May 7, 2023

Chasing DNA & Family Roots: Part 4-Being Creole (Louisiana)

Chasing DNA & Family Roots: Part 4-Being Creole (Louisiana)

In this episode, host/producer, Desireia Valteau, is back with Part 4 of the long-awaited addition to the series, "Chasing DNA & Family Roots: Being Creole (Louisiana)." 
 Desireia interviews, Dr. Wendy Gaudin, a professor of 22 years in the disciplines of History and African American and Diaspora Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, the renowned HBCU in New Orleans. She specializes in race, racial mixture in the Americas in French colonial contexts, Creole history, critical race studies, and more.
 Desireia and Dr. Wendy will unpack the following:

·        Definition  of a Creole 
·        The relationship to slavery and colonialism 
·        Misinformation about Creoles 
·        Navigating social and political spaces while claiming Creoleness and Blackness
·        Challenges of teaching topic 

Meanwhile, Dr. Wendy is working on her book, "Diasporic Creole: Coming Home to Louisiana," slated for release from LSU Press next year. 

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