Beyond Bourbon St. ; Digging New Orleans DANC 418

Mardi Gras Indian

The African and Creole populations of New Orleans—under French and Spanish domain—managed to create a thriving culture that came under assault following the Louisiana Purchase.  Yet vestiges of this culture remain a vital part of the Crescent City’s character.  We will spend 8 days investigating the traditions that contribute to the unique character of “the Big Easy” while illuminating the African roots that were forced underground. To understand why this city put an indelible stamp on American popular culture, we will dance to 2nd Line brass bands, listen to Trad Jazz on Frenchmen St., visit Voodoo sites, & admire the elaborate suits of the Mardi Gras Indians.  And we will “bounce,” while sustaining ourselves on gumbo and jambalaya.

This Program runs Saturday March 7 - 14, 2020 (Mason Spring break). all participants will be staying in the

French Quarter just a few blocks from Congo Square and adjacent to the Treme. Program includes 3 credits "DANC 418"

Lodging, all entrance fees & tour Guide services. Fees do not cover transportation to New Orleans or return.

For information regarding the academics of the class and itinerary please contact Professor James Lepore jlepore@gmu.edu 
For information about deposit payment, registration and application please contact Greg Justice gjustice@gmu.edu