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New Orleans Book Fest include Tulane Architecture faculty

The 2020 New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, a new major literary event for the Crescent City, will take place March 19-21 and will showcase nearly 100 national, regional and local authors. The festival also features children’s and family programming sponsored by the Scholastic Corporation and includes numerous literary exhibitors. 

The Tulane School of Architecture has multiple faculty - including Richard Campanella, Margarita Jover, Carol McMichael Reese, and Dean Iñaki Alday - as authors selected for the three-day event. The festival also features numerous best-selling authors, such as Donna L. Brazile, Mika Brzezinski, Malcolm Gladwell, John Grisham, and former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Festival organizers are expecting more than 30,000 attendees. All events will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus, including the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, McAlister Auditorium, Freeman Auditorium, Rogers Memorial Chapel and the Berger Family Lawn.

To see the full lineup of authors and events, visit ​www.bookfest.tulane.edu and follow the latest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NolaBookFest.

Architecture faculty selected as authors for 2020 NOLA Book Fest

Faculty at the Tulane School of Architecture - including Richard Campanella, Margarita Jover, Carol McMichael Reese, and Dean Iñaki Alday - have been selected as authors for the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University.

The 2020 New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, a new major literary event for the Crescent City, will take place March 19-21, with a lineup featuring best-selling authors including Jason Berry, Roy Blount Jr., Donna L. Brazile, David Brooks, Sarah M. Broom, Mika Brzezinski, Jean Case, Steve Case, Dave Eggers, Malcolm Gladwell, Eddie Glaude, Annette Gordon-Reed, John Grisham, Mitch Landrieu, Erik Larson, Michael Lewis, Eric Motley, Peter S. Onuf, Samantha Power, Sister Helen Prejean, Susan Rice, Joe Scarborough, Alon Shaya, Anne Snyder, Evan Thomas, Sean Tuohy, Kim Vaz-Deville and Darren Walker.

The three-day event will showcase nearly 100 national, regional and local authors; feature children’s and family programming sponsored by the Scholastic Corporation; and include numerous literary exhibitors. Festival organizers are expecting more than 30,000 attendees. All events will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus, including the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, McAlister Auditorium, Freeman Auditorium, Rogers Memorial Chapel and the Berger Family Lawn.

At a Nov. 16 press conference announcing the event, Tulane President Mike Fitts said the university has a “rich, renowned and vibrant literacy history.”

“It is Tulane’s great honor to host a festival that brings together the world’s leading authors, book lovers of all genres and the children of our community,” President Fitts said. “Events like this make our campus and the Tulane experience available to everyone, especially the young minds and aspiring writers of New Orleans.”

“Expanding literacy, the love of the written word, and the ability to express and articulate humanity’s most sublime thoughts and discoveries and aspirations, that’s the central role of higher education; that’s what we’re about at Tulane University,” he said.

The festival will spotlight eight tracks, including American Society, Health and Science, Food, New Orleans Culture, Sports, Children, Fiction and World War II in partnership with The National WWII Museum. There will be panel discussions, moderated conversations, keynote lectures, book fairs and workshops. Each day will include at least one major plenary session at which a leading author will be featured. It will also provide a forum for media outlets, authors and readers to network and collaborate in one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse cities in the world.

Family Day at the Festival on Saturday, March 21, will focus on literacy advancement and feature readings and special literacy-themed activities for New Orleans children and their families. Family Day is a joint partnership with the city of New Orleans’ Office of Youth and Families and Scholastic.

“This will be an opportunity for youth-serving organizations, our libraries, our recreation centers, and other nonprofits throughout the community to come here on campus and to have a day filled with family fun. But we hope that it will not just be the one day, but really extend out into our families’ experiences beyond the weekend, because there really is so much in our city to be enjoyed, and our mayor is committed to ensuring that all families have access to that,” Emily Wolff, director of the Office of Youth and Families, said.

Wolff said the event is an opportunity to also raise awareness about the city’s high rate of adult illiteracy and provide more resources to support that issue.

The festival will engage with teachers and school organizations, as well as literacy, child advocacy and city partners, to encourage attendance and participation in the festival. In addition, thousands of books will be distributed to local schools before the festival, as well as to many of the children attending the event. Prior to the event, Scholastic will announce the children’s authors that will participate at the festival.

The festival co-chairs are former New Orleans first lady Cheryl Landrieu and Tulane University Professor of History and best-selling biographer Walter Isaacson. Landrieu is the founder of the New Orleans Book Festival and has a long history of supporting strategic community initiatives in New Orleans, most recently focused on literacy and advocacy for the advancement of women and girls.

Isaacson is the past CEO of the Aspen Institute, where he is now a Distinguished Fellow, the former chairman of CNN and the former editor of TIME magazine. He is currently an advisory partner at Perella Weinberg, a financial services firm based in New York City.

“The New Orleans Book Festival began in 2010 as a free literary event for families in New Orleans,” said Landrieu. “We are excited to expand in partnership with Tulane University to create a weekend of events featuring prominent national and local writers and journalists. The city of New Orleans has a strong literary history, and this festival seeks to continue and grow the literary community in our area. The partnership with Tulane will also generate participation of a great number of talented writers from the Tulane community as well as interest from Tulane students. The New Orleans Book Festival will offer something to readers of all ages and backgrounds and will provide an opportunity for all members of our community to come together over a shared love of reading.”

Landrieu said she remembered being nervous about the first book festival, hosted at Milton Latter Memorial Library, but when she arrived, she saw the long line of children waiting.

“Just to see the excitement in their eyes that day made me realize that this is something that could continue.”

“As an author, I noticed that so many cities around the country have major book festivals,” Isaacson said. “I love all the festivals in New Orleans, but it seemed to me that somewhere in the cultural calendar between food and wine and jazz, it would be fun to do a major literary and ideas festival. The New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University has a tremendous lineup for our first year, including some of the country’s most notable authors from a vast array of genres and disciplines. Our expectation is to bring leading authors from around the country, the city and campus, and make this one of the nation’s premier literary events. We hope to attract and captivate book enthusiasts from all over, especially in New Orleans, for a three-day celebration of literacy and culture.”

The full list of confirmed authors who will present during the festival includes Iñaki Alday, Jason Berry, Roy Blount Jr., Beau Boudreaux, Donna L. Brazile, David Brooks, Sarah M. Broom, Jill Conner Browne, Mika Brzezinski, Richard Campanella, Jean Case, Steve Case, Dave Eggers, Emma Fick, Malcolm Gladwell, Eddie Glaude, Annette Gordon-Reed, Richard Grant, Roberta Brandes Gratz, John Grisham, Yuri Herrera, Margarita Jover, Molly Kimball, Mitch Landrieu, Erik Larson, Nancy Lemann, Nick Lemann, Michael Lewis, Eric Motley, Peter S. Onuf, Tom Piazza, Lawrence N. Powell, Samantha Power, Sister Helen Prejean, Carol McMichael Reese, Susan Rice, Joe Scarborough, Alon Shaya, Anne Snyder, Michael Strecker, Evan Thomas, Sean Tuohy, Sheba Turk, Mark VanLandingham, Kim Vaz-Deville, Darren Walker, Henry Walther and Chris Yandle.

In addition to contemporary authors such as Tulane Professor of English Jesmyn Ward, a two-time National Book Award winner, New Orleans boasts a long list of authors with strong ties to the city. From William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Anne Rice to Tulane alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winner John Kennedy Toole, many authors have found their creativity and brilliance in the Crescent City.

Tulane’s own faculty have penned best-selling novels, histories and biographies and works on subjects ranging from ancient civilizations to the geography of New Orleans and the history of jazz.

Additional authors for the book festival will be announced in the coming months.

Click here to see photos from the event. For more information on the New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University, please visit ​www.bookfest.Tulane.edu and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @NolaBookFest.

A. Hays Town exhibit curated by Professor Carol Reese opens at Hilliard Museum

Professor Carol Reese in the A. Hays Town exhibit.

Photo: T. F. Reese

A new exhibit curated by Tulane School of Architecture professor Carol McMichael Reese honoring the legacy of Louisiana architect and Tulane alumnus A. Hays Town (A ’26) opened last month at the Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana” marks the 50th anniversary of the museum’s opening in its original building, designed by Town. The exhibit focuses on the architect’s well-known residential architecture, the evolution of his work over 70 years of practice and his close relationships with clients.

The exhibition introduces visitors to Town’s design process and career through drawings, furnishings, photographs, architectural models and archival records. It also features a documentary film that draws on reminiscences from Town’s family members, original clients, second-generation homeowners and architects who have been inspired by his work.

Students from three universities, Tulane University, Louisiana State University and the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, contributed to the project. Architecture students from LSU and Tulane produced the models of Town’s houses included in the exhibition, interior design students from ULL collaborated on the exhibition design, and students in Tulane’s City, Culture, and Community Ph.D. program conducted extensive archival research and designed the interviews for the documentary film.

“Architects practicing today who know the full arc of Town’s practice most often admire his early work for its simplicity of lines, geometric clarity, and absence of architectural ornament; those design characteristics speak forcefully to contemporary professional design aesthetics,” said Reese. “However, Town’s popular—and perhaps abiding—legacy is as a regionalist who sought to create an indelible image of home in Louisiana and to implant his clear vision in its native soil that he so cherished. This is the A. Hays Town legacy that the Hilliard Museum’s exhibition shares with the public.”

The Tulane School of Architecture Dean’s Fund for Excellence contributed financial support for Reese’s work. The exhibit is on display at the Hilliard Museum through Dec. 29, 2018.

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This course investigates museums as preeminent cultural institutions of the 21st century. It is developed in modules through substantive readings and case studies that range across architectural and programmatic typologies, sites and contexts, functional requirements, and theories and practices of display. The geographic reach of the course is international.

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This seminar-style class studies a select number of Latin American cities (eg. Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Havana, and Panama City) that have been considered unique symbols of Latin America’s urbanity. The illumination of their urban histories unfolds through a variety of images that produce disparate visions of urbanity from the colonial era
to the present.

Carol Reese, PH.D. featured in New Wave for recent publication

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New book delves into the legacy of Longue Vue

Mary Ann Travis

Located on Bamboo Road in New Orleans, Longue Vue House and Gardens is one of the great American estates built in the 20th century and a National Historic Landmark. Native plants and flowers grace the intricately designed, well-tended grounds. And there is a serenity and elegance to Longue Vue’s buildings.
Now a book has been produced that looks from a research perspective at the house, its gardens and the family of the late philanthropists Edith and Edgar Stern, for whom the mansion was built.
Longue Vue House and Gardens: The Architecture, Interiors and Landscapes (Skira/Rizzoli, 2015) is a 224-page, lavishly illustrated book that includes floor plans, landscape designs and historical photos as well as color interior and exterior photographs by Tina Freeman.
But there is much more to the legacy of Longue Vue than lovely gardens and majestic buildings.
Carol McMichael Reese, co-author of the book, says, “What we hope this book will do is show Longue Vue as more than a 'pretty face.'”
Reese, Favrot Professor of Architecture and director of the interdisciplinary City, Culture and Community PhD program at Tulane, curated the book’s content and wrote the chapter, “The New Orleans That Edgar (and Edith) Built.”
She explores Edgar Stern’s contributions in the 1930s to the building of Flint-Goodrich Hospital and Dillard University, iconic New Orleans African-American institutions. She also examines Stern’s backing in the 1950s of Pontchartrain Park, a middle-class subdivision for black New Orleanians that included amenities such as a golf course.
“I don’t know of any other neighborhood like Pontchartrain Park in the United States,” says Reese. “And Pontchartrain Park wouldn’t have happened without Edgar.”
The Sterns’ commitment to civic engagement continues at Longue Vue, says Reese. “It is a symbol of what it means to undertake responsibility for advancing one’s community.”
The book has been featured in the New York Times and Huffington Post. 

The Advocate highlights Carol Reese's, new book “Longue Vue House and Gardens: The Architecture, Interiors and Gardens of New Orleans’ Most Celebrated Estate”

Full article Here 

Book Launch info 

About The Book
“Longue Vue House and Gardens:  The Architecture, Interiors and Gardens of New Orleans’ Most Celebrated Estate” documents one of America’s truly great 20th century estates.  Published by Rizzoli, the stunning interiors and glorious gardens of New Orleans’ unrivaled architectural masterpiece – including its 24 water features and 16 garden areas – are brilliantly presented through Tina Freeman’s lush photography, coupled with supporting architectural and landscape drawings and an informal text bringing the Main House and gardens to life.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will support educational programs at Longue Vue.  It is available at The Shop at Longue Vue or online.

Carol Reese, PH.D. Co-edits, "New Orleans Under Reconstruction: The Crisis of Planning"

New Orleans Under Reconstruction: The Crisis of Planning

Editors: Carol Reese, Michael Sorkin and Anthony Fontenot\

…the first book to illustrate and analyze comprehensively architectural and planning responses for rebuilding the city of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  

Please see the e-flyer above for upcoming book signing events in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and New York. 

Carol Reese,Christovich Associate Professor, and Scott Ruff, Associate Professor at Tulane are speaking for The 50th Annual International Conference of Fine Arts Deans

The Theme of the conference is:

The session Carol Reese and Scott Ruff will participate in is entitled:

Focus on the Recovery and Renaissance:

Each will present their individual engagement in the active recovery of the city of New Orleans through the arts/ architecture, in multiple roles as academics, community activists, citizens and producers.

For more information regarding this event.

Info on ICFAD…
ICFAD is a vehicle through which members share information and ideas that enhance the leadership of arts units. Founded in 1964, the ICFAD membership is comprised of over 400 arts deans throughout North America and around the world. ICFAD is the only organization focusing exclusively on issues that impact all creative units in higher education including fine and performing arts, arts education, art history, architecture and communication.

ICFAD works to provide a foundation that allows arts adm-inistrators to do their job better and to expand their circle of contacts with people who share or common challenges and experiences.

ICFAD helps train new deans and hone the talents of those who will be rising into leadership. Likewise, many annual conference sessions provide direct help, training, and advice on issues that are faced by all: advocacy, fundraising, personnel review, and leadership vision, just to name a few.

ICFAD's international efforts are also expanding and its upcoming events will focus increasingly on innovative international programs and exchanges. In addition, a summer international symposium, which focuses on specific international arts issues, is held every three years with the most recent program being held in Florence, Italy in 2011.


Designated by the City of New Orleans as its Official Arts Agency, the Arts Council of New Orleans is an advocate, a convener, and an investor in the arts and culture of the greater New Orleans region.

New Wave Highlights Faculty Member Carol Reese's research

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Professors traverse the Panama Canal Zone’s history

October 9, 2013 8:45 AM

Alex Chasick

Tulane University professors Carol McMichael Reese and Thomas F. Reese traveled to Panama in August to open an exhibition based on their recently published book, The Panama Canal and Its Architectural Legacy (1905-1920). The book studies the architectural and urban design achievements of the Panama Canal Zone's creators. 
For the Reeses, the book and exhibition are the result of a trip to Panama with Tulane President Scott Cowen in 2000.

After decades of U.S. control, the Canal Zone had recently reverted to Panama. With the sudden departure of the Americans, there were concerns about overdevelopment and how to preserve the legacy of the 500-square-mile Canal Zone. Although the control of the Canal Zone now lay with Panama, there was still a question whether the area's history was part of Panama's history, and how to incorporate the two.

These concerns inspired the Reeses to research and document the design and construction of the Panama Canal Zone's civilian and military communities and their ongoing legacy.

The Reeses say that in the years since Panama has taken control of the Canal Zone, the country also has taken ownership of the Canal Zone's history.

"People in the Panama design community see the Canal Zone's architecture as part of their heritage," says Carol Reese.  

The Reeses' book and its exhibition are an effort to share with Panamanians a deeper understanding of the zone's development and history.

With the centenary of the canal's opening coming up in 2014, the Reeses have been commissioned to publish a second book, which will cover the Canal Zone’s growth and history from 1920 through 1970.

The Reeses also plan to teach a class on their research. The class, Housing, Labor and Community Development: Panama Case Studies, will be offered in the spring semester.

Alex Chasick, a freelance writer living in New Orleans, is a 2005 graduate of Tulane University.