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Spring 2017 SAGE Series Set

Spring 2017 SAGE Series Set

(January 6, 2017) McNeese State University will kick off its spring 2017 SAGE series titled “Louisiana and Beyond” with a lecture on “The Yucatán Peninsula” by acclaimed Louisiana photographer C.C. Lockwood at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the SEED Center.

SAGE offers a series of short lectures and discussions on Monday afternoons in the SEED Center centered on a specific theme each fall and spring.
During the course of his career, Lockwood has recorded the abundant natural beauty of Louisiana — particularly the Atchafalaya Basin — and the rest of the Gulf Coast, from Florida to Texas. In his book with the same title, Lockwood will talk about travels to the other side of the Gulf to present an unparalleled look at the untamed wonders of the Yucatán Peninsula.

Avoiding such tourist-trampled ports of call as Cozumel and Cancun, Lockwood focused instead on less accessible wilderness areas such as the Mexican states of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán.

With the assistance of trained explorers, as well as native volunteers, Lockwood visited, over a two-year period, such hidden treasures of the Yucatán as: Arrecife Alacrán and Banco Chinchorro, two coral-laden reefs; Sian Ka’an, a 1.2-million-acre wildlife refuge; and Calakmul, an area of dense jungle. These expeditions gave Lockwood the perfect opportunity to photograph the peninsula’s astonishing array of animal life and capture the magnificent beauty of the land itself, with evocative shots of shimmering green vegetation, colorful flowers and jungle sunrises. He will also discuss the history of the Yucatán Peninsula and its various ecosystems.

Other presentations this semester will include:

  • Feb. 13 – “Furnishing Louisiana: Creole and Acadian Furniture, 1735-1835” - Jessica Dorman
  • March 6 – “Jim Garrison's Bourbon Street Brawl: The Making of a First Amendment Milestone” - James A. Savage
  • March 13 – “Ocean Exploration: Aboard the Nautilus” - Dr. Amber Hale
  • March 27 – “Two Civil Wars: The Curious Shared Journal of a Baton Rouge Schoolgirl and Union Sailor on the USS Essex” - Katherine Jeffrey
  • April 10 – “Louisiana Women: Dorothy Dix, Janet Mary Riley, the Baroness Pontalba,” – Dr. Janet Allured

Lectures are open to the public and cost is $59 through Jan. 30 and $65 after that date for the series. For more information or to register, call 337-475-5616 or visit

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at