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McNeese Fall Sage Series Set

McNeese Fall Sage Series Set

(September 20, 2017) McNeese State University will kick off its fall 2017 SAGE series - titled “Louisiana Kaleidoscope” - with a lecture on the life of New Orleans jazzman Danny Barker at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 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.

Molly Reid, an editor at The Historic New Orleans Collection museum and research center in the French Quarter, will discuss the incredible life of Barker and his career as a touring musician, writer, storyteller and scholar of black life and music.

With his diverse experiences and sheer longevity, Barker built a magnificent trove of knowledge about the world, which he shared in his stories, songs, interviews and books. His autobiography - “A Life in Jazz” – was published in 1986.

Molly Reid
Reid, a former journalist for the Times-Picayune, specializes in New Orleans music history and she served as head researcher for the HBO program, “Treme.” 

Other presentations this semester will include:

Oct. 9 - Maude Reid, Queen of the Scrapbooks, Saves Lake Charles History - Pati Threatt, McNeese archivist and special collections librarian
Oct. 26 - Images of Depression-Era Louisiana - Dr. Maria Hebert-Leiter
Nov. 13 - Christmas Stories From Louisiana - Drs. Dorothy and Kenneth Robbins
Nov. 27 - Adventures with “Dr. Boudin” and the Accidental Invention of the Boudin & Cracklin King Cake – Dr. Robert Carriker

 Molly Reid               
Lectures are open to the public and cost is $59 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