If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Jazz in NOLA

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Domestic Study Away
Program Location New Orleans, USA
Course # SA 11003
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring Break 2023 03/11/23 to 03/19/23

Program Leader

Name Jason Ware
Email jaware@purdue.edu
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

“Jazz happened in America...” In this course we’ll investigate the social, economic, and intellectual conditions that influenced its inception, growth, and dissemination, and the extent to which it—jazz—contributed to a better quality-of-life in the city. We’re heading to New Orleans for our place-based investigation. While there, we’ll access oral histories, photos, and scores within Tulane’s Hogan Jazz Archives to get a sense of how the unique demographics and geography of New Orleans enabled and nurtured the development of its musical culture and creative place-making.

 Our time in the archives will lay a foundation for understanding black (Creole/Latina/o) sub-cultures that developed in the South in response to oppressive life circumstances, and that directly influenced the socio-cultural phenomenon we call jazz, all with eye towards understanding how such a response influenced quality-of-life in the city. We’ll take a guided tour of the city to get a picture of the economic and social history embedded in the built environment. The tour will provide a visual context for the narratives we’ll hear and experience during our time in NOLA. You can count on plenty of live music performed by busking street performers and in sought after venues such as the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro and Preservation Hall. We’ll frequent the Audubon Park via the St. Charles streetcar for necessary conversations and debriefing sessions during which we’ll discuss the improvisatory nature of jazz as an intellectual endeavor and a way of life. Of course we’ll participate in varying social rituals germane to New Orleans jazz culture, such as second line parades. And what would a trip to New Orleans be without sampling the food on offer at legendary places such as Dooky Chase’s Restaurant and the various eateries in the French Quarter? We’ll make sense of and synthesize our experiences in this great city by composing a mixed-media storyline that illustrates how jazz influences/d quality-of-life in NOLA. This will be a whirlwind trip over spring break 2023, and an experience you won’t want to miss. 

Please contact program leader for more information.

Academic Credit

2 HONR credits (students don't have to be part of the John Martinson Honors College to enroll in the course)


GPA of 3.0 or higher is required to enroll in all HONR courses.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

$1600 + air and some ground fare

Purdue Moves Scholarship

Participants who are US citizens or permanent residents are strongly encouraged to apply for the Purdue Moves Scholarship through the MyStudyAbroad system. Purdue Moves awards are based on total family income and require having a FAFSA on file. For this Spring Break program, participants are eligible for the following amounts of scholarship funding, which can be applied to the program fee billed by Purdue but also expenses like airfare.

- Total family income of $75,000 or less: $1200 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $75,001 to $100,000: $800 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $100,001 to $125,000: $500 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $125,001 to $150,000: $300 applied to the program cost
- Total family income of $150,001 or greater: Ineligible

For complete details on eligibility, application procedures, and deadlines, please visit https://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/aid/details.cfm?scholarid=228. Additional financial aid information can be found below!

Please do NOT make any financial commitments toward the program (such as purchasing airfare) until instructed by the program leader. Neither the Honors College nor Purdue University will be liable for refunds should programs be canceled owing to mitigation measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

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