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Hurricane Katrina Stories: Five Years Later

Publication Date: 8/27/2010

Rhodes College Series to Commemorate Fifth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

During the month of September, Rhodes College, with community partners, will host a series of events to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Three speakers and a film will explore how Americans have tried to come to terms with the catastrophic events of 2005.

Organized by the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Rhodes, the series is titled “Telling Katrina’s Stories: Interpreting Hurricane Katrina Five Years After.”

The series begins with a viewing of the film “Wade in the Water, Children” at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Based on video footage taken by children in New Orleans as part of an art project, documentary filmmakers turned intimate videos into what New York Newsday called “a devastating, first-hand account of life in post-Katrina New Orleans, told from the mouths of babes who are surviving it under outrageous living conditions.”

On the Rhodes campus, visiting speakers--a ground-breaking economist, an award-winning New Orleans journalist, a highly-respected photographer--will share and discuss accounts from the ground-level during and after the storm.

“We tell stories about disasters so that these events will begin to make sense to us,” says Professor Jeffrey H. Jackson, director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences program and author of Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910.  “Because Katrina is now part of our national consciousness, we hope that this series will inspire people to think about whether there is such a thing as a ‘natural disaster.’ ”

The series is co-sponsored with Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis College of Art, and the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities at The University of Memphis.


“Wade in the Water, Children”
September, 18, 2010, 2 p.m.
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Admission:  $8.00 ($6.00 for Brooks members)

Lecture by Aric Mayer: “Photographing Hurricane Katrina and the Limits of the Documentary Form”
September 20, 2010, 7 p.m.
Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall
Mayer’s solo exhibition of photographs commemorated the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at Gallery Bienvenu in New Orleans. 

Lecture by Economist Virgil Henry Storr of George Mason University
“Five Years After Katrina: Community Redevelopment and Recovery in New Orleans
September 22, 7 p.m.
Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall
Storr is co-editor of The Political Economy of Hurricane Katrina and Community Rebound. 

Lecture by Columnist Jarvis DeBerry of the New Orleans Times-Picayune
“I Shall Not Be Moved: The Continuing Lure of Post-Katrina New Orleans”
September 27, 7 p.m.
Blount Auditorium, Buckman Hall
DeBerry was part of the team of journalists at the newspaper that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

For more information, contact Jeffrey H. Jackson at jacksonj@rhodes.edu or Heather Holt at (901) 843-3662 or holth@rhodes.edu.

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