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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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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





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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

Geographer 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. 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.

“Chronicling his travels through the Caribbean, this is also a magnificent musical journey (reggae, salsa and ska), a literary odyssey (CLR James, Jean Rhys, VS Naipaul), and a heartfelt historical voyage throughout which he asks a question ‘at the core of our politics now: How universal, really, are universal rights?’ Island People powerfully shows how places shape people, and how people shape places.”
Anita Sethi, writer, journalist, and broadcaster, on Jelly-Schapiro’s Island People.





Black New Orleans: Blassingame’s Classic and New Directions on the City's Early African American History


April 7, 7-8:30pm, Ashé Powerhouse Theater, 1731 Baronne Street

For generations of scholars, John Blassingame’s Black New Orleans: 1860–1880, (1973) was the entry point into the rich history of African Americans and Afro-Creoles in one of the most important cities in the antebellum United States. Blassingame recognized, as had W. E. B. DuBois in an earlier era, that the history of people of African descent in New Orleans was both crucial and too little understood within the broader context of American history. As we approach the city’s tricentennial, we take advantage of the OAH’s meeting in New Orleans to revisit Blassingame’s legacy. This panel reflects the transformation in the scholarship since Black New Orleans appeared in 1973—in terms of who is producing that scholarship, the new questions these scholars are asking, and the ways they are taking their work beyond the academy to engage with the public.

The panel includes the following scholars:
Chair: V. P. Franklin, Journal of African American History
Commentator: Lawrence N. Powell, Tulane University


Free Women of Color in the Colonial Gulf South
Jessica Marie Johnson, Johns Hopkins University

The Politics of Hurricane Katrina
Leslie Harris, Northwestern University

The Public History of New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade
Erin Greenwald, Historic New Orleans Collection

Sponsored by the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University, Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at the University of New Orleans, Amistad Research Center, the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the OAH Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians, and Tulane's Africana Studies Department. 

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Making Lemonade: Race, Gender, and the Deep South in Beyoncé’s Visual Album

March 8th, 6pm, Rogers Memorial Chapel, Tulane’s Uptown campus


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On March 8th, International Women’s Day, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, along with Newcomb College Institute, Africana Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Tulane sponsored a roundtable on Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Is it a work of Black feminism? How do we interpret its mix of musical genres, social commentary, and autobiography - all centered on women of color? And what role does the Deep South and New Orleans play in its visual narrative? A group of distinguished artists and scholars will discuss the politics, artistry, and cultural significance of making Lemonade. (From left to right) Regina N. Bradley is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA. Garrett Bradley is a filmmaker and professor at Loyola University. Her film “Alone” recently won the Sundance Short Film Jury Award for Best Non-Fiction Film. Sula Janet Evans holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with distinguished honors in African Studies and English Literature from Rutgers University. She is a Mardi Gras Indian Medicine Queen with the Mandingo Warrior Tribe, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Congo Square Preservation Society. Nghana Lewis is an associate professor of English and of African & African Diaspora Studies; a faculty affiliate of the School of Law; and an adjunct professor with the Department of Psychology at Tulane University.
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New Assistant Director Brings Depth of Knowledge

Denise Frazier is a scholar, educator, violinist, and Gulf South native—a resume that has primed her for her new role as Assistant Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.
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NEH Grant Supports K-12 Teachers Summer Workshops

The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South in Tulane University's School of Liberal Arts will hold two workshops this summer for K-12 teachers who want to explore the intersections of New Orleans music, culture, and civil rights.
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Gift to the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South Establishes Gulf South Foodways Program

Following in their family tradition of philanthropy, Ashli Rosenthal Blumenfeld (NC '03) and Todd Blumenfeld (B '03), are giving back to Tulane. Through a generous gift to the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South (NOCGS), the Blumenfelds along with Ashi's parents, William and Rozanne Rosenthal, have created the Rosenthal Blumenfeld Endowment to support the exploration, documentation, and study of the diverse food cultures of the Gulf South. The gift will empower NOCGS to cultivate a program that deepens understanding of the role of food in our lives, economy, and environment and celebrates our region's rich culinary traditions.
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An Architectural Geography of New Orleans, 1700s-2010s

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
Followed by a reception in Woodward Way
Free and open to the public

Geographer and author Richard Campanella lectures on the spatial dimensions of New Orleans’ building styles and typologies—how they arrived here, where they were built, why they transformed, and how they affect and reflect us today. Campanella is Senior Professor of Practice in the Tulane School of Architecture and New Orleans Center for the Gulf South Monroe Fellow.



Gulf South Writer in the Woods, Residency Dinner for Edward Ball

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
A Studio in the Woods

Co-sponsored by A Studio in the Woods and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, the Gulf South Writer in the Woods project is designed to support the creative work, scholarship and community engagement of writers examining our region. The inaugural Gulf South Writer in the Woods features programming with Edward Ball over the next year that includes a residency, residency dinner with community members, public workshop, and two lectures exploring race, family and place.

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Freeman’s Own: A Writer’s Series

In celebration of the highly anticipated journal Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Family, the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University teams up with the biannual literary journal, Ace Hotel New Orleans, Afrofuture Society, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and for Freeman's Own, a two-part writer's talk series on race and family, September 29 and 30, 2016.

The Best New Writing on Family Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 29, 2016 – 6:00PM
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
On Thursday, September 29, join writers Garnette Cadogan, Aminatta Forna, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and editor John Freeman in celebration of the highly anticipated journal Freeman’s: The Best New Writing on Family. In a panel conversation at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, these collaborators will take a crack at family matters and elucidate how writing — and, in particular, this beautiful new collection — draws out variegated heart-breaking and heart-opening experiences of family, the elasticity of what family even is and the humanity in us all. The panel conversation will be moderated by Rebecca Snedeker, Clark Executive Director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University. The conversation will be followed by a book signing and a reception.

Race and Writing Workshop
Friday, September 30th – 5-7pm
Three Keys at Ace Hotel New Orleans
What does it mean to write about race as a black writer? Or to write as a black writer without being confined to only writing about race? Two writers, Garnette Cadogan and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, from the Caribbean and the United States respectively, speak about their experiences working as black writers – and as writers, period – and the challenges and joys of writing about race. The workshop will be moderated by Gia Hamilton, founder of Afrofuture Society, Director of the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New Orleans and co-curator of the Atlanta Biennial.
Both events are free and open to the public.



Rebel Runaway Communities in Louisiana Slavery

Monday, February 22, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Sponsored by Ashé Cultural Arts Center and Amistad Research Center and New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University


Race, Resistance and Black Emigration in the Revolutionary Caribbean

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room in Jones Hall (not confirmed)

The Forgotten Women of Nat Turner's Rebellion

featuring Professor Vanessa Holden, Michigan State University
Monday, February 1, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Stone Auditorium
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Looking Back, Moving Forward: Music and Advancing Cultural Equity


Panel followed by a performance by Wadada Leo Smith

Tulane’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and The New Quorum present a panel on music as an agent in the continuing Civil Rights Movement and advancing cultural equity. The discussion will be led by Gianna Chachere, Founder of The New Quorum with Wall Street Journal Jazz Critic and writer Larry Blumenfeld, avant-garde jazz pioneer Wadada Leo Smith, and long time civil rights pioneer/activist Roxy Wright.

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University
Open to the public. Admission is Free. 



Tunes for Toys


Tulane School of Liberal Arts and Gia Maione Prima Foundation Present “Tunes for Toys,” on Tuesday, December 1st at McAlister Auditorium on Tulane’s campus. The concert starts at 8pm, and features Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, New Breed Brass Band, MainLine, and students from the Trombone Shorty Academy. “Tunes for Toys” is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of a new toy that will be given back to children at the Whole Foods Broad Street location on December 21. The Tulane School of Liberal Arts is honored to partner with generous sponsors the Trombone Shorty Foundation and Gia Maione Prima Foundation! Thanks also to sponsorship from WWOZ, Offbeat Magazine, and The New Orleans Advocate.

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Land of Opportunity, a documentary about post-Katrina NOLA

Q&A with Director Luisa Dantas
Thursday, September 12, 2014, 7 pm
Hillel Center, 912 Broadway

Interview and Performance with Little Freddie King, Bluesman

Dixon Recital Hall
Tuesday, September 17, 2014
3:30 – 4:45 pm

Service Learning Classes Win CACTUS Community Involvement Awards

The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South sponsors service-learning classes that bring Tulane undergraduates together with local high school students under the aegis of various community partners. Two of these courses earned CACTUS Community Involvement awards in 2013. Both courses were sponsored by a generous grant from Andrew Fredman (Tulane Class of '84).

Documentary filmmaker Luisa Dantas teaches the screenwriting and documentary course "Place-Based Storytelling in New Orleans" in the English Department. In this course, undergrads and high school students create short films highlighting cultural aspects of their lives or social issues in their schools. The class received the Community Enrichment award and the community partner, Kids ReThink New Orleans Schools, received an award for Social Justice and Advocacy.

American Studies professor Catherine Michna led a multi-faceted course about African-American history and culture called "Makers and Motivations: Culture and Organizing in New Orleans." Michna co-taught the course with poet and activist Kalamu ya Salaam through an innovative peer-based pedagogy and they partnered with Students at the Center. This course brought in local culture-bearers and activists to understand a more richly textured history of civil rights, racial tensions, and New Orleans culture. The class was awarded the Social Justice and Advocacy award. 

In accordance with the Tulane Center for Public Service (CPS), the courses shared two objectives: first, to build equitable, sustainable partnerships with programs in the New Orleans public schools; second, to connect Tulane undergraduates with younger students and cooperate on cultural projects, reporting, documentary filmmaking and video production.

Sites and Sounds at the Old U.S. Mint

Musical Performances & Discussions
Saturday, September 21, 2013
2 pm
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Michael Gray, "Bob Dylan and the Poetry of the Blues"

Author of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia and Song and Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan
Dixon Recital Hall
Monday, October 7, 2013
5 – 7 pm


Interview and Performance with Mem Shannon, Bluesman

Dixon Recital Hall
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
3:30 – 4:45 pm


Samuel Freedman, New York Times Journalist

"Breaking the Line: Black College Football and the Civil Rights Movement"
Kendall-Cram Room, LBC
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7 pm


Mem Shannon performance & interview with Joel Dinerstein
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Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Dixon Performing Arts Center (Annex)
uptown campus

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Event Archives

A Tribute to Larry Powell
"The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans" - His acclaimed new history of New Orleans
September 26, 2012 @ 7:00pm
Freeman Auditorium, Tulane University

      Larry Powell, Richard Campanella, Joel Dinerstein

Authors’ talk by E.O. Wilson and Alex Harris for their book “Why We Are Here"
E.O. Wilson and Alex Harris
Monday, October 15, 2012
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Dixon Hall
uptown campus

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Monroe Research Fellowships, Spring 2012 Faculty Research Luncheons
New Orleans Center for the Gulf South announces the Monroe Research Fellowships

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Time:  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Caroline Richardson Building, Anna Many Lounge
Michael Cohen, Assistant Professor and Director, Jewish Studies
“Jewish Merchants, Northern Capital, and Southern Reconstruction"
Marc Perry, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
“Who Dat? Raced Performance and its Conspicuous Consumption in Post-Katrina

Wednesday, April 18
Time:  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location:  Caroline Richardson Building, Anna Many Lounge

Beverly A. Trask, Associate Professor of Theater and Danc
“The Congloese-Haitian-Cuban-New Orleans Connection”

Inaugural Tulane University Graduate Student Conference on "The Global Gulf"
Theme: "Mobility"

February 29, 2012 @ 8:30pm
Rechler Room @ the Lavin-Bernick Center


Musical Cultures of the Gulf South Coordinate Major Roll Out Barbecue
April, 4 2012 @ 12:00PM
Lavin-Bernick Center, Uptown Campus


Jazz Artist In Residence 2011- 2012,
Trumpeter and Composer Nicholas Payton
December 8, 2011 @ 8:00pm
Dixon Hall, Tulane University


Louis Prima Centennial Colloquium
December 11, 2010 @ 9:00pm
Freeman Auditorium, Tulane University


"The Art of Treme: An Evening Symposium with the Creators of Treme"
October 28, 2010 @ 7:30pm
213 Kendall Cram Lecture Hall, Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life

Watch the Symposium on Youtube

Colloques internationaux
Saint-Louis du Senegal et La Nourvell-Orleans:
Histoire comparee et croisee de deux cites portuaires de part et d'autre de l'Atlantique du XVIIe au XXe siecle organises a Saint Louis du Senegal 5-7 juin 2012
et a La Nouvell-Prleans en avril-mai 2013


'Monk' & 'Bat' Lecture and Concert
November 4-5, 20120


Focusing on the Role of Modern Jazz in the Community: Honoring Thelonius Monk and New Orleans' own Harold Batiste.


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