Tulane Club of New Orleans Lifelong Learning event:
“Life, Death, and Burial in New Orleans”
Wednesday, April 6
5:30 p.m. ~ Reception
6 p.m. ~ Panel followed by book signing
Bea Field Alumni House
6319 Willow Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(corner of Willow and Calhoun)
Join us as a panel of local authors discuss the traditions and myths surrounding life, death, and burials in the City of New Orleans.
The event will be moderated by David Johnson, communications associate for the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses in the French Quarter. For 24 years he served as executive editor of Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the award-winning quarterly arts-and-culture magazine of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
On the panel:
Sally Asher (“Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names” and “Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans.”) holds two master’s degrees from Tulane University and has been the public relations photographer since 2008. She frequently lectures on New Orleans history through the Louisiana State Museum and is on the board of Save Our Cemeteries. Asher is currently working on a book about Prohibition in New Orleans to be published by LSU Press in 2017 and is contributing a chapter to a New Orleans tricentennial book to be published by Pelican Press.
Cheryl Gerber (“Life and Death in the Big Easy”) is a freelance journalist and documentary photographer working in New Orleans, where she was born. She has been s regular contributor to The New York Times, the Associated Press, New Orleans Magazine, and has been a staff photographer for Gambit Weekly since 1994. During the past two decades, Cheryl has won several awards from the New Orleans Press Club for her work on social issues and news photography.
John Pope (“Getting Off at Elysian Fields”) has been a reporter in New Orleans since 1972 and was a member of The Times-Picayune’s team that won two Pulitzer Prizes and a George Polk Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. “Getting Off at Elysian Fields,” an anthology of 123 of his obituaries and stories of four funerals he covered, was published in October by the University Press of Mississippi and is in its second printing.