LHC Film Screening: “Freedom Riders” on July 1

FreedomRiders_0July 2 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. On Tuesday, July 1,  the LEH commemorates  the landmark legislation with a screening of “Freedom Riders,” the award-winning documentary included in the LEH’s 2013 “Created Equal” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Doors open at 6pm and event is free and open to the public.

After the screening, the LEH’s Brian Boyles talks to legendary Civil Rights activist and Free Southern Theater co-founder John O’Neal and Stephanie McKee, Artistic Director of Junebug Productions, about the legacy of the Civil Rights Act. Audience participation is welcome in the post-film conversation.

For more info, email boyles@leh.org or call 504.620.2632. The LHC is located at 938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans.



June 26: Bourbon Street, Brass Bands and New Louisiana Cultural Vistas

Summer 2014 Pub FlyerThe new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas hits mailboxes and newsstands this month. We’ll celebrate the issue with a publication party on Thursday, June 26, at the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans.

Contributors (and regular LCV columnists) Richard Campanella and Matt Sakakeeny discuss their new books, excerpted in the issue. Buy your copy of Bourbon Street: A History and Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans at the event from Garden District Books. Our favorite Louisiana-based sponsors, Abita and Zapp’s, provide refreshments at 6pm, and talks start at 7pm. And for the first time, we’ll repair next door to an official after-party with our new neighbors, Cellardoor.

The Louisiana Humanities Center is located at 938 Lafayette Street. Parking is available in the white-lined spaces behind the building. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Brian Boyles at boyles@leh.org or 504.620.2632.

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PRIME TIME Preschool Pilot Celebrates Third Year

pt preschoolWith a generous 3-year grant from Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), the PRIME TIME Preschool program has been piloted as a school readiness program for New Orleans area children ages 3-5 and their families. Based on the empirically proven PRIME TIME model, PRIME TIME Preschool introduces young children to the humanities and literature in a way that is developmentally appropriate and engaging. Continue reading PRIME TIME Preschool Pilot Celebrates Third Year

Ben Sandmel: Spring 2014 “Sound Advice”


The following column appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Click here to subscribe.

Kindred Spirits: Tom McDermott Honors Louis Moreau Gottschalk

By Ben Sandmel

In New Orleans, a city teeming with extraordinary musicians, Tom McDermott stands out as an especially unique and accomplished multitalent. McDermott is an eclectic pianist, a composer, a music historian, and a sensitive, intuitive accompanist for vocalists and instrumental soloists alike. Virtuoso is not a word to be used lightly, but it’s certainly apt in this instance. Continue reading Ben Sandmel: Spring 2014 “Sound Advice”

Get us on the roof for GIVENOLA Day!

Our supporters, partners and friends keep the LEH mission alive every day through donations, grants and subscriptions to Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine. On Tuesday, May 6, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s GiveNOLA Day offers an extraordinary one-day, online giving event to benefit New Orleans area nonprofits. Every dollar you donate to the LEH through the GiveNOLA portal will be increased by additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by GNOF and their generous GiveNOLA sponsors.

Click here to donate to the LEH on May 6! 

Click here for the LEH Facebook invite! Continue reading Get us on the roof for GIVENOLA Day!

VIDEO: LCV Contributor Roger Hahn On Memphis Minnie

On April 8, Louisiana Cultural Vistas celebrated the publication of its Spring 2014 issue with a party at the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans. Discussing his piece on blues legend Memphis Minnie (see Knowla.org entry), contributor Roger Hahn read from this 1942 account by Langston Hughes of the singer’s performance at the 230 Club in Chicago:

“Then, through the smoke and racket of the noisy Chicago bar float Louisiana bayous, muddy old swamps, Mississippi dust and sun, cotton fields, lonesome roads, train whistles in the night, mosquitoes at dawn, and the Rural Free Delivery, that never brings the right letter. All these things cry through the strings on Memphis Minnie’s electric guitar, amplified to machine proportions — a musical version of electric welders plus a rolling mill.”

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