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|Library to hold program that explores North La. as a region of the state|
The Franklin Parish Library at 705 Prairie Street in Winnsboro will host a program of six-week series of readings and discussions in an effort to identify the region of the state that is called North Louisiana geographically, socially, culturally, and in other frameworks. The program is entitled—appropriately—"Where Is North Louisiana?" It is funded by the Franklin Parish Library and the Friends of the Franklin Parish Library and sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Louisiana Library Association.
The program is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p. m., beginning on April 6 and concluding on May 11 for a total of six sessions. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register in advance at the library. For information by telephone, call the library headquarters at 435-4336.
"Where Is North Louisiana?" will be conducted by Georgiann Potts, public humanities scholar from Monroe . The six sessions are entitled: 1) How Do You Define North Louisiana? 2) Does North Louisiana Have A Distinctive Sound? 3) What Role Does Religion Play in North Louisiana? 4) Is There a Folk Art Presence in North Louisiana?; 5) Perception or Prejudice? North Louisiana through the Eyes of An Outsider; 6) By Now Everything Is Clear, Is It Not? Texts include: On My Way: The Arts of Sarah Albritton, ed. by Susan Roach, Louisiana Power and Light by John Dufresne, Swaggart: The Unauthorized Biography of an American Evangelist by Ann Rowe Seaman, and Shreveport Sounds in Black and White by Kip Lornell and Tracey Laird.
"Despite challenges with defining it, there is a vast collection of people who say they live in North Louisiana and they have been part of the state's history for over two centuries, whether it is expressed in religious practices, literary and musical creativity, the environment, economic, social and cultural traits and others," stated James Segreto, Director of RELIC programs. He added, "Where it is depends on whether it is defined geographically, topographically, culturally, economically and so on. The readings will look into some of these areas and attempt to raise fundamental questions about the region, even if answers may be more challenging to come by. The readings should appeal to people throughout Louisiana . As a New Orleans Catholic boy growing up, I didn't know the area existed—talk about Shock and Awe."
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged because of the limited number of books and expected public response.