Mardi Gras in New Orleans with Allison Levy - Context Travel

Mardi Gras in New Orleans with Dr. Allison Levy


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The Big Easy, The City that Care Forgot, The Crescent City … New Orleans is one of the most captivating and eccentric cities in the world. Located at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi River, the 300-year-old city is a true melting pot, a blend of Native American, French, Spanish, and African cultures. Experience the uniqueness of this great American city with a 5th-generation New Orleanian in an immersive, multimedia exploration of the festivals and rituals that structure life and death in this most colorful of cities. With a focus on the world’s biggest public party, Mardi Gras, participants will experience the rhythms and flavors of the city, its language, and its incomparable celebration of life. In-depth, insider commentary is coupled with a curated selection of photographs and video that captures the distinct sights and sounds of New Orleans. 

Led by Allison Levy, an expert on visual and material culture, ritual, and performance – and a 5th generation New Orleanian, this interactive seminar will bring participants deep into a one-of-a-kind city characterized by its world-renowned celebrations and general joie de vivre. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the history and cultural meaning behind many of the rituals and festivals that define the city of New Orleans, chief among those Carnival.

Allison Levy is Digital Scholarship Editor and Visiting Scholar in Italian Studies at Brown University. An art historian, she has published widely on early modern Italian visual and material culture. Allison has held teaching appointments at University College London, Wheaton College, and Tulane University, and she has worked for Context in Florence and New York City since 2005.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Anonymous
Lively and authentic!

Listening to Allison Levy discuss the history and rituals of Mardi Gras was a sheer delight. A native New Orleanian, Allison speaks both personally and also intelligently about the various rituals, habits, and behaviors connected with this holiday, taking into account some related customs connected to, for example, funerals

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Nice visit to NOLA

It was definitely worthwhile! My only comment is less "introduction" (which took up 13 minutes!) and just jump into the subject! Loved the slides and would like MORE of them and larger. Even on our big screen TV, they were sometimes hard to make out. Someone asked a question about VooDoo and that was really interesting and should be added to the presentation. Great info but would love have had more photos to really give us a feeling of being there.

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L.H.
Fun, but too little background/detail

This was an enjoyable enough 90 mins but left me wanting more. I would have appreciated a tighter structure, something more on the origins and a thorough look at the characters and motivations behind the present day celebrations. As with a few of Contexts Conversations recently it felt more like a segment on a TV travel show than a deep dive with a scholar.
Another issue was the use of video - terrible quality and almost inaudible sound.

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S.G.
OK Not Great

The last bit of the presentation was not really related to Mardi Gras. It was just other NOLA stuff like cemeteries and jazz funerals. It seemed she was just filling in time. You can tell this isn’t her specialty as she wasn’t as good or as knowledgeable on her topic as you would expect from a Context Guide. The videos she showed were grainy. It would have been better to download and then play them for picture quality.

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Anonymous
Lively and authentic!

Listening to Allison Levy discuss the history and rituals of Mardi Gras was a sheer delight. A native New Orleanian, Allison speaks both personally and also intelligently about the various rituals, habits, and behaviors connected with this holiday, taking into account some related customs connected to, for example, funerals

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P.
Nice visit to NOLA

It was definitely worthwhile! My only comment is less "introduction" (which took up 13 minutes!) and just jump into the subject! Loved the slides and would like MORE of them and larger. Even on our big screen TV, they were sometimes hard to make out. Someone asked a question about VooDoo and that was really interesting and should be added to the presentation. Great info but would love have had more photos to really give us a feeling of being there.

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L.H.
Fun, but too little background/detail

This was an enjoyable enough 90 mins but left me wanting more. I would have appreciated a tighter structure, something more on the origins and a thorough look at the characters and motivations behind the present day celebrations. As with a few of Contexts Conversations recently it felt more like a segment on a TV travel show than a deep dive with a scholar.
Another issue was the use of video - terrible quality and almost inaudible sound.

S
S.G.
OK Not Great

The last bit of the presentation was not really related to Mardi Gras. It was just other NOLA stuff like cemeteries and jazz funerals. It seemed she was just filling in time. You can tell this isn’t her specialty as she wasn’t as good or as knowledgeable on her topic as you would expect from a Context Guide. The videos she showed were grainy. It would have been better to download and then play them for picture quality.