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Dillard University (New Orleans, LA 70122-3097)
Hannah Baker Saltmarsh (Project Director: June 2014 to August 2016)
Mona Lisa Saloy (Project Director: August 2016 to December 2019)

Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Education Programs

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$100,000 (approved)
$95,756 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 12/31/2017

Defining, Documenting, and Teaching New Orleans Creole Culture

A project at Dillard University to infuse New Orleans Creole culture, history, and literature into humanities courses and to produce digital and media materials for the university and the wider public.

The project, "Defining, Documenting, and Teaching New Orleans Creole Culture at Dillard," aims to create a digital archive and enhanced humanities course offerings at Dillard University that explore critical aspects of the historic, multi-cultural, and racial identity in New Orleans. Using selected oral histories to document the evolution of Creole culture, the first area of course enhancement is to create themed freshmen writing courses open to cohorts of students majoring in humanities programs. Additionally, faculty will create a new English course, "Black Creole New Orleans" and create enhanced content on Creole culture to be infused into existing English courses, "Caribbean Literature" and "Linguistics," and the African World Studies course, "Black New Orleans." The oral histories collected will form a new digital archive at Dillard University, and be presented in a short documentary. A culminating event will consist of a panel of Creole scholars from Dillard, LSU, and Tulane.