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Welcome to AAUP 2014
A Guide to New Orleans
Save Time at Registration
Featured Session: What Scholars Look For
New Orleans in Books

Welcome to AAUP 2014

If you've just joined us, welcome! The AAUP 2014 Registrants Newsletter provides periodic updates, news, and tips to help you make the most of your time in New Orleans. You can expect notice of program changes, information about speakers, recommended readings, and much more.


We're delighted to be holding the 2014 meeting in New Orleans. It's been eight years since our last trip to the Big Easy. At that time, the city was only just starting to recover from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. We're very excited to return. 


A Guide to New Orleans

New Orleans is comprised of several different neighborhoods, including the French Quarter, the Garden District, Faubour Marigny/Bywater, and the Downtown/Warehouse District. Our conference hotel is located on Canal Street on the border between the French Quarter and Downtown. You can view the hotel location on this map. To help navigate the city, check out these neighborhood and transit maps.

Think beignets, muffalettas, po-boys, oysters, gumbo, jambalaya, bananas foster, and more! New Orleans is well known for its cuisine. Many thanks to the staff at LSU Press for putting together a restaurant guide, broken down by neighborhood, to help attendees sort through the many choices on offer.

If you don't have time for a formal tour but want to explore on your own, take a walk through the French Quarter. Walk over to Jackson Square, stop at Caf du Monde for a beignet and coffee, and enjoy browsing at Faulkner House Books.
Choose one of the many guided tours based on your interests: options include tours of the Garden District, cemeteries, the French Quarter, and more.

Mardi Gras World offers visitors the chance to see the planning that goes into this annual celebration. The National D-Day Museum, founded in 2000 by historian Stephen Ambrose, was officially designated as the National World War II Museum by Congress in 2003.

Unfortunately, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum is still under construction and won't be open at meeting time (though the museum's director, Liz Williams, will participate in our "Managing the Modern Press" session on Tuesday, June 24 at 1:45 PM). But you can still visit the museum's Culinary Library and Archive and browse through 11,000 volumes of culinary books, food and cocktail menus, pamphlets, and archival documents. Note that hours are limited.

Don't miss out on live music!

Big, Easy 5K
Another way to see the city is tagging along with the informal Big, Easy 5K Run/Walk on the morning of Monday, June 23. Organized by Beth Bouloukos (SUNY) and Greg Britton (Johns Hopkins), this is a
very casual event (no blocked-off route, water stations, tees, timing chips, or medals). Meet in the lobby of the Marriott by 7 AM to participate.



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Featured Session: What Scholars Look For

Scholars and researchers are at the center of our mission. They author and edit our books and journals; use our books and journals to inform and shape their scholarship; and select our books and journal articles for classroom instruction. But what do we know about how they find our publications, how they evaluate them for their various uses, what tools they use to organize their research, and what they might want from us to make those activities easier? In this session, we will ask a panel of scholars from New Orleans-area universities about their strategies and habits as they conduct research, search for materials, assess them, use them, and adopt them in the classroom. In the course of our conversation, we will examine in turn the role and impacts of the institutional library, online databases, formats, research management tools, and social media.


Monday, June 23, 3:30 PM
Chair: Allison Belan, Assistant Director for Digital Publishing,
Duke University Press
Panelists: Baird Campbell, Ph.D. Student; Ana Croegaert, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of New Orleans;
Sarah Fouts, Ph.D. Student, Latin American Studies, Tulane University; Christopher Schaberg, Associate Professor of English, Loyola University New Orleans; Michele White, Associate Professor of Communications, Tulane University



Recommended Reading: New Orleans in Books  

faulkner_sketches New Orleans history and culture has been the subject of many books, and AAUP member presses have published some of the best. Check them out--from Faulkner's New Orleans Sketches (Mississippi, 2012) to Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans by Richard Brent Turner (Indiana, 2009) to John Woodin's photographs in City of Memory: New Orleans Before, and After, Katrina (Georgia, 2010) and many, many more--in our newly updated Books for Understanding: New Orleans.

You'll find a number of useful and fascinating guides to the city listed there, but we'll pull out just a couple of the most recent that you might want to check out before landing in the Crescent City:

underground_guide Just in time for AAUP 2014, LSU Press published the third edition of the buzzed-about New Orleans: The Underground Guide, an art- and music-focused guide to the brilliant tapestry of New Orleans life and culture.

Another book that can get you behind and beyond the tourist's New Orleans is the 2013 Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker (California).

And we're pleased to announce that our local host, LSU Press, will be making a digital edition of the sure-to-be-used Booklover's Guide to New Orleans available free to AAUP 2014 attendees. Look for details at the meeting!




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