Each year, TUWA hosts the Longenecker Lecture Series. This lecture honors Dr. Herbert Longenecker, Tulane’s 11th President from 1960-1983 and his wife, Jane Segar Longenecker. Being an extremely active First Lady of the University, Jane was President of TUWA in 1983. This event is possible with the generous support of the Higher Education Fund.

This year, the lecture was held in the Latin American Library within Howard Tilton Library on Tulane’s campus. Established in 1924 from a generous donation from Samuel Zemurray, this library is one of the most comprehensive of its kind. The economic and cultural ties of New Orleans and Tulane to all of Latin America and the Caribbean are well represented in materials from the past to the present day. Latin American Studies is one of the most popular majors at Tulane.

The 2018 Longenecker Lecture Series guest speaker was Dr. Hortensia Calvo. Calvo is the Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library. She holds a Licenciatura in Philosophy from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Columbia, an MA in Spanish and Spanish Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Spanish from Yale University. Bringing forth many priceless books from the collection, Calvo beautifully colored a picture of life in early Spanish America, using art and stories to punctuate the presentation. The curator of Special Collections, Christine Hernandez, also spoke.

Past TUWA President and beloved member, Maria Garcia Daly, was honored. Maria was born in Mugardos, La Coruna, Spain and attended Newcomb College. She worked at the Spanish Consulate and was a founding member of the Spanish Society/ La Sociedad Espanola. She passed away in August 2018. TUWA was honored to have her children, Maria Page, Janet McGrew, and William Daly in attendance, along with spouses, John Page and Theresa Daly.

More than 60 people attended the lecture, representing TUWA, Tulane, and the greater New Orleans community. TUWA was honored to have Jim and Marjorie Longenecker White in attendance. We would like to thank the library’s Coordinator, Veronica Sanchez, for her help organizing the event. Refreshments and light fare were enjoyed afterwards in the library’s board room

TUWA is so grateful to the Longenecker family and their ongoing support and the generosity of the Higher Education Fund. This funding allows our organization to continue our rich tradition of connecting past and present members of the Tulane community through common interests, social events and service to the University and New Orleans. The Tulane University Women’s Association looks forward to its 120th consecutive year serving Tulane and New Orleans.