Louisiana Institute of Higher Education
Dr. Fandrich will discuss the military engineers most instrumental in the American victory in the Battle: Arsène Lacarrière-Latour and Barthélemy Lafon.
Dr. Ina J. Fandrich holds a Ph.D. (1994) from Temple University, Philadelphia. She was teaching in the fields of Religious History, Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies, and African and African American Studies for over twenty years at universities throughout the United States, including Temple University, South Dakota State University, Rutgers University, Swarthmore College, and Louisiana State University. In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, she chose to stay in New Orleans working mainly as independent scholar, historical consultant, and licensed tour guide. More recently she has also served as Curator of Collections at the New Orleans African American Museum in the historic Tremé neighborhood, where she contributed to ten exhibitions. Dr. Fandrich is the author of the book The Mysterious Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveaux: A Study of Powerful Female Leadership in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (Routledge, 2005) and numerous articles. She has lectured on New Orleans African American and Creole history, culture, and religion nationally as well as internationally, providing over 40 presentations at professional gatherings. Her research has been featured in CNN and NPR news reports as well as in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times.