Thursday, January 29, 2015

University of New Orleans Presents Katrina @ 10 Events and Summit

Ten years ago this August, Hurricane Katrina devastated the region. Where are we as a city and a region 10 years later?

The University of New Orleans this semester hosts a “Katrina @ 10” summit that will bring new films and leading speakers from around the region to campus this semester to explore how the city and region have changed.  Already, several events are on the line-up, with more events to come. The Katrina @ 10 events and summit are collaborations among the UNO Departments of Planning and Urban Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Public Administration, as the Center for Hazard Assessments, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) and the University of New Orleans Merritt C. Becker Jr. Transportation Institute (UNOTI). All events are free and open to the public.

The Planning and Urban Studies Department spearheaded the effort to explore the impacts and commemorate the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Students, faculty, staff and alumni, and regional leaders who have served the UNO community in the months and years following Katrina, community will be encouraged to participate in the various venues, said Renia Ehrenfeucht, department chair.

"UNO plays a significant role in the region," she said in correspondence. "We are delighted to present this proposed program of events as a way to reflect on our knowledge and experience and to use UNO’s wonderful resources to build a more resilient region."

The UNO Planning and Urban Studies Department participated in the numerous planning processes and other initiatives after Hurricane Katrina, Ehrenfreucht said. PLUS, collaborating with faculty members in Anthropology, Public Administration and Sociology, intends to initiate several events in the spring 2015 semester for reflection on what has changed and what we have learned over the last 10 years.

"This semester of learning will help prepare not only the students and faculty to respond to media the summer and fall of 2015 but also be a rich learning tool and assessment of where the city has been and the possibilities before us," she said.

"The goal of the Katrina @ 10 series is to have a better informed student body, to highlight the work that UNO has done in the past as a foundation for its work in the future, to give a pro-active window to the media and larger community to the work UNO has done, and continues to do, as well as reach out to our alums to share their knowledge with current students."

"It is imperative that UNO tells its story and the role it has played in forming a city," she said.

Katrina @ 10 Events and Summit

February 11, 12-1 p.m. (Milneburg Hall Room 351)

Speaker: Katie Williams (MSUS ‘10), Director of Film New Orleans in the Mayor’s Office of the Cultural Economy

Williams will speak about her work in the region’s burgeoning film industry.

February 18, 6 p.m. (Kirschman Hall 129)

Film: Land of Opportunity (with Director and Producer Luisa Dantas)

Land of Opportunity asks the question: What kind of cities do we want to inhabit in the 21st century? Through the eyes of urban planners, displaced residents, immigrant workers, developers, community activists, artists and public housing residents this question is asked, answered and asked again.” 

March 11, 12-1 p.m. (Milneburg Hall Room 351)

Speaker: Jill Zimmerman (MURP ’13), Executive Director of Planning, Recovery School District at Louisiana Department of Education

Zimmerman will speak about her work in education. 

March 26, 9:30 to 11 a.m. (Location TBA)

Film: Can’t Stop the Water (with Director and Producer Rebecca Ferris and Chief Albert Naquin) “Can't Stop the Water tells the story of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana and the Native American community fighting to save its culture as its land washes away.”

March 27, All Day, (Schedule TBA, UNO Ballroom)

"A Safe and Just Region? Assessing New Orleans 10 years after Katrina"

Leaders from around the region will visit campus for a day-long summit exploring how the city and region has changed.

Session 1: Are we ready for the next big one? The coast, disaster preparedness and resilience 10 years later

Session 2: New Orleans cultures as life and work:  Continuity and change in food, music and everyday life

Session 3: Place, preservation, and disaster: Historic preservation and tangible cultural resources in an uncertain environment

Session 4: Rebuilding a new New Orleans? A decade of urban change in Housing, Transportation and Economic development

April 15, 6 p.m. (Kirschman Hall 137)

The first annual Jean Brainard Boebel Memorial Lecture in Historic Preservation: Stephanie Ryberg-Webster

Ryberg-Webster will speak on "Historic Preservation in the Era of the Shrinking City."

Stay tuned for more!