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JAZZ, AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE SCHOLAR
TO PRESENT HONORS LECTURE AT SOUTHEASTERN
HAMMOND – The Southeastern
Louisiana University Honors Program will host a free lecture by Robert
O’Meally, eminent scholar of jazz and African-American literature, on Wednesday,
Scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
in the Cate Teacher Education Center Kiva, O’Meally’s lecture, “That Music
Demanded Action: Reading Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man,’” will follow
the annual Honors Program awards convocation, beginning at 6 p.m. The lecture
and awards ceremony are open to members of the campus and community.
O’Meally will also meet
earlier in the afternoon with Southeastern Honors Program students. His
lecture is supported by Arts and Lectures Committee and Student Government
Association grants to the Honors Program and Honors Club, co-sponsors of
the evening’s events, said James Walter, director of the Southeastern Honors
As director of the Center
for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in New York City, O’Meally has
authored and edited numerous books and articles and has lectured throughout
the United States and Europe on the role of jazz in American culture. He
has written documentaries on Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington and produced
numerous CD’s, including the Grammy-nominated “The Jazz Singers.” He has
also presented lectures at the Corcoran Art Gallery and is the author of
a Smithsonian exhibition catalogue on jazz painting and literature.
The former director of
the Honors Program at Howard University, he is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor
of American Literature at Columbia University, where he has received many
teaching and research awards.
At the annual Honors Program
awards ceremony, also in the Kiva, certificates will be given to 10 students
who have met the strenuous requirements for the Sophomore Honors Distinction
Award. Additional awards will be given for service and teaching excellence.
Students receiving honors
certificates are Shelisa Daniel, Ponchatoula; Haley Echlin, Clinton; Paul
Fontenot, Denham Springs; Bridget Hester, Tickfaw; Emily Lambeth, Baton
Rouge; Rachel Landry, Prairieville; Kimberly Pikes, Amite; Jeanne Northrop,
Folsom; Erin Rode, Loranger, and Monideepa Talukdar, Delhi, India.