Tuesday, May 31
Saturday, May 28
This is the first in a series of stories from University of New Orleans history students offering invaluable insights into New Orleans’ community. Student researchers are recovering fascinating stories about the city’s past, often drawing upon newspaper articles from The Times-Picayune.
For more information about the UNO Community History project, please email Michael Mizell-Nelson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asked to explain cochon de lait, more than one of our hosts said, "That's a pig still sucking on his momma." In other words, it's a small, milk-fed pig, prized for its tenderness and flavor. It's traditionally cooked over an indirect wood fire.
In the foreground of this picture you can see Joe, capturing the scene. In the background you can see Conrad Ray, one of our hosts. He keeps a hunt camp outside Mansura, Louisiana, where, over the course of a spring afternoon, he cooked us a pig on a reflective pit of his own divination, rigged with a rotisserie-likie apparatus, fueled by pecan wood.
Joe and I learned much that day and night. At various butcher shops, we learned that gaugs are stomachs. And greads are offal mixes, including lights and livers and such, that you can cook down into a killer gravy and serve over rice.
More important, we learned that the people of Avoyelles Parish are among the kindest hosts we've ever encountered. And they cook some of the best pig we've ever tasted.
Join us at the Big Apple BBQ Block Party on the afternoon of June 12 for the debut showing of "To Live and Die in Avoyelles Parish."
Friday, May 27
As part of this week's oral history workshop, students followed SFA oral historian Amy Evans Streeter into the field to watch her conduct an interview with Liz Stagg of the Farmers' Market Store in Oxford. The purpose of the field visit was to witness Amy's interviewing technique, gain experience in documenting an environment through photographs, and create field notes. After the interview, the group curated photographs, learned how to edit audio files, and worked together to create this short audio slideshow.
Many thanks to Liz Stagg for being such a wonderful host and interview subject.
Thursday, May 26
Tuesday, May 24
Saturday, May 21
This short video is the product of an oral history workshop conducted on May 21, 2011, in Cleveland, MS, by SFA oral historian Amy Evans Streeter, working with members of the New Visions program, a filmmaking workshop organaized by our new collaborators, the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (SRBWI).
Friday, May 20
As Joe York crosses the region, surveying the state of Cornbread Nation for the forthcoming Southern Food: The Movie, he trains his lens on remarkable personalities like Gus Koutroulakis, the longtime proprietor of Pete's Famous Hotdogs in Birmingham.
Sadly, Gus passed away this spring. In remembrance, Joe offers this film, and Amy suggests a read of our 2004 oral history interview with Gus here.
Tuesday, May 17
Monday, May 16
"We believe the voices from these communities must be heard or we will not have a truly just food revolution. We also believe that the history and stories of many of these farming communities must be preserved and shared widely."
The Color of Food is working in partnership with the Community Vision Council to create an online directory and nationwide map of all farmers, urban growers, food activists, and other food-related initiatives led by people of color and/or communities of color. The directory will allow for easy access by consumers and will also raise a voice for communities of color who are not currently being heard.
Click here to add your farm, business or organization to the network list!
Friday, May 13
Wednesday, May 11
The NOAA wants to know. Big things, little things and everything in between. And comments from the public close in one week on May 18. Time's a wastin'! They need your input to report the full scope of damage.
Submit a comment to the NOAA Gulf Spill Restoration here.
Tuesday, May 10
Monday, May 9
In 2009 Amy Evans Streeter traveled to Hiltons, Virginia, to meet Rita Forrester at her family's Memorial Music Center, aka the Carter Family Fold.
On the anniversary of its 225th year, Landreth Seed Company tapped Twitty to assist in assembling their African American Heritage Collection. The fruits and vegetables harvested from these seeds were the dietary staples of the enslaved African American.
What I found fascinating was Twitty's statement that many of these seeds didn't come on ships with the slaves (in fact he said that "rarely was the case.") Instead, the seeds were brought over by slave owners in order to feed the enslaved workforce. The foods were used "to placate, to assuage the process of these people being in exile and being worked...not for their own benefit."
The seed collection gives you a taste of "botanical story of the African American people."
Listen to the interview and then check out the seed catalog.
Wednesday, May 4
Tuesday, May 3
Deadline for submissions is MAY 6, 2011.
Monday, May 2
The Center for the Study of New Orleans and Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University New Orleans invite proposals for scholarly papers to be delivered at our fall NolaLoyola symposium. Every fall, NolaLoyola will serve as a venue for scholars and the community to come together to celebrate and study the culture and history of the Crescent City. The theme for our inaugural program is “Food for Thought,” an examination of the food culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South.
To ensure full consideration by the program committee, please submit a five hundred-word abstract postmarked OR emailed on or before Saturday, June 18, 2011 to the address below. Scholars will be notified of their proposal’s status via email no later than Friday, July 17th. Finished papers should not exceed twenty minutes in length and should be completed and submitted to the panel commenter by September 1, 2011. Please send all questions via email to the appropriate address below in order to ensure a prompt reply.
Make all submissions to:
Department of History – Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Justin Nystrom
For more information on the Center for the Study of New Orleans,
please visit our website at www.loyno.edu/csno