Richard Campanella

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Biography

Richard Campanella is the author of nearly two hundred articles about New Orleans and ten critically acclaimed books, including Bourbon Street: A History, Bienville’s Dilemma, and Geographies of New Orleans. The only two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award, Campanella has received several other awards, including the Williams Prize for Louisiana History from The Historic New Orleans Collection. In 2016, the French government named Campanella as Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight in the Order of Academic Palms).

 

 


Schedule

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Book Talk
New Orleans and the World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 6
Book Talk
Cityscapes of New Orleans

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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Cityscapes of New Orleans

Exploring the Crescent City from the ground up, Richard Campanella takes us on a winding journey toward explaining the city’s distinct urbanism and eccentricities. In Cityscapes of New Orleans, Campanella—a historical geographer and professor at Tulane University—reveals the why behind the where, delving into the historical and cultural forces that have shaped the spaces of New Orleans for over three centuries.

For Campanella, every bewildering street grid and linguistic quirk has a story to tell about the landscape of Louisiana and the geography of its bestknown city. Cityscapes of New Orleans starts with an examination of neighborhoods, from the origins of faubourgs and wards to the impact of the slave trade on patterns of residence. Campanella explains how fragments of New Orleans streets continue to elude Google Maps and why humble Creole cottages sit alongside massive Greek Revival mansions. He considers the roles of modern urban planning, environmentalism, and preservation, all of which continue to influence the layout of the city and its suburbs. In the book’s final section, Campanella explores the impact of natural disasters as well-known as Hurricane Katrina and as unfamiliar as “Sauvé’s Crevasse,” an 1849 levee break that flooded over two hundred city blocks.

Cityscapes of New Orleans offers a wealth of perspectives for uninitiated visitors and transplanted citizens still confounded by terms like “neutral ground,” as well as native-born New Orleanians trying to understand the Canal Street Sinkhole. Campanella shows us a vibrant metropolis with stories around every corner.


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New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Tricentennial Anthology

New Orleans celebrates the 300th anniversary of its founding in 2018. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is proud to announce Nov. 8, 2017, as the publication date for New Orleans & The World: 1718-2018 Anthology, a collection of essays by leading scholars illuminating the role of the city in major events in U.S. and world history, the economic innovations and cultural expressions birthed in the city that impacted people around the globe, and the succeeding waves of new populations who redefined the city's shape and society.

Published by the LEH in partnership the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, and the 2018 NOLA Foundation, New Orleans and the World explores the city's first three centuries through the eyes of its finest historians. Contributors include Emily Clark, Erin Greenwald, Keith Weldon Medley, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, John Shelton Reed, Sally Reeves, Daniel Usner, and Dr. Michael White, with forewords from Leah Chase and Walter Isaacson. Richard Campanella, Robert L. Dupont, Freddi Williams Evans, Alecia P. Long, Kara Tucina Olidge, and Lawrence N. Powell served as the editorial board for the book, which was edited by Nancy Dixon.

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