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"Had Joan of Arc been just another woman who heard voices, history would likely not know her. She chose to answer her voices by leading a defeated French people to victory over an occupying English force."--Dr. Kelly DeVries, Loyola University Maryland professor, medieval military historian and author



From Library Journal: "The publication of this immensely readable book...reflects our seemingly endless fascination with the Maid of Orleans. What distinguishes this text from others is its pointed depiction of Joan as a military leader rather than a proto-feminist or saint. A well-known medieval and military historian, DeVries (history, Loyola) argues how curious it is that Joan's career as warrior, soldier, and general has been overlooked. He painstakingly analyzes her impact during the Hundred Years War: her combat strategies and how she overcame the psychology of defeat in the French armies, the influence of her victories in the peace process, and how she destabilized the English military and political leadership. This book should be welcomed by general and academic readers alike.
-Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., NJ
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


A free full-day conference presented by The Joan of Arc Project/Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc, producers of the annual New Orleans Joan of Arc Parade
Hosted by Loyola University New Orleans Office of Mission and Ministry and Medieval Studies Program
Location: The Audubon Room, Danna Student Center, Loyola University campus 6363 St. Charles Avenue.

9:30-9:50 a.m. Complimentary Coffee and Tea hosted by Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc. This is a great time for new, current, and prospective members to reconnect, renew, or join and get information on the 9th annual 2017 Joan of Arc Parade.

10:00-10:45 a.m. FAST FRENCH. A free "fast, fun and furious" French workshop led by students and teachers from Ecole Bilingue and Allliance Francaise Limited class, first come, first served. Learn basic French words and phrases in a setup reminiscent of "speed-dating". Participants will go from station to station and learn in 5-10 minute intervals, then move on to the next station.

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Chapter presents a Beignets & Café au lait breakfast hosted by Sodexo Catering at Loyola, a French American Chamber of Commerce member. The breakfast is a prelude to the 11:30 a.m. FACC panel.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. French American Chamber of Commerce Presents: French Life in New Orleans: A panel with French natives who live in New Orleans, moderated by the 2016 Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc King, Eric Belin, director of the French American Chamber of Commerce. Panelists include Alexandre Vialou, Senior Business Analyst for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and Claire Lebas, PhD, Tulane and Loyola College of Law instructor of French

12:15-12:45 Lunch break & Book Signing. Attendees may opt to eat downstairs in the food court at the Danna Center, bring their own lunch, or find food nearby. During the lunch break, a book signing by keynote speaker Dr. Kelly DeVries will be held inside the Audubon Room featuring his book Joan of Arc as Military Leader, which he will discuss at 12:50 p.m.

12:45 p.m. A cannon demonstration by Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc. This replica of those used by Joan's army at the Seige of Orleans was designed by Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc member Irwin Langhoff and will make its street debut on January 6 in the 2017 Joan of Arc Parade. See it here, first!!

12:50 to 1:50 KEYNOTE LECTURE: JOAN OF ARC AS A MILITARY LEADER. Loyola University Maryland professor, medieval military historian and author Dr. Kelly DeVries discusses his book "Joan of Arc: A Military Leader". Sponsored by La Belle Esplanade.

2:00-2:45 p.m. Keep Joan Golden: A Project to Re-Gild and Repair the Joan of Arc Statue. By Monumental Task Committee. Presented by MTC Board Member Ashley Merlin Gold, author of Statuesque New Orleans.

3:00-3:45 p.m. Medieval clothing and textiles presentation

4:00-4:45 p.m. Staged Reading of scenes from THE MERMAID OF NEW ORLEANS, a new play by Amy Kirk Duvoisin

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Mead and Merry! ***TICKETED EVENT****Medieval tales and songs abound with references to ale, wine, and drunken feasts, but what were they really drinking? Join the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc as we find out! Gena Valentine, aka "Bonnie MacKinlay" host of the Louisiana Renaissance Festival whiskey tastings, will guide us through a little history of medieval drinking with actual tasting of medieval favorites like hopless ale, mead and cordial, interspersed with medieval drinking songs. Must be 21. Tickets $30 in advance online, $35 at the door, limited space available. Loyola University Danna Center, Senior Commons Room.