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.
More faculty and student papers will be added to this page in coming months.
- Professor Savina traces stories, government reports, and photographs related to the levee failures
- Professor of Geology Mary Savina leads readers through readings and analytic exercises designed to promote understanding of some of the natural phenomena at work
- Associate Professor of Political Science Kim Smith reviews the failures on many levels that contributed to disastrous outcomes and suggests some avenues for institutional change
- Professor of Political Science Barbara Allen addresses preparedness in the context of a federal system of government
- Assistant Professor of Philosophy Anna 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
- Comps by Lauren Flexon Marcinkoski (SOAN '06)
A Missed Opportunity: The Re-Creation of the Urban Underclass in the Schools of Post-Disaster New OrleansPaper by Anh Nguyen for Urban Sociology, 2008 (with Professor Adrienne Falcon)
- Poster by Anh Nguyen (SOAN '10) summarizing his research for Urban Sociology (2008)
- Powerpoint presentation based on 2005 ENTS study trip, by Lizzy Shephard