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Loyola University New Orleans Launches “Crescent City Connections”

Loyola press release - January 24, 2017

Center for the Study of New Orleans debuts Tuesday evening lectures and mentoring sessions for students

Students at Loyola University will enjoy Tuesday evening lectures this semester from guest visitors “whose fields and topical interests expand the boundaries about how we understand New Orleans and its people,” said Justin Nystrom, director of Loyola’s Center for the Study of the New Orleans. The bi-weekly Crescent City Connection interview series begins Tuesday, Jan. 24 with an interview of Miranda Restovic, president and executive director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

“Crescent City Connections is a new regularly scheduled program designed to leverage the social, cultural, and intellectual resources of the city to better facilitate experiential learning for Loyola students while helping them forge meaningful connections to a diverse set of community leaders,” Nystrom said. “Through the ‘Crescent City Connections’ program, Loyola aims to advance engagement in civic life and make an enduring contribution to the intellectual wealth of New Orleans.”

The Crescent City Connections program is the centerpiece for the Center for the Study of New Orleans’ new academic minor in New Orleans Leadership. Students enrolled in the Crescent City Connections program will enjoy small group discussions led by the guest lecturers for one prior to the taped interview.

At 6 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays, select guests will be interviewed before a live audience in the Whitney Presentation Room of Thomas Hall on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. These one-hour interviews will be filmed, transcribed, archived, and preserved on the Crescent City Connections website. Recorded and archived programs will be a resource to a broader audience both locally and around the world that is interested in New Orleans, including scholars, journalists, and students.

With an average of 14 programs per academic year, Crescent City Connections will over time build an extensive library of uniform length, transcribed interviews that constitute a documentation of the city’s social, cultural, political, economic, and intellectual life, Nystrom said. Guests will come from all areas of the city’s civic life, including, but not limited to the arts, sciences, politics, public service, business, and academia.

“It is essential to the Center for the Study of New Orleans that its programming provide opportunities for students to experience transformational moments,” Nystrom said, adding that the program seeks guests who might relate in some fundamental way to Loyola students and can engage in original topics that are relevant to New Orleans.

“The more events that students attend, the greater the likelihood will be that they connect with someone who shapes their future. The small group setting also affords students an excellent opportunity to hone crucial professional social skills of the sort that they will encounter after graduation.”

Spring 2017 Schedule of Guests


Miranda Restovic
President and Executive Director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ron Faucheux
Pollster and Political Consultant. President, Clarus Research.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Flor Serna

Founder and Executive Director of Electric Girls.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bill Loehfelm
Author, notable for the Maureen Coughlin crime fiction series.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Robert Morris
Journalist, Founding Editor and News Director of The Uptown Messenger.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Nina Compton
Executive Chef, Compère Lapin, TopChef finalist.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Andre Perry
Education Leader and Author
Tuesday, April 18, 2017