Salon de Jeanne d’Arc

Photo by Alex Labry from "Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc"Saturday September 19th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 Medieval Studies

Location: The Audubon Room, Danna Student Center, Loyola University campus 6363 St. Charles Avenue.   See campus map here.


Brief Schedule

  • 10 a.m. – noon Choice of two hands-on workshops (free, but must pre-register)
    • Joan’s Healing Power: A guided shield-making activity and healing workshop led by Dr. Janet Lynn Roseman, author of the new book If Joan of Arc Had Cancer (Audubon Room) Details
    • OR, Brand Identity in Medieval Times: Heraldry and Guild Signs, led by marketing professor Dr. Amanda Helm and graphic designer Lori Walsh-Van Wey. Design your own coat-of-arms. (Octavia Room) Details
  • Noon-6 p.m. All sessions free and open to the public, no pre-registration required, Audubon Room
  • 12:30 p.m. Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc meet & greet for prospective members Details
  • 1-1:45 p.m.  Inspired by Joan: “I was born to do this.” Guest author Dr. Janet Lynn Roseman and local women leaders in a panel discussion of how Joan influenced their lives. Details
  • 2-2:45 p.m. Pas de Jeanne, Pas de Nouvelle Orleans: NO JOAN, NO NEW ORLEANS!    New Orleans Consul General of France Gregor Trumel and local author Bobby Matherne discuss Joan’s influence on current culture Details
  • 3-3:45 p.m. Joan as Muse: The Maid in Music, led by Loyola professor of music history Dr. Alice Clark Details
  • 4-4:45 p.m. Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc. Photographer Alex Labry presents his photo series on statues of Joan of Arc. Details
  • 5-6 p.m. Champagne reception & book signing for Mr. Labry sponsored by Sodexo and hosted by the French American Chamber Details
  • 6-7:30 p.m. TICKETED EVENT: Mead and Merry: Medieval beverage tasting led by Jamie Hauser (Octavia Room). Details and ticket purchase


If Joan of Arc Had Cancer book cover

10 a.m. to 12 noon Audubon Room

Joan’s Healing Power: A guided shield-making activity and healing workshop led by Dr. Janet Lynn Roseman, author of IF JOAN OF ARC HAD CANCER.  Free and open to the public, but limited to the first 30 participants.  Must pre-register here. Supplies will be provided. The workshop is open to all, with emphasis on women undergoing cancer treatment or recovering from cancer. Dr. Roseman will be leading an arts based healing workshop for women to make power shields with Joan of Arc’s words as inspiration, based on guided steps in her book IF JOAN OF ARC HAD CANCER.

Dr. Janet Lynn Roseman is an Assistant Professor in Medical Education and the Co-Director for the Integrative Medicine Program at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. Before that, Dr. Roseman worked at Brown University Medical School specializing in spirituality and medicine and compassionate care. She created the Sidney Project in Spirituality and Medicine and Compassionate CareTM, a unique medical education program for physicians during their residency in hospitals after her dad’s life was needlessly lost in a hospital setting.  She was the David Larson Fellow in Spirituality and Medicine and Compassionate Care at the Kluge Center for Scholars at the Library of Congress. She wrote IF JOAN OF ARC HAD CANCER to honor her mother’s loss to cancer and her extraordinary courage throughout the journey.

10 a.m. to noon Octavia Room: 

Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc shield logo pngBrand Identity in Medieval Times: Heraldry and Guild Signs. Marketing professor Dr. Amanda Helm and editor/designer Lori Walsh-Van Wey will discuss parallels between modern brand identity techniques such as logos and medieval coats of arms.  Free and open to the public, but limited to the first 30 participants.  Must pre-register here. Participants will be guided to create their own original blazon, a formal description of a coat of arms, no artistic skills necessary! Then our graphic artists will bring your blazon to life in a high-res graphic image file.  Participants will leave the seminar with a .jpg file you can use for home or commercial printing, a frame-worthy printed copy of your original coat of arms, and ideas for ways you can reproduce your coat of arms by hand or in print.

Dr. Amanda Helm is an assistant professor of sales and marketing at Xavier University of Louisiana.  She does most of the graphic design work for the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc and also serves as membership director, library project director, webmaster, prop builder and costume designer.

Lori Walsh-Van Wey is a Writer/Editor and desktop publisher for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington DC, where she incorporates good communication and design principles into bureaucratic documents. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a film photographer specializing in toy and vintage cameras (and a member of the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc) in her spare time.

noon – 1 p.m. Doors open to the general public for SALON DE JEANNE D’ARC.   Welcome, mingling, information tables, and Dr. Janet Lynn Roseman’s book signing. Complimentary beverages will be available in the room; lunch is available for purchase in food court downstairs and can be brought back to the Audubon Room.

12:30 p.m.  MEET & GREET: Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc open house: A brief presentation about Krewe history, membership, Maid contest, workshops and events, specifically for people who are interested in becoming members and walking in the 2016 Joan of Arc Parade on January 6th, Twelfth Night, Joan of Arc’s Birthday.

1 – 1:45 p.m. INSPIRED BY JOAN: “I was born to do this.” Panelists Janet Lynn Roseman, author of If Joan of Arc Had Cancer, business owner Simone Bruni Crouere, founder and president of Demo Diva and Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc’s 2015 Que…en Yolande of Aragon; Diane Honore, founder of The Amazons, nurse, and owner of Gumbo Marie’s Creole Shop; and Caye Mitchell, the krewe’s Warrior Joan, who owns a salon, will talk about how Joan of Arc entered, influenced, and altered their personal and professional lives and how elements of Joan’s spirit lives on within them. “I am not afraid…I was born to do this.” Joan of Arc

2 – 2:45 p.m.  PAS DE JEANNE, PAS DE NOUVELLE ORLEANS: No Joan, No New Orleans!    Local author Bobby Matherne in conversation with Consul General of France in New Orleans Gregor Trumel about Joan’s influences on history and current day culture and politics. A comparison of the different interpretations and celebrations of Joan in France and the United States will be included.  One could argue that if Joan had not saved France…we may not have had a New Orleans.  Vive la France, Vive Jeanne d’Arc…Vive New Orleans!

3 – 3:45 p.m. JOAN AS MUSE: The Maid in Music, lecture by Dr. Alice V. Clark, Professor of Music History at Loyola University New Orleans. With a Ph.D. and M.F.A. from Princeton, Dr. Clark is a prolific scholar focusing on late medieval music. At Loyola she teaches music history including special seminars on opera and the music of Hildegard of Bingen.

Photo by Alex Labry from "Personal Reflections of Joan of Arc"

4 – 4:45 p.m.  PERSONAL REFLECTIONS OF JOAN OF ARC.  Photographer Alex Labry presents a slideshow based on his extraordinary new book of the same name, chronicling nearly a decade of traveling throughout France documenting Joan of Arc statues. With an M.F.A. in photography from University of Texas at Austin, New Orleans born and raised Alex Labry now is a freelance photographer in Austin.  Mr. Labry’s artwork is owned by permanent museum collections in France, Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, California, Maryland and Texas.

Logos of the French-American Chamber of Commerce and Sodexo catering company

5 – 6 p.m. RECEPTION: Champagne, wine and cheese reception and book signing for Alex Labry, sponsored by Sodexo (a French catering company) and hosted by the New Orleans French-American Chamber of Commerce.


wine on terrace lombardia c. 13956 – 7:30 p.m. MEAD AND MERRY: Medieval Beverage Tasting (paid event, Octavia Room). Guided tasting of medieval favorites such as mead and mulled wine, with music. Get your ticket here!