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Date: February 2, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Presents Talk on Cultural Impact of New Orleans
Feb. 17 Event Features Presentation by Louisiana Museum Curator, Slide Show

PHOTO EDITORS: For high-resolution images of Siler's artwork, click on these links: Exodus.jpg, SecondLine.jpg, and Scream.jpg.

In honor of African American History Month, Montgomery College invites the community to a presentation about “The Culture of New Orleans: What Does it Mean for America?” on Friday, February 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Charles Siler, a cultural programmer and artist at the Louisiana State Museum, Baton Rouge, will speak about the cultural impact of New Orleans on America’s national culture.  The free presentation will take place in room 136 of the Technical Center, which is located on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.

Siler’s talk will open with a sketch history of the city, illustrated by a slide show.  He will examine the African presence in New Orleans and its significance to America.  He will discuss how the hurricane affected historic and cultural preservation and what it will take to restore and reconstruct the city.  Finally, Siler will argue that saving New Orleans is critical to defining America in the 21st century.  Siler’s own artwork, created in the aftermath of the hurricane, will be on display during his talk. 

The event is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science and the Social Sciences and Humanities Area at Montgomery College-Rockville. 

For more information or disability-related accommodations, please contact Ola Cole from Montgomery College-Rockville’s Department of History and Political Science at 301-279-5178.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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