Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who is this conference for?

A: This conference is open to the public and intended to address a public audience. The goal of the conversation is to engage the public in the history of enslavement in Louisiana. How is enslavement presented in public spaces? How is this history misremembered? presented incorrectly? erased? What place should the history of enslavement have in Louisiana? What can be done to improve how Louisianans represent this history?

Everyone with an interest in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate in the conference (there will be discussion after each speaker and panel). You are simply responsible for behaving with respect to the speakers.

Q: How much does attending the conference cost?

A: Nothing. Due to our generous sponsors and granting agencies, the conference is completely free to attend. We ask that you register online to give us a sense of attendance so that we arrange enough coffee and refreshments for the day, but if you forget to register we welcome walk-in attendees as long as there is space.

Q: When/where is the conference?

A: The keynote address on Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 PM is on the University of Louisiana-Lafayette campus in H.L. Griffin Hall in the auditorium on the first floor (room 147). The conference itself on Friday, March 15, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM is at the Clifton Chenier Center (220 W. Willow St).

Q: How can I get to the Chenier Center?

A: The Chenier Center is easily accessible by car, with free parking available. There are also buses (50, 30) that stop at or near the Chenier Center.

Q: Do I need to register for the keynote address (Dr. Simmons’ talk on Thursday)?

A: No, you only need to register for the conference on Friday and the Whitney tour on Saturday.

Q: How can I learn about other events hosted by the Department of History, Geography, and Philosophy?

A: Follow the Department on Facebook and Twitter (@ULPublichistory) or visit the Guilbeau Center for Public History’s website (