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Katrina: From Disaster to Renewal
Brown University will host a colloquium, “Katrina: From Disaster to Renewal,” on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, from 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Sayles Hall. The event is free and open to the public, featuring a conversation with Brown President Ruth J. Simmons and Marvalene Hughes, president of Dillard University; a reading by Brenda Osbey, poet laureate of Louisiana; and panel discussions from Rhode Islanders who were among the first to respond to the catastrophe on the Gulf Coast.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brown University is pleased to host a campus colloquium, “Katrina: From Disaster to Renewal,” on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The colloquium will feature panel discussions with journalists from the New Orleans newspaper, The Times-Picayune, and with individuals who served as emergency responders in the aftermath of the hurricane; a conversation with Brown President Ruth J. Simmons and Marvalene Hughes, president of Dillard University; and a reading by Brenda Osbey, poet laureate of Louisiana.
The colloquium will conclude the day with quiet reflection and luminaria on The College Green. Donations for helping Dillard University, Tougaloo College, and other higher education institutions in the region rebuild will be welcomed.
Mike Chapman, vice president for public affairs and University relations said, “Like Americans and American institutions everywhere, the Brown campus community responded quickly and generously. But now that the acute phase of the flooding has passed, we know that the people and institutions of New Orleans – including our sister colleges and universities – will also need assistance that is wisely designed and sustainable. This may be the more difficult challenge. In an effort to reflect on these issues and consider the region’s future, Brown University is pleased to host this campus colloquium.”
Brown University has enrolled more than 80 students from colleges and universities that were closed by hurricane Katrina.
More information about the colloquium can be found online at www.brown.edu/web/katrina.