- Alina Selby ’14
- Hometown: Finleyville, PA
- Major: Mechanical engineering
I’ve always been interested in how things work and how I can make things more efficient.
New Orleans - Spring 2009
March 6 - 13, 2009
Theme: Forever New Orleans
The Multicultural Retreat (MCR) is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to experience the multiculturalism of the United States of America. Students along with faculty and staff from the College travel to metropolitan areas to absorb the unique diversity which cities offer. From the earliest Native American tribes, to the intrepid French settlers, to the Spanish adventurers, to the coming of the Americans, New Orleans is a city steeped in history, much of which is still visible in its old landmarks. The Cabildo, on Jackson Square, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803; the Pontalba buildings, the oldest apartment houses in the U.S.; Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, where the notorious 19th century buccaneer, Jean Lafitte, hung out and carried on his elicit (and illegal) activities; and many more historic sites. They’re all part of the heritage that makes New Orleans unique among American cities. But it is an American city — just a very different place with a very peculiar history. New Orleans is a place where Africans, both slave and free, and American Indians shared their cultures and intermingled with European settlers. Encouraged by the French government, this strategy for producing a durable culture in a difficult place marked New Orleans as different and special from its inception and continues to distinguish New Orleans today. New Orleans also was the first city in America to host a significant settlement of Italians, Greeks, Croatians and Filipinos. Just before the opening of the 20th century, thousands of Sicilians came into New Orleans to add to the complexity of its population and enrich its culture. The Multicultural Retreat is pleased to visit New Orleans and experience the rich cultural heritage of one of America’s most unique and enduring cities.
• WWII Museum (504) 527-6012
• African American Museum (504) 566-1136
• Amistad Research Center (504) 865-5535
• New Orleans Hornets (504) 593-4741 or 4740
• Capstone Dinner (Emeril’s “Nola Restaurant,” 504-522-6652)
• Haunted History Tour (www.hauntedhistorytours) (504) 861-2727