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Tulane University in popular culture

Tulane University has been portrayed in several books, television shows, films and video games. Also, the campus and affiliated buildings have been used for several productions.


Produced on campusEdit


Feature filmEdit


  • American Routes: in fall 2008, Nick Spitzer began a new partnership with Tulane University to co-produce his weekly radio show.[8]


Premiered on campusEdit

  • All the King's Men (2006): Tulane's McAlister Auditorium hosted the U.S. premiere of the movie on September 16, 2006.[10][11]
  • Execution (2007):[12] Tulane's McAlister Auditorium hosted the world premiere of the movie on April 10, 2007.[13]

Media referencesEdit



(Alphabetical by author's surname)

Books by Tulane alumni and facultyEdit

  • Codex Maya by Steve Benzell, a Tulane graduate, is set in part on Tulane's uptown campus.
  • Testing Kate by Whitney Gaskell, a Tulane graduate, is a novel about the lives of first-year Tulane Law School students.
  • The Stagnant Pool by Nancy Maveety (a Tulane professor) is a novel based on life as a Tulane graduate student.
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by Tulane graduate John Kennedy Toole is set in New Orleans and features Ignatius J. Reilly, a Tulane graduate.

Books that cite or feature TulaneEdit

  • Earth (novel) by David Brin features characters from Tulane.
  • A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole, main character Emma mentions being a Tulane graduate.
  • Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole, main character Holly is a math teacher at Gibson Hall on the Tulane uptown campus.
  • "Reb Kringle," a story from Nathan Englander's book For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, features an appearance by "the elf on winter break from Tulane."
  • The Pelican Brief by John Grisham is set on Tulane's campus and features a Tulane law student having an affair with a lecturer.
  • Black Sunday by Thomas Harris is set during a Super Bowl played at Tulane Stadium.
  • Fantasy Lover and Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon take place in New Orleans featuring heroines that attended Tulane University.
  • The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft briefly mentions a correspondence between the main character and authorities at Tulane University.
  • Love in the Ruins and The Moviegoer by Walker Percy are partially set on Tulane's uptown campus.
  • Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts features a character Roxanne Nouvelle who attends Tulane.
  • New Orleans Classic Gumbos and Soups by Kit Wohl features Tulane Chicken Andouille Gumbo.



  • Architecture School: Sundance Channel documentary series that followed a group of Tulane architecture students competing to design an affordable home in post–Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.[2]


  • CSI: Miami: Calleigh Duquesne attended Tulane and majored in physics.[citation needed]
  • Gilmore Girls: Rory Gilmore's high school classmate Louise Grant attended Tulane, and Louise's best friend Madeline Lynn also transferred to the university.[citation needed]
  • Grey's Anatomy: Dr. Preston Burke attended Tulane University for undergrad.[citation needed]
  • House of Cards: United States Secretary of State Catherine Durant attended Tulane University.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: At the end of the episode "Sophomore Jinx" (Season 1 Episode 6), one of the accused basketball players transfers to Tulane to play basketball. Detective Munch states his preference for the Green Wave describing them as "last year's sleeper in a round of sleepers, they're good on the break but need help on the wing". In "Secrets Exhumed" (Season 14, episode 14), the FBI agent Dana Lewis mentions that she was a freshman at Tulane.
  • Sex and the City: Mr. Big's ex-wife, Natasha, attended Tulane as an undergraduate student.
  • St. Elsewhere: Howie Mandel's character, Dr. Wayne Fiscus, attended Tulane medical school.
  • Treme: Creighton Bernette, played by John Goodman, teaches English at Tulane University.

Reality televisionEdit

Video GamesEdit


  1. ^ "Architecture School". Sundance Channel.
  2. ^ a b "Students Star in TV's 'Architecture School'". New Wave. August 19, 2008.
  3. ^ "Star Shines on Uptown Campus". New Wave. June 17, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Filmmakers Arrive on Campus". New Wave. June 9, 2008. Archived from the original on April 23, 2009.
  5. ^ "So Undercover (2012) - IMDB". IMDB. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  6. ^ "'22 Jump Street' shoots on uptown campus". Tulane New Wave. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Filming for Sandra Bullock Movie to occur in McAlister Auditorium". Tulane Hullabaloo. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Public radio folklorist joins Tulane faculty". New Orleans CityBusiness. July 17, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "The 'Best Damn Sports Show Period' on Campus". New Wave. September 26, 2006.
  10. ^ Tulane University Magazine - News Archived 2008-10-04 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "All the King's Men" World Premiere, US Premiere, Baton Rouge Premiere Info :: Robinson Film Center Archived 2007-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Execution homepage". 2007.
  13. ^ "Tulane Prepares for 'Execution'". New Wave. April 9, 2007.
  14. ^ "Brother/Sister Duo in Amazing Global Race". New Wave. December 6, 2007.