The creative writing workshop at the University of New Orleans and WWNO are launching a new collaboration called “Storyville,” which will bring true stories about New Orleans to listeners of public radio.
Select nonfiction stories that are written and read by UNO students pursuing a master of fine arts in creative writing will be broadcast on WWNO and available for listening through podcasts archived on the station’s website.
Full scripts of the stories and author biographies will also be posted online.
The first story will debut Sept. 26 during “All Things New Orleans,” WWNO’s half-hour radio magazine, which airs at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.
“In New Orleans, there’s a story around every corner,” Paul Maassen, general manager of WWNO, said. “And that’s what we can look forward to with this project — unexpected and original storytelling from some of our area’s talented up-and-coming writers.”
“ ‘Storyville’ will bring the talents, diverse backgrounds and interests, and superb writing of UNO’s MFA writing students to WWNO’s listeners,” said Richard Goodman, assistant professor in the creative writing workshop.
Scholarship honors late Tulane professor
A new scholarship at the Tulane University School of Social Work has been established in honor of the late Jeanette Jennings, an associate professor whose work centered on poverty and gerontology.
The endowed Dr. Jeannette Jennings Memorial Scholarship was established by a gift from the Delta Foundation through the efforts of Roger and Carol Nooe. Recipients will be selected based on need with preference given to students from underrepresented groups at Tulane.
“The Delta Foundation has always been about creating opportunity for people who were denied,” said Roger Nooe, who received a master of social work degree in 1966 and a doctorate in social work in 1972 from Tulane.
The Nooes sit on the foundation’s board.
Roger Nooe met Jennings at Tulane in the late 1960s while she was working on her master’s degree in social work. He later recruited her to join the faculty at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he worked for 30 years.
In 1970, she became the first black faculty member at the University of Mississippi and was also the first black female social worker at the Mississippi Department of Public Welfare.
At Tulane, where Jennings was an associate professor from 1998 until her death, she taught social work students the history of the profession and demonstrated how to do meaningful work in the community.
Smith sculpture to be unveiled at law clinic
Stuart H. Smith, one of the largest donors at the Loyola University College of Law and founder of the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic at Loyola, will be honored Wednesday with a sculpture of his likeness.
The event will take place at the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic, 540 Broadway St., at 5:30 p.m.
The sculpture is by Jeroen Henneman, a 71-year-old Dutch visual artist whose works are at the Netherland’s Kroller-Muller Museum.
Smith has practiced law for 25 years, litigating against oil companies and other large corporations. In 2001, he was lead counsel in an oil field radiation case that resulted in a verdict of $1.056 billion against ExxonMobil for contaminating private property it leased from the Grefer family in Harvey.
The Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic is a fully functioning legal clinic, which allows third-year law students the opportunity to represent indigent clients under the supervision of experienced attorneys.
Civil War medicine exhibit on display
The LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans will host an exhibit on the contributions of African-Americans to Civil War medicine through Oct. 18.
The exhibit, called “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine,” is a production of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health. It’s on display on the third floor of the John Ische Library, 433 Bolivar St.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. It chronicles contributions from those who served in medical positions, ranging from nurses to surgeons to hospital attendants, and the way their work as medical providers challenged notions of race and gender.