Louisiana Institute of Higher Education


Lecture Description


 How did Andrew Jackson get mixed up with New Orleans’ most infamous outlaws in planning the Battle of New Orleans?  Were the Laffite brothers truly important in winning the battle? And exactly how bad were the legendary corsairs? Dr. Vella will survey the career of the Laffites and review their part in the 1814 victory.




Lecturer Description


 Christina Vella received her Ph.D. in Modern European and U.S. history from Tulane University, where she was recently Visiting Professor, teaching graduate students in the university’s Master’s of Liberal Arts program. She has been a consultant and writer for the U.S. State Department, NPR, PBS, and the History Channel, and she spent many happy years teaching at the former St. Bernard Community College, now called Nunez. She lectures widely on a variety of historical, biographical, and literary topics.

 Her books include Intimate Enemies: The Two Worlds of the Baroness de Pontalba, which was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review and was nominated for both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, and most recently, George Washington Carver: A Life. Her biography of Kemal Ataturk, Ataturk and the Unveiling of Turkey, is in publication.

  Christina is the proud recipient of three recent awards: the dedication of the Battle of New Orleans Historical Symposium of 2015; the Louisiana Writer Award given by the State Library; and the Aliot Award given by the Faulkner Festival.

   For contact information and book descriptions, please see www.christinavella.com.