Salon de Jeanne d’Arc 2018

St. Joan of Arc arrested stainThe Joan of Arc Project will present its 9th annual conference, the Salon de Jeanne d’Arc, on Saturday September 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Woldenberg Art Center at Tulane University.  (full schedule) The free lectures and presentations, made possible with generous support from the Medieval & Early Modern Studies Program at Tulane University and Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, will be held inside the Stone Auditorium in Woldenberg Art Center, with information tables and parade related exhibits in the adjacent Woodward Way Breezeway of the Newcomb Art Museum (map).  

Throughout the conference, attendees can meet and greet krewe leaders and members, sign up to volunteer, become a krewe member, and view costumes, throws, and other items related to the 11- year-old walking parade that marches each Twelfth Night in the French Quarter on Joan of Arc’s birthday, January 6th. 


Presented by the makers of the annual Joan of Arc Parade

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Lectures will be held in Freeman Auditorium in Woldenberg Art Center; Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc information tables and meeting and mingling will occur in the Woodward Way Breezeway in the Newcomb Art Museum

The Event is Free and Open to the Public

9:00 a.m. Welcome: Coffee & Croissants!
Doors open an 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

10:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks by Adam McKeown, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Department of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Tulane University

10:05 a.m. Opening Ceremony  Songs performed by students of Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orléans, a New Orleans French immersion school

10:20 a.m. KEYNOTE SPEECH: Joan of Arc’s Rehabilitation Trial
By Jane Pinzino, Ph.D., Coordinator for Scholarly Resources, Humanities, Tulane University 
With a Ph.D. in Religious Studies with a focus on piety,  Dr. Pinzino has devoted her scholarly career to study of Joan of Arc’s Rehabilitation Trial (1450-56) transcript and has found that the multiple inquisitors, theologians, and canon lawyers who argued to overturn her conviction as a heretic, also prepared Joan’s memory for canonization and advanced her as a holy woman, prophet, and mystic.

11:30 a.m. Presentation by special guests from Orléans, France, Sister City to New Orleans 

12:30 p.m. Lunch break & Krewe meet & greet: Attendees are on their own for lunch (suggest Tulane’s Lavin-Bernick Center food court, map). 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 Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc items for sale, a preview of 2019 throws, and more.

1:45 p.m. What’s New with the Krewe: 2019 parade preview by leaders of the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc

2:00 p.m. Piety & Politics: St. Joan of Arc, Catholic Spirituality and Sacred Activism Today, by Sister Alison McCrary.Sister Alison McCrary, SFCC is a member of the Krewe of st. Joan of Arc, a Catholic nun, a social justice attorney, works full time as the Statewide Director of Operations for the Unanimous Jury Coalition campaign, and ministers as a Spiritual Advisor on Louisiana’s death row. She formerly served as the Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project, President of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and Program Director for the Community-Police Mediation at the New Orleans Office of the Independent Police Monitor.

3:00 p.m. Franco-Afro-Creole Roots, By Dianne Honoré Destrehan New Orleans historian, tour guide and author

4:00 p.m. Joan of Arc as a Story for the Ages: Why Professional Historians Need to be Modern Day Bards and Pass It On,  By David Leinweber, Ph.D., Oxford College, Emory University. This singing historian and award-winning teacher will discuss how he brings history to life through his music, including a song about Joan of Arc!

VOLUNTEER: Sign up here to volunteer at the Salon.  Sign up here to volunteer with the parade.

For additional information contact Salon de Jeanne d’Arc Coordinator and Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc Captain, Amy A. Kirk Duvoisin at or 504-251-5046.

The purpose of the Joan of Arc Project is to honor and celebrate Joan of Arc’s life in unique artistic and educational ways, including the production of the annual Joan of Arc Parade and Salon de Jeanne d’Arc. The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc seeks to keep Joan’s story and spirit alive by hosting events, workshops, and presentations that illuminate Joan’s heroism and timelessness, while connecting her to the French heritage and pride of New Orleans.  “The Maid of Orleans” inspires citizens of New Orleans and people around the world; we welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds to join in our joyous, New Orleans-style revelry.