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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

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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
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  • 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

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  • 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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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Idea Village co-founder Tim Williamson to take over NOLA Media Group

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Idea Village CEO Tim Williamson will become the next president of NOLA Media Group. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • Idea Village CEO Tim Williamson will become the next president of NOLA Media Group.

Tim Williamson, CEO and co-founder of the entrepreneur nonprofit The Idea Village, will become president of NOLA Media Group (NMG), the umbrella company that oversees NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, NMG announced today.

Williamson, a native of New Orleans, worked with Cox Interactive Media in Pittsburgh before returning home and launching the now-defunct website InsideNewOrleans.com in 1998. He will take over at NMG Aug. 15, according to a letter from The Idea Village's board of directors, while remaining on the Idea Village's board. Emily Madero, chief operating officer of The Idea Village, will become acting CEO Aug. 1.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The New York Times revises its "remote" opinion, albeit tartly

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 1:25 PM

The cuisine at the remote outpost of Uptown known as Kenton's. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • The cuisine at the remote outpost of Uptown known as Kenton's.


Having felt the merciless lash of NOLA Twitter on its pitiful, ink-stained shoulders, frequent New Orleans chronicler The New York Times has revised its opinion of Kenton's, the fancy-ish, new-ish Uptown restaurant run by a pair of NYC expatriates. 

The restaurant's location at Magazine and Nashville streets, originally described in Florence Fabricant's story as a "somewhat remote yet up-and-coming neighborhood west of the Garden District" (you might know it as Uptown), has been changed online:

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Whew
. That was quick. Fortunately, the Public Editor did not need to get involved.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

The New York Times (once again) pisses off New Orleans Twitter

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 2:32 PM


Artist's conception of the corner of Magazine and Nashville Streets in the "Uptown" area of New Orleans.
  • Artist's conception of the corner of Magazine and Nashville Streets in the "Uptown" area of New Orleans.

The New York Times
loves writing about New Orleans, but the city doesn't always reciprocate the love — particularly when the writer isn't Campbell Robertson or Rick Bragg.

Whether provoked by Kalegate, a snotty dismissal of the Erin Rose's customers as dentally challenged, or a hitherto unknown faubourg of attractive young white people known as "Central City," New Orleans Twitter has been quick to snap back like an alligator, cher, when it feels our unique urban gumbo (aiiieeee!) has been dissed by the Gray Lady. 

So pity poor Florence Fabricant, who visited Kenton's recently and liked it:
A little piece of New York is thriving in New Orleans. Mani Dawes, below right, an owner of Tía Pol in Chelsea, and her husband, Sean Josephs, below left, who owns Maysville in the Flatiron district, have relocated their family to the Big Easy. Easier indeed: Ms. Dawes’s mother is there to help with babysitting. In a somewhat remote yet up-and-coming neighborhood west of the Garden District ...
The problem, as New Orleans Twitter was quick to point out, is that the corner of Magazine and Nashville streets is about as "remote" as the corner of East 86th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan (and both intersections have a Whole Foods within a block or so). In fact, Magazine and Nashville's remote yet up-and-coming neighborhood already has a name, and it's not UpGarDist or MagNash. It's, well, Uptown.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Krewe du Vieux meets Krewe du Bernie? — and your chance to download this year's Le Monde de Merde

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 3:20 PM

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One side effect of a compressed Mardi Gras season seems to be everything happening at once — and that surely will be the case in the Faubourg Marigny Jan. 23, when the raunchy satirists of Krewe du Vieux roll through the streets just hours after a planned rally and march for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders starts in Washington Square Park. 

Organizer Lawrence Dunn says he's applied for the proper permits with the city, and neither he nor city officials saw any problem or conflict with Krewe du Vieux.

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