Louisiana State University

The Program in Louisiana and Caribbean Studies


Conference Program

                                                                 Friday, June 16

9:00 Greetings/Coffee

9:30 Keynote Address - Alfred Hornung, Professor of American Studies, University of Mainz/Visiting Professor, University of Mississippi

10:45  Panel: Historical Perspectives on Disaster and Recovery (Prof. Paul Hoffman, chair)
-Prof. Craig Colten, Department of Geography, LSU: “From Betsy to Katrina: Forty Years of Rebuilding” 
-Trudy E. Bell, journalist:  “Recovering from the Great Easter Flood of 1913: the United States’s Forgotten Worst Natural Disaster”
-Judith Howard, psychotherapist/journalist: “Disaster’s Silent Scars’: Psychological Debris and Rebuilding”

12:15-2:00 Lunch (on your own)

2:00 Keynote Address - Andy Kopplin, Exec. Director, Louisiana Recovery Authority

3:15   Roundtable discussion: Ecological Impact and Solutions
-Prof. Lawrence Rouse, Chair, Department of Oceonography, LSU
-Dr. John Lopez, Director, Coastal Sustainability Program, Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation
-Prof. Marc Levitan, Director, LSU Hurricane Center
-Jean Cowan, Coastal Restoration Division, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

4:30 - 5:30 Keynote Address - Prof. Frank Moya Pons
5:30-7:30 Happy Hour/Dinner

7:30-8:30 Showing of the film, “The BellSouth Group”: Fightfighters in New Orleans East. Presented by Mickey Howley


Saturday, June 17

8:30  Coffee

9:00 Panel: Academic & Community Responses
(Prof. John Lowe, chair)
-Zoe Morris, Dept. of Geography and Anthropology, LSU:   “Creating Voice, Post Katrina:  on the Vietnamese Community of New Orleans East Village”
-Shana Walton, Dept. of Anthropology, University of New Orleans: “Rebuilding Community After Katrina: Academic Communities, Health Communities, and Neighborhoods”
-Prof. Vincent Moore, Dept. of English and Communication, Tiffin University. Title TBA.

10:30 Students Rebuilding Southwestern Louisiana
-Prof. Tim Caron, Department of English, Cal State Univ., Long Beach, with Sarah Harris, Vassira Huerta, Shabnam Irialian, and Robin Wakins (all of Cal State, Long Beach)

12:00-1:00 Keynote Address - Stephen Bradberry, Head organizer, ACORN, New Orleans

1:00 - 2:30 Lunch (on your own)

2:30 - 3:15 Panel: Communicating Katrina's Lessons
(Prof. Katherine Henninger, Chair)
- Kate Williams, with the assistance of Rebecca Carter, Heather Defore, Tracey Hughes, and Aiko Takazawa: “After Katrina: Social Networks and Communications Technologies”
-Prof. Carolyn Ware, Department of English, LSU: “Collecting Katrina’s Stories”

3:30-4:15  Working to ReNew Orleans: A Conversation
Prof. Frank Anselmo, Dept. of French, and Oliver Thomas,  New Orleans City Councilman-at-Large.
4:15-5:00 A Little Lagniappe: Closing Roundtable Discussion
Lead by Prof. John Lowe


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