Tulane University Series Takes Aim at Katrina

February 8, 2006

Michael Strecker
Phone: (504) 865-5210

Radio personality Spud McConnell, meteorologist Dan Milham, historian Doug Brinkley, New Orleans Homeland Security Director Terry Ebbert, Army Corps of Engineers Deputy District Engineer Gregory Breerwood and R. King Milling, chairman of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration and Conservation, will kick off a seven- week series of discussions on Hurricane Katrina starting Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at Tulane University's McAlister Auditorium.

"August 28: Katrina Takes Aim" is the theme of Sunday's discussion. Milham will give details on the storm itself. Ebbert will present the city's disaster plans. Breerwood will discuss the history of the levee system. Milling, will talk about Louisiana wetlands, barrier islands, and coastline prior to Katrina and Brinkley, director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization at Tulane and author of "The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast," will discuss the broad impact of the storm.

The seven week series titled "Perspectives on Katrina: An Interdisciplinary Series at Tulane University" will include 21 different programs, all free and open to the public. Future programs in the series will consider issues that have surfaced since Katrina. On Feb. 14 at noon, Tulane Law School professor Stephen Griffin will discuss "Katrina and the Constitution: How Our Fundamental Political System Contributed to the Crisis," in Room 239 of the Boggs Center for Energy and Biotechnology located on Tulane's uptown campus.

On Feb. 16 at 4 p.m., on the first floor of Josephine-Louise Hall Dennis Kehoe, chair of the classics department at Tulane and a board member for the New Orleans-area Habitat for Humanity, will discuss "Rebuilding New Orleans: Habitat for Humanity's Operation Home Delivery." For more information call (504) 865-5555 or visit

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000