The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University (NOCGS) is an interdisciplinary, place-based institute that was founded in 2011 and is now a cornerstone of the School of Liberal Arts. NOCGS is dedicated to preserving, perpetuating, and celebrating the distinctive cultures of New Orleans and the Gulf South, identified as the bioregion stretching from Florida to Texas. Its focus is not only on the coastal states, but is international as well, exploring areas of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa that have ties to the region and have influenced its distinctive history and traditions, as well as other delta city and coastal wetland areas around the world that share geographical traits. The Center’s mission rests on three pillars: research, teaching, and community engagement. All of our programming is based on the belief that the more we understand where we are, the more fully we can engage in our democracy and collective destiny.
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Island People: A Conversation with Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and Kim Vaz-Deville
Tuesday, April 18, 6pm, Stone Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University Uptown campus, followed by a Caribbean-Gulf South music dance party featuring a DJ set by Jneiro Jarel, 8pm THREE KEYS at Ace Hotel New Orleans, 600 Carondelet Street, @ThreeKeysNola @AceNewOrleans, www.threekeysnola.
Geographer and writer Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's groundbreaking new book, Island People: The Caribbean and the World, is a collection of personal travelogues from diverse Caribbean countries that articulates the complexity and beauty of the region and its far-reaching influence on the world. Join us for a conversation between Dr. Joshua Jelly-Schapiro and Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville, author of The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Traditions, to draw out cultural and political connections between the Caribbean and the Gulf South and the under-told story of the global impact of both regions. A reception with light refreshments, walk-in cash bar, and Caribbean-Gulf South music dance party featuring a DJ set by Jneiro Jarel and hosted by Three Keys (600 Carondelet St.) will follow the discussion. The Tulane discussion will be from 6pm-8pm, and the Three Keys after party will begin at 8:30pm.
Rebecca Snedeker is the James H. Clark Executive Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and the Director of the Musical Cultures of the Gulf South program.
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