Shakespeare exhibit to open at Tulane

Tulane University will open the exhibit “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” on May 9 at the Newcomb Art Gallery on Tulane’s Uptown campus.

The First Folio was the first complete collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death. Compiled by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors, it includes 36 of his plays. Only 233 copies are known to exist today.

The exhibit will tour the country beginning in January to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. A multiple-panel exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s importance will be accompanied by digital content.

“The people of New Orleans and Louisiana can now plan to experience firsthand the wonder and rareness of the First Folio,” said Michael Kuczynski, chairman of Tulane’s English department. “This exhibit is a rare opportunity to experience one of the most influential books in history.”

Tulane also will host an opening reception featuring Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, reading groups in conjunction with the New Orleans Public Library, lectures at the Historic New Orleans Collection and other venues, and a Shakespeare festival.

UNO excellent in cyber defense research

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have once again designated the University of New Orleans as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research. The school is one of about 60 such designated research centers in the country and the only one in Louisiana.

The goal of cyber defense is to reduce vulnerability in the nation’s information infrastructure. That’s done by promoting higher education and research.

“The designation shows that the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security believe that important research in information assurance is being performed at the university, and that students are actively involved in that research,” said Golden Richard, professor of computer science at UNO and director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance.

Tulane event to study education reforms

The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane University, in partnership with the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, will host a national conference June 18-20 that will examine reforms of the New Orleans public education system over the past decade.

“The Urban Education Future? Lessons From New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina” will feature local and national supporters and critics of the city’s education reforms for three days of panel discussions, lectures and research presentations.

“We owe it to the city and its students to have a thorough debate about the successes and failures of what have been unprecedented changes,” said ERA-New Orleans Director Douglas Harris. “The conference will provide a chance to consider new and striking evidence, and what it means for New Orleans and the country.”

Speakers will include Scott Cowen, president emeritus of Tulane University; Kira Orange Jones, executive director of Teach for America; and experts from the American Enterprise Institute, New York University, the U.S. Department of Education and the American Federation of Teachers.

Topics include teachers and instructional quality, charter schools and charter management organizations, school choice, finances and test-based accountability.

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel New Orleans.

Mental health fair to be held at Delgado

Delgado Community College will host a Mental Health Awareness Panel Forum and Resource Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Held in the Student Life Center on the City Park campus, the fair will provide mental health screenings and information from community mental health agencies.

A panel at 2 p.m. will be monitored by Cecile Tebo, a family service specialist and former head of the NOPD’s Mobile Crisis Unit.

The event is open free, but reservations are required for the luncheon and the 2 p.m. forum. Call (504) 671-6004 or email sborne@dcc.edu.