Toward a Context for Discussion
In the readings that follow, several Carleton faculty offer information about the Gulf Coast disasters of 2005, known familiarly as “Katrina,” as well as some key ways of thinking about Katrina and its implications for all citizens. Most of the essays contain links and other references for further reading.
Reading and Writing Exercises on Hurricanes and Global Climate Change, by Mary Savina, Professor of GeologyProfessor Savina leads readers through readings and analytic exercises designed to promote understanding of some of the natural phenomena at work
Questions About and Resources on Causes of Levee Failures in New Orleans, by Mary Savina, Professor of GeologyProfessor Savina traces stories, government reports, and photographs related to the levee failures.
- Professor Smith reviews the failures on many levels that contributed to disastrous outcomes and suggests some avenues for institutional change.
- Professor Allen addresses preparedness in the context of a federal system of government.
National Identity and Collective Responsibility, by Anna Moltchanova, Assistant Professor of PhilosophyProfessor Moltchanova explores the idea of group identity and the ways in which all US citizens may not just identify with those on the Gulf Coast but may feel responsible for their suffering.