SoPA dean, faculty and alumna to participate in New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University

The highly anticipated debut of the inaugural 2022 New Orleans Book Festival at Tulane University will take place on the uptown campus, March 10-12, and will feature 130 national, regional and local authors. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will also feature several connections to the Tulane School of Professional Advancement (SoPA). 


On Friday, March 11, Michael Wallace, professor of practice and director of SoPA’s Emergency and Security Studies Program, will join a panel of Tulane experts including Charles Figley and Dr. Greg Stewart, to discuss the “The Wounds of War: Treating Mental and Physical Scars of Military Veterans.” The conversation takes place from 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. in 202 Rechler, Lavin-Bernick Center and will be moderated by Rebecca Rouse, professor of practice and associate program director of the Emergency and Security Studies Program.


Tulane SoPA alumna and adjunct professor Jane Wolfe, will join Rupert Scofield on Friday, March 11, for a discussion titled, “Think Local. Entrepreneurship in New Orleans.” The talk takes place from 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in the Lavin-Bernick Center, 202 Rechler. 


Suri Duitch, dean of Tulane SoPA, will participate in a discussion about adult education and literacy on Saturday, March 12, alongside Robin Goldblum, head of adult literacy and education programming at New Orleans Public Libraries. The panel will be held during the Book Festival’s Family Day on the Berger Family Lawn from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The full day's agenda has not yet been released.


Click here to view the complete author and schedule lineup.


In addition to author panels, the book festival will feature a savory culinary symposium with the talented lineup of chefs Edgar Chase, IV, Justin Devillier, Molly Kimball, Melissa Martin, Alon Shaya and Poppy Tooker. The group will participate in roundtable discussions and food tasting.


A collaborative celebratory musical performance will close out the book festival in style on Saturday. The musical ensemble will consist of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Adonis Rose, Tom Sancton and Charlie Gabriel and Friends with Ben Jaffe, Josh Starkman and Walter Harris.


The book festival has partnered with the city of New Orleans’ Mayor’s Office of Youth and Families and Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, to bring a group of talented and award-winning children’s authors for the event’s inaugural Family Day at the Festival on Saturday, March 12. Family Day is open and accessible to all children of our community and their families.


Designed to be a dynamic and fun experience for all ages, Family Day is a family-centered, free event that includes a diverse selection of authors and presenters set to interact with kids throughout the day. Programming involving adult literacy resources will also be featured. From book signings to photos with beloved book characters to performances and read-alouds, there will be something for every child in attendance across all reading levels, backgrounds and reading interests.


All events will take place on Tulane’s uptown campus, including the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, McAlister Auditorium, Myra Clare Rogers Memorial Chapel, Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex and the Berger Family Lawn.


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