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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Carnival survival tips from the minds of the Gambit newsroom

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 2:30 PM

This isn't any of us ... I don't think. - SCOTT MYERS
  • SCOTT MYERS
  • This isn't any of us ... I don't think.

Like kissing and peeling crawfish, Carnival gets easier — and more enjoyable —  with practice. Fortunately, the Gambit World HQ newsroom has several decades of combined Carnival experience to help us survive the glittery slog from Twelfth Night to midnight on Mardi Gras.

Below, we share our tips for making it through New Orleans' most gruelingly festive (and therefore best) season.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Stories you may have missed this week: Immigration, Carnival prep and James Baldwin

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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"WE'RE CALLED TO SERVE THE VULNERABLE": New Orleans refugee agencies respond to President Donald Trump's immigration order.

FREE MOVIE SCREENINGS: Louisiana documentaries at Jazz & Heritage Center today; the Louisiana Youth Justice Coalition hosts a screening of 2017 documentary They Call Us Monsters at Zeitgeist tomorrow.

NOT-SO-NEUTRAL GROUND: People already are saving their spaces for Endymion.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Advocate is very disappointed in you, LSU students

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Artist's conception: A meeting of The Advocate editorial board.
  • Artist's conception: A meeting of The Advocate editorial board.

You Baton Rouge campus radicals are on notice, because the editorial board of The Advocate is on to your subversive ways. A remarkable opinion piece posted yesterday tut-tutted the LSU students who held a demonstration against President Donald Trump's immigration executive order:
We’re not sure how leaving class will demonstrate to Trump — or anyone else — that the president should rethink his policies. Maybe gathering in the evening or on a weekend, when most students are out of class, would have revealed how many of the participants were willing to sacrifice their social lives, rather than an instructional session – to make their voices heard. Wednesday’s midday protest, on the other hand, looked a lot like playing hooky.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Books roundup: Five book-related events in February in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

L. Kasimu Harris reads at Antenna (3718 St. Claude Ave.) Feb. 2. - IRVING JOHNSON III
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  • L. Kasimu Harris reads at Antenna (3718 St. Claude Ave.) Feb. 2.

It's February, that month in which we typically celebrate Mardi Gras and the lesser, more saccharine occasion known as Valentine's Day. If you need a refuge from the parade route — or a date-night idea to impress that cute librarian — here are five literary events to check out this month.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Nazi propaganda exhibit opens at National World War II Museum Jan. 27

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 12:24 PM

COURTESY UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM
  • COURTESY UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM

In an appearance this past weekend, top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway suggested this presidential administration may rely on "alternative facts" — a doublespeak-tinted term that was roundly ridiculed, but one that bodes ill for students of propaganda and disinformation.

Perhaps just in time for this perplexing, "alternative fact"-littered landscape, a visiting exhibit at the National World War II Museum explores examples of propaganda during World War II. "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda" is a traveling version of permanent modules created by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It opens in New Orleans Jan. 27.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

At Tulane appearance, columnist Charles Blow defends the press in 'fake news' era

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM

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In a Jan. 16 conversation that ranged from his childhood chasing hogs in Gibsland, Louisiana, to a discussion of the ultra-polarized 2016 election, New York Times columnist Charles Blow defended the media against charges of bias and stressed the importance of its role in the Trump era.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow to speak at Tulane Jan. 16

Posted By on Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 3:39 PM

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(Updated to note: Charles Blow's appearance has been moved to Dixon Hall to accommodate more audience members.)

Charles M. Blow, the veteran New York Times columnist and Louisiana native whose recent work has been an extended blistering screed against the proposed policies and character of President-elect Donald Trump, will lead a dialogue on "The Intersection of Social Justice and Journalism" Jan. 16. The conversation is part of the Conversations in Color series presented by the Amistad Research Center and the Tulane University Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Jordan Flaherty on saviors, New Orleans, media and activism

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 11:59 AM

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Jordan Flaherty's latest book, No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality, draws in part from his career as a reporter and TV producer — work that has taken him to sites of grassroots struggle around the world, but it's anchored in his home, New Orleans.

Mixed in with the movement for indigenous self-determination in Black Mesa and sex workers contesting the police state in Arizona are multiple local stories. Flaherty gives us a front-row seat for the cautionary tale of FBI snitch Brandon Darby, one of two white bros who came here from Austin and rose to power through Common Ground, living out the savior complex by launching a career at immense cost to the people he claimed to be rescuing and representing. On a more positive note, Flaherty also tells the story of the New Teachers' Roundtable, a New Orleans collective founded by three former Teach for America participants to push back against TFA and the charter school movement — educational "reforms" which function as a profitable large-scale weaponization of the savior complex.

The crux of this wide-ranging book is finding alternatives to activism's savior mentality, that hero model in which a person of privilege uses their genius or other exceptional qualities to "rescue" the less fortunate.


I came to Flaherty's book with wariness, braced for scolding — but instead found No More Heroes to be full of love and compassion, including towards those who fall into the traps of saviordom. 


At 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, the Community Book Center (2523 Bayou Road.) will host one of a series of book release events Flaherty has organized across the South, previewed here by Kat Stromquist.


Flaherty advocates going from "How can I be the single best white anti-racist activist with the sharpest critique / most specialized language / busiest schedule?" to "How can we find ways to bring more and more people into social justice work, from lots of entry points, to grow vibrant mass movements?" To clarify the answers, I sat down with Flaherty to discuss his book, journalism and activism.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Editorial: Our pledge to you

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM

President-elect Donald Trump. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
  • President-elect Donald Trump.

America’s political landscape will change dramatically after the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017. Already there are mixed messages coming from his transition team as to some of the promises he made while running. For now, we can only go by the man’s words and how they may affect Louisianans.

In the weeks and months to come, we will be keeping an eye on the following:

• The president-elect has promised to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but has provided few details. As of mid-November, more than 339,000 previously uninsured Louisianans are receiving health care through the ACA. We promise to outline their options and find out from doctors which screenings, tests and procedures they should get done now should the ACA go away — with a special focus on women's health care. (Meanwhile, the open enrollment period continues through the end of January; visit ldh.louisiana.gov.)

• The president-elect has made it clear that he does not believe in climate change and promises to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and key environmental protections. We promise to speak out for clean air, clean water and Louisiana’s fragile coast.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to speak at Tulane Nov. 16

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 12:34 PM

PHOTO COURTESY TULANE OFFICE OF COCURRICULAR PROGRAMS
  • Photo Courtesy Tulane Office of Cocurricular Programs

Maureen Dowd, the acid-tongued New York Times columnist known for her acerbic political commentary and insider-y conversations with Washington bigwigs, will speak at Tulane next month. She'll discuss the peculiarities of this election cycle as explained in her book The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics.

Dowd won a Pulitzer Prize in the '90s for her commentary on the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. At the event, she'll be in conversation with think tank VP and former journalist H. Andrew Schwartz.

The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 in the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall at Tulane's Lavin-Bernick Center and is open to the public. Admission is free. A book signing follows.

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