On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near the Louisiana-Mississippi border, wreaking havoc along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The following month, Hurricane Rita struck southwest Louisiana, dealing a double-blow to the state, the coast and the nation. LSU’s critical role in the rescue and recovery efforts during both storms is only matched by the extensive research and creativity that has grown out of the study of the storms’ impact. LSU researchers have generated more than 175 published papers, presentations and other materials based on research relating to Katrina, Rita and post-hurricane recovery.
In commemoration of the storms’ 10th anniversary, the Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) hosts Katrina & Rita: A Decade of Research & Response, a coordinated collection of free events and activities that highlight the research conducted by LSU faculty, staff and students that came out of the storms.
SymposiumThe symposium was held on August 28, and registration is now closed.
Tuesday, August 25 – 5-7 p.m. LSU Science Cafe presents Survivors from the Coastal Parishes at Chelsea’s Cafe. Visit our Facebook event page for more information.
Thursday, August 27 – Sunday, October 4 Katrina@10: A Photography Exhibition at the LSU School of Art Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery. Visit glassellgallery.org for more information.
Thursday, August 27 – 7:30-9:30 p.m. Film Screening, Poetry Reading and Discussion at the LSU Digital Media Center Theatre.
Friday, August 28 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Katrina & Rita Symposium at the LSU Digital Media Center. Symposium reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
You can find a complete schedule of the symposium here:
Additional Related Events
LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio at the College of Art + Design presents “Losing Ground: A Delta in Crisis”
August 24-28: LSU Design Building Atrium
Louisiana’s coast is rapidly losing extensive areas of wetlands as sea level rises and the land subsides, leaving its coastal cities and communities increasingly vulnerable to storms and flooding. By engineering the landscape for flood protection, navigation, and industry, the natural deltaic processes that once built land have been interrupted. Due to levees that restrict the flooding of the Mississippi River, sediment once deposited on the delta during natural floods is shunted offshore and no longer replenishes Louisiana’s coast. LOSING GROUND serves as a mock-up for a larger exhibit in the forthcoming Center for River Studies that will explore issues of land loss and efforts to restore the delta.
LSU Libraries presents “Tempests Talks”
August 25, 11:30-12:30 – Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall
Brown Bag: “Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum: Remembering the Past, Sharing Stories of the Present, and Planning for the Future”
August 31: 11:30-12:30 – Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall
Brown Bag: “Disaster Recovery and Creating Resilience: Evidence across Communities”
September 2: 11:30-12:30 – Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall
Brown Bag: “Citizen Driven Policy”
September 8: 11:30-1:00 – Hill Memorial Library Lecture Hall
Film Screening: “The Telling Tide”
LSU African American Cultural Center presents “Remembering Katrina“
Join us as we commemorate one of our nation’s most horrific tragedies and greatest comebacks through screenings of
Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke” and “If God Is Willing and the Creek Don’t Rise”
Monday, August 31st: 6:00 p.m.
Monday, September 14th: 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 12th: 6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 2nd: 6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 9th: 6:00 p.m.
LSU African American Cultural Center – 3 Union Square, Raphael Semmes Rd.