Lafayette, LA - The Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism (CCET) at the University of Louisiana (UL) continues its free monthly series with "Evangeline: The Heroine and the Myth", Tuesday, August 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Vermilionville's Performance Center.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned the epic poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie in 1847, immediately capturing the imagination of a sympathetic public and giving South Louisiana one of its most enduring symbols. The romance of Evangeline and Gabriel did much to inform the rest of the world about the tragic removal of Acadians from Nova Scotia in 1755 and their years of search for a new homeland. Despite its popularity, the poem contains numerous historical inaccuracies, most of which were later identified in attempts to find the true historical figures of Evangeline and her lover. Nonetheless, Evangeline and her story are often considered the first long poem of American literature. Drs. Barry Ancelet and Amanda LaFleur will discuss the history behind the heroine and also share their views on who the true Evangeline was and wasn't.

This free series is open to all ages. Food and drinks are available for purchase. In Your Own Backyard is co-sponsored by CCET and the Vermilionville Foundation, with support from the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. For more information click here or call (337) 482-1320.

Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism
The Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at UL seeks to engage communities and spark dialog among the various peoples of Louisiana, as well as preserve and share the traditions and nuances of Louisiana culture. CCET is located on the third floor of Edith Garland Dupré Library. The center is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and by appointment. Please call (337) 482-1320 for further information.

In Your Own Backyard Series
Held the second Tuesday of the month at Vermilionville's Performance Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Backyard Series brings a wide range of topics to the general public to provide educational opportunities and offer new perspectives on established traditions and perceptions. The series' presentations range from informal workshops to question-and-answer forums to interactive presentations led by qualified facilitators. In our own backyard, we still fall prey to preconceived notions and commodification of our culture. CCET's series bridges this gap between academia and the general public, and this linkage is fundamental to a better understanding of cultural and historical authenticity and constructively addressing stereotypes. The series is co-sponsored by CCET and the Vermilionville Foundation, with support from the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

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