April 20, 2010 at 12:42 PM CDT - Updated August 27 at 12:47 AM
The following is a press release from McNeese State University:
Dr. Janet Allured, associate professor of history and director of the Women's Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts at McNeese State University, will make a presentation based upon her book titled "Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times" from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the Stream Alumni Center, to conclude the 2009-2010 McNeese Faculty Colloquia program. This event is co-sponsored by the McNeese Alumni Association and the Write to Excellence Center to promote faculty writing on campus and to the community as part of the Quality Enhancement Plan for the university and is open free to the public. Allured co-edited the book with Judith F. Gentry, a professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The book, moving chronologically from the colonial period to the present, is a collection of 17 biographical essays that provide a window into the social, cultural and geographic milieu of women's lives in the state, according to Allured. "Louisiana Women" concludes with an essay that examines women's active responses to problems that emerged in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Among those included in the collection are Marie Therese Coincoin, who was born a slave but later became a successful entrepreneur, Oretha Castle Haley, civil rights activist and leader of the New Orleans chapter of CORE, author Kate Chopin, voodoo priestess Marie Laveau and the Baroness Pontalba, who created one of New Orleans' most famous landmarks. Persons requesting accommodations in accordance with the ADA should contact the Office of the ADA Coordinator at least 72 hours before the event. Additional information is available from: the Office of the ADA Coordinator, Smith Hall, Room 127; Voice: (337) 475-5428; Fax: (337) 475-5960; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; or email@example.com.