William C. Davis will deliver the keynote address on “The Pirates Lafitte” when the Louisiana Institute of Higher Education presents the Battle of New Orleans Historical Symposium from Jan. 9-10 in the auditorium at Nunez Community College, 3710 Paris Road, Chalmette.

The symposium will adopt a British perspective on its first day, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and an American perspective on its second day, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. All events, including jazz brunches, are free and open to the public. For information, contact Curtis Manning at (504) 512-5120 or manning.curtis@gmail.com.

Speakers scheduled for Friday, Jan. 9, are:

  • Ron Chapman, 10:40 a.m., with an overview of the Battle of New Orleans with emphasis on West Bank operations.
  • William Griffin, 12:10 p.m., on a dominant yet often dismissed figure in the War of 1812: the honourable Sir Alexander Forester Inglis Cochrane.
  • S.A. Cavell, 12:50 p.m., on the British Navy at the time of the Battle of New Orleans, detailing the lives of the members of differing ranks.
  • Robert Wettemann, 1:30 p.m., on what might have happened to America if the British had won.
  • Jason Wiese, 2:10 p.m., on Andrew Jackson’s triumphs and astounding celebrity.
  • Philip Schreier, 2:50 p.m., on the weapons used by the American and the British forces.
  • Harold Youmans, 3:30 p.m., on the history of the 44th Regiment of Infantry.

Speakers scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 10, are:

  • Christina Vella, 10:40 a.m., on St. Bernard Parish in 1815.
  • William Hyland, 12:10 p.m., on the roles of St. Bernard residents Ignace Chalmette, Denis de La Ronde and Jacques Villere.
  • Eddie Price, 12:50 p.m., on the role of troops from Kentucky and Tennessee in the Battle of New Orleans, and their difficult travels.
  • William C. Davis, 1:30 p.m., on the actions of Jean and Pierre Lafitte.
  • Ina Fandrich, 2:35 p.m., on the role of free people of color.
  • Martin K.A. Morgan, 3:15 p.m., comparing the construction of the U.S. 3rd System of Fortifications after the War of 1812 to the construction of the French Maginot Line after World War I.