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May 6, 2013
New Wave
This semester, 13 students embarked on the French New Wave Project, a program hosted by LSU to engross students in the understanding and application of the French New Wave film movement that swept Paris during the early '60s. This program was the brainchild of two associate professors, Trish Suchy and Kevin Bongiorni, in the communication studies and French departments, respectively.
Announcing the Statewide Louisiana Omnibus Phone Survey

LSU's Public Policy Research Lab will begin running a statewide phone survey of least 500 Louisiana residents via traditional landline telephone, and at least 500 via cellphone, twice a year, that any internal LSU department can buy questions on. Result will be weighted to mirror the most recent U.S. Census data for the state. This is ideal for professors, students and researchers that need quick, representative data, without having to spend a lot of money. For only $600, you can add your own short single-data-point question to the survey. Questions are due May 15. For more details about this opportunity, contact PPRL Operations Manager Michael Climek at


T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History Releases New Podcast

The latest podcast in the "What Endures" series from LSU's T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, part of LSU Libraries Special Collections, features an interview with an LSU cultural anthropologist about the history of one of the state's most well-known and well-attended festivals, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Helen Regis, an associate professor in the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology, is working with her LSU students and a fellow cultural anthropologist, Nicholls State University's Shana Walton, to conduct oral history interviews with long-time Jazz Fest staff, workers and attendees. Regis is also partnering with Rachel Lyons from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Archive and with Jennifer Abraham Cramer, director of the LSU Libraries' Williams Center for Oral History, to establish and preserve the collection. This "What Endures" podcast episode features a brief interview with Regis, who sat down with Cramer before the kickoff of this year's Jazz Fest to talk about the oral history project. They discuss how she and her LSU students interviewed Jazz Fest vendors, construction crew members, an artist, a storyteller, an event producer and seasoned festival goers. Regis also speaks of the value of this service learning class, which provides her students an opportunity to conduct hands-on research. Also in the episode, former praline vendor and current festivalgoer Claudia Dumestres recalls the beginnings of Jazz Fest in Congo Square, where she saw such acts as Duke Ellington, Woody Allen, Allen Fontenot and the Country Cajuns, Albert King and Dizzy Gillespie. John Lehon, a Jazz Fest storyteller, also shares with listeners a story about the "Teeny Weeny Woman" and her teeny weeny surprise ending. The oral histories collected in this project will be housed at both partner institutions and will eventually be available to researchers online through the Williams Center's collection on the Louisiana Digital Library. To listen to the podcast, as well as to past episodes, and to learn more about the Jazz Fest project and the interviewees, visit


Saturday, May 4 - Monday, May 6

Presidential Search brings upheavals to University | Daily Reveille

Transition Advisory Team overhauls LSU System | Daily Reveille

The Tolls Of Budget Cuts On Higher Education | WWNO Radio

Refocus higher education conversation | Shreveport Times

Controversial college construction | The Advocate

Our Views: Oil leak may have effects | The Advocate

Environment: Study finds lingering impacts from Gulf oil spill | Summit County (Colo.) Citizens Voice

Campus expands at unprecedented rate | Daily Reveille

Financial Literacy on Campus: Louisiana State University | Card Hub

Our Views: Congrats to LSU paper | The Advocate

LSU engineering student showcase projects at exhibition | The Advocate

Breakaway school district clears another legislative step | The Advocate

University reaches diversity and outreach goals, with lapses | Daily Reveille

Atheist and LGBT communities see organized action | Daily Reveille

Making Community Out of Isolation by Learning Furious Self-Creation | Autostraddle

SG election overshadowed by drama | Daily Reveille

LSU Dining launches new apps, locations | Daily Reveille

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Ongoing Events


All Day   LSU Student Union Art Gallery Exhibit: "A Slice of Life in South Louisiana: 1890-1920" (Runs until 05/19/2013)
All Day   LSU Libraries Exhibit: "Of Kin & Cane: Selections from the Edward J. Gay and Family Papers" (Runs until 07/06/2013)
All Day   Pennington Biomedical Research Center Second Annual Parkinson's Conference Registration (Registration ends 07/20/2013)
All Day   LSU Museum of Art Exhibit: "Revealed: Exquisite Gowns by Suzanne Perron" (Runs until 07/28/2013)
All Day   Art History 4409 Exhibit: "Perspectives of the Past: Women of the Ancient Aegean" (Runs until 09/01/2013)
All Day   Leisure Classes

Monday, May 6


All Day   ACADEMIC CALENDAR: Spring final examinations
9:00 a.m.   Dissertation Defense: Department of Economics
9:30 a.m.   Dissertation Defense: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
10:00 a.m.   Dissertation Defense: Department of Management

Tuesday, May 7


All Day   ACADEMIC CALENDAR: Spring final examinations
2:00 p.m.   Moodle 2 Gradebook
3:30 p.m.   "Singular Solutions and Large Solutions to Nonlinear Elliptic Equations in Polygonal Domains: Application to Plasma Equilibria" by Simon LaBrunie

Wednesday, May 8


All Day   ACADEMIC CALENDAR: Spring final examinations
2:40 p.m.   Dissertation Defense: Department of Geology and Geophysics

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