Community Engagement March 17 2019

Xavier University to Host “Voodoo in New Orleans: Myth and Reality”
Culture of New Orleans Series Event 

Continuing with its popular Culture of New Orleans Series, Xavier University of Louisiana will host “Voodoo in New Orleans: Myth and Reality” Sunday, March 17, at 3:00 p.m. in the University Center McCaffrey Ballroom (3rd floor), 4980 Dixon Street.

The evening is presented and hosted by Dr. Michael White, Xavier’s Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities. The event is free and open to the public.

The afternoon program will offer a panel discussion featuring some of the most visible and recognizable practitioners, scholars, and performers who will discuss the many myths and realities of this African-derived religion as it has been celebrated throughout much of New Orleans’ history. In addition to discussing the origins, rituals, and meaning of Voodoo, the panelists will also address popular perceptions and the relationship of Voodoo to other religions and similar practices throughout the world. There will also be a demonstration of authentic ritual dancing, drumming, and singing.

The panelists will include: Pan African spiritual practitioner Divine Prince Ty Emmeca, author Dr. Ina Fandrich, Haitian Voodoo practitioner Sallie Glassman, high Voodoo priest Dr. Elmer Glover, Voodoo priestess Kalindah Laveaux, Voodoo priestess Ava K-A-Y Jones, and musician Andrew Wiseman.

 The Culture of New Orleans Series

Xavier’s Culture of New Orleans series was founded in 2001 by Xavier University Keller Endowed Chair in the Humanities, Dr. Michael White. Its purpose is to present various aspects of authentic New Orleans culture, featuring community practitioners, scholars and participants. Since its founding, the series has presented over two dozen programs, which have always been free and open to the public. Each event is designed to be a unique experience that is both informative and entertaining.