Guantánamo Bay history exhibit opens at Tulane

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project, a traveling exhibit examining the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, has opened at Tulane University.

“The exhibit presents the history of the U.S. naval base in Guantánamo Bay from multiple points of views, from Cuban base workers to detainees’ lawyers and from military families who lived on the base in the Cold War to Haitian refugees who were held on the base in the 1990s,” said Jana Lipman, associate professor of history at Tulane.

The project includes video testimonies and a series of public presentations beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. The first presentation, “Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Modern America,” will feature Jess Bravin, a Wall Street Journal reporter and author of “Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantánamo Bay”; Denny LeBoeuf of the American Civil Liberties Union; and Chaplain James Yee, author of “For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 30 at Tulane’s Jones Hall, 6801 Freret St.

In November, the exhibit will move for three weeks to the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in Central City.

UNO study tracks drop in community banking

A study by the University of New Orleans has found the number of community banks in the United States has fallen by half in the past 20 years.

In the study, a community bank was defined as an FDIC-chartered institution with total assets of less than $1 billion.

Community banks are declining at a much faster rate than other banks, even though they play an important role in the American financial system, the study found.

Researchers analyzed the industry at national, regional, state and local levels. Both community and other banks saw a reduction in the number of FDIC charters; however, the number of community banks fell by 50 percent, while the number of larger banks decreased by 19 percent.

“The decline of the community banking industry has significant implications for the efficiency and growth of the real economy, as larger banks may not be able to serve the community banking demographic as efficiently,” said M. Kabir Hassan, a professor of finance and economics.

Community banks are responsible for servicing small businesses and rural communities, Hassan said.

JFK nephew to speak about father at Loyola

Mark K. Shriver, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy and son of Peace Corps founder Sargent Shriver, will speak at Loyola University about how his father fought for social justice and advancing the right of children.

The event, which also features a book signing by Shriver, will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on the second floor of the Communications/Music Complex.

Shriver is the president of the Save the Children Action Network, a new organization that campaigns to end preventable child deaths worldwide and ensure every child in the United States has access to high-quality early childhood education.

He will be signing his best-selling memoir, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver.”

The free talk is part of Loyola’s Presidential Guest Series. Parking on campus is free for the event.

Professor to train early intervention educators

A University of New Orleans professor has received a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train early intervention educators.

Professor Linda Flynn-Wilson, a professor of special education and habilitative services, will prepare the educators to work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities, and their families.

The preparation will focus on racially, culturally and linguistically diverse families, as well as those living in poverty. Students in the program will earn certification or a master’s degree in early intervention. All students receiving training will be paid a stipend.