Professor Alecia Long Presents Annual Women in History Cavanaugh Lecture

The Women in History Cavanaugh Lecture will be held on March 12th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Westside Regional Library. This is an annual lecture series that is held at Rapides Parish Library in partnership with LSUA’s History Department in honor of Women’s History Month. This year, Alecia P. Long, the John L. Loos and Paul W. and Nacy Murrill Professor in the Department of History at Louisiana State University, will speak about what the history of Storyville can tell us about the history of women in Louisiana.

According to Professor Long, attendees will discover why she wrote a history of Storyville, the notorious quasi-legal vice district that existed in New Orleans between 1897 and 1917, what re-constructing the histories of a small number of women who lived and worked there tells us about the history of Louisiana women more generally, and how all women’s lives were changing on the eve of suffrage and the beginning of the roaring 20s.

Long teaches courses on several aspects of Louisiana History and is the author of The Great Southern Babylon: Sex, Race, and Respectability in New Orleans, 1865-1920 (2004), co-editor with LeeAnn Whites of Occupied Women: Gender, Military Occupation and the American Civil War (2009), and Louisiana: Our History, Our Home (2015), a Louisiana History textbook.

Her forthcoming book is titled Cruising for Conspirators: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Became a Sex Crime, and she has received several notable recognitions and awards, such as the LSU Rainmaker Award in 2009, The Julia Cherry Spruill Publication Prize in 2005, and the Wilbur Owen Sypherd Prize in 2001.

The highly recommended Women in History Cavanaugh Lecture is one of several women’s history programs hosted by the Rapides Parish Library this month. Find a full schedule of programs and events at

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