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    Tulane brings 2020 Black women’s health conference; Speakers invited to submit presentations

    The mission of the Black Women’s Health Task Force at Tulane University is to raise health awareness and increase knowledge of health-related issues and concerns that disproportionately impact Black women and girls. The Black Women’s Health Conference provides an annual forum for sharing, matching, and coordinating empirical evidence with praxis and experience to better understand and enrich health outcomes for black women and girls.

    The theme of the 4th Black Women’s Health Conference is The Big C: Countering, Conquering, and Coping with Cancer/s. We particularly seek proposals that conceptualize, interrogate, deconstruct, and report on issues related to the social, political, legal, and historical contexts. We invite panel, poster, performance-based, and individual paper submissions on a wide range of topics that may include but are not limited to:

    • Survival;
    • Screening, Self-Examination, Prevention, Treatment;
    • Obesity, Stress, and Morbidity;
    • Family History and Risk;
    • Access to Care; Workplace Accommodations; Insurance;
    • Mental Health for Caregivers, Self-Care, and Art Therapy;
    • Grief & Death;
    • Faith & Fear;
    • Remission & Recurrence;
    • Tobacco Use, Substance Abuse, and Addiction;
    • Sex, STDs, HPV, and Sexual Health;
    • Fertility, Lactation, and Breastfeeding;
    • Hair Loss and Hair-Care;
    • Reconstructive Surgery, Body Image, Body Art/Tattoos;
    • Environmental Justice & “Cancer Alley”;
    • Oncology Social Work;
    • Parenting Children with Cancer;
    • Medical Marijuana, Access, Benefits, and Barriers; and
    • Holistic Care.

    Submissions are encouraged in a variety of forms, including: traditional academic conference papers and posters as well as proposals for panels, workshops, and roundtables from academics, independent scholars, practitioners, artists, activists, and community workers and organizers.

    Submission Deadline is February 20, 2020.
    Conference Dates: Friday, June 12 – Saturday, June 13, 2020
    For Questions, email: BWHConference@wave.tulane.edu
    To Register: www.bwhconference.com

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    Following a residency with Jacksonville Symphony, Courtney Bryan takes her music to Rome

    Composer and pianist Courtney Bryan, Ph.D., has been awarded a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. She was awarded the esteemed Rome Prize for music composition in April. Bryan teaches in the School of Liberal Arts’ Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University in New Orleans. She recently completed a two-year residency with the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida, where she was the Mary Carr Patton Composer in Residence. Her work incorporates jazz, experimental music, gospel, classical, and R&B to bridge “the line between the sacred and the secular,” she said.

    Bryan explores historical themes and political issues in her art.

    While in Rome, she will be working on an opera, musicals, and a special melodrama titled “Caracalla: Inner Monologue of an Emperor”. Out of 982 applications nationwide, independent juries selected 30 American and six Italian artists and scholars–including Bryan– as this year’s winners, each of which receives a stipend, workspace, and room and board on the Academy’s campus in Rome. Last year, she won the 2018 Herb Alpert award which is given annually to five risk-taking mid-career artists.

    According to Tulane University, one judge of the Herb Alpert award wrote, “We value your breadth, the ways you gather and create communities, and your creation of a new kind of cosmopolitan classical music imbued with fierce urgency of the moment and a real story to tell. We appreciate your concern for and commitment to spirit, social justice, and shifting power dynamics and we celebrate your profound connection to the human voice. We perceive that you are on a powerful journey and as listeners, we’re lucky enough to be on it with you.”

     

     

     

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