Announcing the Statewide Louisiana Omnibus Phone Survey
LSU's Public Policy Research Lab will begin running a statewide phone survey of least 500 Louisiana residents via traditional landline telephone, and at least 500 via cellphone, twice a year, that any internal LSU department can buy questions on. Result will be weighted to mirror the most recent U.S. Census data for the state. This is ideal for professors, students and researchers that need quick, representative data, without having to spend a lot of money. For only $600, you can add your own short single-data-point question to the survey. Questions are due May 15. For more details about this opportunity, contact PPRL Operations Manager Michael Climek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History Releases New Podcast
The latest podcast in the "What Endures" series from LSU's T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History, part of LSU Libraries Special Collections, features an interview with an LSU cultural anthropologist about the history of one of the state's most well-known and well-attended festivals, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Helen Regis, an associate professor in the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology, is working with her LSU students and a fellow cultural anthropologist, Nicholls State University's Shana Walton, to conduct oral history interviews with long-time Jazz Fest staff, workers and attendees. Regis is also partnering with Rachel Lyons from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Archive and with Jennifer Abraham Cramer, director of the LSU Libraries' Williams Center for Oral History, to establish and preserve the collection. This "What Endures" podcast episode features a brief interview with Regis, who sat down with Cramer before the kickoff of this year's Jazz Fest to talk about the oral history project. They discuss how she and her LSU students interviewed Jazz Fest vendors, construction crew members, an artist, a storyteller, an event producer and seasoned festival goers. Regis also speaks of the value of this service learning class, which provides her students an opportunity to conduct hands-on research. Also in the episode, former praline vendor and current festivalgoer Claudia Dumestres recalls the beginnings of Jazz Fest in Congo Square, where she saw such acts as Duke Ellington, Woody Allen, Allen Fontenot and the Country Cajuns, Albert King and Dizzy Gillespie. John Lehon, a Jazz Fest storyteller, also shares with listeners a story about the "Teeny Weeny Woman" and her teeny weeny surprise ending. The oral histories collected in this project will be housed at both partner institutions and will eventually be available to researchers online through the Williams Center's collection on the Louisiana Digital Library. To listen to the podcast, as well as to past episodes, and to learn more about the Jazz Fest project and the interviewees, visit http://oralhistory.blogs.lib.lsu.edu.