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Online Lecture: New Orleans — Joie de Vivre in the Bible Belt

Program No. 25020RJ
Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2024, at 2 p.m. (ET)/ 11 a.m. (PT), for a one-hour lecture and Q&A to learn about New Orleans’s unique history and culture.

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Join Brian Altobello, author and historian, on a journey into the heart of New Orleans, where French, Spanish, Catholic and Afro-Caribbean influences weave a cultural tapestry unlike any other in the American South. Discover how the city’s spirit is captured not in Southern drawls or country tunes, but through the vibrant beats of jazz and allure of drive-in daiquiri shops. Explore the festive pageantry of Mardi Gras Indian tribes and the mysterious traditions of Voodoo that define New Orleans’s unique cultural identity. This captivating online lecture will also highlight the historical significance of Acadian migration, the lively social gatherings at Congo Square and the secretive octoroon balls, revealing the rich layers of this extraordinary city where the spirit of "Laissez le bon temps rouler" — let the good times roll — thrives.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll, and a reminder email one week and one day before, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask the instructor live questions using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted, all those who enroll in this program receive access to the live event as well as a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within the two weeks following the live event.
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Brian Altobello
Brian Altobello is a native of New Orleans with a master’s in U.S. history and three decades of experience teaching at the high school level. He is a U.S. Army veteran and author of three books, the latest of which is ‘Whiskey, Women, and War: How the Great War Shaped Jim Crow New Orleans,’ published by the University Press of Mississippi. Altobello regularly delivers talks on New Orleans history to Road Scholar groups visiting New Orleans and on Mississippi River paddle wheeler cruise lines.

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Brian Altobello is a native of New Orleans with a master’s in U.S. history and three decades of experience teaching at the high school level. He is a U.S. Army veteran and author of three books, the latest of which is ‘Whiskey, Women, and War: How the Great War Shaped Jim Crow New Orleans,’ published by the University Press of Mississippi. Altobello regularly delivers talks on New Orleans history to Road Scholar groups visiting New Orleans and on Mississippi River paddle wheeler cruise lines.





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