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Monday, April 13, 7 pm
Woldenberg Art Center Rm 205 


 Feb4 - Brian Ben

Wed., February 4, 7 pm

Freeman Auditorium

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After Katrina: The Futures of the Gulf South (Symposium)
Audio Archive of Symposium here

Bourbon Street flyer

November 18, 7 pm
Freeman Auditorium, Tulane


Yazoo Revisited -- Free Screening
Integration and Segregation
in a Mississippi Delta Town
Monday, 10/20, 6:30 pm
Freeman Auditorium, Tuane

The Guatanamo Public Memory
   Project -    Opening Lecture:
Thursday, Oct 16, 6pm, Jones 204
Exhibition open: now - October 30


  A major conference on
  NOLA  &  Authenticity 
  September 18-20, 2014 

Elijah Wald Lecture

Distinguished Frey Lecture 2013
Elijah Wald, Jelly Roll Morton and the Silences of History 

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Holiday Drum Summit
Shannon Powell, Johnny Vidacovich and an All-Star Band
Nov. 16, 2013

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Musical Cultures of the Gulf South – Coordinate Major

The Gulf South produced a distinctive set of musical cultures that continues to influence national and international musical currents: jazz, blues, zydeco, Cajun music, and brass-band music. As a city central to the African diaspora, New Orleans gave birth to a pan-African regional culture equally influenced by immigrants from the Caribbean -- Cuba and Haiti, in particular -- as by the ruling nations of Spain and France.

The mission of this coordinate undergraduate major is to educate students in the underlying currents of these musical cultures through a historical grasp of the Atlantic slave trade, the rituals of expressive culture and resistance in the Caribbean, and the social, environmental, economic, and political history of the region. The Gulf South extends from Texas across the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, around Florida into the Caribbean, where Cuba lies a mere 90 miles away. "New Orleans music" is a rubric that stretches from ragtime to hiphop, and includes the city's seminal influence on rock and roll, funk, and rhythm and blues, as each assumed national form. New Orleans remains the site of a range of vibrant living cultural traditions, including the Mardi Gras Indians; the second-line culture of Social Aid and Pleasure clubs, and Creole and Cajun cuisine.

This coordinate major is offered under the auspices of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. Please contact MCGS program director Rebecca Snedeker with questions.




Musical Cultures of the Gulf South is an interdisciplinary, 27-credit program. Three required core courses encompass the fields of Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, History, Theatre and Dance, and Urban Geography. Electives courses are offered in African and African Diaspora Studies, Communication, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, French, History, Theatre and Dance, Urban Studies. Students are welcome to petition program director for elective course credit for courses that are not cross-listed. Students must first declare a major in another discipline before declaring the MCGS coordinate major.

Core Classes (3)
The following three courses are required.

MCGS 2000                      


Introduction to the Musical Cultures of the Gulf South (Matt Sakakeeny- Music, Professor of Record; with units lead by Richard Campanella-Urban Geography, Rien Fertel-History, and Beverly Trask-Theatre and Dance)

MUSC 1900                     


Music in New Orleans (Matt Sakakeeny)

ANTH 3395      


Ethnography of Performance in New Orleans and French Louisiana (Nick Spitzer)

3000-Level or Above Classes (3)
From the electives listed below, students must take one 3000-level or above course in the fields of Music, History, and Anthropology.

Music               example: MUSC 3360 The Latin Tinge  

History             example: HISB 3230 The Atlantic Slave Trade  

Anthropology   example: ANTH 3093 Creoles and Creolization


Electives (3)
Students must take a minimum of 3 additional electives or nine credits from the courses listed in order to reach a minimum of 27 credits for the major. A total of two 1000-level courses can count towards the coordinate major. No more than two dance courses can count towards the major.

The courses listed below qualify or have qualified as electives for the MCGS major. Some of these courses are not currently being taught, but remain on the list to help convey this major’s scope of study. Again, students are welcome to petition program director for credit for courses not listed here.

ADST 1550            New Orleans Hip Hop (Nghana Lewis)

ADST 2000           Introduction to African Diaspora (Chris Dunn)

ADST 3550           Black Music & Performance in New Orleans

AHST 3131           Urban Geography:  New Orleans Case Study (Richard Campanella)

ANTH 3093           Creoles and Creolization (Nick Spitzer)

ANTH 4930           Languages of Louisiana   (Nathalie Dajko)

COMM 2811         Media and Criminal Justice (Betsy Weiss)

COMM 3280         Media Histories (Vicki Mayer)

DANC 1910          African Dance I (Ausettua Amor Amenkum Jackson)

DANC 1950          Beginning Jazz I (Beverly Trask and Nicole Buckels)

DANC 2230          Introduction to Jazz Dance (Beverly Trask)

DANC 2910          African Dance II (Ausettua Amor Amenkum Jackson)

DANC 2950          Jazz Dance II (Ausettua Amor Amenkum Jackson)

DANC 3950          Jazz Dance III (Nicole Buckels)

DANC 3240          American/Afro-Caribbean Social and Vernacular Dance Forms (Beverly Trask)

DANC 4900          Building Community through the Arts (Barbara Hayley)

EBIO 2330            Natural History of Louisiana (Donata Henry)

ECON 4970          Economics of Slavery (Jonathan Pritchett)

ENLS 4420           Southern Literature (Rebecca Mark)

FREN 4110/6110     Field Research on French in Louisiana (Tom Klingler/Natalie Dajko)

HISL 1720            Introduction to Caribbean History (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISB 3230           The Atlantic Slave Trade (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISL 4200            The History of Voodoo (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISL 6750            Africans in the Americas (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISU 1800           Early New Orleans (Emily Clark)

HISU 2480           Louisiana History (Laura Kelley)

HISU 2610           The Old South (Randy Sparks)

HISU 2911           The Bloodiest War, 1861-1865 (Robert Blakeslee Gilpin)

HISU 3510           Atlantic World:  1450-1800  (Emily Clark)

HISU 3700           Introduction to African-American History: 1865-Present (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISU 3910           New Orleans Free People of Color (Emily Clark)

HISU 3690           African-American History to 1865 (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISU 4620           Autobiography and Southern Identity in the New South (Randy Sparks)

HISU 4694           The Creation of Jazz in New Orleans   (Bruce Raeburn)

HISU 6420           American Revolutions (Emily Clark)

HISU 6560           Rise and Fall Plantation South (Randy Sparks)

HISU 6911           Slavery, Banjos and Moonshine (Robert Gilpin)”

HISU 7620           Atlantic World Historiography (Emily Clark)

MUSC 3340         History of Jazz (David Kunian)

MUSC 3360         The Latin Tinge: Jazz and Latin American Music in New Orleans and Beyond (Dan Sharp)  

MUSC 3430         The Blues In American Life (Matt Sakakeeny)

MUSC 3440         African American Music (Matt Sakakeeny)

MUSC 4930         Gospel Voices (Matt Sakakeeny)


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