| MUSICAL CULTURES OF THE GULF SOUTH
Bringing New Orleans music into the American narrative is one of the primary objectives of the new coordinate major—and of the Center for the Gulf South, says Joel Dinerstein.
“For the American experience, in particular, I think you can learn as much about our history from the popular music as from the literature," says Joel Dinerstein. This statement may seem odd coming from an associate professor of English, but he is leading a new coordinate major in Musical Cultures of the Gulf South. continue reading
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News from the field: Kris Lane
When research upends expectations
As any scholar knows, few things beat the joy of discovery. For historians, discoveries often happen in dark and dusty archives, and many of us feel most at home, or most invigorated, sifting through stacks of old manuscripts. About two years ago I visited archives in highland Bolivia and central Argentina searching for evidence of cloth traded several hundred years ago from distant Ecuador. My specialty is the colonial Andes region of South America, a vast and rugged area that in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries was integrated more by trade than politics.
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