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Paris featuring the African American Experience

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Follow in the footsteps of Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Eugene Bullard and other African American luminaries on this enriching seven-night stay in Paris. In the years following World War I, many Black Americans found acceptance and opportunities in the City of Light that were denied to them in the United States. Through specially designed excursions and talks, trace the journey of African Americans in France, gaining insight into why they moved to Paris and how they forever influenced French culture. In Montmartre, listen to stories about the club owners and musicians that shaped Paris’ jazz fervor, and learn about the contributions of key figures of the African diaspora. Watch a fascinating documentary, followed by an engaging discussion with the filmmakers, and enjoy an evening of jazz at a local club. Along the way, enjoy quintessential Parisian experiences: tasting divine cuisine, cruising the Seine River and exploring the incredible art scene. This small-group program, ideal for active travelers, features a first-class hotel and an extensive meal plan, including wine with dinner.

*MSU Faculty Host - Rodney Whitaker

Rodney T. Whitaker is the distinguished professor of jazz double bass and director of jazz studies at MSU where he has built one of the most distinguished jazz degree programs and performing faculty in the U.S. He received his first national recognition performing with the Harrison/Blanchard Quintet and proceeded to earn an international reputation as one of the world's finest jazz double bass performers. Over the last 33 years, he has collaborated and performed with legendary artists from Ray Charles, Bob James, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hargrove, Chick Corea, Pat Matheny, Jimmy Heath, Antonio Hart and many more, being featured on more than 200 recordings. This will be the second time he has served as faculty host for this tour.

*A minimum number of participants is needed to send the faculty host.