Community Outreach

Satchmo Summer Seminars Seminars

Midlo Endowed Chair Mary Niall Mitchell chairs a Midlo-sponsored panel at the Tennessee Williams Festival 2016

Since its inception, The Midlo Center has sponsored a series of high profile outreach projects that help circulate information from the University of New Orleans back into the community that it serves. The Center has sponsored or co-sponsored lectures, panel discussions, teacher workshops, conferences, oral history projects, exhibits, and lecture series/academic courses, among many others. Hundreds of New Orleanians have learned about the history of their city through Midlo projects.  The Midlo Center serves as resource and ‘educational component’ of many city and state initiatives related to tourism, heritage, and preservation. The Midlo Center has promoted collaborations between and among the University, local archives, humanities organizations, and scholars. Collaborations occur in informal and formal ways, through co-sponsorship of events, internships, and discussions. Through all of these projects and initiatives, the Midlo Center fulfills its mission of serving the community of New Orleans by circulating New Orleans history to the city.

Conferences, lectures and projects

  • TriPod - New Orleans at 300 - WWNO/NPR
  • States of Incarceration - with Humanities Action Lab, New School 2017
  • Freedom on the Move - with Cornell University 2018
  • Making New Orleans Home - Tricentennial Conference 2018
  • Your Story Our Story - with Tenement Museum, NYC
  • Retrospective Conversations - oral history project
  • Midlo Scholars Lectures at the Earl K.
    Long Library, 2013
  • Orleans Parish School Board Records Celebration of 30 Years at UNO, 2012
  • New Orleans Senegal Conference, 2013
  • Satchmo SummerFest Seminars, 2002–2017
  • French Quarter Festival Seminars, 2006–2015
  • Louisiana Bicentennial Teachers Workshop, 2012
  • Louisiana State Museum Second Thursdays
    Lecture Series, 2006–13
  • International Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference, 2011
  • Cultures of Rebuilding in Post-Katrina
    New Orleans Conference, 2008
  • History of New Orleans Lecture Series, 2007
  • Boswell Centennial, 2007
  • Deacons for Defense - Midlo Lecture, 2005
  • Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Lecture Series, 2002
  • “Black New Orleans: John Blassingame's Classic and New Directions on the City's Early African American History," 2017.
  • Sisters of the Holy Family oral history project 2016-17
  • Tricentennial issue, Journal of African American History, guest editors 2018
  • Tennessee Williams Festival panels 2015-2017
  • Satchmo to Amadeus Conference,
    Salzburg, Austria 2001
  • Louis Armstrong Centennial Conference, 2001
  • Revisiting the Birth of Our Century, 1998
  • New Orleans Music Colloquium, 1998-09
  • New Orleans in Europe, Warwick University,
    Great Britain, 1998
  • Sidney Bechet Centennial, 1997
  • Robert Williams and the Self Defense Aspect
    of the Civil Rights Movement, 1997
  • The State of Our Country Dr. Ben Chavis, Jr., 1992
  • Black and White Together? Anne Braden, 1992
  • The Challenge of an American Tradition
    John Hope Franklin, 1988
  • Why We Marched: Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, 1983
  • "To Be Sold" Conference, 2015
  • "Freedom on the Move" Project, 2017
  • "Domestic Slave Trade," Joshua D. Rothman, 2014
  • “States of Incarceration” exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 2017
  • TriPod: New Orleans at 300 - http://
    radio history of New Orleans, 2016-18
  • “Sold South: Tracing a Jesuit Slave Community from Maryland to Louisiana,” in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Midlo Center. Hosted by THNOC, 2016
  • “Windows from Prison: Using Public Art to Disrupt the Criminal Justice System,” Mark Strandquist, 2016