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2005 Conference Highlights

Creole Connections: Linking Louisiana and the Caribbean


The 2005 Second Annual Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies Conference, Creole Connections: Linking Louisiana and the Caribbean, sought to map the terrain of Louisiana's past, present, and future status as a constituent member of the wider Caribbean basin, including the coastal cultures of North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean states of Mexico, and the islands of the Caribbean and southwestern Atlantic. The conference took place March 31-April 2 in the Rotunda Building of Energy, Coast and Environment Building and assembled an exciting combination of panels, keynote presentations, and performances that featured scholars from disciplines in the physical and social sciences, as well as the humanities.  Keynote speakers included: Albert Hunt, Professor of History, SUNY-Purchase; Barry Ancelet, Professor of French, University of Louisiana, Lafayette; Brenda Marie Osbey, Louisiana Poet Laureate; Daryl Dance, Department of English and Folklore, University of Richmond; and Nick Spitzer, Professor of Folklore and Cultural Conservation, University of New Orleans.  A musical performance and lecture by Dr. Bone and the Hepcats concluded the day-long activities on Friday, April lst. Generously co-sponsored by an Enhancement Grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents and by the Center for French and Francophone Studies, les bon temps were had by all


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