Nicholls symposium to cover art, performance, language, culture and the Holocaust

THIBODAUX – Nicholls State University will host an inaugural Undergraduate Humanities Symposium on Tuesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 26. Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature and the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, the symposium’s presentations are free and open to the public.

Discussion topics scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday include “The Fame Monster: Lady Gaga verses Madonna and the Never Ending Battle of the Blond Bombshells”; “In Praise of Stan Brakhage’s Vision:  Mainstream Cinema and the Avant-garde”; and “Reflections of Mallarmé: A Comparative Study of Manet’s ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.’”

Topics for Thursday include “Understanding the Holocaust through the Eyes of Perpetrators, Victims, and Bystanders” – scheduled for 2 to 3:15 p.m. – and from 5 to 6 p.m., “Is the Language of ‘Swamp People’ Exaggerating Cajun English?”; “The Transgender Community in South Louisiana: An Initial Investigation”; and “How the Hollywood Black Sermon Compares to Real Sermons in the African-American Church.”

All events will be held in the Magnolia Room of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union. For additional information, call Dr. Scott Banville, assistant professor of English and Sigma Tau Delta faculty advisor, at 985-448-4445. To learn more about the Department of Languages and Literature, go to