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Essence of New Orleans to be the focus of special event

October 16, 2009

‘What is New Orleans?’ This will be the focus of the Center for the Study of New Orleans’ second event. The discussion takes place at Loyola University New Orleans Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium.

The program will explore what defines a city by discussing the people, the culture and the geography of New Orleans by experts who will present short lectures and then answer questions from the audience.

Participants include New York Times reporter and New Orleans native Susan Saulny, who will talk about her extended family and Katrina; Larry Powell, professor of history at Tulane University, who will discuss New Orleans’ history; and Richard Campanella, Tulane University geographer, who will present “Trends, Patterns, and Precedents: New Orleans in the 21st Century.”

Loyola English professor and playwright John Biguenet will moderate the event.

“If we are going to have a center that focuses on New Orleans, we thought the first question we have to answer is: ‘What is New Orleans?’” said CSNO Director Leslie Parr. “New Orleans is such a tangle of culture and food and ethnicity and neighborhoods. We thought it would be interesting to start exploring what New Orleans means to people.”

“We expect a lively discussion,” Parr said. “Everyone has thoughts on this issue and we are eager to hear them.”

The CSNO, housed in the College of Social Sciences is a cross-disciplinary resource hub that promotes research and reflection on the history, politics, culture and environment of New Orleans.

There is free parking on Loyola’s campus during this event. For more information, call the center at 504-865-3431 or go to www.loyno.edu/studyneworleans. For more information on the College of Social Sciences, contact Catherine Koppel in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or ckoppel@loyno.edu.

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