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The "Katrina, Katrina" project is a month-long commemoration of the 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

See below for a full list of campus-wide exhibits and displays as well as details about the exciting FREE events taking place throughout the month.

And we hope you will join us for the lively Street Band Parade and special Fundraiser Performance on September 25. All the proceeds from this event will go to Habitat for Humanity in the Gulf.



Fundraiser for New Orleans - Salomon Center
[Friday Sept. 25- 8pm] $
A multi-media tribute to the city of New Orleans and its people featuring trumpeter Matt Leder and his jazz band and Michelle Bach-Coulibaly and her dance troupe. The festivities begin with a street band parade throughout campus and end with a gala champagne reception for patrons at the Faculty Club.
All monies from the concert and reception go to Habitat for Humanity in the Gulf.

  • Street Band Parade (Brown Campus) - 7pm Free
    [Click on map link at right for parade route]
  • Concert (Salomon Center) - 8pm Suggested Minimum Donation: $10 general; $5 Brown ID
  • Concert & Patron Reception Package: $50 general; $25 Brown ID

**TICKETS** for the Fundraiser Concert or the Concert & Reception Package are available at the Orwig Music Building Monday through Friday—8:30am to 5:00pm.


Free Events

  • Saturday Sept. 12 (2pm) “Pawprints and Katrina” (Robert Geake) - Brown Bookstore
    A Cub Explorer children’s program about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on domestic pets.
  • Wednesday Sept. 16 (4pm) "Katrina in New Orleans: Unnatural Disaster, Uneven Recovery" (Dr. John Logan/Sociology) - Orwig 315
    Dr. Logan talks about his study of the social impacts of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.
  • Friday/Saturday Sept. 18 & 19 (7pm & 10pm) New Orleans Goes to the Movies (Brown Film Society) - Carmichael Auditorium
    The Brown Film Society screens Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts". [NOTE: Pt. I @ 7pm each night - Pt. II @ 10pm each night]
  • Sunday Sept. 20 (7pm) Staged Reading of “The Argument (a lowercase resurrection)” (Gregory Moss) - Grant Recital Hall [
    "The Argument" centers around the lives of twin sisters, one of whom dies in Katrina's floodwaters. The play is a metaphor for Katrina and was conceived as a response to the disaster. Gregory Moss, a playwright, performer and director from Cambridge MA, holds an MFA from Brown University’s Graduate Playwriting Program and is the recipient of a 2006-2007 Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, and a 2008 Millay Colony Residency.
  • Thursday Sept. 24 (7pm) Author Reading & Book Signing (Louis Maistros/NOLA) - Brown Bookstore
    Author and musician Louis Maistros reads from his book The Sound of Building Coffins.
  • Friday Sept. 25 (4pm) A Conversation With Louis Maistros (Louis Maistros/NOLA) - Grant Recital Hall
    Author and musician Louis Maistros discusses song-writing, Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans jazz and culture.
  • Saturday Oct. 3 (2pm) Habitat for Humanity Project (Herman Dekoe) - Brown Bookstore
    A Cub Explorer children’s program about Habitat for Humanity.

Ongoing Exhibits

August 29th through September 30th

The "Katrina, Katrina" Retrospective Exhibits are moving and inspirational tributes featuring still photographs, slide show installations, multi-media installations, and a host of books written about the Hurricane that changed history.

Venues: Rockefeller Library, Orwig Music Library, Grant Recital Hall, Hillel House Gallery, John Hay Library.

  • Breakwater (Lyn Goeringer) - Grant Recital Hall
    An installation for slide projector and photo cell
    "Each individual moment, followed by a click. Memories; a collection of stills framed by silence accompanied by noise."
  • No Tap Shoes Allowed (Robbie Byron) - Orwig Music Building
    A single-channel projection installation exploring the history and people of New Orleans in light of the recent Katrina tragedy. “The work takes a collage of footage from the Katrina aftermath, rendering it as if seen through a gauze, as if the film had been soaked in water, then dried, then burnt. The process transformed organized, tangible images of suffering into fragments of light, as impermanent artifacts to the transference of chaotic energy. The final objective of the work is not so much to comment on the colorfully opulent life of the city and how its people, with much needed aid, have managed, or not, to revive and rejuvenate this, but to more obliquely interrogate the relationship of cultural and political justification to the rise and fall of a community, lifestyle and State--and how these small isolated epochs of life are fragile and ephemeral and need to be protected by a whole country.”
  • 6 Months After (Ian Sims ’10.5) - Hillel Gallery & Rockefeller Library Lobby
    Photographs of New Orleans and its people in the wake of Katrina. “This collection of images seeks to expose a city struggling to rebuild its home as well as its spirit. In the face of an indifferent country, a countless number of profiteers, and a wreckage soaked in the putrid mold of deeply rooted racism and classism, one can hear the timeless cry of freedom and justice for all.”
  • Katrina authors - Rockefeller Library Lobby
  • Katrina authors - Brown Bookstore
  • Historical Louisiana Documents - John Carter Brown Library
  • Katrina Music and Musicians - Orwig Music Library Lobby
  • Katrina Poetry and historical New Orleans sheet music from the Harris Collection - John Hay Library Lobby
  • Virtual Exhibit of hurricane damage to Gulf Coast libraries

*All exhibits are free and will be available for viewing during regular open hours for each venue.