Conference on Hurricane Katrina

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October 16, 2015
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
Demographic History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Government and Public Service, Human Rights, Political Science

Call for Papers

Disaster on the Delta:

The Tenth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

One Day Mini-Conference at California State University Channel Islands (Camarillo, CA)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Ten years have passed since hurricane Katrina struck the southern US coast from Louisiana to Florida leaving destruction and homelessness in its wake. Even before Katrina made land both private and governmental agencies were preparing for the devastation that would likely follow. While the government and private sector response to Katrina has been widely criticized, it has also served as a model of how to respond to future natural or human made disasters.

Hurricane Katrina impacted every facet of life in the Gulf region, influencing the population, the music and culture as well as cuisine and entertainment. Public schools were taken over by the state, the United Teachers Union was effectively broken, and Charity Hospital, which once provided free medical care to those in need, was closed for good. Formerly working class neighborhoods were gentrified and New Orleans saw an influx of people from all over the country and the world—dynamics that will hopefully be addressed during this conference.

This one day conference to be held on the campus of California State University-Channel Islands will analyze and assess the response to hurricane Katrina from the private and public sectors as well as Katrina’s lasting impact on the regions demography, art, and culture. Paper panels will be organized according to themes and commenters will provide a critique of the presentations.

We encourage both students and faculty to submit paper or section proposals on any aspect of this natural disaster that has had a lasting impact on the US.

Possible topics might include but are not limited to:


            Labor and Katrina                                                           Real Estate and Katrina

            NGO’s and Katrina                                                          Population and Katrina

            Immigration and Katrina                                                  Government Response to Katrina

            Role of Race/Ethnicity on Rescue/Cleanup                     Health Care and Katrina

            Katrina and Climate Change                                           Court System and Katrina

            Privatization and Katrina                                                  Law Enforcement and Katrina

            Public Housing and Katrina                                             Gentrification and Katrina

            Art and Music and Katrina                                               Flood Control and Katrina

            Education and Katrina                                                     Volunteerism and Katrina

            Wetlands and Katrina                                                      Infrastructure and Katrina       

Please submit a one-page CV and a 500 word maximum abstract no later than September 30, 2015 to:

Dr. Michael Powelson

Department of History

California State University-Channel Islands

One University Drive

Camarillo, CA 93012


Funds for this conference provided by the office of Instructionally Related Activities, CSUCI

Contact Info: 

Dr. Michael Powelson

Department of History

California State University-Channel Islands

One University Drive

Camarillo, CA 93012