UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Not Offered in 2018

Multicultural New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Arrive Date: June 19, 2017    End Date: July 16, 2017

Program Overview

New Orleans—the hippest city in the nation, birthplace of jazz! Learn the history of the most consistently diverse city in the US. We will explore New Orleans’ French, Spanish, and American colonial history, its place in the commodity and slave trades of the 19th century, the roots of jazz, the evolution of Cajun cuisine, and the recovery of The Big Easy after Hurricane Katrina. Over four weeks, explore New Orleans, walk through the French Quarter, eat beignets and muffalettas, visit New Orleans’s cemeteries, drive to historic plantations, and listen to some jazz. Enrich your knowledge of the African American, French, Native, Spanish, Vietnamese, German, Irish, Caribbean, and British origins of the people in the friendliest, most lively metropolis in the country. Bring your love of history, walking shoes, coolest sunglasses, and be prepared to have fun!

InstructorSally McKee

Taught in: English

Max Enrollment: 30

Program CoordinatorPaula Levitt

Info Session Presentation


History (HIS) 171D. Selected Themes in 19th Century American History (4 units)

History (HIS) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights
  • Enjoy coffee and beignets in the historical French Quarter.  
  • Visit the Whitney and Laura plantations up-close and personal; one devoted to the history, the other still active today.
  • Walk among the jumbled, romantic, evocative, and decaying tombs of St. Louis Cemetery #1
  • Experience true, unadulterated New Orleans jazz in the world-famous Preservation Hall.
  • Take in the breathtaking mansions of the Garden District. 
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