Race and Relief in New Orleans: A Hazardous Topography
|Series:||Department of Geography Alumni Lecture|
|Speaker:||Craig Colten, LSU|
|Date:||Tue, Apr 11, 2006|
Dr. Colten is the author of numerous articles and books about urban historical geography, environmental history, and environmental justice. His most recent book, An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature (Louisiana State University Press, 2005) has received widespread acclaim for its examination of the environmental modifications that accompanied New Orleans' growth during the past two centuries and their effects on the social geography of the city. Since Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, the New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN and many other news organizations have avidly sought Dr. Colten's perspective on how historical conditions contributed to the social and environmental disaster in New Orleans. In recognition of his service, the Association of American Geographers recently awarded Unnatural Metropolis the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize for the book in the discipline that best conveys geographical ideas to a wider audience.
Dr. Colten's talk is free and open to the public.