The West Baton Rouge Museum is partnering with the Louisiana Endowment for Humanities to offer a six week RELIC (Readings in Literature and Culture) reading discussion group. The series will be held from 10 a.m. – Noon on consecutive Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 and May 4, 11. This RELIC series will be led by scholar, Dr. Olivia Pass who will introduce the featured books and lead group discussions. This series is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. However, advanced reservations are requested because a limited number of loan copies of the reading materials will be available. To reserve a spot, please call West Baton Rouge Museum at 225-336-2422 Ext. 15.
The Creole Identity and Experience in Louisiana Literature and History will offer the public an opportunity to consider issues such as why Creole identity migrated among groups over history and how class, race, and culture have been navigated by writers of the Creole experience. Readings include Cane River by Lalita Tademy, Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana’s Free People of Color by Sybil Kein, ed., Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice, Creole New Orleans: Race and Americanization by Arnold Hirsch and Joseph Logsdon, and Catherine Carmier, Ernest Gaines’ first novel.
Dr. Olivia McNeely Pass has taught both on the high school and college levels. She taught for twenty-two years in the public school system and earned both a master’s in English and one in journalism. After receiving her doctorate in English and American literature from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, she taught for Louisiana State University in Eunice and then Nicholls State from which she retired as a full professor in 2004. Since retirement she has taught as an adjunct at Tulane University in Biloxi and Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, and LSU in Baton Rouge. Dr. Pass has served as Chair of the Feliciana’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and has taught many OLLI classes. She has served as President of the West Feliciana’s Friends of the Library, President of the nonprofit arts organization that she helped found: A Celebration of Literature and Art, Inc., and served as Chair of the Writers and Readers Symposium.
This program is being offered in conjunction with the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Creoles du Monde
exhibit which celebrates Creole cultures from around the world. Included in the exhibit are fanciful costumes, beautiful paintings, rare books, documents, videos and photography from south Louisiana, the Caribbean, Central and South America. For more information, visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com