The Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University will host its annual lecture series in honor of Black History Month.

This series will feature three lectures that are all free and open to the public.

The first lecture, “Creole Culture and Civil Rights: The New Orleans Connection,” by Tim Chauvin, is scheduled for Monday, February 17, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.

“Chauvin will discuss the important role New Orleans’ unique creole culture of music and food helped play in American’s Civil Rights Movement,” said Department Head of History and Political Science Bill Robison.

“From Congo Square to Dooky Chase’s restaurant, New Orleans provides a fascinating window into how music and food helped bring people together,” he said.

The next lecture, given by Zachary Isenhower and titled “The Haitian Revolution and the Challenge of Decolonization,” is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre.

“Zachary Isenhower will compare the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 with the American and French Revolutions and challenge the conventional wisdom that it was characterized throughout by unthinking violence, was the least successful revolution of the era, and produced a failed state,” said Robison.

“Frantz Fanon: An Introduction to a Black Militant Philosopher,” the last lecture of the series, is scheduled Monday, March 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. It will be given by Peter Gratton.

“Peter Gratton will discuss Fanon’s ‘Black Skin / White Masks’ and ‘Wretched of the Earth’ showing him to be a forerunner of critical race theory, an uneasy defender of violence, and prescient about how the uses of violence could lead to the kinds of government found across Africa after the colonial period ended,” said Robison.

In addition to the on-campus events, Southeastern students will participate in a Live Black History Museum at the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum in Hammond on Monday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by MISA; SGA; NAACP; and Phi Teta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and is open to the public.

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