CSNO Faculty Share New Orleans Scholarship for Family Weekend

This year's attendees of Family Weekend will have a special opportunity to interact with Loyola faculty who teach courses in the New Orleans Studies minor through a series of tours and lectures that explore the city's history, culture, and ecology. These events will take place on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th both on the campus of Loyola University New Orleans and in various locations around the city. These presentations reflect not only the commitment of our faculty to research and scholarship but also their desire to share their work with the broader Loyola community. 


Weekend Events Schedule:

Note: Bus tours are open to Loyola parents and students only.

All campus presentations are free and open to the public (Monroe Library Multimedia Room 2).


3-3:35  Janna Saslaw, "New Orleans Music: A  Feast for the Ears"
4-4:45 Sue Mennino, "Mardi Gras in New Orleans: A Study in Contradictions"


2-2:45  CW Cannon, "New Orleans On Film"
3-3:45  Tracey Watts, Trish Nugent, Barbara Ewell, "Exotic City: Lafcadio Hearn's New Orleans"

Saturday Tours:

9:00 - 10:30 Justin Nystrom, "Becoming American in the Sicilian French Quarter: A walking tour of New Orleans's 'Little Italy' of 1910"

10-11:30, Bob Thomas, "New Orleans: An Island Between the River and the Lake"

11-12:30, Leslie Parr, "Treme Treasures: The Backstreet Cultural Museum"


Meet the Faculty:


Janna Saslaw

New Orleans Music: A Feast for the Ears

A smorgasbord of some of New Orleans' most exuberant musical traditions, including jazz a la Louis Armstrong, 1950s R&B, Mardi Gras Indian music, funk, and brass bands.  

CW Cannon

New Orleans on Film

Movies are one of the major forces shaping how the United States and the world view New Orleans and its history. While not so useful for discovering the actual history of the city, narrative films set in New Orleans provide a great record of the city's representation in the national consciousness over the past century. We'll look at selected film clips from different eras to get a sense of how national perceptions of New Orleans have been formed and altered from the 1920s to the present.

Leslie Parr

Treme Treasures: The Backstreet Cultural Museum

Leslie Par will lead a group tour to the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the historic Treme' neighborhood and discuss the social aid and pleasure club tradition in New Orleans. At Backstreet, the group will be given a tour of the small museum's extensive collection of costumes, photographs and artifacts related to Mardi Gras Indians, social aid and pleasure clubs, Skull and Bone gangs, jazz funerals and other aspects of the city's African-American heritage.

Justin Nystrom

Bus Tour - "Becoming American in the Sicilian French Quarter: A walking tour of New Orleans's "Little Italy" of 1910."

There was no Ellis Island in New Orleans. Instead, immigrants carried their worldly possessions down a ship's gangplank onto the Governor Nicholls Wharf and melted into a waiting crowd by the French Market. So began the story for almost every Sicilian family in New Orleans. Learn the tale of their fascinating and sometimes outrageous search for the American Dream on this walking tour. Tour presented in partnership with the Center for the Study of New Orleans. Led by Assistant Professor of History Justin Nystrom.

Robert Thomas

Bus Tour - "New Orleans: An Island between the river and the lake"

The tour will examine and discuss how the Mississippi River has shaped the Greater New Orleans region, and how its proximity to Lake Pontchartrain guarantees its humid, seasonal weather.  Along the way we will discuss how the lake is an embayment and how the river is cutting through a six thousand year old sea bottom. Tour presented in partnership with the Center for the Study of New Orleans. Led by Professor and Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Robert Thomas.

Sue Meninno

Mardi Gras in New Orleans: "A Study in Contradictions"

A sociological look at the celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and considers whether, as Reid Mitchell suggests in All on a Mardi Gras Day, that this festival, this local interpretation of Carnival can be considered a "model for a just society".


  Tracy Watts                Trish Nugent

Exotic City: "Lafcadio Hearn's New Orleans"

Lafcadio Hearn was a significant figure in the literary scene of late 19th century New Orleans.  This presentation will explore the Monroe Library's holdings of a collection of Hearn's letters, in which he imagines New Orleans as a city both worldly and other-worldly.