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Adventures Online: Joie de Vivre in New Orleans

Join us for an unforgettable virtual visit to the Crescent City as you hear, taste and see all that New Orleans is famous for and learn about the city that few outsiders know.
Program No. 24226RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
499
Online Program

Adventures Online: Joie de Vivre in New Orleans

Join us for an unforgettable virtual visit to the Crescent City as you hear, taste and see all that New Orleans is famous for and learn about the city that few outsiders know.
Length
5 days
Starts at
499
Program No. 24226 RJ
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Online Program
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Accommodation Details
Learn from the comfort of your own home.
5 days
2
Life Below Sea Level, Architectural Diversity
From the comfort of your own home.
3
Real Mardi Gras, Floats & Parades
From the comfort of your own home.
4
Famous Writers, NOLA School of Cooking
From the comfort of your own home.
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At a Glance

Bring all that’s special about New Orleans right into your home. The food, the music, the love of life and best of all—the passionate people who call the Crescent City home. Over five days of online talks, virtual field trips, performances and demonstrations, you’ll learn what it means when the locals say, “It’s a New Orleans thing.” Learn about the “real” Mardi Gras by a native New Orleanian who will dispel the myths and misconceptions. Take a virtual field trip to see the amazing floats that have appeared in Mardi Gras parades of the past and see what some of the artists are working on for the next year. Learn about Hurricane Katrina, as well as the broader implications of living in a major city below sea level. Meet an expert from the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival and discuss some of the famous writers who lived in and wrote about the French Quarter. And to top it off, join a chef from the world-famous New Orleans School of Cooking to learn how to cook Creole and Cajun cuisine and then dine on your creation. Pull up a chair, say hello to your fellow Road Scholars and get ready to let the good times roll—live from New Orleans!

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the history of New Orleans from locals who will dive into the founding of the city and dissect its unique architecture.
  • Hear from a local Jazz musician who will talk about the genre’s roots in the city and the music’s cultural impact.
  • Take part in a hands-on cooking demonstration with the New Orleans School of Cooking.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Richard Scott
Richard Scott has been a sensation in the New Orleans music scene for decades. He has performed in great concert halls, seedy Bourbon Street bars, steamboats on the Mississippi, aboard floats in Mardi Gras parades, and in the parlors of St. Charles Avenue mansions. He is an authority on the history of New Orleans-style music, he shows his love for the music whenever he plays, and audiences are delighted by the joy he brings to the stage.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Richard Scott has been a sensation in the New Orleans music scene for decades. He has performed in great concert halls, seedy Bourbon Street bars, steamboats on the Mississippi, aboard floats in Mardi Gras parades, and in the parlors of St. Charles Avenue mansions. He is an authority on the history of New Orleans-style music, he shows his love for the music whenever he plays, and audiences are delighted by the joy he brings to the stage.
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Nellie Watson View biography
Nellie Watson’s love of architecture was born at an early age, growing up in the unique environment of New Orleans’ old neighborhoods. Studying architecture and design in college, her career began at two architecture firms before establishing her own company — Watson & Withrow, Inc. After working the Louisiana World Exposition in 1984, she founded Watson Models, working on major development projects around the world. Nellie gives workshops on the art of model making and enjoys sharing her love for the local culture and architecture.
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Clare Pierson View biography
Clare Beth Pierson is a lifelong New Orleans resident, committed to preserving and sharing its rich culture and legacy. She has taught literature and creative writing to students and teachers at all levels. She has been managing editor of the “Tennessee Williams Journal” dedicated to works of and about America's premier playwright. Clare has worked with Road Scholar on the staff of Center for New Orleans Studies for 25 years, giving illustrated lectures on literature, history, geography, and culture including cemeteries, Storyville, and Mardi Gras.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
Widely considered a landmark play, A Streetcar Named Desire deals with a culture clash between two characters, Blanche DuBois, a relic of the Old South, and Stanley Kowalski, a rising member of the industrial, urban working class. American playwright Tennessee Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948.
Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel written by American novelist John Kennedy Toole, published by Louisiana State University Press in 1980, eleven years after the author's suicide. The book, published through the efforts of writer Walker Percy (who also contributed a revealing foreword) and Toole's mother Thelma Toole, quickly became a cult classic, and later a mainstream success. Toole posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981. It is now considered a canonical work of modern Southern literature, in the USA. The title derives from the epigraph by Jonathan Swift: "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." The story is set in New Orleans in the early 1960s. The central character is Ignatius J. Reilly, an educated but slothful 30-year-old man still living with his mother in the city's Uptown neighborhood, who, due to an incident early in the book, must set out to get a job. In his quest for employment he has various adventures with colorful French Quarter characters.
Creole New Orleans Race and Americanization
by Arthur Hirsch and John Logsdon
This collection of six original essays explores the peculiar ethnic composition and history of New Orleans, which the authors persuasively argue is unique among American cities. The focus of Creole New Orleans is on the development of a colonial Franco-African culture in the city, the ways that culture was influenced by the arrival of later immigrants, and the processes that led to the eventual dominance of the Anglo-American community.
All the Kings Men
by Robert Penn Warren
All the King's Men traces the rise and fall of demagogue Willie Stark, a fictional character loosely based on Governor Huey ""Kingfish"" Long of Louisiana. Stark begins his political career as an idealistic man of the people but soon becomes corrupted by success and caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power.
Why New Orleans Matters
by Tom Piazza
In the aftermath of Katrina and the disaster that followed, promises were made, forgotten, and renewed. Now what will become of New Orleans in the years ahead? What do this proud, battered city and its people mean to America and the world? Award-winning author and longtime New Orleans resident Tom Piazza illuminates the storied culture and uncertain future of this great and neglected American metropolis by evoking the sensuous rapture of the city that gave us jazz music and Creole cooking; examining its deep undercurrents of corruption, racism, and injustice; and explaining how its people endure and transcend those conditions. And, perhaps most important, he asks us all to consider the spirit of this place and all the things it has shared with the world: its grace and beauty, resilience and soul.
Rising Tide
by John Barry
An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove hundreds of thousands of blacks north, and transformed American society and politics forever.
Life On The Mississippi
by Mark Twain
An invaluable companion to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi is Mark Twain's inimitable portrait of 'the great Father of Waters'. Part memoir, part travelogue, it expresses the full range of Twain's literary personality, and remains the most vivid, boisterous and provocative account of the cultural and societal history of the Mississippi Valley, from 'the golden age' of steamboating to the violence wrought by the Civil War.





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