The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University (NOCGS) is an interdisciplinary, place-based institute that promotes the understanding of New Orleans and the Gulf South region. We offer research fellowships, curate educational experiences, and create new publications that relate the local to the global.

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Join the wondrous Melissa Weber, Curator of Hogan Jazz Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz, at 12pm cst TODAY, for a zoom presentation: Jivin' with Dr. Daddy-O: Race, Radio and Representing Black in Jim Crow New Orleans Monday, October 2, 2023 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT Free and open to the public; online only Register for Zoom event: https://tulane.libcal.com/event/10964198 Both because of and in spite of Jim Crow laws, which enacted segregative policies, a Dillard University art professor named Vernon Winslow transformed himself in 1949 into Dr. Daddy-O, the first Black disc jockey to host his own program on New Orleans radio. His pioneering show as a broadcaster extended beyond integrating the airwaves. He began his radio career by creating the character of and writing scripts for Poppa Stoppa, a white WJMR AM DJ who became popular by using Black dialect and slang, as coached by Winslow off-air, since African American on-air talent was not yet allowed. With his first show as Dr. Daddy-O, Winslow broke down segregated airwaves in New Orleans and, in the process, integrated his previous skills in advertising and public relations, his new skills as a broadcaster, his natural ability to communicate, and his early understanding of the power of attracting Black audiences, promoting Black music, and embracing Black vernacular on air. His story adds to the narrative of Black radio history, the birth of rock ‘n roll, the desegregation of New Orleans airwaves, and the role of sales and advertising in radio broadcasting. In 2019, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awarded a Preservation Implementation Grant to Tulane University Special Collections to conserve and digitize rare recordings from the Vernon Winslow Collection of Phonograph Records, housed with the Hogan Archive. The unique recordings on 78 RPM discs include Dr. Daddy-O’s remote broadcasts, his interviews with leading jazz, blues, and rhythm & blues icons of the 1950s, and Winslow’s own trademark vocal style as a legendary radio personality and cultural influencer.
Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought and the Amistad Research Center proudly invite you to join for an evening of conversation in New Orleans with our 4th Amistad-Rivers Research Resident Alia Farid and the curator and writer Amal Khalaf. On Tuesday, August 29th, Farid and Khalaf will discuss the reverberations between Farid's work in the marshlands of Iraq and her recent discovery of the wetlands of southeastern Louisiana. Join to learn more about Farid and Khalaf's practices, River’s partnership with Amistad Research Center, and the art that collaboration makes possible. Location: The Albert & Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design 1725 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 Doors open at 6pm, the conversation will begin promptly at 6:15pm. A short reception will follow. Seating is first-come first-serve. Attendance is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating, RSVP on our Eventbrite link and arrive early to secure your seats. Alia Farid (b. 1985, Kuwait City; lives and works in Kuwait City and San Juan, Puerto Rico) received a BFA from la Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico (San Juan), an MS in Visual Studies from MIT (Cambridge, MA), and an MA in Museum Studies and Critical Theory from the Program d'Estudis Independents, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona, Spain). She has presented solo exhibition at Portikus (Frankfurt) and Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam). Recent group shows include participation in the 32rd Bienal de Sao Paulo, the 12th Gwangju Biennale, Sharjah Biennial 14, the 2nd Lahore Biennale, Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2001 at MoMA PS1, and the 2022 Whitney Biennial: Quiet as It's Kept. She is the 2023 recipient of the Hene Onstad Kunstsenter's Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award. Amal Khalaf is a curator, artist, and is currently Director of Programs at Cubitt, London, and Projects Curator-at-Large at the Serpentine Galleries, London. She has commissioned and developed residencies, exhibitions, workshops, and collaborative research projects that address the role of art operating within pedagogy and social urgencies. @followriversinstitute