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The Tulane InterDisciplinary Experience Seminars (TIDES) program provides first-year students with a multifaceted academic course designed to connect them with faculty and peer mentors and campus resources and opportunities that will be valuable to them throughout their time at Tulane.

Each TIDES course will connect roughly 15 students who will explore topics as varied as New Orleans culture and literature, critical examinations of popular culture, and martial arts history and practice. This is an opportunity to for first-year students to engage with whatever topic they like, free of the expectations set by an academic major. In addition, the TIDES course you choose comes with recommendations for additional courses to take, guest speakers and special programs to attend, films to watch, electronic bulletin boards to participate in, and activities and field trips throughout New Orleans.

Through the TIDES course, first-year students will develop a sense of confidence both with acclimating to Tulane’s academic community and in navigating New Orleans, make connections with people and resources on campus that they will revisit over and over again throughout their studies, and make surprising discoveries about their own academic interests and passions.



TIDES courses marked with an asterisk (*) are Service Learning courses.
Students in these courses must also register for the corresponding Service Learning component.

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TIDE 1000-01 New Orleans Cities of the Dead: Cemetery Architecture & Its Cultural Legacy

R 10:00-11:15am

Heather Knight.  Students will be introduced to the history and cultural folkways of New Orleans through the study of historic figures, cemetery architecture, monument construction and funerary symbolism reflected in stone and iron.  Why are above-ground tombs more prevalent in New Orleans?  What are the different tomb types and their architectural styles?  Why do families in Louisiana visit cemeteries on All Saints Day?  What symbolism does funerary art in stone and iron reveal?  This TIDE will provide five informative field sessions to local cemeteries and five class lectures.

TIDE 1003-01 Happiness & Human Flourishing HEALTH WAVE RLC

W 2:00-3:15pm

Hans W. Gruenig.  Would you like to learn ways to increase enjoyment, engagement, and meaning during your college years and beyond? Would you like to learn how you can use personal character strengths to achieve academic success? In this course students will have the opportunity to learn about and experientially explore life-enhancing practices and perspectives developed over millennia of human inquiry and validated within the exciting new field of positive psychology.

Topics will include positive emotions, character strengths (and their application in academia), meaning and engagement, exercise and meditation, nurturing social relationships, and more. This course will also expose students to local wellness resources at Tulane and New Orleans and will offer opportunities to explore the key areas of enjoyment, engagement, self-care, and meaningful contribution to others by attending a yoga class at a local studio, savoring New Orleans cuisine, exploring New Orleans architecture and history on a walking tour, and meaningfully contributing to the flourishing of New Orleans residents by engaging in service learning.

TIDE 1005-01 Mardi Gras: The Greatest Free Show

M 12:00-1:15pm

Brian Brox.  Some observers have called New Orleans’ Carnival celebrations “The Greatest Free Show on Earth.”  But why does the community stage such a lengthy (and expensive!) spectacle?  This course attempts to answer the question of why by looking at Mardi Gras through historical, racial, cultural, artistic, and economic perspectives.  Through readings, class discussion, short films, and a couple of unique field trips, students will discover why Mardi Gras is so important to New Orleans.

TIDE 1008-01 New Orleans: A Spirituality Survey

M 2:00-3:155pm

Yonah Schiller.  This fun inviting course will bring us to meet the most colorful personalities that help to create our unique New Orleans landscape. We¹ll read texts and also interact with the people and religious leaders who bring these various spiritual beliefs to life—New Orleans style.  This journey will prove to be a unique glimpse into a side of New Orleans that is often only felt but never known. Through this course we will gain a better insight in to the various spiritual and mystical traditions and have the opportunity to discuss their applicability to our modern times.

*TIDE 1010 Leadership, Politics, Power and Change

1010-01: T 5:00-6:15pm James MacLaren
1010-02: T 5:00-6:15pm Ana Lopez
1010-03: M 5:00-6:15pm Smita Ruzicka
1010-05: M 5:00-6:15pm Ana Lopez
1010-07: W 5:00-6:15pm Dusty Porter CHANGEMAKER RLC

Are leaders born or bred? How do leaders and their leadership styles impact change? How does one develop the courage and wisdom to lead and promote change effectively? This TIDE provides an opportunity to examine the nature of leadership, its impact on the change process, and the underlying dynamics of power, politics, and conflict.

Over the course of the academic year, this TIDE focuses on developing an interdisciplinary understanding of the theories and practices of organizational and community leadership. As a TIDE member, you will actively study the theories that emerge from a variety of fields and reflect on their practical, political, and ethical assumptions as well as on their implications in a variety of settings. Through readings, classroom discussions, interviews with local leaders, and a group initiative, you will gain a greater appreciation for the issues that affect leaders and the components of successful leadership.

TIDE 1011-01 Exploring Russia

W 5:00-6:15pm

Lidia Zhigunova.  The seminar will explore a wide range of elements of Russian culture, history and life, including food, music and visual arts. In an informal and relaxed atmosphere, the students will get a “taste” of a little bit of everything that Russia is famous for: from icon paintings and onion domes to borsch, Bellini and caviar; from the times of Ivan the Terrible to Putin’s Russia; from the famous nineteenth-century Russian-Ukrainian writer Nikolai Gogol to the wildly popular American-Ukrainian band Gogol Bordello. The seminar will closely examine the literary manifestations of food culture and the semiotics of eating in the nineteenth-century masterpieces of Russian literature. A variety of readings (mostly short stories and excerpts), a film screening, musical videos, a field trip to a gallery, and guest lectures will be part of the class. No knowledge of Russian is needed or required.

TIDE-1013-01 The Architecture of Place SHAPERS RLC

R 11:00am-12:15pm

Laura Blokker. How can architecture define a place? How do buildings support social constructs and cultural patterns? How do spatial relationships, proportions, and forms shape how we move through and experience places? How do the lines, curves, textures, and colors of walls, roofs, railings and other built elements impact our senses, emotions, and memories? All of these questions will be explored as students learn about the particular built environment that makes New Orleans so unmistakably New Orleans. Students will be coached in using photography, drawing, and writing to record their impressions of the built environment.

TIDE-1014-01 Cultivating Resiliency and Self- Care HEALTH WAVE RLC

T 5:00-6:15pm

Lindsay Greeson and Scott Tims. Health in college is so much more than avoiding pizza every night and occasionally going to the gym. Health is multifaceted and is pivotal to your ability to thrive during the next four years. This course will examine the most relevant health topics for college students from a public health perspective, integrating theories and practices relevant to your life, with a focus on self-care. In addition, this course seeks to cultivate leadership skills as an element of being healthy and successful in college.

TIDE-1015-01 Cultivate Your Inner Change Maker CHANGEMAKER RLC

T 2:00-3:15pm

Rebecca Otten. Changemakers see the world as it is while also envisioning the world as it should be. We make choices in life that reflect the kind of human beings we want to be and the kind of change in the global human condition in which we want to take part. Changemakers have many different perspectives, bring many different strengths, and are passionate about many different social and environmental issues. This course will help you develop and practice skills necessary to pursue your own unique Changemaker path.

TIDE-1017-01 Change Makers in NOLA Education CHANGEMAKER RLC

T 3:30-4:15pm

Shannon Blady. This one-credit course is designed for those interested in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. In addition to exploring design thinking, social and emotional learning, and health and wellness, students will explore the socially innovative initiatives currently shaping the landscape of education in New Orleans.

The course provides opportunities to explore many avenues of work with K-12 students and to meet with local education experts and social entrepreneurs. The course includes field trips to local schools, including a visit to McDonogh 15 Knowledge is Power Program Charter School in the French Quarter and to local socially innovative organizations, such as Big Class, whose mission is to cultivate and support the voices of New Orleans' young writers through creative collaborations with schools and communities.

TIDE 1020-01 Cities and the Urban Environment THIRD COAST RLC

W 5:30-6:45pm

Marilyn Feldmeier. Focusing on selections from the seminal work “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” by Jane Jacobs, we will explore and discuss its relevance to the city of New Orleans. We will also look directly at what is currently happening in the city of New Orleans via field studies, guest presentations and movies. Selected neighborhoods of New Orleans will be explored as vehicles for looking at the social, political, and economic life of cities. By focusing on particular and local examples we will, in effect, also address urban issues that are both more general and global. You will be invited to learn ‘how to see’ (observe) the many aspects of the city, be introduced to tools for the analysis of city form and city behavior, and be asked to draw conclusions from what you read for this class as well as your experiences.

TIDE-1021-01 Design Thinking: Empathy & Action CHANGEMAKER RLC

T 11:00am-12:15pm

Allison Schiller. This TIDES class gives students the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning in Design Thinking and to see examples of architecture and design that create space to encourage positive public impact. Co-taught by instructors from the architecture school and the Taylor Center for Social Innovation & Design Thinking, the class will take students on site visits and encourage practical application in the field of design thinking and prototyping. People in many fields such as business, international development and education are learning how design can be used to bring about positive change.

TIDE 1025-01 Karate: Art & Philosophy

T 6:30-7:45pm

Antony Sandoval & Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Originating in Okinawa, Japan, traditional karate offers its practitioners self-defense skills, while providing them with a balanced fitness system, which includes aerobics, strength, and flexibility training. The concentration required during training, together with the physical exercise, are an excellent way to stress relief and healthy fun. Students will have the opportunity to know people of the New Orleans karate community through guest lectures of high-level, instructors and through their own visits to local karate clubs. Totally inexperienced students as well as those who have karate expertise will benefit from and will enjoy this class.

TIDE 1030-01-04 The Music and Culture of New Orleans

1010-01: W 4:30-5:45pm Jessica Podewell
1010-02: W 4:30-5:45pm Joan Jenson
1010-03: W 4:30-5:45pm ***
1010-04: W 4:30-5:45pm ***

"The Music and Culture of New Orleans" introduces the newcomer to New Orleans to the diversity of culture in the city and region. The 11-week course explores the music, literature, art, dance, architecture, and food that are unique to Southern Louisiana so that during your student years here you can fully enjoy them.
This TIDES course includes general lectures by experts in the various aspects of the culture of New Orleans.

Interspersed and alternating are small sections where these experts converse directly with the freshmen, helping each individual explore the city. Students are directed to the most important music venues in the city, as well as to the best Creole and Cajun restaurants. In addition to the class meetings, each student is expected to join in at least two field trips to witness the culture first hand.

TIDE 1034-01 New Orleans: The Lay of the Land

M 3:00-4:15pm

Corinne Van Dalen.  What does New Orleans have in common with New York, Rotterdam, Shanghai, and Jakarta? They are all coastal cities built on a delta. This course will explore the New Orleans landscape and development before and after levees, threats posed by sea level rise, storms, and coastal erosion, and efforts to address those threats. Students will hear from an archeologist about early settlements in New Orleans, tour a post-Katrina levee project designed to protect the City’s most vulnerable area, speak with a coastal restoration specialist about flood control, and visit a wetland restoration project designed and implements by community groups.

TIDE 1035-01 Introduction to Yoga

M 6:00-7:15pm

Michaela Cannon. Yoga is a practice that offers many tools for living skillfully. This class will arm freshman with tools to help ground, calm, and focus them. The best part is that these lessons come from sweating, moving, going upside down, chanting, breathing, talking, listening, and having fun. The Sanskrit work Kula means a community, and we will create a Kula in our class, as well as connect with the New Orleans yoga community. This course is for anyone who loves yoga, or is just interested in learning more about it.

TIDE 1040-01 Religion, Media, Politics & Food: A Conversation on Contemporary Life

M 3:30-4:45pm

Brian Horowitz. From the influence of the religious right to the impact of gay marriage on the social fabric, religion is moving front and center in our culture. In fact, religion is playing an increasingly vital role in the electoral politics, in culture wars, and in the media. In this class we will discuss the relationship of religion and politics, looking at the media, popular and high culture. This will be a student-centered class, so come ready to share your thoughts.

TIDE 1060-01 New Orleans: Global at Local ALTMAN SCHOLARS

T 2:00-3:15pm

M. Casey Love & Myke Yest. Altman TIDES introduces students to the rich cultural fabric of New Orleans by examining past and present contributions made by peoples of different ethnicity and race. French, Spanish, German, Italian, Cajun, Creole, African, Latino, Jewish and Vietnamese cultures have all helped to shape New Orleans into the vibrant city that it is today. Specifically, each culture’s impact on New Orleans’ history, culture, politics, economy and business will be discussed. These themes are at the core of the Altman Program’s mission to develop truly exceptional global citizens. Along the way, students will be exposed to some of the finest food, music, and attractions that make New Orleans one of the greatest cities in the world. ***FOR ALTMAN SCHOLARS ONLY!!!***

TIDE 1065-01 Out Loud: Public Speaking In & About New Orleans THIRD COAST RLC

M 5:00pm-6:15pm

Gwendolyn Thompkins. There’s no getting around public speaking—whether in the classroom or at a job interview or at a podium accepting a major award. Now is the perfect time to learn how best to present your ideas out loud. Grammar and diction are important. But at the heart of all public speaking is storytelling. This class will focus on concise, factual, entertaining and informative speech about New Orleans. Students will learn about and discuss the city’s history, politics, environment and culture. No matter where a Tulane student travels in life, others will want to know about the city and what it was like to live here. We will learn how to talk about various aspects of life in New Orleans, emphasizing the cultural values and traditions of the local population. Commonalities of experience are the bedrock of geographical and cultural identity. But we also will learn to talk about important differences in personal experience. Every resident of the city lives in a different New Orleans. Therefore, the course encourages students to practice describing themselves, their immediate environments, their own unique ideas and the sometimes-contradictory ideas of others. This class is for and about talking. Students will talk about neighborhoods, locally based films, music, sports and even the varying speech patterns of the people who live here. We also will practice asking and answering questions conversationally, in the classroom and in more formal settings.

TIDE 1075-01 Celebrate NOLA: The Relationship Between Culture, Festivals, & Identity GET ENGAGED RLC

T 5:00-6:15pm

Brad Romig.  It’s been said that New Orleans has more festivals than days of the year. But what’s behind these festivals and celebrations and how do they connect to New Orleans’ rich culture and identity? In “Celebrate NOLA: The Relationship between Culture, Festivals, and Identity", students will examine how social identities are interwoven into the fabric and thread of New Orleans celebrations. From second lines to jazz funerals and food festivals to cemetery tours, participants will experience the rich culture of New Orleans while actively reflecting on their own identities and developing a deeper connection with their new home.

*TIDE 1090-01 Who Dat, Fan Up and Geaux: Sports & New Orleans GET ENGAGED RLC

M 5:00-6:15pm

Marc Bady. From the rise of social class-driven sports such as rowing and billiards to the New Orleans Saints’ heroic revival of the city post-Hurricane Katrina, sports has been as integral to the area as food, music, and Mardi Gras. Sports have made an enduring impact on the social world in which we all live. It is a taken for granted aspect of our everyday lives – whether that entails watching “Sportscenter” or noticing that every single major newspaper contains a “Sports” section that is as long if not longer than any other section. Yet there is more to sport than just what we see on a daily basis. In this course, we will explore general sports-related topics and examine actual case studies related to New Orleans’ sports scene.

More than simply ‘talking sports,’ students will study issues from political, economic and social viewpoints and also gain an understanding of the rich sports heritage found here in New Orleans. Readings and discussions, field trips, and guest speakers will aid students to understand both historical accounts and modern day subjects associated with sports such as governmental involvement, public financing, and community development.  Students will participate in a mandatory service learning component. 

TIDE 1111-01 Legends In Engineering and Science

T 11:00-12:15pm

James MacLaren.  This course will introduce students to some of critical discoveries and inventions that have shaped humanity.  Example will include some of the early astronomers how the inferred distances in the solar system, the industrial revolution founded upon the development of the steam engine, modern days inventions such as the transistor, and the explosion of modern electronic devices that resulted from it, and the remarkable result in math, developed in 1640, that allows one to buy online in safe and secure manner.

TIDE 1113-01 Mindfulness: Understanding Self and Emotions HEALTH WAVE RLC

W 5:00-6:15pm

Ngawang Legshe.  Students will learn different traditional Tibetan mindfulness techniques, application of mindfulness practices in understanding destructive emotions and cultivating positive emotions.  Coping skills for depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia will be described and practiced. Recent research on mindfulness practices in therapy, mental/physical health and spirituality will be studied.  Students will be required to participate in mindfulness practices: self-awareness, identification of destructive emotions, logical and mindful responses and compassionate living. Information will be based on recent scientific research and ancient Tibetan practices.

TIDE 1117-01 New Orleans Performance Culture THIRD COAST RLC

M 2:00-3:15pm

Brittney Kennedy.  When Mardi Gras is over and the Hand Grenades have been drunk, what is it exactly that makes New Orleans a unique place to live and work? This TIDES course will examine the city of New Orleans as a performance of various histories and cultures over time and space. In other words, we will look at New Orleans texts to show how “culture” and “history” are not static, eternal forms, but moldable ones that change when cultures experience various kinds of political and social “mayhem.” In so doing, we will answers questions like, “Why is French Quarter architecture actually Spanish?”; “Why in the late nineteenth century, did New Orleans boast that largest Italian-American population in the U.S.?; and “Why do people ‘Second Line?’” In short, the idea of what is “French” (or any other cultural community) has changed according to historical circumstance and cultural perspective, and the means by which such cultures change says a lot about who we are as a city and a nation.

TIDE-1145-01 Student Leaders Committed to Cultural Diversity at Tulane KALEIDOSCOPE RLC

W 4:00-5:15pm

Molly Travis & Monique Hodges. In 2016, Tulane University President Mike Fitts established the Race Commission composed of students, staff, faculty, and board members to address issues related to campus diversity. Join this TIDES course as an early step in becoming a student leader committed to this and other diversity initiatives at Tulane. You will learn about the array of programs offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Activities will include academic and social events that bring together TIDES students and members of various student organizations involved in promoting intercultural exchange and understanding. We invite you to become a part of this group of change-makers.

TIDE-1175-01 Game of Thrones

T 6:00-7:15pm

Margaret Keenan. Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Do you debate Jon Snows parentage in your spare time? Do you hum the show’s theme song without even realizing it? Do you want to get to know other Game of Thrones fans at Tulane? Then the Game of Thrones TIDES is for you. Topics covered include the role of violence and sexuality in the television series as well as the debate over George RR. Martin’s obligation to his fans to “write like the wind.” Students should be caught up on Seasons 1-5 of the television series before the course begins. Although it is not necessary to have read the novels in order to register for this course, students who are fans of Martin’s Songs of Fire and Ice Series (Game of Thrones and its sequels) are especially welcome.

TIDE-1185-01 Engineering in the Modern World SHAPERS RLC

T 11:00am-12:15pm

Katie Russell & Julie Albert. In its purest form, engineering is the utilization of mathematics and science to develop creative solutions to the everyday challenges faced by society. In the words of the quintessential engineer, Leonardo da Vinci, “knowing is not enough; we must apply.” This course will celebrate the modern approaches engineers employ to solve real-world problems. In addition to readings, discussions, and guest lectures, students will have the opportunity to conduct a bacterial transformation experiment and take a backstage tour of the Aquarium of the Americans.

TIDE-1195-01 Aikido: Self Defense & Harmony

T 8:00-9:15pm

Kyriakos Papadopoulos & Antony Sandoval. Originating in Japan, Aikido is perhaps the least aggressive of all martial arts. Through Aikido, one learns self-defense skills, with emphasis on safety of both the practitioner and the would-be aggressor. The emphasis is on the harmony of movement of the individual, and the blending of “Ki” or energy of the defender with that of the aggressor.

During class, students will learn how to fall without injuring themselves, and how to control an opponent by throwing him, and will also learn how to use the anatomy of the elbow and wrist joints, to immobilize an aggressor. Besides being a self-defense system, Aikido is also a deeply spiritual, seeking harmony in and through human movement; harmony with the environment and partners who simulate would-be aggressors during training. Aside from physical training, the students will be given reading and video-watching assignments, as well as a writing essay. Totally inexperienced students as well as those who have had aikido expertise will benefit from and will enjoy this class.

TIDE 1210-01 Art Meets Physics SHAPERS RLC

M 5:00-6:15pm

Jerry Shakov.  Art (in its broadest sense, including visual arts, literature, and various types of performance) is meeting science all around us. These interactions go well beyond the use of science as raw material by artists. The advancements in science lead to dramatic changes in our perception of the world clearly reflected in artists’ creations. Just as religious and mythological sources had influenced art before and during the Renaissance, artists are now being moved by the need to capture the complexities and mysteries of the physical universe. In many ways, science and art are profoundly similar. The best of each rises up from the depths of human creativity, in both the arts and science there’s the need for inspiration and hard work, the willingness to experiment and be brave, and the conviction that you are searching for or creating work that says something meaningful about the world or nature.

In this course, we will discuss the mutual influence of arts and science (particularly physics) using examples from different art forms and historic periods.

TIDE 1240-01 Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll & Disease

M 6:00-7:15pm

Reginald Parquet. Over the course of the next year students will develop an understanding of why young adults engage in high-risk health behaviors. During the first semester attention will focus on the social processes thought to underlie young adults' uptake of behavior patterns which expose them to unnecessary health risks. Among the wide range of high risk behaviors to be covered over the course of the year will be drinking, drugging, smoking, eating, speeding, unsafe sex, and other risky choices.

Participants will develop an understanding of how one's family, friends and peers come to shape high-risk health behavior patterns. New Orleans provides an excellent vantage point from which to scientifically explore a culture in which exhibiting high risk health behavior patterns is almost normative. Students will work up epidemiological comparisons between their hometowns and New Orleans based on a wide range of available Internet databases. Students do no direct observations or participation in any high-risk behavior patterns as part of the course.

TIDE 1250-01 Visual Arts of New Orleans

T 5:00-6:15pm

Laura Richens. This TIDES class has been put together by a team of university art professionals with the intention of introducing students to the breadth of the visual arts scene in contemporary New Orleans. The course will include field trips to and visits from artists, curators, critics, collectors, private gallery owners, and public museum professionals offering a behind-the-scenes look at the vibrant cultural life of the city. Ideally students will come away from the class with an appreciation of the richness of the visual arts in New Orleans, the ability to discuss and write about the visual arts, and some insights into the nuts-and-bolts activities of the individuals and institutions the define the visual arts in New Orleans.

TIDE 1255-01 Literature & Philosophy in New Orleans

T 4:00-5:15pm

Lyle Colombo. Explore New Orleans through readings and discussions of literary and philosophical works written in and about the city.  Visit literary sites from Pirate’s Alley to Preservation Hall; we will even have Dinner at Antoine’s (Frances Parkinson Keyes). Short readings, films, and guest lectures will form the basis of our group outings and discussions of how literature illuminates a sense of place, as well as other philosophical themes such as race, gender, and existentialism. Discover the literary imagination of New Orleans, and begin to experience your time at Tulane as, “a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands” (Tennessee Williams).

*TIDE 1265-01 Indian Tribes Down The Bayou: Native American Communities of Southeastern Louisiana THIRD COAST RLC

W 4:00-5:15pm

Laura Kelley.  The objective of this course is to introduce students to the Native American influence in shaping Louisiana history. Specifically, students will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Native Americans in southeastern Louisiana and to work with tribal members on a historic documentation project. Furthermore, this course offers the opportunity to fulfill the public service requirement. A mandatory 20 hours of work is required of all students.

Unbeknownst to many in the metropolitan area, an hour and a half outside of New Orleans, in lower Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes there exist an interrelated network of small, still French-speaking Native American communities: the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe, (PACIT) the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha, the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha, and the Bayou Lafourche Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha, collectively known as the Biloxi-Chitimacha Confederation of Muskogees (BCCM.)

These tribes were formed out of the remnants of the Petites Indian Nations of the 18th century and developed in the remote bayous of Louisiana. Recent genealogical research into the history of one of the tribes, the Pointe-au-Chien, has established that its members historically descend from the remains of four tribes that once inhabited the Lower Mississippi River region: primarily from the Chitimacha as well as the Biloxi, Atakapa, and Acolapissa Nations. However, genealogical inquiry did not address the question of how, why, and when this tribe came into being and formed a coherent community. This course will address these specific issues and allow students to work not only with primary historic material but also with members of the tribes as they document the history, culture and traditions of Native Americans of southeastern Louisiana.

TIDE 1275-01 Helluva Hullabaloo: Learning To #BeExcellent At Tulane

M 6:00-7:15pm

Wendy LeBlanc. This course is designed to help you develop the skills needed to achieve excellence in every facet of your life—both here at Tulane and beyond. From optimizing wellness and nutrition to mastering money management and your academic goals, you’ll learn to balance your priorities and make the most of your personal and professional endeavors. Students will also have an opportunity to interact with campus resources available to assist them attain excellence!

TIDE 1285-01 Crafting & Community in New Orleans

T 5:00-6:15pm

Susann Lusnia & Penny Wyatt.  Ever wondered about the distinction between arts and crafts, why crafting is popular, or how many beads are in a Mardi Gras Indian costume? Whether you do crafts, buy them, use needle and thread, hammer and nails, or scissors and glue, you are involved in crafting. We’ll learn about crafting as a hobby and a profession and look at local craft culture in New Orleans. We’ll explore assorted craft practices and communities, through creative workshops, guest speakers, and fieldtrips to local craft centers or markets. No experience necessary – but if you’ve ever wanted to learn a craft, this is your opportunity!

TIDE 1340-01 Making a Difference with Children and Adolescents

W 5:00-6:15pm

Jerome White.  Do you like working with children and adolescents but are not sure how this might transfer into career opportunities? Are you interested in the arts, science or mathematics? Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children? This TIDE class provides opportunities to explore many avenues of work with K-12 students and to meet with experts from a variety of fields including education, social work, and criminal justice.

*TIDE 1370-01 Adventure, Discipline, Obsession: A Running Conversation

T 5:00-6:15pm

Samuel Landry.  Like to have class outside? Want to get off campus and see the city? Like to learn in unconventional ways? And, oh yes, do you run?  Then run with us in the early evening or early morning while we discuss a variety of aspects of life in motion, from the mythical (or not) "runner's high" to running as a metaphor for life. (Why did Forrest Gump run? Why did he stop running?) Most run will go off campus, in locations such as Audubon Park, City Park, and the French Quarter, and end with refueling (i.e., a meal, procured from Whole Foods Grocery).

TIDE 1430-01 Writing in New Orleans

W 5:00-6:15pm

Beau Boudreaux.  A student adopts and inhabits a new city, becoming native.  Keep a journal of New Orleans.  Write it down!  Take moments, ideas to reflect the experience among peers living in the Crescent City.  Write letters, poems, and lyrics, discussed during workshops in class and on excursions in the city.  Become thoughtful...listen, read, write, converse through language. A journal may recollect moments in tranquility (Wordsworth) or may take the form of day-to-day experience (Bosworth).

During particular classes the student will be asked to write while on a streetcar, in Audubon Park, and on the levee by the Mississippi river.  Students will keep a journal, participate in a writer’s workshop, give a class presentation, and write a research paper.  Participation is a must.  There are no examinations.

TIDE 1530-01 Folk Traditions of New Orleans

T 5:15-6:30pm

Teresa Parker Farris.  The Louisiana Folklife Program defines folk traditions as those behaviors that are “currently practiced and passed along by word of mouth, imitation, and observation over time and space within groups, such as family, ethnic, social class, regional, and others.”  Through this course, students will gain an appreciation for New Orleans’ cultural diversity by examining the aesthetics, meaning and values inherent in folk traditions.  We will discuss the nature of folk traditions and explore the differences between folk, popular, and elite cultural expressions.  As the study of folklife draws from both the humanities and social sciences, students will gain methodologies that may be applied to other fields such as English, anthropology, American studies, art history, and musicology.

TIDE 1610-01 Understanding the Persistence of Social Problems in America

M 11:00am-12:15pm

Fred Buttell & Clare Cannon. Why have we spent 3 trillion dollars on poverty programs in the United States and yet we still have poverty? The purpose of this class is to help students understand that social problems like poverty and drug use tend to co-exist in the same families. Consequently, simple solutions like giving money to poor people are inadequate and have failed as social programs because they misunderstand the problem. This course will examine the reality of working with poor people in the United States.

TIDE 1670-01 Designing & Making

W 5:00-6:15pm

Timothy Schuler.  With the technologies now available for rapid-prototyping, from 3d-printers and CNC cutters to the Arduino electronics systems, it is now possible for everyday people to design and build (almost) anything that can be imagined. These low-cost, fast solutions have a new world of “makers” who produce their own custom designs ranging from light-up clothing and costumes to complicated machinery and sculptures. This course will introduce students to these technologies and show them how to take their best (or silliest) ideas and turn them into an actual, physical reality through the use of modern tools and basic computer modeling.

TIDE 1700-01 Cocktails, Cayenne & Creoles: The Myths & Realities of New Orleans Food & Drink THIRD COAST RLC

R 3:30-4:45pm

Amy George-Hirons.  As the concept of local foodways becomes entrenched in the growing “foodie” culture of the United States, local food and local dishes become an ever more important marker of place. Whether justified or not, Creole and Cajun food and, of course, the ubiquitous Cocktail, are perceived by many as synonymous with New Orleans. In this course, we will explore the myths and realities of these three key concepts as they apply to food and drink in New Orleans.

How did gumbo earn a place on every table in the city, from the humblest lunch joint to the most elegant restaurant? Is New Orleans’ Creole culture really more a gumbo pot than a melting pot? How did the city of New Orleans become synonymous with Cajun food? Why is this an inaccurate perception on the part of outsiders? Is New Orleans the birthplace of the Modern Cocktail? Why, how and when did New Orleans develop its reputation for drunkenness? Is that reputation justified?

*TIDE 1810-01 Non-Profit Organizations & Community Engagement in New Orleans

R 4:00-5:15pm

Dennis Kehoe.  In this course, we will come to a better understanding of the recovery from Hurricane Katrina by examining the role that non-profit organizations have played in such efforts as building houses, providing health care, and supporting education. We will also examine the interactions of non-profits and state and local governments.

TIDE 1950-01 ¡Salsa!

R 2:15-3:30pm

Javier Olondo.  Salsa! is an in depth look at the evolution of Cuban music as it travels between Cuba, Cali, Colombia, Puerto Rico, the United States and Japan. Through readings, discussions, class presentations and short writing assignments, students will have the opportunity to explore the historical development and change that have led to the creation of salsa music.  Students will also focus on some key examples of salsa lyrics in an attempt to look at the thematic breadth of the genre.  Finally, a preeminent dance music, students will have the opportunity to take four dance workshops designed to engage their bodies as well as their minds.

TIDE 1970-01 Simple, Effective, Clear and Inspired: Songwriting for an Audience SPARK RLC

W 5:00-6:15pm

Mark Carson.  Are you a songwriter, or someone who is interested in songwriting?  In this course students will read articles on songwriting by the songwriters themselves, listen to and analyze successful songs, use techniques that the pros use, and collaborate with each other.  By the end of the course students will have written an original song and had it critiqued by the other students.  Musical ability will be welcome, but will not be required.   

TIDE 1981-01 Frames Films & Femmes Fatales SPARK RLC

T 2:00-3:15pm

Aidan Smith.This course is a critical survey of cinematic works by and about women, with examples drawn from different modes of cinematic expression (mainstream fiction films as well as alternative film and video [including documentaries, experimental, & narrative]) and from different historical periods (from the 1930s to the present). The course deploys feminist approaches to film criticism and applies these approaches to cinematic representations of women. Films illustrating particular genres, as well as feminist and “women’s” films, are discussed and critiqued. We will consider the role of film in our understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality, as well as race, class and disability. Through discussions and writing we will work to discern relevant social, political, ideological, and aesthetic concepts in the media we examine. We will look at contemporary Hollywood and independent cinema, US and some international films by both established and emerging filmmakers.

While the course is not an introduction to film studies, it does review basic film concepts (editing, cinematography, mise-en-scène, film history, etc.) so that students can apply them to the films we watch. Participants will learn to incorporate formal film analysis with an analysis of ideology, production, distribution, and exhibition, and will develop the skills to construct compelling arguments about recent cinema.

TIDE 1982-01 Women Writing Lives SPARK RLC

W 11:00am-12:15pm

Molly Pulda.How might gender influence the way women see themselves and tell their life stories? In this course, we will analyze works of “life writing” by a diverse range of women in the 20th and 21st centuries: autobiographies, personal essays, self-portraits, and other forms of self-representation in literature and visual culture. We will analyze these works through the lens of gender, examining the social and historical contexts that influence how women perceive and represent themselves. Course texts include autobiographical writing by Virginia Woolf, Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Alison Bechdel. In addition to these textual self-portrayals, we will view self-portraits on another kind of page: print photography. We will analyze photographs and related texts by Sally Mann, Carrie Mae Weems, Hannah Wilke, and Nan Goldin. While studying the visual alongside the verbal, we will discuss themes like gender and sexuality, family and community, time and aging, health and illness, and cultural standards of beauty, ugliness, and taboo.

TIDE 1983-01 Encounters at the Crossroads: Toward Diverse Communities in an “Us vs. Them” Society KALEIDOSCOPE RLC

M 3:00-4:15pm

M 3:00-4:15pm

Red Tremmel.ThisTIDES course will serve as an incubator for students from diverse backgrounds to explore intellectual thought, share experiences and build community across differences. We will explore the possibilities and challenges of diversity, privilege and power through intentional conversations, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions texts, and films. We will invite faculty, staff, upper-class students, community organizers, and local artists to engage in our conversations over the course of the year. And, we will take field trips (Whitney Plantation Tour, LGBTQ History Walking Tour, Hidden History Tour) that will help us better understand the history of diversity, power and privilege in the New Orleans Area. This course will also continue to introduce you to academic, community building, and life skills that will assist you during your transition to college and throughout your time at Tulane. 

Red Tremmel.ThisTIDES course will serve as an incubator for students from diverse backgrounds to explore intellectual thought, share experiences and build community across differences. We will explore the possibilities and challenges of diversity, privilege and power through intentional conversations, interactive workshops, roundtable discussions texts, and films. We will invite faculty, staff, upper-class students, community organizers, and local artists to engage in our conversations over the course of the year. And, we will take field trips (Whitney Plantation Tour, LGBTQ History Walking Tour, Hidden History Tour) that will help us better understand the history of diversity, power and privilege in the New Orleans Area. This course will also continue to introduce you to academic, community building, and life skills that will assist you during your transition to college and throughout your time at Tulane. 

*TIDE 1984-01 Identity, Power & Community Engagement

R 5:00-6:15pm

Nicole Ralston. Identity and power are often interwoven with community social issues, but may not be openly apparent to the average individual engaging in community service. This course encourages students to first understand their social identities, then the broad range of social issues in New Orleans, to contribute in a meaningful way to the body of work already being done in the New Orleans community. Students will reflect on their own social identities and connect to local non-profits, community organizers, and a broad survey of current issues in New Orleans. By creating a space for meaningful discussions about community involvement, students will examine how social identities and power affect community engagement in New Orleans. This is also a tier 1 service learning course and students will be required to complete at least 20 hours with the selected community partners.

TIDE 1985-01 Women Leading New Orleans SPARK RLC

W 12:30-1:45PM

Jenny Irons and Tania Tetlow.From non-profit organizations to government, from social movements to Mardi Gras, from restaurants to boardrooms, women have led New Orleans. Using an intersectional feminist lens, this course will explore how the personal, the organizational, and the institutional intersect to shape how women practice leadership. Students will be introduced to theories and research that address gender and leadership while focusing on historical and contemporary examples of women practicing leadership in New Orleans.

The course will begin with a brief introduction to a sociological perspective on gender and intersectionality – foundational concepts of the course – and move into discussions of how and why women lead, as well as barriers they encounter to leadership. Guest speakers, field trips, and writing assignments will ask students to think broadly, but also analytically, about what leadership means, as well as about how identities and institutions shape the experience of leadership.

*TIDB 1010 More Than Just Business

1010-01: R 12:30-1:45pm Jason Gray
1010-02: M 5:00-6:15pm Brian Johnson
1010-03: T 11:00am-12:15pm Ashley Nelson HONORS
1010-04: M 5:00-6:15pm
1010-05: M 5:00-6:15pm Jennifer Daniel
1010-06: T 5:00-6:15pm Karyn Van Buren
1010-07: T 5:00-6:15pm Aimee Freeman
1010-08: T 12:30-1:45pm Christopher Maitre
1010-09: T 5:00-6:15pm Diedre Fuchs
1010-10: T 12:30-1:45pm Brian Mitchell
1010-11: T 5:00-6:15pm Jamieka Greer
1010-12: T 5:00-6:15pm Erica Woodley
1010-13: R 11:00-12:15pm Ashley Nelson HONORS
1010-14: W 5:00-6:15pm Melissa Lang
1010-15: W 5:00-6:15pm Joshua Reyher
1010-16: M 5:00-6:15pm Cornell Sneed
1010-17: W 5:00-6:15pm Jered Bocage
1010-18: R 5:00-6:15pm Brian Johnson
1010-19: R 5:00-6:15pm Chastian Taurman HONORS
1010-20: R 6:30-7:45pm Richter Fridman HONORS
1010-21: R 5:00-6:15pm Christopher Maitre
1010-22: R 5:00-6:15pm Brian Mitchell
1010-23: M 5:00-6:15pm George Harley
1010-24: M 5:00-6:15pm Robert Hailey
1010-25: T 5:00-6:15pm Alicia Edwards
1010-26: W 5:00-6:15pm
1010-27: M 5:00-6:15pm Erica Woodley
1010-28: M 5:00-6:15pm Alicia Edwards
1010-29: M 5:00-6:15pm Elizabeth Wilson

The "More Than Just Business" TIDES class will help you explore business structures from dot coms to international finance, and, in the process, will help you figure out why people enjoy and experience success in business. We will introduce you to leaders from a variety of business occupations and professions.
Is there a relationship between an individual's personality and success in a particular branch of the business world? The objective of this TIDE is to enable students to think critically and become more informed both about the business decision making process as well as the factors that lead to success in the contemporary business world. The economic, ethical, political, cultural, and regulatory factors that influence outcomes in business often differ radically in the various international market places. Furthermore, local and global forces are often at odds with one another. Often, the individual business leader is caught in the middle of these conflicting forces.

Because business success requires navigation through these complex waters, this TIDE will explore the key facets of business decision-making that lead to successful outcomes by considering specific examples from the global and local economies. This TIDE offers students with an interest in a degree in business, economics, political economy, or philosophy, a unique opportunity to learn about the processes involved in successful business decision-making.

*TIDB 1020-01-06 Law & Order: Pre-Law

1020-01: M 5:00-6:15pm
1020-02: T 5:00-6:15pm Deborah Love
1020-03: T 12:30-1:45pm Sanda Groome HONORS
1020-04: R 12:30-1:45pm Sanda Groome HONORS
1020-05: M 5:00-6:15pm Scott Schneider
1020-06: M 5:00-6:15pm Abigail Gaunt
1020-07: T 5:00-6:15pm Bradley Cousins

In Henry VI, Shakespeare wrote, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." However, "all the lawyers" have avoided being killed since that line was written. Why? From the largest corporate mergers to simple adoptions, and from public policy to the enactment of criminal laws, the need for lawyers is increasing because the law is a central part of our daily lives and the bedrock of a free society. Although occasionally the press might indicate otherwise, lawyers are members of a profession and they get respect, but is being a lawyer really like the popular portrayals on television shows such as Law and Order or in a John Grisham novel?

This TIDE class will help you explore how one becomes a lawyer and what is it is like to be a lawyer. For example, what do lawyers do? Why do some lawyers go to court and others do not? Where do they work? What kind of skills do you need to have to be a successful lawyer? Do you want to take some interesting trips, such as sitting in on a trial, meeting a judge, or seeing a jail? If you want to find out answers to these questions and more, take the Law and Order TIDE class.