KREWE CAPTAIN AMY KIRK DUVOISIN KNIGHTED 

Amy Kirk-Duvoisin was awarded as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) on Friday July 21st during a ceremony held at the residence of Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in Louisiana. The award was established in 1957 by the Minister of Culture to recognize those who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and around the world.

“Because of your participation at a prominent level for the promotion and enhancement of French culture and history in New Orleans, and as you are a friend of the art and culture in this beautiful city, because you are a magnetic and dynamic leader, a partner of the consulate and a friend of my country, you deserve to be awarded as a Knight in the Order of the Arts and Letters,” stated Monsieur Trumel before presenting the medal to Mrs. Kirk-Duvoisin.

Amy Kirk DuVoisin has lived in New Orleans since 2004 and is a prominent leader in the community. Many know her as “Captain Kirk”, the founder of the Joan of Arc Project, LLC,which works to promote the story of Joan of Arc, the patron saint of New Orleans in the city with an annual parade to kick off Mardi Gras season, the Salon de Jeanne d’Arc, and other cultural events.

Among other endeavors, she has served on the board of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival, worked for the French Market New Orleans and the Louisiana Children’s Museum.

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20 hours ago

Are you going to the annual Salon de Jeanne d'Arc? We hope so! And we hope you bring all the friends, family members, and students who have an interest in Joan, the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc, and French culture and history!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center
Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University
Free and Open to the Public

9:30 a.m. Welcome: Oui, Coffee & Tea!
Doors open a half hour before the first presentation so you can meet members of the Joan of Arc Project and other French organizations over croissants & beverages, sponsored by French American Chamber of Commerce.

10:00 a.m. Salon Begins

10:05-10:50 a.m. SCHOLAR TALK: Orleans, The Witch, & Her Wardrobe
By Dale Shuger, Ph.D.

At her trial, Joan of Arc was accused, among other things, of being a cross-dresser, a heretic, and a witch. What was the relation between these three? What did it mean to be a “witch” in fifteenth-century France, and in Europe more generally? This presentation will provide an introduction to the concept of witchcraft as it was understood in the late medieval period in visual, literary, theological, and legal discourse.

11:00-12:15 p.m. KEYNOTE SPEECH: Saint and Starlet: Joan of Arc Invades Popular Culture
By Stephanie L. Coker, Ph.D.

Set in modern-day America, the series Joan of Arcadia is exceptional among “television medievalisms.” Addressing issues such as Jeanne’s sanity, her divine calling, and corrupt trial, Joan of Arcadia raises questions about the Maid’s reception both now and in her own day and ultimately proves that her story is timeless.

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch break & Krewe Meet & Greet: Attendees are on their own for lunch (see list of nearby eating options on and off campus). This is also an opportunity to meet and greet krewe leaders, who will remain in the auditorium during this hour to answer questions, accept new members, and explain all things Joan of Arc Project related! There will also be some special Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc items for sale, a preview of 2017 throws, and more.

1:20--2:30 p.m. What a Medieval Warrior Wears Head to Toe: Armor, Weapons, and All that Goes Beneath! A Group Presentation led by Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc Costume Director Antoinette de Alteriis, with local armor maker Clay Lebrun other local historical costume designers.

2:45-2:55 p.m. The Joan of Arc Parade Celebrates 10 Years in 10 Minutes! A Power Presentation Featuring Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Parade’s Past, Present, and Future! A short and sweet presentation by Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc founder and captain, Amy Kirk Duvoisin.

3:00-3:45 p.m. SCHOLAR TALK: Like a Virgin: Understanding Joan’s Pucellage from the Perspective of Her Peers
By Tara B. Smithson, Ph.D.

Joan of Arc’s ’s virginity became a crucial dimension of her public persona. But how exactly did the people of Joan’s time define virginity? This presentation will examine medieval understandings of virginity, offer examples of the kinds of tests used to determine its presence or absence, and analyze the surprisingly varied ways that the witnesses at Joan’s posthumous rehabilitation trial discussed Joan’s presumed pucellage.

4:10-4:50 p.m. Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans student presentation and performance.
The day ends with a presentation of a theatrical piece, music, and a French Trivia Contest by students from one of our local French immersion schools!

5:00 p.m. Salon de Jeanne d’Arc ends with a Toast to the 2018 Joan of Arc Parade!
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4 days ago

Are you going to the annual Salon de Jeanne dArc?  We hope so! And we hope you bring all the friends, family members, and students who have an interest in Joan, the Krewe de Jeanne dArc, and French culture and history! 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd  9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Freeman Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center
Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University
Free and Open to the Public 

9:30 a.m. Welcome:  Oui, Coffee & Tea!   
Doors open a half hour before the first presentation so you can meet members of the Joan of Arc Project and other French organizations over croissants & beverages, sponsored by French American Chamber of Commerce. 

10:00 a.m. Salon Begins

10:05-10:50 a.m. SCHOLAR TALK: Orleans, The Witch, & Her Wardrobe
By Dale Shuger, Ph.D. 

At her trial, Joan of Arc was accused, among other things, of being a cross-dresser, a heretic, and a witch. What was the relation between these three? What did it mean to be a “witch” in fifteenth-century France, and in Europe more generally? This presentation will provide an introduction to the concept of witchcraft as it was understood in the late medieval period in visual, literary, theological, and legal discourse.

11:00-12:15 p.m.  KEYNOTE SPEECH: Saint and Starlet: Joan of Arc Invades Popular Culture  
By Stephanie L. Coker, Ph.D.

Set in modern-day America, the series Joan of Arcadia is exceptional among “television   medievalisms.”  Addressing issues such as Jeanne’s sanity, her divine calling, and corrupt trial, Joan of Arcadia raises questions about the Maid’s reception both now and in her own day and ultimately proves that her story is timeless.  

12:15-1:15 p.m.  Lunch break & Krewe Meet & Greet:  Attendees are on their own for lunch (see list of nearby eating options on and off campus). This is also an opportunity to meet and greet krewe leaders, who will remain in the auditorium during this hour to answer questions, accept new members, and explain all things Joan of Arc Project related! There will also be some special Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc items for sale, a preview of 2017 throws, and more. 

1:20--2:30 p.m.  What a Medieval Warrior Wears Head to Toe: Armor, Weapons, and All that Goes Beneath!  A Group Presentation led by Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc Costume Director Antoinette de Alteriis, with local armor maker Clay Lebrun other local historical costume designers. 

2:45-2:55 p.m.  The Joan of Arc Parade Celebrates 10 Years in 10 Minutes! A Power Presentation Featuring  Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Parade’s Past, Present, and Future!  A short and sweet presentation by Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc  founder and captain, Amy Kirk Duvoisin.

3:00-3:45 p.m.    SCHOLAR TALK: Like a Virgin: Understanding Joan’s Pucellage from the Perspective of Her Peers
By Tara B. Smithson, Ph.D.

Joan of Arc’s ’s virginity became a crucial dimension of her public persona.  But how exactly did the people of Joan’s time define virginity?  This presentation will examine medieval understandings of virginity, offer examples of the kinds of tests used to determine its presence or absence, and analyze the surprisingly varied ways that the witnesses at Joan’s posthumous rehabilitation trial discussed Joan’s presumed pucellage.

4:10-4:50 p.m.  Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans student presentation and performance. 
The day ends with a presentation of a theatrical piece, music,  and a French Trivia Contest by students from one of our local French immersion schools! 

5:00 p.m. Salon de Jeanne d’Arc ends with a Toast to the 2018 Joan of Arc Parade!

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