New Orleans Higher Education Briefs for Jan. 14, 2013

New Orleans bureau

Speaker to address Catholic tension

The Rev. James L. Heft, S.M., president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, will explore sometimes difficult relationships in the church, past and present, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Danna Students Center’s St. Charles Room.

Heft’s presentation, “The Church, Bishops and Theologians: A Dynamic Tension,” is free and open to the public and is part of Loyola’s Presidential Centennial Guest Series.

The presentation can be viewed live online at www.loyno.edu/speakers at 7 p.m.

Heft holds the Alton Brooks Professorship of Religion at USC.

He was ordained in 1973 with the Society of Mary (Marianists) and received a doctorate degree in historical theology in 1977 from the University of Toronto.

Heft worked at the University of Dayton for 29 years, serving first as chair of the theology department, then as provost and finally as chancellor.

He left Dayton in 2006 to found the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and continues to be active in the Catholic education community, serving as a board member and chair of the American Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

In 2011, he was honored with the Theodore Hesburgh Award for long and distinguished service to Catholic Higher Education.

Exhibit celebrates
art of Mexico

A trio of exhibits celebrating the art and artifacts of Mexico opens Thursday at the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University, featuring “De Ser Árbol,” the drawings of acclaimed Mexican artist Sandra Pani, who will lead a gallery walk-through Friday.

Two companion shows, “Las Delicias: The Drawings of William Spratling, Artist and Entrepreneur” and “Treasures of Darkness: Spanish Colonial Silver from the Middle American Research Institute,” showcase works from the university’s distinguished Latin American collections.

The three shows will be on view through March 3 at the Woldenberg Art Center.

The exhibition opening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday will feature the music of El Mariachi Jalisco and Latin-inspired food and drink.

The event is free and open to the public.

Masons’ Civil Rights role to be examined

Through an exhibition celebrating the 150-year existence of the African-American fraternal organization known as the Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Louisiana, the Amistad Research Center sheds light on the role Masons played in politics, civil rights and education.

The collection, which will be on display through March 29 but will remain at Amistad located on the Tulane uptown campus, provides a look into the organization’s Louisiana history that dates to 1848.

Artifacts, photographs, membership records and standards for admission into the brotherhood are all part of the collection.

The exhibit was co-curated by Melissa Smith, an Amistad project archivist, and Laura Thomson, the center’s director of processing at Tulane University.

Classes start for new degree program

Classes for the 30 students in the newest degree program at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans began last week with the inaugural class of the Master of Physician Assistant Program.

A physician assistant is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician.

The intense 29-month master’s degree program will prepare students to practice as health care providers and assume leadership roles within the medical community.

The curriculum includes classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences.

Business Center to host forum at Tulane

The Tulane Family Business Center will host a workshop Friday from 8 a.m. to noon in the Lavin Bernick Center for University Life’s Kendall Cram Lecture Hall aimed at helping family business deal with factors the disrupt their continuity.

Participants can register via email at familybiz@tulane.edu or call (504) 862-8482

Henry Hutchenson, founder of Family Business USA and a former third generation family member of Olan Mills Portrait Studio and Peerless Woolen Mill, will present the workshop, titled Wealth, Entitlement and Other Disrupters in the Family Business.

Hutchenson specializes in leadership development, conflict resolution, succession and estate and financial planning.

He has a combined 25 years of experience working nationally and internationally in business management and family business consulting.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau