McNeese honoring Josephine Baker during SAGE series

Baker, the first honoree, was a singer, dancer, activist, and spy

McNeese Sage Series 2019

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - During a series of programs on history, art, music, and photography, McNeese State University will be recognizing Josephine Baker.

Brook Hanemann, director of Banners at MSU and Master of Fine Arts, will present Baker’s feature. The presentation will focus on Baker’s life, rise to fame, and how she made history.

The program is a diverse series featuring many varieties of figures throughout history. The theme is the “From Founding Fathers to Vincent Van Gogh.”

Guests such as an author and professor from ULL who has written about the Greeks and Romans inspiring the Founding Fathers, representatives from the Houston Museum’s Van Gogh art exhibit, and more will be speaking.

Here is the order of presentations:

  • Feb. 11: “Flora and Fauna of the Civil War” - Kelby Ouchley
  • Feb. 25: “Greeks and Romans Bearing Gifts: How the Ancients Inspired the Founding Fathers” – Carl Richard
  • Mar. 11: “Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art” - Bridget McDaniel
  • Mar. 27 (Wednesday): “Louisiana’s Florida Parishes: The Gulf South’s Most Curious Region” - Samuel Hyde
  • Apr. 1: “The Delta Queen: The History and Recipes of the Legendary Steamboat” - Cynthia Nobles

The programs start Monday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. and will continue every Monday and one Wednesday of the following weeks. The cost is $59 for a series of six programs, but if you can’t make them all, you can bring a friend to one instead. After Feb. 4, the cost will be $64.

You can buy tickets at the door, but MSU will not be accepting cash at the door. Different cakes and punch will be served after each program.

Find more information on McNeese’s page HERE.

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