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Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s month-long celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences, offers a variety of cultural events that appeal to the entire region. Each October, patrons experience a unique festival program of over 50 events, including art exhibits, films, concerts, dance, workshops, master classes, theatrical productions, literary readings and lectures presented by emerging and established artists, scholars and companies from around the world. One of Fanfare’s many goals is to inspire students to incorporate the arts into their lives by exposing them to artistic diversity and introducing them to high standards of artistic excellence. In view of the fact that arts programs are somewhat limited in many schools, we are always searching for innovative ways to involve students and stimulate their interest in various art forms. For more than two decades, Fanfare’s guiding vision has been to make the arts accessible to audiences of all ages. Our programming offers cultural experiences not only to today’s patron, but also to tomorrow’s audiences, young people who may otherwise be isolated from the arts. 

Fanfare 2018 Events

All events are free unless price is noted

Tuesday-Friday, September 25-28

Southeastern Theatre Department presents:


7:30 PM, Vonnie Borden Theatre, D Vickers Hall

Southeastern Theatre presents the world premiere of a brand-new stage adaptation of the Dracula legend, written and directed by Southeastern Associate Professor of Acting and Directing James Winter. One of the most universally iconic characters ever known, Winter brings the classic monster to irresistible life in a re-imagined interpretation of Bram Stoker’s original.

General Admission

Adults - $15 • Senior/Non-SLU Students - $10 • SLU students FREE with ID


Thursday-Friday, September 27-28

Southeastern Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop

Into the Woods

7:30 PM, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Hammond

In Into the Woods, familiar fairy-tale characters, along with a Baker and his Wife, all have something special that they wish for and, by the end of Act I, they all get their wishes. Act II teaches them the meaning of the age-old maxim: be careful what you wish for!

Reserved Seating

Adults - $21 • Faculty/Staff/Seniors/Non-SLU students - $16 • Children 12 and under - $8 • SLU students FREE with ID


Thursday, September 27

Common Read Panel Discussion

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

6:30pm, Ponchatoula Branch Library

In conjunction with Tangi Library and Hammond Regional Arts Center’s collaboration of Celebrating the Written Word: Common Read, the Hammond Branch library will host a Panel moderated by Dr. Karen Williams, retired English instructor of the LSU English Department. Southeastern History Faculty members Georgina Little, Lori Osterly Ulfers and Laurence Mauerman will be the guest panelists discussing the themes presented in this year’s selection.


Tuesday-Wednesday, October 2-3

Southeastern Dance Department

One Road: A Journey of Joy, Love, Hope and Faith

7:30 PM, Vonnie Borden Theatre, D Vickers Hall

Southeastern’s Dance Performance Project performs a full-length work  addressing the emotional views of joy, love, hope and faith, expressed through the collaboration of movement, music, spoken word, and video installation.

General Admission

Adults - $10 • Students/Seniors/Children - $8.00


Wednesday, October 3

Then and Now Lecture: A Yankee Grave Decorated by Dixie 


1:00pm, Pottle Auditorium

On 12 June 1863 the guns of the American Civil War fell uncharacteristically silent. Rear Admiral David Farragut had sent the USS Albatross, under Lt. Commander John Elliot Hart, to shell St. Francisville and push the Confederates back to Port Hudson. In the grip of a what was likely yellow fever, he took his own life. This silenced the guns of war and brought two warring nations together as brethren bound by Masonic tradition. Southeastern History graduate student Bo Trisler, a Mason and tour guide at the Myrtles Plantation, tells the story.


Friday, October 5

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra: Beethoven’s Fifth

7:30pm Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

The LPO returns to Hammond for the Beethoven and Blue Jeans concert series. This concert of great works opens with Beethoven's Overture to Fidelio and elections from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt, one of his most popular compositions. The program concludes with one of the best-known compositions of all time, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Tickets- General Admission $20-37. Available now at lpomusic.com


Monday, October 8

“Your Best 10 Minutes”

1pm, Pottle Auditorium

A new Fanfare lecture series, Five professors have 10 minutes to talk about…anything. Ben Norman-Theatre, Dr. David Burley- Sociology & Criminal Justice, Dr. Matt Alford- Business Administration, Dr. Jason Landrum-English,

Dr. Jerry Parker-Foreign Languages

Tuesday, October 9

Southeastern Phi Kappa Phi Intramural Quiz Bowl

2:00 - 5:30 pm, Student Union Theatre


Wednesday, October 10

No Brother, This Storm

Dr. Jack Bedell, Louisiana Poet Laureate

12:30-1:45pm Southeastern Writing Center, D Vickers 210

Over the past few decades, the gulf coast of Louisiana has suffered its share of natural disasters. From hurricanes, to floods, to the gradual destruction caused by coastal erosion, the poems in NO BROTHER, THIS STORM serve as archives of the hope and resilience found throughout the region. For much of his career, Jack Bedell has paid tribute to the people, landscapes, and traditions of his native South Louisiana. His poems give voice to personal and cultural histories that make up the fabric of life in his home state.  Bedell’s poems do their best to find the good in the day, even in the aftermaths of storm and loss


Then and Now Lecture: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and Asymmetric Revisionism: Understanding the Crisis


1:00, Pottle Auditorium

President Obama considered it one of the biggest threats to the United States. President Trump has threatened a preemptive strike because of it. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons is a threat to peace in Asia and the global balance of power. What are North Korea’s motives? What makes it so different and challenging for the United States? Southeastern undergraduate Political Science major Damian Boldt, a recent attendee of the London School of Economics Summer Program will offer a new framework for understanding North Korea’s nuclear program.


Thursday, October 11-November 9

Contemporary Art Gallery Art Exhibition

What We See As Paint

Contemporary Art Gallery, Southeastern Campus

Opening Reception, October 11, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

5:30pm Let’s Talk Art Lecture: Thomas Walton Exhibition

This is a national painting exhibition featuring the artwork of 20 artists who work in representational and non-representational styles.

Curated by Assistant Professor in Painting Thomas Walton


Friday, October 12


7:30 PM, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

This stirring concert version of the acclaimed Off-Broadway musical presents a revealing perspective of the roots forever embedded in our culture, bringing together audiences of all ages.

Tickets: $35-45


Saturday, October 13

Free Book Festival

10 AM to 2 PM, Hammond Branch Library

The 9th annual Tangi Library Free Book Festival will have a Literary Pep Rally theme featuring a canned and nonperishable food drive benefitting the Tangi Food Pantry. Local nonprofits and other organizations as well as local authors will be in attendance providing giveaways and information items.


Wednesday, October 17

Then and Now: The Beloved Chaplain—Reverend Thomas Railey Markham, D.D


1:00, Pottle Auditorium

Vicksburg native and Presbyterian minister Thomas Markham witnessed critical moments in the Civil War—the fall of New Orleans, siege of Vicksburg, capture of Atlanta, and Battle of Franklin. His first-hand accounts offer the rare, personal perspective of a non-combatant. Letters to and from his family tell the tale of a dedicated minister with a lifelong devotion to the citizenry of New Orleans. Southeastern undergraduate History major Joey Ricci, who works at the Louisiana Civil War Museum, explains.

Monday, October 22

Common Read: Claire Vaye Watkins

Student Union Theatre

Students at Southeastern are reading Battleborn, her award winning short story collection about the American West. During her visit to campus, Ms. Watkins will take part in three events at the Student Union Theatre:

9:30-10:45am, Student Presentations

11:00-12:15pm, Q&A with the author

6:30-8:00pm, Reading, Reception and Book Signing

“Your Best 10 Minutes”

1pm, Pottle Auditorium

A new Fanfare lecture series, Five professors have 10 minutes to talk about…anything. Dr. Mary White-Biology, Dr. Margaret Gonzalez-Political Science, Dr. Dan Hollander-Kinesiology, Dr. Kent Neuerburg-Math, Dr. Rhett Allain-Physics



Wednesday, October 24

Then and Now: Oh . . . Rocky!


1:00 Pottle Auditorium (12:30 music by the Rob and Burn Brothers)

How did The Rocky Horror Picture Show go from successful stage play to massive onscreen flop to cultural phenomenon? Great Scott! What are you expected to do when you see it? Why would you want to do the time warp again? What ever happened to Fay Wray? Come to the lab and see what's on the slab. Join Southeastern Communication Professor and perennial guest HIPSter Joe Burns, who has seen the film over 100 times, for an in-depth discussion. It'll be astounding. But don't forget. Time is fleeting. And say! Any of you guys know how to Madison?


Thursday, October 25

Wearable Art Fashion Show

5:00-7:00pm Contemporary Art Gallery

This new event will be a fashion runway walk of costumes and fashion designed by theatre design and art students



Louisiana Journeys: A Local History Series: Tragedy on the Tracks-The Monumental Heroism of Francis G. Stewart, and how the Hammond community honored his sacrifice.

Melanie Ricketts

6:30pm Hammond Branch Library

Melanie Ricketts, local historian and preservationist, is dedicated to uncovering the hidden history of Hammond. After receiving a B.A. in history from Southeastern, she has spent years exploring abandoned cemeteries, dusty courthouses and ominous attics. Her adventures have revealed many of the forgotten stories buried in Hammond’s rich past. Using photographs, historic documents and oral histories, she will share the story that ignited her passion for local history.


Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook

7:30pm Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

Tapestry, The Carole King Songbook with Suzanne O. Davis is North America’s premiere musical tribute to Carole King. Suzanne O. Davis gives an energetic and heartfelt performance along with the Tapestry band and takes the audience on a journey into those great recordings.



Monday, October 29

Louisiana Journeys: A Local History Series

James B. Clarke and the Founding of Ponchatoula

James M. Perrin

6:30pm, Ponchatoula Library

James M. “Jim” Perrin is a native and long-time resident of Ponchatoula. He has authored numerous articles on local history and genealogy which have appeared in local newspapers over the past 20 years.

Wednesday, October 31

Then and Now Lecture:

Black Cats, Gold Bugs, Madmen and Ravens: Edgar Allan Poe in Prose, Poetry, and Film

William B. Robison

1:00 Wednesday, Pottle Auditorium (12:30 music by the Rob and Burn Brothers)

The More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture returns with the usual mix of scholarship, silliness, surprises, and sweets as Southeastern’s Head HIPSter examines the strange, sad life of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49), his macabre prose and poetry, his legacy in high art and popular culture, and films based on his works, especially those directed by Roger Corman and starring the inimitably creepy Vincent Price with guest appearances by Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. Weird things are bound to happen. Costumes—especially based on Poe’s characters—are welcome!


Friday, November 2

Sims Library and Friends of Sims Library

Wine with Friends

6:30pm, Sims Memorial Library, 2nd floor 

Every fall FoSL hosts "Wine with Friends," a wine tasting led by a local wine expert.  This convivial event offers delicious food and wine pairings; a silent auction with prizes ranging from artworks, gift baskets, and wine to crafts, event tickets, and wine accessories; live music; and door prizes.  Now in its tenth year, the tasting has become a sell-out event. 

Tickets: $35


Saturday, November 3

Missoula Children’s Theatre: Alice in Wonderland

2:00pm, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts

Missoula Children's Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland, an original adaptation based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Tickets: Adults $17, Kids $12


Monday, November 5

Louisiana Journeys: A Local History Series

Images of America

Antoinette Harrell

6:30pm, Amite Branch Library

Images of America: African Americans in Tangipahoa and St. Helena Parishes celebrates and documents the priceless images of African American people in the two Louisiana Florida parishes. The rich images tell the story of the undocumented history of people who called the Florida Parishes home.

Wednesday, November 7

The Annual Veterans Day Lecture:

The Bonus Army: Tear Gas and Terror in Washington—A World War I Veteran Experience


1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, Pottle Auditorium

In 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, 17,000 desperate WWI veterans and their families came to Washington to demand bonuses promised when they enlisted in 1917. President Herbert Hoover evicted them with troops led by General Douglas MacArthur, leaving two dead and hundreds injured. This left deep scars but helped prompt the 1944 G.I. Bill that aided veterans’ transition back to civilian life after WWII. Treatment of veterans continues to be a major issue in America, and military historian Dr. Sam Cavell reminds us of a valuable historical lesson.


Southeastern Wind Symphony

7:30 PM, Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Hammond

Tickets: General Admission

Adults - $10 • Faculty/Staff/Seniors/NonSLU students - $5 • SLU students FREE with ID