Five Years Later, Tulane University Reflects on Hurricane Katrina

August 17, 2010

Kathryn Hobgood Ray
Phone: 504-865-5229

As the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, Tulane University will commemorate the storm that changed New Orleans and the university forever with the following events: 

Aug. 22, Tulane anthropology professor and folklorist Nick Spitzer, creator of public radio program American Routes, will offer a public lecture entitled "New Orleans 5 A.D.: No Water Line on Culture" at 5:30 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium.

Aug. 27, more than 500 faculty, staff, students and alumni will dedicate a day of service to the city of New Orleans, helping to beautify City Park and build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Aug. 28, Tulane students will hold their annual day of service, Outreach Tulane, with nearly 1,200 volunteers participating in service projects around the city.                    

Aug. 29, eight acclaimed poets, including Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa, will present "Remembering Katrina: A Commemorative Poetry Reading" from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Kendall Cram Room on the second floor of Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.

From Aug. 31 through Sept. 12 in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, Tulane will present "Katrina Remembered: Five Years Later," a multimedia exhibit that uses photography, video, ephemera and oral histories to tell the story of Tulane's survival, recovery and renewal from the storm.

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