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McNeese SAGE Lecture Set

McNeese SAGE Lecture Set

(February 17Guest lecturer Ray Brassieur, 2016) Dr. Ray Brassieur, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, will give a lecture titled, “Louisiana Healing Traditions Into the 21st Century,” at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the McNeese State University SEED Center as part of the McNeese Spring 2016 SAGE series.
Brassieur will explore the evolution of traditional healing practices in south Louisiana, tracing their origins back over 300 years. These practices include spiritual treatments, magical practices and the plant therapies within Cajun, Creole and Native American communities.

The lecture will conclude with a discussion relating how these practices and traditions are affecting medical science fields today.
Brassieur received his bachelor’s degree in history from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, his master’s degree in anthropology from Louisiana State University and his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Throughout his career, he has studied local folklife, culture-ecological issues and traditional plant knowledge. He was curator at the Acadian House Museum, within the Longfellow-Evangeline State Park, supervised Louisiana Folklife Pavilion programs at the 1984 New Orleans World Fair, programmed cultural events for the Jean Lafitte National Park, helped create the master plan for Vermilionville Living History and Folklife Park in Lafayette, served as programs coordinator for the University of Missouri Cultural Heritage Center and work he conducted helped establish the Maine Acadian National Park.

He serves as member of numerous committees and boards concerned with historic preservation, cultural heritage and civic improvement. 
Lectures are open to the public and cost is $65 for the series. For more information or to register, call 337-475-5616 or visit

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