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Professor John Biguenet to be Featured Commentator on PBS Documentary on New Orleans

Loyola press release - February 9, 2007

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor John Biguenet will be one of the on-camera featured commentators on the PBS special on the history of New Orleans, airing this coming Monday night, February 12, 2007, at 8 p.m. on WYES-TV as part of the American Experience series.

This PBS documentary about the history and people of New Orleans will feature a collection of on-camera commentators, including John Biguenet, material about Hurricane Katrina, jazz, Mardi Gras, the Civil War reconstruction period, desegregation, and New Orleans writers. The program will focus primarily on the century from Reconstruction to school desegregation in the 1960s, while highlighting New Orleans' particular brand of humor, fatalism and wry rebelliousness, and raising critical questions about what lies ahead for the city and the nation. You can get more info about the program at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/neworleans/

Biguenet is the Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he has been honored with the institution's Dux Academicus award for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared recently in several journals, including The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, and Esquire, as well as in various anthologies. His book publications include Oyster, a novel, and The Torturer's Apprentice, a collection of short stories. His stage play, The Vulgar Soul, was presented in the 2004 Festival of New Southern Plays and will be a featured production of the 2004-2005 season of the Southern Rep Theatre. His work has received an O. Henry Award and a Harper's Magazine Writing Award, among other distinctions. He has served two terms as president of the American Literary Translators Association.

Biguenet will also be participating in talks this week at Texas Lutheran University outside San Antonio at a conference commemorating the 500 days that have passed since the New Orleans levees collapsed.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.