College of Liberal Arts

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Discusses Katrina, Natural Disasters

Thursday Feb 24, 2011 | Various locations on campus.

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The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies presents  “From Natural Events to Social Disasters in the Circum-Caribbean," a conference bringing together scholars from multiple disciplines, artists and activists who have been immersed in disaster relief and solidarity efforts. The conference runs from Feb. 23 through Feb. 25 at various locations on campus.  See conference program for details.

Hurricane Katrina’s hit to New Orleans and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti revealed historical and ongoing social inequality, environmental hazards and political crisis that plague the circum-Caribbean region.

Keynote speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, distinguished chair in poetry at Emory University, and novelist Evelyne Trouillot, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who has written about human rights issues.

The conference is organized by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and cosponsored by the departments of African and African Diaspora Studies, English, History, Spanish and Portuguese, and the Program in Comparative Literature.

 

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