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Armstrong in Prison: The Fight for New Orleans Jazz Culture Since the Flood

Time: April 1, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

Larry Blumenfeld (Brooklyn,NY)

After the flood that resulted from the levee failures following Hurricane Katrina, was New Orleans jazz culture welcomed back? Not exactly. Drawing on more than a decade of research and immersive reporting as a Katrina Media Fellow for the Open Society Institute, Blumenfeld documents how jazz culture served as an essential infrastructure for recovery, and yet met with resistance. He details tensions between the city’s storied culture and its power brokers, revealing the city’s ambivalence toward its signature culture and the issues of race and class coursing through a “new” New Orleans.

Additional supporters:

  • Council on Diversity and Inclusion
  • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Goldring Arts Journalism Program
  • Hendricks Chapel
  • Museum Studies
  • English / Creative Writing
  • School of Education
  • Latino-Latin American Studies
  • SUArt Galleries
  • Art and Music Histories
  • Setnor School of Music
  • Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • History
  • Samba Laranja
  • CNY Jazz Central
  • Belfer Archives
  • Special Collections Research Center
  • WAER

This event is part of the 2019 Watson Professor residency hosted by Eric Grode - director of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program, and assistant professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities is a preeminent lectureship originally established by the Watson family to support on-campus residencies of prominent humanities scholars, writers, and artists.

Eric Grode, Newhouse