art Museum presents Uncommon Exchanges, a unique dialogue between unlikely pairings of Tulane and Gulf South experts, in partnership with A Studio in the Woods, The ByWater Institute at Tulane University, and New Orleans Center for the Gulf South (Nola Gulf South). For this special program marking Juneteenth, artist Bmike will be in dialogue with Dr. Rosanne Adderley, Associate Professor of African Diaspora History at Tulane University. Assistant Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South Dr. Denise Frazier will moderate.

Usually we chapter the history of New Orleans by eras of governance, or by traumas such as wars and disasters. We may also interpret local history—or more accurately, historical geography—by how New Orleanians have interacted with the meager but highly valuable topographic elevation of this deltaic plain—its role in selecting this site for the city, where we did and did not urbanize, how we reworked soils and hydrology, at what consequence for urban development, and at what risk for human safety.

This October, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, in partnership with Pelican Bomb, will host the 10th annual Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP/10). This “unconventional and expansive” conference brings together over 400 scholars and artists to address contemporary arts since the 1960s in its various forms—literary, visual, performing, musical, cinematic, design, and digital.  

The 7th Annual Sylvia R. Frey Lecture: Be About Beauty featuring Kalamu ya Salaam
Wednesday, September 26
7:00pm-9:00pm
Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
Tulane University Uptown Campus

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