The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to host a 6-week book club discussion group entitled The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities with Dr. Olivia Pass. This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Créoles du Monde exhibit.
The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History will offer the reading public an opportunity to consider issues such as why Creole identity migrated among groups over history and how class, race, and culture have been navigated by writers of the Creole experience. Texts range from the multi-generations story Cane River, by Lalita Tademy, Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana’s Free People of Color, an album of Creole thought and experience, ed. Sybil Kein, Anne Rice’s novel Feast of All Saints, the historical analysis of Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization, eds. Arnold Hirsch and Joseph Logsdon, and Catherine Carmier, Ernest Gaines’ first novel. This program is free and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required as space is limited.
Dr. Olivia Pass is currently an Adjunct Professor at Louisiana State University and Southern University as well as for Oshner Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) programs. She is also involved in planning the Celebration of Literature and Art, Inc. which sponsors literary and artistic events in the St. Francisville and Baton Rouge areas. Dr. Pass has a Ph.D. in Early American Literature.
The Créoles du Monde, or Creoles of the World exhibit, celebrates Creole cultures from around the world. Included in the exhibit are fanciful costumes, beautiful paintings, rare books, documents, videos and photography from south Louisiana, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 15