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Sawyer Seminar: From River Road to Copenhagen Closing Dinner

Uptown Campus
LBC Stibbs

Join the Sawyer Seminar for a closing dinner and conversation as part of the symposium From River Road to Copenhagen: Revising our Remembrance of the Past with special guests Laura Kilcer VanHuss and Dr. Phebe Hayes. Guests who participated in any part of the multi-part symposium are invited to a dinner at Tulane to connect further over the topics explored in the programs. This event is limited to 30 people, please RSVP to Miriam Taylor at mtaylor11@tulane.edu and include any dietary restrictions.

This dinner is part of From River Road to Copenhagen: Revising our Remembrance of the Past, a multi-part symposium running through February 10-15 that explores innovative approaches to publicly addressing the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade in the Americas, specifically in Louisiana and the Danish West Indies (now the U.S. Virgin Islands). Through film screenings, site visits, artist talk, and the opportunity for engaging conversation over dinner at Tulane, the symposium focuses on changing approaches to curating historical houses such as the Whitney Plantation and Shadows-on-the-Teche in Louisiana, and on the links between colonial sites in the Danish West Indies and I AM QUEEN MARY, an anti-colonial monument at the heart of Copenhagen’s colonial waterfront.

About the Speakers:

Laura Kilcer VanHuss is a curatorial consultant specializing in the development of ethical narratives at sites of enslavement. She has served as curator at Oak Alley Foundation, an institution dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Oak Alley Plantation, a historic site in Vacherie, Louisiana, and is the editor of Charting the Plantation Landscape from Natchez to New Orleans (2021).

Following a long and successful career as a professor of Communicative Disorders and as Dean of the College of General Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Dr. Phebe Hayes has emerged an important voice in Louisiana Studies and in the Acadiana community as the Founder and President of the Iberia African American Historical Society (IAAHS). Founded in 2017, the IAAHS seeks to explore, understand, and make accessible the full story of African American history and culture in Iberia Parish and rural southern Louisiana in general, with a particular focus on the often neglected contributions of African Americans to the region's civic life. Dr. Hayes' work has already led to numerous successes, including the creation of historic marker honoring, Dr. Emma Wakefield Paillet, Louisiana's first black female physician.


This event will be enforcing Tulane COVID-19 policies regarding face-coverings and vaccination statuses, please check online at https://tulane.edu/covid-19 for the most recent updates.

Newcomb Art Department

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