Resilience through music

October 9, 2012 8:30 AM

Alicia  Duplessis Jasmin

The Tulane University Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, in partnership with the French Consulate of New Orleans, will host a musical celebration and discussion on “the role of culture and music in strengthening community resilience” on Friday (Oct. 12) from 5-7:30 p.m. at Café Istanbul.


In New Orleans, where music is comparable to a heartbeat that keeps the city alive, Charles Figley, co-director of DRLA within the School of Social Work, says that the music of Mardi Gras in the months after Hurricane Katrina was an example of how music can revitalize a city.

“Community resilience is the sum of its resources and evidence of community recovery,” says Figley, who will lead the evening’s panel discussion along with Joseph Ledoux of New York University. “Resources here in New Orleans include music, and New Orleans music is also a sign of recovery.”

Admission is $5 and all proceeds support the Roots of Music program, which provides music education and academic support to at-risk youth in New Orleans.

Café Istanbul is located at 2373 St. Claude Ave.

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