Tuesday, October 25, 2016

UNO Public History Lecture Series Kicks Off on Oct. 27 with 'Rogues, Reprobates and Rapscallions: Election Patterns in Louisiana’

James FitzmorrisHave you ever wondered why colorful personalities continue to enjoy electoral support in Louisiana while more traditional figures have a hard time getting a foothold in the state’s politics?

Join John D. Fitzmorris III, adjunct professor of history at the University of New Orleans, as he shares his analysis Oct. 27 at 6 p.m., during the first in the 2016-17 Logsdon and Mizell-Nelson Library Lecture Series.

On the eve of state and federal election, when outsized personalities have often dominated the public dialogue, Fitzmorris’ lecture titled “Rogues, Reprobates and Rapscallions: Election Patterns in Louisiana,” will explore the history behind our voting attitudes and behavior.

This public event will be held at Norman Mayer Branch of the New Orleans Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., across the street from Dillard University. Refreshments will be provided.

Fitzmorris’ lecture is one of six scheduled across the city between now and April. All of the lectures are made possible with funding by the Joseph Logsdon Endowed Professorship and are held in honor of Logsdon, a popular UNO history professor who died in 1997 and Michael Mizell-Nelson, a treasured member of the UNO history faculty who died in 2014.

The complete series is as follows:

* Election Patterns in Louisiana – John Fitzmorris III, Ph.D.

Norman Mayer Library, Oct. 27, 6 p.m . to 7:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered why colorful personalities continue to enjoy electoral support in Louisiana, while more traditional figures have difficulty finding a foothold in Louisiana politics?  John Fitzmorris, associate professor of history at UNO, will explain why, and on the eve of our state and federal elections.

* New Orleans and its Impossible Location: Floods, Levees, Drainage – Gerald Bodet, Ph.D.

Robert E. Smith Library, Nov. 30, 6 p.m. to  7:30 p.m.

Gerald Bodet, UNO history professor emeritus, will review the history of New Orleans' struggles to contain, and to drain, the waters of the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain. How successful have these efforts been, and what does the future hold as global waters rise and the Louisiana coast disappears? 

* Global Migration Patterns – Mark Phillips, Ph.D.

Alvar Library, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In this lecture, UNO philosophy instructor Mark Phillips will explain how the scientific community is seen as a model for cooperation across national frontiers, showing that the goal of “people without borders” is not only attainable, but is itself a necessary means toward greater human achievement in the future.  

* Big Chief Robbe, “Chief of Chiefs” – Al Kennedy, Ph.D.

Algiers Regional Library, Jan. 11, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Robert Nathaniel Lee, known to generations as “Big Chief Robbe,” embraced the Mardi Gras Indian tradition in the 1920s when he joined the Creole Wild West. Proclaimed a Big Chief in the 1940s, Big Chief Robbe brought back the Golden Blades and started the White Eagles and the Ninth Ward Hunters.

* Art and the Politics of Representation in Louisiana's Civil Rights Movement – Nikki Brown, Ph.D.

Keller Library, March 22, 2017,  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In the 1890s and 1900s, racist political cartoons ridiculed African-Americans, and plantation postcards depicted African-Americans happily toiling in cotton fields in a new Golden Age of the South. But, when African-Americans photographed themselves, especially in Louisiana, they showed a dignity and humanity that was central to their advancement. This lecture by Nikki Brown, associate professor of history at UNO, compares and contrasts representations of African-Americans in photographs in Louisiana in the 1890s and 1900s.

 * Technology and Higher Education in Louisiana - Rob Stufflebeam, Ph.D.

Mid-City Library, April 12, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

How do online courses work? How do students learn, and how are courses able to keep costs low?  Can online education work in Louisiana?  Rob Stufflebeam, department chair and associate professor of philosophy, will answer these questions in his lecture.