Programs by Subject - Cultural Studies

9:45 am to 10:30 am
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room C
Pass a Good Time: Creole, Jazz, and Zydeco
Gary Samson, Creole Soul: Zydeco Lives
Caroline Vézina, Jazz á la Creole: French Creole Music and the Birth of Jazz

10:00 am to 10:45 am
State Library, Fourth Floor
Healing Traditions of South Louisiana: Prayers, Plants, and Poultices
with Beverly Constantine Fuselier and Mary Broussard Perrin

12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room F
Courir de Mardi Gras: The Spectacle and Whimsy of Cajun Mardi Gras
Barry Jean Ancelet, From Behind the Mask: Essays on South Louisiana Mardi Gras Runs
Dixie Poché, Cajun Mardi Gras: Chasing Chickens and Making Gumbo

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm
Capitol Park Museum Auditorium
The Dean of Southern Culture on the Southern Way of Life
with Charles Reagan Wilson and moderator James G. Thomas Jr.

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm
State Library Seminar Center
Afrofuturism: What It Is and Why It Matters
‘Afrofuturism’ is a term coined by Mark Dery in a 1994 essay entitled “Black to the Future,” but what exactly does it mean and how is it shaping culture today? Join noted comic book creators Rodney Barnes (Killadelphia, Monarch) and Rob Guillory (Mosely, Farmhand) and assistant professor of English at Southern University Dr. Taylor Scott as they discuss this important movement.

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room A
Country Roads Magazine Celebrates 40 Years
with Sam Irwin, Ruth Laney, and moderators Jordan LaHaye Fontenot and Alexandra Kennon


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