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Course Syllabus

by NicoleKurtz on Aug.20, 2014, under Course Information

New Orleans as Discourse allows participating students the ability to interview professionals and icons in the New Orleans cultural community: Art, Humanities and Music. Modeled after “Inside the Actors Studio,” Professor Mayfield interviews each guest, followed by a question-&-answer session with the students. Each interview is fvideo recorded and then made available weekly.

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Define central concepts of a discussion of Culture
  • Analyze the significance of a culture to the life of a city, specifically New Orleans.
  • Evaluate the cultural impact of events and people in New Orleans history.
  • Compose coherent essays & have thoughtful discussions on the impact of culture.
  • Take ownership of cultural tools to enhance and augment quality of life.

Required Course Books

“A Love Letter to New Orleans” by Irvin Mayfield

ISBN 978-0-578-07706-2

Course Work

The New Orleans Blog:

-          Students will be required to blog at http://irvinmayfield.com/blog/. The goal is to create an online conversation about each class interview and discussion.

-          Each student must blog a minimum of twice per guest during that week; each student must blog no less than 500 words per guest (250 words each time; the second entry is in response to the other students’ thoughts and comments).

-          Professor Mayfield will also sporadically list topics during class for each student to blog about during that week; each topic will require a response of no less than 250 words per student. At the end of the semester, the collection of each student’s blogs will be graded for participation and content.

-          Students will also be required to Facebook (on Professor Mayfield’s page) the most powerful aspect of each guest and to Tweet (citing @IrvinMayfieldJr) the most powerful statement of each interview.

Final Projects:

-          Each student is asked to attend an activity that correlates with one of the speakers or subjects that were discussed in class. Then, focusing on this activity and subject, students will individually blog a minimum of 1,000 words, Facebook the most powerful aspect of the experience, and Tweet the most powerful quote from or thought about the experience.

*Please note: The topic for the final project must be approved in advance.

-          Students will also be required to blog a minimum of 250 words about “What this class meant to me” at the end of the semester.

Lecture:

-          Each student will be required to attend Professor Mayfield’s Imagination and Knowledge: Engineering Jazz lecture on Tuesday, September 25th, 6:00-7:30pm in the UNO Education Building, Room 103. Each student must blog a minimum of twice about the lecture; each student must blog no less than 500 words (250 words each time).

Volunteering:

-          Each Student must volunteer at least 10 hours per semester within the cultural activities surrounding Professor Mayfield’s life (i.e. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The New Orleans Jazz Institute at UNO, his numerous civic boards, etc). Each student will blog (minimum of 250 words) at the end of the semester about his or her volunteer experiences.

Grading Structure:

-          Please note: Each student will be graded on his or her class participation (attendance, interview and discussion), blog entries and final project.

Class Participation (attendance, interview, discussion): 35%

Blog: 35%

Final Project: 30%

Statement on Classroom Conduct and Class Policies:

  • Be in class on time.
  • Feel Free to ask questions of the instructor during class.
  • Written assignments are to be word processed and professional in appearance, spelling, grammar, punctuation and content. Written assignments must also be handed in on time. Late assignments will lose grade points.
  • Cell phones are to be turned off at all times during class.
  • Computers may be used for taking notes only.

Attendance:

-          This class will be taught in a highly interactive manner. The class participation portion of each student’s final grade will be impacted negatively by 5% by every unexcused absence. Role will be taken at each class.

Academic Honesty:

Academic Honesty is the cornerstone of a quality educational experience, and academic dishonesty completely undermines it. It is imperative that your work be your own. Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in immediate expulsion from the course and will be reported to university authorities.

Student with Disabilities:

It is University policy to provide, on a flexible and individualized basis, reasonable accommodations to students who have disabilities that may affect their ability to participate in  course activities or to meet course requirements. Students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services as well as their instructors to discuss their individual needs for accommodations. For more information, please go to http://www.ods.uno.edu.

Irvin Mayfield Bio:

Irvin Mayfield, 36, is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist with 15 albums to his credit. Mayfield is the founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Artistic Director of Jazz at the Minnesota Orchestra. He is a professor at the University of New Orleans, where he also serves as Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute. In 2009, Mayfield entered into a historic partnership with the Royal Sonesta Hotel and created Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, which brought “Jazz back to Bourbon Street” in the historic French Quarter. Mayfield was nominated to the National Council on the Arts by President George W. Bush and was subsequently appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2010. Mayfield also received The Chancellor’s Award from the University of New Orleans (the highest ranking award given to a professor) in 2010 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Dillard University in 2011. A passionate advocate for New Orleans and for the arts, Mayfield is Chairman of the Board for the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation, as well as the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the New Orleans Public Library and serves on the boards of Citizens United for Economic Equity, Louisiana State University’s Department of Psychiatry and Health Science, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, Tulane University’s School of Architecture, Unity of Greater New Orleans, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Youth Rescue Initiative.

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What Does this Class Mean to Me?

by KatieDeBruhl on Dec.10, 2013, under Course Information

Please blog here what this class meant to you, or e-mail Katie (kdebruhl@thenojo.com) your answer

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Class Syllabus

by KatieDeBruhl on Aug.29, 2013, under Course Information

NEW ORLEANS AS DISCOURSE

Wednesdays 3:00-5:45pm – Liberal Arts Building, Rm 236

Class website: www.IrvinMayfield.com/blog

Professor: Irvin Mayfield

Teaching Aide: Katie DeBruhl, kdebruhl@thenojo.com

Office hours: by appointment

HUMS 2090-001 (Class Number: 12178)

New Orleans as Discourse allows participating students the ability to interview professionals and icons in the New

Orleans cultural community: Art, Humanities and Music. Modeled after  “Inside the Actors Studio,” Professor

Mayfield interviews each guest, followed by a question-&-answer session with the students. Each interview is video

recorded and then made available weekly.

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

• Define central concepts of a discussion of Culture.

• Analyze the significance of culture to the life of a city, specifically New Orleans.

• Evaluate the cultural impact of events and people in New Orleans history.

• Compose coherent essays & have thoughtful discussions on the impact of culture.

• Take ownership of cultural tools to enhance and augment quality of life.

Course Work

- The New Orleans Blog:

Students will be required to blog at http://irvinmayfield.com/blog/. The goal is to create an online conversation about

each class interview and discussion.

Each student must blog a minimum of twice per guest during that week; each student must blog no less than 500

words per guest (250 words each time; the second entry is in response to the other students’ thoughts and comments).

Professor Mayfield will also sporadically list topics during class for each student to blog about during that week; each

topic will require a response of no less than 250 words per student. At the end of the semester, the collection of each

student’s blogs will be graded for participation and content.

Students will also be required to Facebook (on Professor Mayfield’s page) the most powerful aspect of each guest and

to Tweet (citing @IrvinMayfieldJr) the most powerful statement of each interview.

Final Projects:

Each student is asked to attend an activity that correlates with one of the speakers or subjects that were discussed in

class. Then, focusing on this activity and subject, students will individually blog a minimum of 1,000 words, Facebook

the most powerful aspect of the experience, and Tweet the most powerful quote from or thought about the experience.

*Please note: The topic for the final project must be approved in advance.

Students will also be required to blog a minimum of 250 words about “What this class meant to me” at the end of the

semester.

Lecture:

Each student will be required to attend Professor Mayfield’s The Courage to Create lecture on Tuesday, September

17th, 6:00-7:30pm in the UNO Education Building, Room 103. Each student must blog a minimum of twice about the

lecture; each student must blog no less than 500 words (250 words each time).

Volunteering:

Each student must volunteer at least 10 hours per semester within the cultural activities surrounding Professor

Mayfield’s life (i.e. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, The New Orleans Jazz Institute at UNO, his numerous civic

boards, etc.). Each student will blog (minimum of 250 words) at the end of the semester about his or her volunteer

experiences.

Grading Structure:

Please note: Each student will be graded on his or her class participation (attendance, interview and discussion), blog

entries and final project.

Class Participation (attendance, interview, discussion): 35%

Blog: 35%

Final Project: 30%

Attendance:

This class will be taught in a highly interactive manner. The class participation portion of each student’s final grade will

be impacted negatively by 5% for every unexcused absence. Role will be taken at each class.

- Academic Honesty:

Academic Honesty is the cornerstone of a quality educational experience, and academic dishonesty completely

undermines it. It is imperative that your work be your own. Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in

immediate expulsion from the course and will be reported to university authorities.

Irvin Mayfield Bio:

Irvin Mayfield, 35, is a Grammy and Billboard Award-winning artist with 15 albums to his credit. Mayfield is the

founding Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and currently serves as Artistic Director of Jazz at

the Minnesota Orchestra. He is currently a professor at the University of New Orleans, where he also serves as

Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute. Mayfield was nominated to the National Council on the Arts by President

George W. Bush and was subsequently appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2010. Mayfield also

received The Chancellor’s Award from the University of New Orleans (the highest ranking award given to a professor)

in 2010 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Dillard University in 2011. A passionate advocate for New

Orleans and for the arts, Mayfield is Chairman of the Board for the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation. He

also serves on the boards of The African American Museum, Citizens United for Economic Equity, Louisiana State

University’s Department of Psychiatry and Health Science, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the New

Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, Tulane University’s School of Architecture, Unity of Greater New Orleans, the

University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development, and the Youth Rescue Initiative.

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CLASS CANCELED: November 21

by StephanieMayne on Nov.21, 2012, under Course Information

Today’s class is canceled. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fall 2012 Syllabus

by StephanieMayne on Sep.05, 2012, under Course Information

“New Orleans as Discourse”

Wednesdays 3:00-5:45pm

HUMS 2090-001 (21316)

Class website: www.IrvinMayfield.com/blog

Professor and Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Irvin Mayfield: imayfiel@uno.edu

“New Orleans as Discourse” allows participating students the ability to interview professionals and icons in the New Orleans cultural community: Art, Humanities and Music.

Modeled after “Inside the Actors Studio,” Professor Mayfield will interview each guest, followed by a question-&-answer session with the students. Each interview will be video recorded and then made available weekly.

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Define central concepts of a discussion of culture.
  • Analyze the significance of culture to the life of a city, specifically New Orleans.
  • Evaluate the cultural impact of events and people in New Orleans history.
  • Compose coherent essays & have thoughtful discussions on the impact of culture.
  • Take ownership of cultural tools to enhance and augment quality of life.

Course Work

- The New Orleans Blog:

Students will be required to blog at http://irvinmayfield.com/blog/. The goal is to create an online conversation about each class interview and discussion.

Each student must blog a minimum of twice per guest during that week; each student must blog no less than 500 words per guest (250 words each time). Professor Mayfield will also sporadically list topics during class for each student to blog about during that week; each topic will require a response of no less than 250 words per student.  At the end of the semester, the collection of each student’s blogs will be graded for participation and content.

Students will also be required to Facebook (on Professor Mayfield’s page) the most powerful aspect of each guest and to Twitter (citing @IrvinMayfieldJr) the most powerful statement of each interview.

Students are required to purchase Irvin Mayfield’s book A Love Letter to New Orleans for class. The book can be found in the UNO Bookstore.

The final project (30% of your grade) will be an essay on what the class meant to you and what you have learned.

- Lecture:

Each student will be required to attend Professor Mayfield’s  (Artistic Literacy) lecture on Thursday, September 13th, at 6:00pm in the Education Building, Room 103.

- Volunteering:

Each student must volunteer 10 hours per semester for the cultural activities surrounding Professor Mayfield’s life. For students interested in future experiences, opportunities are available. From working with The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and The New Orleans Jazz Institute, to numerous civic boards and even this course itself, “apprentices” will get hands-on experience in a wide range of pursuits.

- Grading Structure:

Please note: Each student will be graded on his or her class participation (attendance, interview and discussion), blog entries and final project.

Class Participation (attendance, interview, discussion): 35%

Blog: 35%

Final Project: 30%

- Attendance: This class will be taught in a highly interactive manner. The class participation portion of each student’s final grade will be impacted negatively by 5% for every unexcused absence. Role will be taken every class period.

- Academic Honesty: Academic Honesty is the cornerstone of a quality educational experience, and academic dishonesty completely undermines it. It is imperative that your work be your own. Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in immediate expulsion from the course and will be reported to university authorities.

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Week 7: Class Canceled

by SonnyLee on Mar.21, 2012, under Course Information

Due to inclement weather, class is cancelled for today, 3/21.

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Fall 2011 Guests

by StephanieMayne on Jan.18, 2012, under Course Information

Class Schedule:

August 31: Soledad O’Brien, CNN

September 7: Susan Spicer, Chef

September 14: Joel Vilmneay, WDSU

September 21: Les Schmidt

September 28: No class

October 5: Mark Romig, N.O. Marketing Corp.

October 12: Dr. Corey Hebert

October 19: No class

October 26: Bill Rouselle, Bright Moments, Inc.

November 2: Warren Riley

November 9: Ted Selogie, J.W. Marriott

November 16: Sara Kavanaugh, The Grill Room

November 23: Ron Marham, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

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