As part of Tulane Homecoming, Reunion and Family Weekend, Tulane President Michael A. Fitts led a lively conversation with best-selling biographer Walter Isaacson, the Leonard Lauder Professor of American History and Values at Tulane and co-chair of the New Orleans Book Festival.
“Umbrellas — and minds — work best when they are open. … Together, with our umbrellas, we are prepared for any storm.” MICHAEL A. FITTS, president of Tulane University, at the Convocation for New Students in Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse on Aug. 18, 2022. Students were provided second-line umbrellas, which they were encouraged to adorn with memorabilia.https://tulane.it/welcome-convocation
When Hurricane Ida arrived 16 years to the day after Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, a narrative quickly emerged that it would be the Katrina of the 2020s. Fortunately, the improvements made to New Orleans’ flood protection system more than a decade and a half ago changed this storyline.
Ensuring a rewarding academic and social experience for our students, creating a more diverse and just university, continuing our life-saving research and transforming the heart of our city into a high-tech and healthcare hub are why we came back — and why we are here to stay.