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Center for Louisiana Studies to Celebrate 40th Anniversary

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The community is invited to commemorate 40 years of scholarship, publications and programs with the Center for Louisiana Studies on Wednesday, Nov. 6.

What began modestly in 1973 with $200 and the University president’s blessing has grown into a research hub of international significance. The Center for Louisiana Studies’ achievements will be celebrated with a full day of activities, all of which are free and open to the public. All events will be held on the third floor of Edith Garland Dupré Library.

The day’s activities will begin with an open house of the Center for Louisiana Studies’ offices from 9 -11:30 a.m. Visit with center staff; tour the publications, research and programming headquarters; and learn about upcoming projects. The Center’s offices are in Rooms 313 and 321.

After lunch, the Center will host a half-day symposium in the Jefferson Caffery Reading Room, Room 314. Panels will talk about the history of the Center for Louisiana Studies, the UL Press and the publishing industry, and plans for the Center. A roundtable discussion on the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore will cover the Center’s mission and accomplishments, as well as how to utilize its resources and support its activities.

Parking is available at a pay lot on campus, at the corner of East St. Mary Boulevard and Girard Park Circle. That parking lot does not accept cash.

The 40th-anniversary events are co-sponsored by the UL Lafayette College of Liberal Arts and the University’s Department of History.

For more information about this event or the Center for Louisiana Studies, please call (337) 482-6027, email or visit