Katrina & Rita: A Decade of Research and Response


On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near the Louisiana-Mississippi border, wreaking havoc along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The following month, Hurricane Rita struck southwest Louisiana, dealing a double-blow to the state, the coast and the nation. LSU’s critical role in the rescue and recovery efforts during both storms is only matched by the extensive research and creativity that has grown out of the study of the storms’ impact. LSU researchers have generated more than 175 published papers, presentations and other materials based on research relating to Katrina, Rita and post-hurricane recovery.

In commemoration of the storms’ 10th anniversary, the Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) hosts Katrina & Rita: A Decade of Research & Response, a coordinated collection of free events and activities that highlight the research conducted by LSU faculty, staff and students that came out of the storms.

Registration is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, August 25 – 5-7 p.m. LSU Science Cafe presents Survivors from the Coastal Parishes at Chelsea’s Cafe. Visit our Facebook event page for more information.

Thursday, August 27 – Sunday, October 4 Katrina@10 : A Photography Exhibition at the LSU School of Art Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery. Visit glassellgallery.org for more information.

Thursday, August 27 – 7:30-9:30 p.m. Film Screening, Poetry Reading and Discussion at the LSU Digital Media Center Theatre.

Friday, August 28 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Katrina & Rita Symposium at the LSU Digital Media Center. Symposium reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Click here to visit ORED’s website to register and for more information on this event.