Upcoming Events

Race, Resistance and Black Emigration in the Revolutionary Caribbean
Monday, April 5, 2016
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Greenleaf Conference Room in Jones Hall



Past Events



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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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

Bourbon Street flyer

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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Musical Cultures of the Gulf South – Coordinate Major

The Gulf South produced a distinctive set of musical cultures that continues to influence national and international musical currents: jazz, blues, zydeco, Cajun music, and brass-band music. As a city central to the African diaspora, New Orleans gave birth to a pan-African regional culture equally influenced by immigrants from the Caribbean -- Cuba and Haiti, in particular -- as by the ruling nations of Spain and France.

The mission of this coordinate undergraduate major is to educate students in the underlying currents of these musical cultures through a historical grasp of the Atlantic slave trade, the rituals of expressive culture and resistance in the Caribbean, and the social, economic, and political history of the region. The Gulf South extends from Texas across the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, around Florida into the Caribbean, where Cuba lies a mere 90 miles away. "New Orleans music" is a rubric that stretches from ragtime to hiphop, and includes the city's seminal influence on rock and roll, funk, and rhythm and blues, as each assumed national form. New Orleans remains the site of a range of vibrant living cultural traditions, including the Mardi Gras Indians; the second-line culture of Social Aid and Pleasure clubs, and Creole and Cajun cuisine.

This coordinate major is offered under the auspices of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. Please contact MCGS program director Rebecca Snedeker with questions.



 Required Courses

The coordinate major Musical Cultures of the Gulf South first requires students to declare a major in another discipline before declaring the MCGS coordinate major. The program is an interdisciplinary, 27-credit program that requires courses in Music, Anthropology, History, Theater and Dance, and has elective offerings in English, African Diaspora Studies, Communication, and French.

There are three required core courses:

MCGS 2000 -- Introduction to the Musical Cultures of the Gulf South (Dan Sharp, Beverly Trask, Richard Campanella)

MUSC 1900 -- The Music of New Orleans (Matt Sakakeeney)

ANTH 3395 --  Ethnography of Performance and Identity in New Orleans and French Louisiana (Nick Spitzer)


From among the courses listed below, students must take a 3000 level or above course from the courses listed below in the fields of Music, History, and Anthropology. Students will take a minimum of 3 additional electives or nine credits from the courses listed in the major in order to reach a minimum of 27 credits for the major.  A total of two 1000-level courses can count towards the coordinate major. No more than two dance courses can count towards the major.

We are in the process of updating this list. Please email Rebecca Snedeker with any questions.

ADST 1550            New Orleans Hip Hop (Nghana Lewis)

ADST 2000            Introduction to African Diaspora (Chris Dunn)

ADST 3550            Black Music & Performance in New Orleans

ANTH 3093            Creoles and Creolization (Nick Spitzer)

ANTH 4930            Languages of Louisiana   (Nathalie Dajko)

COMM 2811          Media and Criminal Justice (Betsy Weiss)

COMM 3280          Media Histories (Vicki Mayer)

DANC 1910           African Dance I (Ausettua Amor Amenkum Jackson)

DANC 1950           Beginning Jazz I (Beverly Trask and Nicole Buckels)

DANC 2230           Introduction to Jazz Dance (Beverly Trask)

DANC 2910           African Dance II (Ausettua Amor Amenkum Jackson)

DANC 2950           Jazz Dance II (Ausettua Amor Amenkum Jackson)

DANC 3950           Jazz Dance III (Nicole Buckels)

DANC 3240           American/Afro-Caribbean Social and Vernacular Dance Forms (Beverly Trask)

DANC 4900           Building Community through the Arts (Barbara Hayley)

FREN 4110/6110     Field Research on French in Louisiana (Tom Klingler/Natalie Dajko)

FREN 4810/6810     19th c. LA: Lit and Culture (Kristin Okoli)

HISL 1720             Introduction to Caribbean History (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISB 3230            The Atlantic Slave Trade (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISL 4200             The History of Voodoo (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISL 6750             Africans in the Americas (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISU 1800             Early New Orleans (Emily Clark)

HISU 2480             Louisiana History (Alex McManus)

HISU 2610             The Old South (Emily Wright)

HISU 3510            Atlantic World:  1450-1800  (Emily Clark)

HISU 3700            Introduction to African-American History: 1865-Present (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISU 3910            The Katrina Disaster Now (Andrew Horowitz)

HISU 3690            African-American History to 1865 (Laura Rosanne Adderley)

HISU 4620            Autobiography and Southern Identity in the New South (Randy Sparks)

HISU 4694            The Creation of Jazz in New Orleans   (Bruce Raeburn)

HISU 6420            American Revolutions (Emily Clark)

HISU 7620            Atlantic World Historiography (Emily Clark)

MUSC 3340          History of Jazz (David Kunian)

MUSC 3360          The Latin Tinge: Jazz and Latin American Music in New Orleans and Beyond (Dan Sharp)  

MUSC 3430         The Blues In American Life (Matt Sakakeeny)

MUSC 3440         African American Music (Matt Sakakeeny)

MUSC 4930         Gospel Voices (Matt Sakakeeny)

URST 310           Urban Geography:  New Orleans Case Study (Richard Campanella)

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