LFS 2017 Meeting on Avery Island

61st Annual Meeting of the Louisiana Folklore Society 

March 10-11, 2017

The Louisiana Folklore Society will hold it’s 2017 conference at the McIlhenny Archives on Avery Island. The conference begins with a keynote address by John Shelton Reed on Friday evening, March 10th at 7pm. The presentation will be held at The Sliman Theater and is free and open to the public. Paper sessions and film will take place throughout the day on Saturday, March 11.

John Shelton Reed, this year’s keynote speaker, is an author, lecturer, and scholar whose work has primarily dealt with aspects of the American South. Reed has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the National Humanities Center, and twice a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He co-founded the journal Southern Cultures and has written or edited 20 books. Reed’s talk at the Louisiana Folklore Society’s 2017 meeting will be on the history of Southern barbecue.

Friday, March 10, 2017, 7 pm: Keynote Speaker John Shelton Reed at the Sliman Theater, 129 E Main St, New Iberia, Louisiana
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM: Papers and presentations at the McIlhenny Archives, Avery Island, Louisiana (schedule and directions to be posted)

A discounted rate ($82 plus tax) has been secured for conference attendees at the Hampton Inn & Suites (400 Spanish Trail, New Iberia, LA 70560). You can reserve your room by calling (337) 321-6700 or by clicking this link. The group code is LFS. Reservations made by February 24th, 2017 are available at the discounted rate.

A tentative program of Saturday’s presentations can be found by clicking here.

Lunch on Saturday, March 11, will be catered onsite by Brenda’s Dine In and Take Out in New Iberia. The menu features pork roast, rice and vegetables, green beans, salad, dessert, and drinks. The cost for lunch is $15. Avery Island is 10 miles from the closest offsite restaurant, so please plan on eating the catered lunch so you don’t miss any of the proceedings.


2017 LFS Meeting Registration