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Spring Louisiana Cultural Vistas

The new issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas celebrates the recipients of the 2017 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Awards. The issue debuts this week and the LEH will honor the awardees at the 2017 LEH Bright Lights Awards Dinner presented by Entergy Louisiana on April 13 at Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge. Click here to purchase tickets.

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  • William Joyce, 2017 LEH Humanist of the Year, on his education, his acclaimed career as an author and illustrator, and his enduring bond with Shreveport:“I remember helping my cousin read for Pinter plays. I was around ten. Bugs Bunny in the morning, Pinter in the afternoon.”
  • Zella Palmer on Nellie Murray, whose mother and grandmother were enslaved cooks for a Louisiana governor, but who grew into one of the most celebrated chefs in New Orleans:“During the 1903 National American Woman Suffrage Association convention in New Orleans, Murray catered a private luncheon for Susan B. Anthony. Murray was also a patriot; she made 1,030 sandwiches with her famed drip coffee for American soldiers on their way to Cuba during the Spanish-American War.”
  • An excerpt from Shane Bernard’s Teche: A History of Louisiana’s Most Famous Bayou, a 2017 LEH Book of the Year.
  • Ben Sandmel on new releases from Mahalia Jackson, Davell Crawford, and Courtney Granger.
  • The debut of “Constitutional Corner,” a new column exploring the foundations of American democracy.
  • The latest installment of “Geographer’s Space,” our web series with columnist Richard Campanella, who answers a vital question: Why do we say “neutral ground?”


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