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Loyola reflects on New Orleans in the '60s

Loyola press release - January 18, 2010

The Loyola University Center for the Study of New Orleans will host “New Orleans in the '60s: A Time of Change,” on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium on Loyola’s main campus.

The panel discussion will focus on the shifting social mores, race relations and sexual politics of the 1960s. Alecia Long, history professor at Louisiana State University and author of “The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans, 1865-1920;” Rafael Cassimere, University of New Orleans history professor, emeritus; and Kent Germany, associate professor of history and African-American studies at the University of South Carolina will participate in the panel, moderated by Loyola sociology professor Anthony Ladd.

This will be the third event hosted by the CSNO, which was founded in 2009 as a cross-disciplinary resource hub that promotes research and reflection on the history, politics, culture and environment of New Orleans. The CSNO, which is housed in the College of Social Sciences, also plans to offer a minor in the study of New Orleans in fall 2010.

CSNO’s first two events, “An Evening of Jazz and History” and “What is New Orleans?” played to large crowds.

“Our first events were inspiring and exciting,” said CSNO Director Leslie Parr. “It was gratifying to see so many people getting into the spirit of New Orleans music and history. We think the concept of this center with its focus on a single city is unique. New Orleans is one of the few cities in the world that can sustain such intense study.”

In March, CSNO will host its final event of the 2009-10 academic year, “Taken Against Their Will: Kidnappers, Detectives and Slaves,” a discussion led by historians Mike Ross, University of Maryland, and Adam Rothman, Georgetown University, who will weave a tale of intrigue as they discuss two infamous 19th century Louisiana kidnapping cases.

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.