Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans--America’s Creole city? Join Yale Senior Lecturer in History & Associate Director Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers & Borders to find out. This free lecture will highlight the upcoming travel program, New Orleans: History Music and Architecture, March 21-27, 2023, by examining four factors that answer the question—Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?
1) Cuisine: Cross-cultural influences have brought French, Spanish, Italian, African and Native American traditions together, creating a culinary style that is distinctly New Orleans. “Jambalaya” is a Mobilian word--combining French and Choctaw—that means lengthening the ham. We'll examine the flavors and tastes that make one of America's only original cuisines.
2) Colonial Architecture: The 1768 Rebellion, is under-recognized as the beginning of the American Revolution. From there going forward, the city's history can be told through its wonderful architectural legacy.
3) Jazz Music Heritage: Among many musical influences, New Orleans links both French North America and the Caribbean from Haiti (Saint Domingue) to Montréal. It was the birthplace of the first African American newspaper, Réveille! and a hub for a distinct style of Jazz music that was incubated here with roots in the late 19th century.
4) Cosmopolitan Culture, an early center of opera, it had a Philharmonic Society formed by 100 classically-trained free people of color in 1840. Through museums, bookstores, curiosities, and unique traditions, we explore a culture found nowhere else on earth.
Historian Jocelyn Létourneau maintains that creolization “is like a loose cannon, undisciplined, while culture is fixed in a specific canon, disciplined. Créolité is dissonance while culture is consonance.” In the musical creole city of New Orleans, the two exist together in perfect harmony.
Learn more about the March 2023 travel program at alumniacademy.yale.edu/NewOrleans23