History and Political Science Department hosts Black History Month Lecture Series
The Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University
will host its annual lecture series in honor of Black History Month.
This series will feature three lectures that are all free and open to the public.
The first lecture, “Creole Culture and Civil Rights: The New Orleans Connection,”
by Tim Chauvin, is scheduled Monday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
“Chauvin will discuss the important role New Orleans’ unique creole culture of
music and food helped play in American’s Civil Rights Movement,” said Department Head
of History and Political Science Bill Robison.
“From Congo Square to Dooky Chase’s restaurant, New Orleans provides a fascinating
window into how music and food helped bring people together,” he said.
The next lecture given by Zachary Isenhower and titled, “The Haitian Revolution
and the Challenge of Decolonization,” is scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m.
in the Student Union Theatre.
“Zachary Isenhower will compare the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 with the
American and French Revolutions and challenge the conventional wisdom that it was
characterized throughout by unthinking violence, was the least successful revolution
of the era, and produced a failed state,” said Robison.
“Frantz Fanon: An Introduction to a Black Militant Philosopher,” the last lecture
of the series, is scheduled Monday, March 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
It will be given by Peter Gratton.
“Peter Gratton will discuss Fanon’s ‘Black Skin/White Masks’ and ‘Wretched of
the Earth’ showing him to be a forerunner of critical race theory, an uneasy defender
of violence, and prescient about how the uses of violence could lead to the kinds
of government found across Africa after the colonial period ended,” said Robison.
For more information about Southeastern’s Black History Month lecture series,
contact Robison at 549-2413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Military and Local Hero Appreciation Day March 1
SLU Athletics appreciates our local heroes and the men and women who serve our country.
Present a valid military service or unit member (police, EMT, Firefighter, etc.) ID
to the ticket office before game day March 1 or to the ticket window on game day and
receive two free tickets to the game. Call the ticket office at 549-5466 for more
When the Lions score five or more runs on a designated Cane’s Challenge date,
everyone’s a winner of a buy-one-get-one-free combo courtesy of Raising Cane’s. Fans
must present game ticket and students must present student coupon in order to claim
the meal deal.
Alumni Association seeks board member nominations
The Southeastern Alumni Association is seeking energetic, action-oriented volunteers
to serve on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said board members commit
their time and expertise to fulfill the association’s mission of strengthening ties
between the university, alumni and community.
“The board is comprised of a wide range of individuals who represent the entire
alumni base. Each member serves a two-year term, and their job is to assist in promoting
the mission of the Alumni Association in tandem with that of Southeastern,” said Biggs.
“They promote pride, help in student recruitment efforts, act as mentors, preserve
traditions of the university and encourage active membership in the association.”
Biggs said in order to be eligible to serve on the board, individuals must be
dues paying members of the Southeastern Alumni Association and in good standing; demonstrate
involvement, support and commitment to Southeastern; possess the ability and willingness
to give time and resources to support the association; possess the ability to effectively
collaborate in a team environment; have effective verbal and written communication
skills; and have a personal interest in Southeastern, its students, alumni and the
Alumni Association Board nomination packets are due to the Alumni Center by March
2. Packets consist of a completed nomination form; a copy of the nominee’s resume,
CV, LinkedIn profile, or similar professional summary; and optional letters of support
from individuals other than the nominator. Nomination forms are available at southeastern.edu/alumniboard.
Self-nominations are also acceptable, Biggs said.
For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 549-2150.
History graduate students distinguish themselves at National WWII Museum Symposium
On Saturday, Feb 8, six graduate students from the History Department attended the
Yalta at 75: From World War to Cold War Symposium at National WWII Museum’s new Higgins
Hotel. The students Amelia Haag, Riley “Bo” Trisler, Joseph Ricci, Abigail Foster
Simmons, Brody Simmons, and recent MA graduate, Heather Duncan, were accompanied by
Dr. Sam Cavell of the Department of History and Political Science at this world-class
Presentations by Yalta Conference and WWII experts included Dr. Serhii Plokii
(Harvard University), Dr. Michael Bishop (National Churchill Library and Center),
Dr. Gunter Bischof (UNO) and Dr. Rob Citino (National WWII Museum).
Southeastern students and graduates mingled with the experts and demonstrated
the depth of their knowledge through incisive questions during the sessions. The quality
of their contributions were recognized by many of the attendees who commented on their
All who attended would like to thank the organizers and staff of the Institute
for the Study of War and Democracy at the National WWII Museum for inviting our graduates
and students to be a part of this amazing event.
STUDENTS REPRESENT AT SYMPOSIUM - From left are attendees Riley “Bo” Trisler, Joseph Ricci, Amelia Haag, Brody Simmons,
Abigail Foster Simmons, and Heather Duncan.
Southeastern Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band to present first concert of the semester
Southeastern’s Department of Music and Performing Arts will present the University
Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band in the first concert of the spring semester Wednesday,
Feb. 19. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Recital Hall, the concert
The University Jazz Lab Band program, under the direction of Lecturer of Double
Bass John Madere, will include “Blues for Alice” by Charlie Parker and “Stolen Moments”
by Oliver Nelson.
The University Jazz Ensemble program, under the direction of Director of Jazz
Studies and Instructor of Percussion Michael Brothers, will feature a tribute to Ray
Charles. Program selections include “The Queen Bee” by Sammy Nestico; “One Mint Julep”
by Rudy Toombs, arranged by Quincy Jones; “I'm Busted” by Harlan Howard, arranged
by Benny Carter and Alford Jackson; “Them That Got” by Ray Charles, orchestrated by
Mike Lewis; “Silent Way” by Wolfgang Haffner, arranged by Magnus Lindgren; and “Let
the Good Times Roll” by Sam Theard and Fleecie Moore, arranged by Quincy Jones.
Joining the Jazz Ensemble will be trombone guest artist Steve Sigmund, a 17-year
veteran of the Ray Charles Orchestra. Sigmund currently serves as music director and
conductor for legendary saxophonist and vocalist Maceo Parker and his “To Ray with
Love” tribute to Ray Charles.
For more information, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at
SIGMUND TO PERFORM WITH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE – Trombone guest artist Steve Sigmund will perform with Southeastern’s Jazz Ensemble
in the first concert of the spring semester Feb. 19. Scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the
Pottle Music Building Recital Hall, the concert is free.
Author David Armand to speak at Friends Members’ Tea
Author David Armand will be the featured speaker at the ninth annual Friends of Sims
Library Marjorie Morrison Memorial Members’ Tea on Saturday, March 14, at 2 p.m. in
Sims Memorial Library.
Sims Library Director Eric Johnson said guests will enjoy a variety of teas and
a selection of delectable sandwiches and pastries. Unlimited mimosas will also be
available for $10, he said.
Armand, an assistant professor of English, teaches creative writing, composition,
and American literature and is a past Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern. He also
serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature Press.
In 2010 Armand won the George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel, The Pugilist's Wife, published by Texas Review Press. Two novels, Harlow and The Gorge, followed, along with a poetry chapbook, The Deep Woods, and a memoir, My Mother’s House. He is currently working on a sixth book, The Lord's Acre, as well as a second memoir and a collection of poetry.
“David Armand has won numerous awards and accolades for his work,” said Johnson,
“including the 2016 St. Tammany Parish President’s Literary Artist of the Year and
one of Gambit’s '40 Under 40.' In addition to his 2016 Southeastern President’s Award
for Excellence in Artistic Activity, he is the recipient of the 2020 University of
Louisiana System Outstanding Faculty Award.”
The tea is free to members of the Friends of Sims Library. Non-members may reserve
a seat for $25, which includes a one-year individual Friends of Sims Library membership.
Visit the Friends of Sims Library website at southeastern.edu/library/about/friends/ to become a member or to renew a membership. Non-members can reserve a seat for the
Tea or find out more about FOSL by calling Janie Branham at 549-2186 or emailing FOSL@southeastern.edu.
Call for Presentations for Students’ Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities
Southeastern’s Office of Sponsored Research and Programs invites faculty and staff
to encourage their undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Students’
Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Showcase April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Scheduled on the third floor of the Student Union, this non-competitive event
will display conference posters, publications, and other visual presentations. All
disciplines are welcome.
Students and, if feasible, their faculty advisors should be present for an hour
or more during the showcase to discuss their displays and to advocate for the future
participation of Southeastern students in research, creative, and scholarly pursuits.
The application deadline is Wednesday, March 25.
For more information and to register a presentation, visit the Office of Sponsored
Research and Programs’ web page at southeastern.edu/admin/osrp/index.html.
Math Department hosts competition
On Jan. 30, the Department of Mathematics offered the Mathematical Association of
America’s American Mathematics Competition (AMC) to 36 local high school students.
The AMC is a national competition for 9th-12th graders that tests mathematics
knowledge and problem-solving skills. Top-performing students nationwide are invited
to compete in additional competitions culminating with the International Mathematics
While on campus to take the exam, participants also learned about college and
career options in mathematics and engaged in a hands-on, problem-solving challenge
with faculty from the department.
Harlem Globetrotters return to Hammond
The Harlem Globetrotters are returning to Hammond on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m.
Tickets are currently available for purchase by phone at 549-5466 or online at www.lionsports.net/ globetrotters.
Purchase pre-show Magic Pass for the full experience with the Globetrotters before
the game. Attendees must have both a Magic Pass and game ticket to attend.
Special rates are available for groups who are interested in attending the game.
Contact Terry at 678-497-1882 for group rate ticket purchases.
For more information, visit www.lionsports.net/globetrottersinfo.
ByLion takes a break
Due to the Mardi Gras break, ByLion will not be published next week. ByLion will return
on Monday, March 2.