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Remembering Frank de Caro: A Conversation with Folklorists Barry Jean Ancelet, Marcia Gaudet, Nick Spitzer, and Robin Roberts
Join the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and folklorists Barry Jean Ancelet, Marcia Gaudet, Robin Roberts, and Nick Spitzer for a Bright Lights Online conversation about Lifetime Contributions to the Humanities awardee Frank de Caro. De Caro, a nationally renowned folklorist who was particularly active in Louisiana, served as first chairman of the Louisiana Folklife Commission and president of the Louisiana Folklore Society. In these roles and through his writing he was instrumental in developing today’s vibrant Louisiana folklife community. His last book, Downtown Mardi Gras: New Carnival Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans, co-authored with Robin Roberts and Leslie A. Wade, was released in 2019, shortly before his passing in spring 2020 of COVID-19.

The program will be moderated by Robin Roberts, professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Arkansas. She edited a special issue of Louisiana Folklore Miscellany dedicated to Frank de Caro’s work that features, among other essays and remembrances, unpublished work of his, and a poem by his wife Rosan Jordan.

Jul 16, 2021 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Barry Jean Ancelet
Professor Emeritus of Francophone Studies @University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Barry Jean Ancelet is professor emeritus of francophone studies and a Center for Louisiana Studies research fellow at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has published numerous articles and several books, and produced concerts, festivals, records, museum exhibitions, documentary films, and television and radio programs on various aspects of Louisiana French language and culture. His alter ego, Jean Arceneaux, has produced several collections of French poetry and short fiction, as well as song lyrics and plays, and served as Poète Lauréat de la Louisiane francophone from 2018 to 2020. Headshot by Philip Gould.
Marcia Gaudet
Professor Emerita of English @University of Louisiana Lafayette
Marcia Gaudet is professor of English emerita at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she was the founding director of the Ernest J. Gaines Center. She is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society. Gaudet has published widely on Louisiana folklore and literature. Her book Carville: Remembering Leprosy in America was awarded the 2005 Chicago Folklore Prize. Headshot by Irby Gaudet.
Nick Spitzer
Host and Producer @American Routes
Nick Spitzer is host and producer of American Routes. A folklorist specializing in American music and the cultures of the Gulf South, Spitzer holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas and is a professor of anthropology and American studies at Tulane University. Spitzer founded the Louisiana Folklife Program. He directed the PBS film Zydeco: Creole Music & Culture in French Louisiana. Spitzer is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, was Louisiana Humanist of the Year (2006), and received a Guggenheim for his work in Louisiana Creole communities. Headshot by Tanja Spitzer.