UNO Hosts Japanese Students for Forum on Overcoming Adversity in the Face of Disaster

No stranger to disaster, the University of New Orleans aims next week to share lessons of strength and resilience with Japanese students who fell victim to last year’s Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

“Beyond Tomorrow is a group of 10 college students affected by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami,” said Brooke Larsen, UNO academic coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts in an e-mail to UNO students, faculty and friends. “These future leaders of Japan have come to the United States to learn from our experience in overcoming adversity.”

UNO and the Japan Society of New Orleans will host a question and answer session with University guests from Beyond Tomorrow and the UNO Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology.  The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, in Milneburg Hall 351. All are welcome to attend.

UNO-CHART will give a brief presentation about disaster resilience and the Beyond Tomorrow group will discuss their experiences, Larsen said. The talks will be followed by a Q&A session.

Larsen, who is a member of the Japan Society of New Orleans and helped to arrange the event with UNO-CHART, said that Beyond Tomorrow leaders will visit the 9/11 memorial at the site of the Twin Towers in New York City before coming to New Orleans.

Those interested in attending in attending the talk with The Japan Society of New Orleans, Beyond Tomorrow and UNO-CHART are asked to please RSVP to Brooke Larsen at

UNO-CHART is an applied social science hazards research center at UNO that collaborates with coastal Louisiana communities including the City of New Orleans and surrounding parishes. The center aims to assist residents and local and state officials in reducing risk to natural hazards, especially hurricane and climate hazards, and to help them gain a better understanding of the risks that they face and what they can do to protect themselves from these hazards.

Founded in 2001, UNO-CHART is comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of faculty, staff, and graduate research assistants representing various academic disciplines including sociology, political science, public administration, planning, urban studies, engineering and geography. Projects at the center address repetitive flooding, disaster mitigation planning, community resilience assessments, storm mitigation efforts by coastal communities, coastal restoration, community continuity, resilience curriculum development, risk literacy, risk management and hurricane evacuation of vulnerable populations.