Our Stories

December 6th, 2012

Our Stories You can’t get to the bottom of New Orleans. The more I find out about this city, the more I realize how little I know. From student life at Tulane to working at a local bakery to engaging with local high school students, each facet… read more

NOLA Accepts You

December 6th, 2012

NOLA Accepts You When I signed up for place-based storytelling, I thought I was signing up for some regular class where we would learn how to tell stories about New Orleans. I assumed we would write some stories and film them and that would be it. What I… read more

New Orleans Will Forever Have a Piece of My Heart It is truly bizarre how much your view of a place can change over time. I have only lived in New Orleans for a little over a year now, and it is unbelievable how this place is the same one I daydreamed about in high… read more

Schooled in Schooling

December 6th, 2012

Schooled in Schooling After living in New Orleans for two years, I thought I knew a lot about the city. Obviously not everything, but the important stuff: the difference between Cajun and Creole, the meaning of Fais Do-Do, how to sort of dance Zydeco and which neighborhoods you… read more

Camera Shy

December 6th, 2012

Camera Shy If you put a camera in someone’s face, you can learn a lot. I’m not referring to the story that person tells, though their narrative is important. I am referring to the reaction someone has to the very camera. While filming for our class project… read more

Native Niavety

December 6th, 2012

Native Niavety I am the only one in the class who is a native of New Orleans, which puts me in an interesting position to reflect on what this video project has taught me about the city. How can I be taught something new about my city… read more

I'm So Sorry

December 6th, 2012

I'm So Sorry I’m so sorry. It seems strange to begin this journal entry that way, but it was the first thing that came to mind. I’m so sorry, New Orleans. I have lived here for almost four years; I have claimed to love you. But I didn’t… read more

Another Look

December 6th, 2012

Another Look Place-based Story Telling was a rewarding experience because it gave me the chance to connect to classmates in a way I hadn’t before. I transferred to Tulane during my Sophomore year of college because I was determined to move to New Orleans. Tulane was the… read more

Fully Invested

December 6th, 2012

Fully Invested I had an idea of what this class was going to be about when I registered, but I didn’t realize how much of an impact it would have on me in the course of the semester. The only time I’ve really worked with kids in… read more

Place-Based Artistic Storytellers New Orleans has much more of a filmic quality and community than I originally realized. Yes, the culturally literate (culturally pretentious ?) dub New Orleans the “new Hollywood,” but there are so many people involved in film and media that actually live and work here… read more

My experiences working with the kids at Langston Hughes this semester have not so much changed my perspective on service as they have changed my perspective on the attitude I bring to the work being done.  I have realized that while my presence is useful,… read more

New Family

April 4th, 2013

I twirled the silly putty into a long green mustache and placed it above my upper lip, igniting a loud explosion of laughter from Felicia. She had been quiet all evening, but from that moment onwards, I realized that I would have a new little… read more


April 4th, 2013

Justice. During my time in Place Based Storytelling I have been documenting Rethink’s Food Justice Committee. Before this documentary project, I never gave much thought to the role that justice plays in our day to day lives. When I first met these kids, I was… read more

Age Issues at Ashe

April 4th, 2013

The other day at Arther Ashe, my Rethink group was discussing the meeting we had had with their principal, Mrs. Demango, about bringing Restorative Justice to the school. Mrs. Demango seemed open to some of their suggestions, but was not completely convinced. She thought that… read more

Service learning with the Digital Media Club at Clark HS is going really well. We are in the middle of filming a short high school romance piece and it is really starting to come together. We’ve got a great team of students who are always… read more

Sometime while I was in Europe last fall, I made a conscious commitment to myself to fully invest myself in New Orleans in the spring. I spent my first two years of college experiencing this unique city as a visitor – a student with a… read more

Learning Empathy

April 4th, 2013

During the time that I have spent at Dibert thus far, I have found my self in a state of self-reflection as a reaction to working with these middle-schoolers. I have experienced both recollections from when I was about their age and also further defined… read more

My work with Clark Prep this semester through Tulane’s service learning program has given me a new angle on understanding dedication as I move into my final year of college and begin to plan for my professional life. Enthusiasm makes up for numbers in Clark’s… read more

A student in my service learning group is moving from New Orleans to another city this summer. I asked why, presuming her mother or father got a new job, and was surprised to hear, “well, wouldn’t you?” Not a job, not a family problem, but… read more

Shattering Stereotypes

April 4th, 2013

My movie project requires me to spend many hours in unfamiliar environments in New Orleans. As a private college kid from a small town in Oregon, admittedly I did not feel comfortable at all with the concept. After all, my only exposure to low-income neighborhoods… read more