Research Panel to Discuss Resilient Cities Recovering From Disaster

March 22, 2006

Madeline Vann
Phone: 504-247-1425

Cities are remarkably resilient in the face of disaster. Case studies of response, and what they mean for New Orleans, are the subjects of an upcoming panel discussion titled "How Cities Respond to Disaster," taking place Friday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m in room 301, Alcee Fortier Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Panelists for the 90-minute discussion include University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill urbanist Thomas J. Campanella, who will discuss his recent book The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disasters; North Carolina State University historian Pam Tyler will discuss the ways women respond to disaster; Tulane historian Lawrence N. Powell, who will review how New Orleans dealt with earlier disasters; and Tulane international health and disaster expert Nancy Mock, who will compare communities affected by the Tsunami and by Hurricane Katrina.

The goals of the event go beyond the topic at hand: organizers hope to foster interaction and discussion among attendees that may develop into research collaborations and partnerships. The panel discussion, sponsored by the Katrina Environmental Research and Restoration Network (KERRN) of the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research (CBR), is the first in a series of disaster-related research seminars.

For more information about KERRN visit or call Alysia Loshbaugh, KERRN program manager, at (504) 862-8441 or or Charles Allen, CBR program manager, at (504) 988-6612 or

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