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Contact: Christine Payton Jan. 8, 2009
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

Beginning January 13, the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at UL Lafayette launches its free monthly lecture series focusing on cultural and environmental traditions and knowledge in the Acadiana area.

The inaugural lecture, “Homeopathy and Healing: Traiteur Traditions in Acadiana,” will be led by Dr. Ray Brassieur and Rebecca Begnaud and features several other practitioners. The first half of the schedule is below.

Held the second Tuesday of every month at Vermilionville's Performance Center from 6:30-8 p.m., the presentations range from informal workshops to question-and-answer forums to interactive presentations. Each month will feature a different topic for discussion, led by a qualified facilitator.

Food will be available for purchase. The lecture series is a co-sponsored by CCET and the Vermilionville Foundation, with support from the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission.

The lecture series brings a wide range of topics to a larger audience and a broader forum in order to provide an educational opportunity to the Lafayette community and offer new perspectives on established traditions and perceptions. In our own backyard, we still fall prey to preconceived notions and commodification of our culture. CCET's lecture series bridges this gap between academia and the general public, and this linkage is fundamental to a better understanding of cultural and historical authenticity and constructively addressing stereotypes.

January 13

Homeopathy and Healing: Traiteur Traditions in Acadiana
Rebecca Begnaud and Dr. Ray Brassieur

February 10

Voyage ton Flag: South Louisiana's Carnival
Dr. Barry Jean Ancelet

March 10

The Seeds of Our Heritage: Heirloom Seed Collection and Preservation
Louis Michot and Kristen Kordecki
in partnership with the Cultural Research Institute of Acadiana

April 7

A Fiddling Tradition: From Making to Playing
Chris Segura and Matthew Doucet

May 12

Archive Workshop: Preserving Your Family's History
Alyce LaBry and Jennifer Ritter

June 9

Archaeology of Acadiana
Dr. Mark Rees

For more information contact Jennifer Ritter at the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at jritter@louisiana.edu or 337.482.1320.


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