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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

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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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The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South (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.


The 6th Annual Sylvia R. Frey Lecture
Between Empires: West African Muslims in the Gulf South

Islam is an important lens through which to understand the dynamic interactions between empires, cultures, and racial identities in the Gulf South. Richard Brent Turner’s talk will explore the history and socio-political experiences of the urban and literate West African Muslims who were brought to New Orleans during the era that spanned trans-Atlantic slavery, and their impact on black internationalism and the rich musical cultures of the Gulf South region.

Dr. Turner joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2001 and holds appointments in the Department of Religious Studies, African American Studies Program, and International Programs. His research program focuses on twentieth century and contemporary African-American religious history and African diaspora religions in the Black Atlantic world.

For more information, contact Regina Cairns at the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at 504-314-2854 or

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Fall 2017 at the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South

Third Coast Residential Learning Community Launches and Musical Cultures of the Gulf South Celebrates Interdisciplinary Place-based Learning

Third Coast Residential Learning Community launched a welcome reception for incoming first year students in Butler Hall! Third Coast examines the gulf south region’s tenuous urbanism, changing climate, and rising seas through place-based learning. First year students will gain an “insider” understanding of how culture and environment intertwine in this new fertile place and how their specific academic and professional goals connect with their surroundings. Third Coast is a partnership between the Tulane University Department of Housing and Residence Life and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. We look forward to engaging in urban and coastal field trips with local experts, and dinner conversations with culture-bearers, scholars, and scientists. For more information about Third Coast RLC, contact Assistant Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Denise Frazier.
Phone: 504-314-2889



The Musical Cultures of the Gulf South (MCGS) major boasts a wonderful lineup of courses related to a wide variety of disciplines including History, Dance, Biology, Creative Writing, Africana Studies, and Media Studies. The MCGS major is an innovative and rigorous course of study that educates students in the underlying currents of New Orleans and the Gulf South. It is an interdisciplinary, 27-credit program. There are three required core courses that encompass the fields of Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, History, Theatre and Dance, and Urban Geography. There are also elective courses offered in several additional departments, and students are welcome to petition the 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.

One of the required courses, Introduction to Musical Cultures of the Gulf South boasts of four faculty who provide units on the following disciplines: urban geography, history, music, and dance. MCGS has also added a Service Learning Internship in our course offerings for the fall semester. For more detailed information on our course offerings:





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.

Tulane University, New Orleans Gulf South Center, 112 Newcomb Hall New Orleans LA 70118 504-314-2883