‘When the Levee Breaks’: New Orleans and the Mississippi – La Trobe University

4 Jun – 24 Jun 2018

  • Region:
    • USA
  • Status: open
  • Code: CC21804

Course Overview

Institution: La Trobe University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Commerce.
Course Code: HUS2IST/HUS3STT
Subject Coordinators: Dr Trevor Hogan, Dr Raul Sanchez-Urribarri, and Associate Professor Terrie Waddell
Credit Points: 30 credit points
Prerequisites: Completion of a first-year studies in any degree in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Commerce.
Enrolments: available for participants enrolled in an undergraduate course at La Trobe University or at another university; for participants not currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree wishing to take the subject for credit; or for those wishing to travel and attend classes but not wishing to submit essays and give talks (i.e., as a ‘non-assessed’ audit student). For further details see ‘How to Book’.
Assessment: For assessment details, please contact the on-line La Trobe University undergraduate handbook, searching under HUS2IST or HUS3STT.

Subject Description

This subject provides for students across a range of disciplines in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce to undertake a structured international study tour, based in this instance in the cities of New Orleans, Clarksdale and Memphis and with the cooperation of Tulane University, New Orleans. The first half of the trip (about 8 days) is mostly based in New Orleans and our key foci are on the history and development of the city of New Orleans and its region: the global and material forces that have shaped it over three centuries. Students will encounter a rich cultural tapestry of peoples, food, music, and visual arts. We will examine the people, economy and urban form of New Orleans particularly in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005 and the attempts to regenerate the city and address its severe socio-economic inequalities. We will encounter local planners, artists, community leaders and social activists seeking to preserve the city’s unique heritages but also to create a more socially just order. Study will focus on critical aspects of the city – its culture, literature, history, demography, migration, criminal justice, politics, and planning – through a range of case studies, fieldwork, research, practical exercises and site visits.

In the second half of the study-tour, we will travel up the Mississippi river delta on Highway 61. We travel via Baton Rouge (capital of Louisiana), the historic town of Natchez, Vicksburg and its Civil War Park and BB King Museum, Jackson (Mississippi’s state capital), and arriving in the legendary blues ‘crossroads’ of Clarksdale, where students will be based for about a week, and learn about its recent regeneration based on the region’s rich traditions. Aside from visiting the galleries, stores and blues juke joints and savouring southern cuisine, students will take part in daily workshops and field trips including the Mississippi river itself, plantations and slave trade museums, literary homes (such as William Faulkner’s), the University of Mississippi in Oxford, and so on. This part of the study tour will be hosted by local experts and community leaders.

The study tour concludes with 3 days in one of the most important cultural, commercial and civil rights centres in the US: Memphis, Tennessee. Opportunity is afforded students to look at the organisation of music cultures in the twentieth century by visits to Sun Records, Stax Records, and Elvis Presley’s Graceland as well as sample the live music scene. We will be based in downtown area and will look at socio-economic development issues and the politics of planning the city.

No matter what is your disciplinary training: from archaeology to linguistics, history to sociology, literature to creative arts, politics to economics, community development to planning, cultural tourism to strategic communication and media studies, from education to law, from marketing to culture – there is something for everyone in this study tour subject. You will be able to develop a research project that reflects your own discipline interests and methods whilst, at the same time, engaging in in-depth thought, analysis and problem solving in the richness of a multi-discipline setting.

The cost of the subject in 2018 excludes travel insurance but does include the usual HELP fee for a 30-credit-point subject. This price includes all return airfares, accommodation, all breakfasts, local transport, and many other meals in “special” places. No participant may travel without travel insurance.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this subject, you will:

  1. Analyse and critically review key elements in the story of cities and their regions in the deep south of America as representational of a peculiar pathway into modernity, especially over the past two centuries.
  2. Identify the role and significance of history, culture, literature, politics, society, and urban planning in understanding the contemporary city and its region (you can use New Orleans or Clarksdale or Memphis as your key case study).
  3. Use fieldwork observations, site visits and research to identify and review critical elements in the development of three key cities (New Orleans, Clarksdale and Memphis) and their ecological, social and economic region to explain their current circumstances and challenges.
  4. Work individually and as part of a small team to explore different disciplinary approaches to the study of the Mississippi River Delta region as a whole.
  5. Develop multi-media skills in the field and online.

Subject Coordinators/Academic Enquiries

Dr Trevor Hogan
La Trobe University, Sociology Program, Department of Social Inquiry, and Director, Research, School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
E: [email protected]

Dr Raul Sanchez-Urribarri
La Trobe University, Legal Studies Program, Department of Social Inquiry.
T: +61 3 9479 6695
E: [email protected]

Associate Professor Terrie Waddell
Screen and Sound Studies Program, Department of Creative Arts and English, and Director, Higher Degree by Research, School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
T: +61 3 9479 2396
E: [email protected]

Obtaining School Approval to take this course for credit:

  1. School of Humanities and Social Sciences:  Professor Adrian Jones [email protected]
  2. School of Education:  Craig Deed [email protected]
  3. Business School: Greg Jamieson [email protected]
  4. Law School: John Bevacqua [email protected]

Information on OS-HELP

For information on OS-HELP email: [email protected] or see http://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/fees/assistance/loan-studying-abroad


Participants should note that the daily activities described in this itinerary may be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate changes in museum opening hours, flight schedules & road conditions. Meals included in the course price and are indicated in the itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=evening meal.

New Orleans - 8 nights

Day 1: Monday 4 June 2018, Melbourne – New Orleans
  • GROUP 1: 0600hrs: Meet your tour leader Trevor Hogan at Qantas check-in counter 37 and 38 in the Domestic Terminal (T1), Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and commence check in procedures. Depart Melbourne for Sydney on QF418 (0900-1025);  depart Sydney for Dallas on flight QF7 (1235-1300); depart Dallas for New Orleans on flight AA2358  (1455-1625)
  • GROUP 2: 0600hrs: Meet your tour leaders Terrie Waddell and Raul Sanchez-Urribarri at the Qantas check-in counter in the International Terminal (T2), Melbourne Tullamarine Airport and commence check in procedures. Depart Melbourne for Los Angeles on QF93 (0900-0625); depart Los Angeles for New Orleans on flight AA2580 (1110-1657)
  • 1625/1657hrs: GROUP 1 & GROUP 2: Arrive New Orleans and collect your luggage; transfer by private coach to Tulane University
  • 1830hrs: ETA – Check-in to accommodation, Tulane University, New Orleans

(Overnight Tulane University, New Orleans) 

Day 2: Tuesday 5 June, New Orleans
  • Breakfast at leisure
  • 1000-1200hrs: Housekeeping and Campus Tour
  • Lunch and afternoon at leisure
  • Evening meal – details to be confirmed

(Overnight Tulane University, New Orleans) BD

Day 3: Wednesday 6 June, New Orleans
  • Breakfast at leisure
  • 1000-1200hrs: Workshop 1 – Prof, Richard Campanella ‘The big time view of Mississippi – ecology, history and human settlements’
  • Lunch at leisure
  • 1400-1500hrs: Meet in front of Gibson Hall and travel by streetcar to the French Quarter
  • 1500-1700hrs: 2-hour guided walking tour of the New Orleans French Quarter. Meeting Point: Decatur Cafe Beignet, 600 Decatur Street, at the corner of Toulouse Street
  •  Return by street car to Tulane University, evening at leisure

(Overnight Tulane University, New Orleans) B

Day 4: Thursday 7 June, New Orleans
  • Breakfast at leisure
  • 1000-1200hrs: Workshop 2 – Prof. Ashley Burns (Political Science): ‘Social inequality and social justice in the south’
  • 1200-1330hrs: Lunch at leisure
  • 1330-1400hrs: Meet in front of Gibson Hall and travel by streetcar to the Backstreet Cultural Museum.
  • 1400-1600hrs: 2-hour guided tour of the Tremé District incl. the Backstreet Cultural Museum. Meeting point: Backstreet Cultural Museum
  • 1600-1800hrs: Time at leisure in the French Quarter
  • Return by street car to Tulane University

(Overnight Tulane University, New Orleans) B

Day 5: Friday 8 June, New Orleans
  • Breakfast at leisure
  • Morning at leisure
  • 1300-1350hrs: Meet in front of Gibson Hall and travel by streetcar to the Garden District
  • 1400-1600hrs: 2-hour guided tour – Garden District Architecture & History / Lafayette Cemetery. Meeting Point: Meet your guides at the The Garden District Book Shop inside The Rink, 2727 Prytania Street, at the corner of Washington Avenue
  • 1600-1630hrs: Streetcar to the French Quarter
  • 1630-1930hrs: Time at leisure in the French Quarter
  • 1930hrs*: Group 1: Performance at Preservation Hall (performance starts at 2000hrs, but recommended arrival is 1930hrs)/ Group 2: Evening at leisure
  • Return by street car to Tulane University

(Overnight Tulane University, New Orleans) B

Day 6: Saturday 9 June, New Orleans
  • Breakfast at leisure
  • 0930-1200hrs: Workshop 3 – Prof Brian Brox (Political Science) ‘Contemporary American politics under Trump regime’
  • 1200-1320hrs: Lunch at leisure
  • 1320hrs: Meet your guides at Tulane University
  • 1330-1700hrs: Guided ‘Hurricane Katrina Rebirth Tour’
  • 1930hrs*: Group 2: Performance at Preservation Hall (performance starts at 2000hrs, but recommended arrival is 1930hrs) / Group 1: Evening at Leisure

(Overnight Tulane University, New Orleans) B

Day 7: Sunday 10 June, New Orleans
  • Breakfast at leisure
  • 0850hrs: Meet your guides at Tulane University
  • 0900-1300hrs: Guided ‘Louisiana Swamp Tour’
  • Afternoon at leisure

(Overnight Tulane University, New Orleans) B

Day 8: Monday 11 June, New Orleans
  • Breakfast at leisure
  • 1000-1050hrs: Workshop 4 – Prof Amanda K Hill (Cowen Institute) ‘Education reform after Katrina’
  • 1100-1230hrs: Workshop 4 – Prof Tania Tetlow ‘New Orleans and gender and family violence after Katrina”
  • 1230-1330hrs: Lunch at leisure
  • 1330-1430hrs: Workshop 5 – Debriefing Session
  • 1530hrs: Remainder of the day at leisure: Audubon Park / The Fly / Exercise
  • Dinner Options: The Mississippi / Magazine St

(Overnight Tulane University, New Orleans) B

Natchez - 2 nights

Day 9: Tuesday 12 June, New Orleans – Laura Plantation – St James Parish – Baton Rouge – Natchez
  • Breakfast at leisure
  • 0900-1000hrs: Check-out of Tulane University and load coach
  • 1000-1130hrs: Transfer by coach to Laura Plantation
  • 1130-1340hrs: Laura Plantation: Creole Folktales & Br’er Rabbit. Group to be subdivided. Group 1: Guided tour at 1130hrs; Group 2: Guided tour at 1140hrs
  • 1340-1500hrs: Transfer to the St James Welcome Centre for picnic lunch & time-permitting visit the historic displays
  • 1500-1830hrs: Continue by coach to Natchez incl. short stop (30mins) for coffee break at Baton Rouge
  • 1830-1930hrs: Arrive Hotel Vue, Natchez and check-in
  • 1930-2100hrs: Group Evening meal in the dining room of the Hotel Vue

(Overnight Natchez) BLD

Day 10: Wednesday 13 June, Natchez
  • 0800-0900hrs: Buffet Breakfast served the Hotel Vue
  • 0900-1000hrs: Lecture by Mr Dennis Harried: “Richard Wright and his story, ‘Almos a Man’, and the use of African American Vernacular English”. Venue: meeting room at the Hotel Vue
  • 1000-1015hrs: Transfer by coach to Longwood Mansion
  • 1015-1115hrs: Guided tour of Longwood Mansion
  • 1115-1200hrs: Short coach tour of Downtown Natchez and the Natchez Bluff with Carolyn Vance Smith, Co-Chairman Copiah-Lincoln Community College
  • 1200-1330hrs: Light lunch at the The Carriage House
  • 1330-1430hrs: Guided tour of Stanton Hall. Group to be sub-divided. Group 1: Guided tour at 1330hrs; Group 2: Guided tour at 1345hrs
  • 1430-1545hrs: Time at leisure in downtown Natchez with option to visit Museum of African-American History & Culture (NAPAC)
  • 1545-1600hrs: Transfer by coach from Downtown Natchez to the Vue Hotel
  • 1630-1730hrs: Student Presentations at the Vue Hotel meeting room
  • 1730-1845hrs: At leisure
  • 1845-1900hrs: Transfer from the Vue Hotel to Dunleith Mansion
  • 1900-2030hrs: Evening meal at the historic Dunleith Mansion
  • 2030-2045hrs: Transfer back to the Vue Hotel
 (Overnight Natchez) BD

Clarksdale, MS - 6 nights

Day 11: Thursday 14 June, Natchez – Vicksburg – Indianola – Clarksdale
  • 0715hrs*: Luggage down in hotel foyer
  • 0700-0730hrs: Buffet Breakfast at the hotel
  • 0745-0930hrs: Travel by coach from Natchez to Vicksburg
  • 0930-1000hrs: Vicksburg National Military Park Visitors Centre – 30min video Presentation
  • 1000-1200hrs: 2-hour guided tour of Vicksburg National Military Park with step-on-guide
  • 1200-1300hrs: Boxed lunch provided at the Vicksburg NMP
  • 1300-1500hrs: Transfer by coach from Vicksburg to Indianola, MS
  • 1500-1630hrs: Guided tour of the BB King Museum & Delta Interpretative Centre
  • 1630-1800hrs: Transfer by coach from Indianola to Clarksdale
  • 1800-1845hrs: Check-in at Uptown Motor Inn, Clarksdale
  • 1845-1900hrs: Meet in foyer and walk 200m to Train Depot
  • 1900-2000hrs: Welcome to Clarksdale – hosted by Meraki Coffee Roasters and ‘Welcome’ by Chuck Espy, Clarksdale mayor
  • 2000-2015hrs: Walk 50m to restaurant
  • 2015hrs:  Dinner at Levon’s Drug Store Diner

(Overnight Clarksdale) BLD

Day 12: Friday 15 June, Clarksdale – Helena – Clarksdale
  • 0730-0830hrs: Breakfast at leisure (Option: Grandma’s Pancakes)
  • 0845-0900hrs: Meet in foyer of hotel and board coach
  • 0900-1000hrs: Transfer by coach to Friars Point (10min stop) and continue to Helena
  • 1000-1045hrs: Welcome Reception Delta Cultural Centre: Greeting by Director and view of exhibits
  • 1045-1215hrs: Transfer and tour of Fort Curtis & Moore-Horner House
  • 1215-1245hrs: Delta Cultural Center: Live radio broadcast “King Biscuit Time”
  • 1245-1300hrs: Walk to Miller Annex/Classroom building
  • 1300-1345hrs: Picnic/boxed lunch provided
  • 1345-1410hrs: Visit KIPP School
  • 1410-1600hrs: Return by coach to Clarksdale with brief stop of Freedom Park
  • 1900hrs: Curry dinner kindly hosted by Mike and Mary at the Uptown Motel, Clarksdale

(Overnight Clarksdale) BLD

Day 13: Saturday 16 June, Clarksdale – Helena – Clarksdale
  • 0730hrs: Meet in hotel foyer
  • 0745-0830hrs: Transfer by coach to Helena
  • 0830-0900hrs: Buffet breakfast provided on arrival
  • 0900-1300hrs: Canoe Excursion with Quapaw Canoe Company
  • 1300-1400hrs: Transfer by coach back to Clarksdale
  • 1400-1445hrs: Time at leisure for lunch
  • 1445-1500hrs: Meet in foyer of hotel and walk to the Greyhound Bus Station
  • 1500-1700hrs: 10-15 minute talks and discussion led by Robert Birdsong (history), Roger Stolle (blues music and culture), Mac Crank (downtown economic development ‘comeback’), Bubba O’Keefe (downtown buildings undergoing revitalisation), Richard Bolen (IT, signage and cultural/arts precinct development), Ben Lewis (Meraki Coffee – community development entity for youth) & Panny Mayfield (‘Tennessee Williams’ historian)
  • Evening at leisure

(Overnight Clarksdale) B

Day 14: Sunday 17 June, Clarksdale
  • 0800-0900hrs: Breakfast at leisure (Option: Grandma’s Pancakes)
  • 0915-0930hrs: Meet in foyer of hotel and walk to the Rock & Blues Museum
  • 0930-1030hrs: 1-hour guided tour of the Delta Blues Museum
  • 1100-1200hrs: Optional visit to the Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church
  • 1200-1245hrs: At leisure for lunch
  • 1245-1345/1345-1445: Group to be sub-divided for a 1-hour guided tour of the Rock & Blues Museum
  • 1500-1830hrs: Group 1 & 2: Research/workshops at ‘The Bank”
  • 1830-1845hrs: Meet in foyer and board coach
  • 1845-1900hrs: Transfer by coach to The Ranchero
  • 1900-2030hrs: Dinner at The Ranchero
  • 2030-2045hrs: Transfer by coach back to the hotel

(Overnight Clarksdale) BD

Day 15: Monday 18 June, Clarksdale – Oxford – Clarksdale
  • 0800-0900hrs: Breakfast at leisure (Option: Grandma’s Pancakes)
  • 0915-0930hrs: Meet in foyer of hotel and board coach
  • 0930-1100hrs: Transfer by coach to Oxford
  • 1100-1230hrs: Session 1: Center for the Study of Southern Culture: Presentation arranged by Director, Ted Ownby
  • 1230-1430: Lunch at leisure
  • 1430-1615hrs: Session 2: “Southern Studies and the Global South: A Discussion” – Presentation arranged by Catarina Passidomo and Simone Delerme – assistant professors of South Studies and Anthropology, University of Mississippi
  • 1615-1800hrs: Transfer back to Clarkdale
  • 1800-1830hrs: At leisure
  • 1830-1845hrs: Meet in foyer of hotel and board coach
  • 1845-1900hrs: Transfer to Hopson’s Commissary
  • 1900-2030hrs: Dinner at Hopson’s Commissary
  • 2030-2045hrs: Return by coach to the hotel

(Overnight Clarksdale) BD

Day 16: Tuesday 19 June, Clarksdale – Sumner – Cleveland – Clarksdale
  • 0800-0900hrs:  Breakfast at leisure (Option: Grandma’s Pancakes)
  • 0900-0915hrs: Meet in foyer and board coach
  • 0915-0945hrs: Transfer by coach from Clarksdale to Sumner
  • 0945-1130hrs: Visit Emmett Till Interpretative Center – Patrick Weems director – guided tour of Center and Sumner Courthouse
  • 1130-1300hrs: Transfer by coach from Sumner to Delta State University
  • 1300-1430hrs: Lunch: Delta State University Student Union – welcome by the President
  • 1430-1445hrs: Walk to Delta Music Institute at DSU
  • 1445-1600hrs: Visit Delta Music Institute
  • 1600-1615hrs: Walk to the Grammy Museum
  • 1615-1730hrs: Guided tour of the Grammy Museum
  • 1730-1845hrs: Return to coach and transfer back to Clarksdale
  • 1845-2000hrs: Evening at leisure. Dinner at leisure, options include: Stone Pony, Yazoo Pass, Levon’s Bar & Grill, Ramon’s etc
  • 2000-2300hrs: Hambone Music (Optional; cost $5.00)

(Overnight Clarksdale) BL

Memphis, TN - 4 nights

Day 17: Wednesday 20 June, Clarksdale – Oxford – Graceland – Memphis
  • 0700-0800hrs: Breakfast at leisure (Option: Grandma’s Pancakes)
  • 0800-0830hrs: Check-out of Motel and load luggage onto coach
  • 0830-1000hrs: Transfer by coach to Oxford
  • 1000-1130hrs: Visit Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s Home, Oxford
  • 1130-1245hrs: Free time for lunch & to explore town centre (Square Books, Old Venice Pizza Co.)
  • 1245-1445hrs: Transfer by coach from Oxford to Graceland
  • 1445-1500hrs: Arrive Graceland and collect tickets
  • 1500-1630hrs: Graceland Mansion Tour
  • 1630-1700hrs: Transfer by coach to Downtown Memphis
  • 1700-1800hrs: Visit French Fort District with historian Jimmy Ogle
  • 1800hrs: Check-in to Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis Hotel
  • 1900hrs: Dinner & evening at leisure.

(Overnight Memphis) B

Day 18: Thursday 21 June, Memphis
  • 0800-0900hrs: Buffet Breakfast at the hotel
  • 0900-1700hrs: Group to be sub-divided, with visits to Sun Studio & STAX – shuttle bus from Beale Street
  • Evening at leisure

(Overnight Memphis) B

Day 19: Friday 22 June, Memphis
  • 0800-0850hrs: Buffet Breakfast at the hotel
  • 0850-0900hrs: Meet in foyer of hotel
  • 0900-0930hrs: Walk to City Hall
  • 0930-1030hrs: Presentations by Nicholas Oyler and Penelope Huston from the Downtown Memphis Commission
  • 1030-1100hrs: Coffee break
  • 1100-1200hrs: Presentations by Aubrey Preston (Americana Music Triangle), Rep from Downtown Memphis Commission TBC, plus 1 other TBC 30 mins each, incl Q&A
  • 1200-1315hrs: Walk to Beale Street for some time at leisure for lunch
  • 1315-1700hrs: Group study/workshops at Comfort Inn Down Town
  • 1700hrs-: Remainder of evening at leisure

(Overnight Memphis) B

Day 20: Saturday 23 June, Memphis
  • 0800-0900hrs: Buffet Breakfast at the hotel
  • 0915-1000hrs: Travel by trolley bus to the National Civil Rights Museum
  • 1000-1200hrs: Visit the National Civil Rights Museum
  • 1200-1800hrs: Time at leisure
  • 1800-1815hrs: Walk to restaurant (700m)
  • 1815-2200hrs: Farewell Dinner at Charlie Vergos Rendezvous

(Overnight Memphis) BD

Day 21: Sunday 24 June, Depart Memphis
  • 0800-0900hrs: Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel
  • 0900-1030hrs: Check-out of hotel (Official check-out time is 1200hrs)
  • 1030-1100hrs: Transfer to Memphis Airport
  • 1100-1419hrs: Check-in for flight to Dallas
  • 1420-1559hrs: Fly Memphis to Dallas on flight AA2497 (GROUP 1 & 2)
  • GROUP 1: Fly Dallas to Los Angeles on flight AA2318 (1740-1855); Fly Los Angles to Melbourne on flight QF94 (2240-0730+2). ** Arrival is 7.30am Tuesday 26th June 2018.
  • GROUP 2: Fly Dallas to Sydney on flight QF008 (2150-0605+2); Fly Sydney to Melbourne on flight QF413 (0745-0920) ** Arrival is 9.20am Tuesday 26th June 2018.

(In flight) B


21 days in the Southern States

Accommodation is provided in twin-share rooms, or single rooms upon payment of the single supplement. The number of rooms available for single use is extremely limited.

  • New Orleans (8 nights) Tulane University 
    St Charles Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118, USA. Phone: (504) 8655724  www2.tulane.edu/studentaffairs/housing/index.cfm
    Located in Uptown New Orleans on St. Charles Avenue, directly across from Audubon Park. University. The campus sits along the St. Charles streetcar line, providing access to downtown attractions while staying in a residential area.
    Accommodation is provided in residential halls in twin-share rooms (including linen) with communal bathrooms. See also information on dining services.
  • Natchez (2 nights) 3-star Hotel Vue Natchez www.hotelvuenatchez.com
    130 John R. Junkin Drive, Natchez, MS 39120, USA. Phone: (601) 442-9976
    Situated on the Mississippi River shore, this hotel provides an on-site restaurant, outdoor pool, and daily continental breakfast. All rooms include en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV and tea/coffee maker. Free Wi Fi is available.
  • Clarksdale (6 nights) 2-star Uptown Motor Inn
    305 E 2nd St Clarksdale, MS 38614, USA Phone: (662) 627-3251
    Located a couple of blocks from the Delta Blues Museum. All rooms include en-suite bathroom.
  • Memphis (4 nights) 3-star Comfort Inn Downtown www.choicehotels.com
    100 N. Front St., Memphis, TN, 38103, USA Phone: (901) 526-0583 Fax: (901) 525-7512
    Located in the historic area on the trolley line, near Beale Street and overlooking the Mississippi River and Mud Island River Park. This hotel provides a rooftop outdoor pool, business centre, exercise room and daily hot breakfast. All rooms include en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, microwave, minibar and tea/coffee maker. Free Wi Fi is available.

Note: Hotels are subject to change, in which case a hotel of similar standard will be provided.

How to book

Applications & Enrolments

ASA will not accept any reservation, even if a $500.00 deposit has been paid, unless the following documentation has been received:

  1. Completed and signed ASA Course Reservation Application Form
  • You will be notified shortly afterwards whether you have been selected to participate in the subject.
  • A maximum of 40 students can enroll in the subject; first-come, first-served.
In addition to fulfilling ASA’s requirements, all participants must enrol under one of the following options:
  • Option 1 is for Participants currently enrolled in an undergraduate course at La Trobe University. If you want the subject to count as 30-credit-points towards your current La Trobe degree, you enrol in the subject before departure according to the requirements of your Faculty. Normal HELP fees apply as with any other university subject, but with the addition of the travel provider’s (Australians Studying Abroad’s) price for airfares, bus-&-local-transport, bed-&-breakfast accommodation and some meals. In the past, the La Trobe Abroad Office has offered a subsidy of at least A$500 to enrolling La Trobe University students. La Trobe students can also use OS-HELP loan to cover all costs if this 30-credit-point subject is combined with other accredited Study Abroad subjects worth another 30 credit points, making 60 credit points in total. OS-HELP loan students must also must have at least 15 credit points (the equivalent of one La Trobe subject, or 0.125 EFTSL to use the cross-institutional measure) to complete in their current course after return from exchange. To be eligible to apply for an OS-Help loan, students need to be enrolled in a secondary program at an overseas institution crediting a full time load back to your La Trobe University course. Visit: www.latrobe.edu.au/study/exchange-and-study-abroad/study-overseas – this offers a La Trobe-students’ information portal for study abroad options in general and www.latrobe.edu.au/study/exchange-and-study-abroad/study-overseas/fees offers information about La Trobe-students’ $500 mobility-grant subsidy and OS-HELP loan options.
  • Option 2 is for Participants currently enrolled in an undergraduate course at another University. If you want this La Trobe subject to count as credit towards your current degree in your University, you enrol in the subject as a cross-institutional Complementary Subject and obtain the approval of the relevant officers in both universities.  Standard (home institutional) HELP fees apply as with any of their subjects, but with the addition of the travel provider’s (Australians Studying Abroad’s) price for airfares, bus-&-local-transport, bed-&-breakfast accommodation and some meals. Students may also be able to use an OS-HELP loan to cover all costs, but it will depend on the view of their ‘home’ institution.
  • Option 3 is for Participants not currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree, wishing to take the subject for credit. With this option, you enrol as an ‘Assessed’ student taking the course as a ‘single-subject’ if you wish to complete assessment and receive a result for the subject. As an ‘Assessed’ student you will receive an official academic result, which is available for credit should you subsequently gain admission into an award course at La Trobe University. The ‘Single Subject’ fee is in addition to the travel provider’s (Australians Studying Abroad’s) price for airfares, bus-&-local-transport, bed-&-breakfast accommodation and some meals. Note that to apply for admission into a course offered by La Trobe’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences you will be required to have completed two subjects at an undergraduate level.
  • Option 4 is for Participants who wish to travel and attend classes, but who do not wish to be assessed. These Participants do not wish take the subject for credit. You enrol in the subject as a ‘non-assessed’ Audit student if you do not wish to gain an official academic result. Participants undertaking this course as a non-assessed student will be required to pay a ‘Non-Assessed Audit Fee Supplement’ of A$400, in addition to the travel provider’s (Australians Studying Abroad’s) price for airfares, bus-&-local-transport, bed-&-breakfast accommodation and some meals. You will be required to pay this fee supplement at the time of paying your balance for the subject. This will be included in the final invoice you receive from Australians Studying Abroad.
  • Option 5 Expressions of interest by HDR candidates can be directly to Associate Professor Terrie Waddell, Director, Higher Degree by Research, School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Please email [email protected]
Single Supplement

Payment of the single supplement will ensure accommodation in a single room throughout the tour. The number of single rooms available is extremely limited. People wishing to take the Single Supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

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Physical Endurance & Practical Information
Physical Rating

The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, six to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless, all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.

This 21-day course involves:
  • Accommodation at Tulane University New Orleans & 2 or 3-star hotels
  • An extensive amount of walking to site visits, often up and down hills and/or flights of stairs, along cobbled streets and uneven terrain. You therefore need to be a good walker and be prepared to stand for some time on site and in front of buildings
  • Minimal coach travel – all on good roads; extensive use of public transport in New Orleans and Memphis
  • Porterage is not included; participants MUST be able to carry their own luggage.

It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.

Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.

Practical Information

Prior to departure, tour members will receive practical notes which include information on visa requirements, health, photography, weather, clothing and what to pack, custom regulations, bank hours, currency regulations, electrical appliances and food. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website has advice for travellers: www.smartraveller.gov.au

Tour Price & Inclusions

AUD $6890.00 Course Price including return airfare with Qantas and American Airlines
AUD $950.00   Single Supplement
AUD $400.00   Audit Fee Supplement (applicable to participants who are not taking this subject as part of their university degree)

Tour Price (Land Content Only) includes:
  • Return airfare economy class with Qantas and American Airlines including taxes
  • Accommodation in twin-share (2 per room) rooms.
  • Breakfast daily, lunches and evening meals as outlined in the itinerary, where B = breakfast, L = lunch and D = dinner
  • Return airport transfers if travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flights
  • Intercity travel by air-conditioned coach, public transport used extensively in New Orleans and Memphis
  • Academic program as outlined in the itinerary
  • Entrances to museums, galleries outlined in the itinerary
  • Tips for the coach driver, local guides and restaurants for included meals.
Tour Price (Land Content Only) does not include:
  • Evening meals & lunches not indicated in the course itinerary
  • Personal spending money
  • Airport-hotel transfers if not travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flights
  • Luggage in excess of 20kg (44lbs)
  • Travel insurance
  • USA Visa (if applicable)
Terms & Conditions

A deposit of $500.00 AUD per person is required to reserve a place on an ASA tour.

Confirmation of Your Booking

When we have received your ASA Course Reservation Application Form together with the deposit or full payment for the tour, and assuming there is a place available on the tour, we will send you confirmation of your booking and relevant travel details. It is from this moment that a firm contract exists between you and Australians Studying Abroad Pty Ltd (hereafter called ASA) on the basis of this itinerary, together with ASA’s general brochure, and any brochure or itinerary amendments communicated to you, these booking conditions and the travel details sent to you. If a place is not available we will return your payment. ASA does however reserve the right to refuse to accept a booking without necessarily giving a reason.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • $500.00 deposit – non refundable
  • 75-46 days prior 25% of total amount due
  • 45-31 days prior 50% of total amount due
  • 30-15 days prior 75% of total amount due
  • 14-0 days prior 100% of total amount due

We take the day on which you cancel as being that on which we receive written confirmation of cancellation.

Unused Portions of the Tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Will the Course Price or Itinerary Change?

If the number of participants on a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates or airfare taxes ASA reserves the right to amend the advertised price. We shall, however, do all in our power to maintain the published price. If an ASA tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all tour monies paid. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes in due course.

If La Trobe University Cancels the Course

In the event the academic program be cancelled as a result of La Trobe University, in response to Federal Government travel advice, designating the locations of the program to be unsafe: participants will be charged the cancellation fees as indicated in these booking conditions (refer to the paragraph ‘Cancellation Fees’).

Travel Insurance

ASA requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. A copy of your travel insurance certificate and the reverse charge emergency contact phone number must be received by ASA no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Passport Details

All participants must provide no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the program a photocopy of the front page of their current passport.

Final Payment

The balance of the tour price will be due 75 days prior to the tour commencement date.

Limitation of Liability

ASA is not a carrier, event or tourist attraction host, accommodation or dining service provider. All bookings made and tickets or coupons issued by ASA for transport, event, accommodation, dining and the like are issued as an agent for various service providers and are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by each service provider. ASA is not responsible for their products or services. If a service provider does not deliver the product or service for which you have contracted, your remedy lies with the service provider, not ASA. ASA will not be liable for any claim (eg. sickness, injury, death, damage or loss) arising from any change, delay, detention, breakdown, cancellation, failure, accident, act, omission or negligence of any such service provider however caused (contingencies). You must take out adequate travel insurance against such contingencies. ASA’s liability in respect of any tour will be limited to the refund of amounts received from you less all non-refundable costs and charges and the costs of any substituted event or alternate services provided. The terms and conditions of the relevant service provider from time to time comprise the sole agreement between you and that service provider. ASA reserves the sole discretion to cancel any tour or to modify itineraries in any way it considers appropriate. Tour costs may be revised, subject to unexpected price increases or exchange rate fluctuations.

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