In the days and weeks after Katrina first hit, I did plenty of ranting online at my previous location, so I don’t think I’m going to say much now. Thankfully, major media outlets have been following the situation. Both the New York Times and Times-Picayune have sections devoted to extensive coverage of Katrina’s aftermath. The New Yorker has also published many articles over the last year. [Update 1: The Chronicle of Higher Education has several pieces appearing today.] The short version: things aren’t good. It breaks my heart and angers me that we haven’t made better progress on this.
On Friday I met with some enthusiastic staff and students to discuss a service trip to New Orleans, and it looks like we might be going as soon as Fall Break in October. That gung-ho response, dear reader, is one of many reasons I’m glad to be at this institution.
Update 2: Shakespeare’s Sister has a roundup of the blogswarm.
Update 4: Hub Bub artist in residence Brian Hitselberger was living in New Orleans when Katrina hit:
When I first got here, a lot of people were asking me if my experiences during the storm were going to have an impact on my art. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really know how to answer that questionÃ¢â‚¬â€œ for me, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not as simple as that. I think my experiences during the storm had an impact on the way I think about everything, which in turn, will certainly impact my art work.
Update 5: Brian links to PostKatrinaPortraits.com. Check it out.
Update 6: “The New Orleans Wiki a volunteer-maintained collection of articles about the City of New Orleans. The New Orleans Wiki is also used by neighborhoods and civic organizations as a collaborative authoring tool.”