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Padi Fuster is a PhD candidate in the math department at Tulane. She obtained her BS from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and her MS at the University of New Orleans.

Her research is in Applied Mathematics, specifically on partial differential equations models for chemotaxis. She has taught for College Track New Orleans and the Center for Academic Equity, and her initiative led to the creation of the Math Center at Tulane.  She is also the founder of Math For All in New Orleans - an inclusive math conference at Tulane University - and co-founder of Meet a Mathematician - a series of short video interviews with mathematicians from under-represented groups.


Padi is also a musician and has played guitar in bands and toured Europe and the US. She is originally from Spain.

Will grew up in California and studied Computer Science during his undergraduate education. After working for a few years in industry (tech, healthcare, informatics, e-commerce), Will “saw the light”, and decided to go back to school to complete his Masters in Mathematics. He is now entering his second year hear at Tulane’s Mathematics PhD program. Eventually, Will wants to teach and retire early. In his free time, he plays video games, bakes cobblers, runs marathons, and entertains his cat – Euclid.


New Orleans Race, Power, and Culture

Laura Rosanne Adderley is Associate Professor of History at Tulane where shes has taught for most of the past twenty years.  Her own research focuses on black experience around the Americas during the years of slavery.  She is particularly interested in the history of the Atlantic slave trade and black experience in the 1800s during the years in which slavery and slave trading ended.  Professor Adderley earned her B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from Yale University in 1989 and her Ph.D. in African diaspora history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. She is currently working on a book about the ways that anti-slavery policies and politics often did not take into the account the everyday wishes of people of African descent.  She regularly teaches courses on African-American History in the United States, Caribbean History, Slave Trade History, the History of Slave Rebellions, and also the History of African-Derived Religions.  She will never stop reminding  students to learn more about Africa and to read more books.  For July 2020 she is readingAutomating Inequality, Locking up our Own and a Swedish detective novel.


Courage and the Examined Life

Ryan McBride is an Administrative Associate Professor in English and at the Center for Public Service. He teaches writing courses of various sorts and specializes in classical rhetoric. His best known class is a section of Persuasive Writing (ENLS 3650) called "Aristotle in New Orleans" which combines an intensive study of Aristotelian ethics and Quintilian's vision of rhetoric with a service learning project that has his students coaching middle school debate in New Orleans public schools. McBride co-directs the local middle school debate league where his students coach, along with a number of teachers, Tulane alumni, and Xavier faculty. The program has earned a grant from the American Philosophical Association, awards from mayors Nagin, Landrieu, and Cantrell and is used as a national model by the Middle School Public Debate Program. McBride also directs the Tulane Mellon Graduate Program in Community-Engaged Scholarship, an interdisciplinary certificate program that brings together graduate students in the humanities, community leaders, and faculty for a multifaceted two-year cohort experience. The program supports participants as they connect their academic interests to new communities and work with those communities to develop public scholarship that is collaborative, reciprocal, and grounded in social justice.