USC English Ide Memorial Commons Room, THH 420 Free Event

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Led by award-winning BBC filmmaker and presenter Andrew Chater, this four-unit Maymester course is an exercise in “bookpacking”, a humanities experience that explores great novels ‘on the road’, fusing literature, history and contemporary social studies into a new form of cultural travel.

The course takes us to New Orleans and Southern Louisiana, a unique and extraordinary destination formed of a fusion of cultural strands: French Creole, Cajun, White Protestant and African-American. We’ll spend four weeks exploring this vibrant region, studying a range of classic and contemporary novels, including Interview With The Vampire, A Confederacy of Dunces, and Michael Ondaatje’s novel of the Jazz Age, Coming Through Slaughter. It promises to be a rich and critically exciting cultural experience.

The course is open to all, and it satisfies the GE-B Humanistic Enquiry category in the General Education Program.

To find out more about the course, visit; to find out more about Andrew, visit For administrative or logistical questions, contact Jose Perez Guerrero, Undergraduate Studies Coordinator for the Department of English, on

Course Dates: Maymester 2019 (May 11–June 6, 2019)

If you’re interested in registering for this Maymester, come along to an introductory session which Andrew will be hosting on Tuesday, October 23rd, from 3:30 to 5pm in THH 420.

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