Award-winning journalist to deliver lecture on aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

KatrinaAuthor and former award-winning journalist with the New York Times, Gary Rivlin, will be on campus Wednesday, April 13 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Walter Hall, room 135 to deliver the 2016 James Lecture on Urban Politics, focused on, “Katrina: After the Flood.”

Most of New Orleans sat under water when Rivlin arrived there as part of the “storm team” the New York Times assembled to cover Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Rivlin spent the next 10 years producing a book chronicling New Orleans’s struggle to overcome the disaster that left 80 percent of the city under water. Gary tells the amazing story behind the rebuilding of this most beguiling of American cities.

Dubbed a “lean, taught narrative” by USA Today, Rivlin’s book highlights the grit and tenacity of the every-day people who overcame everything from red-tape to fights with insurance companies to ill-conceived government policies that favored some neighborhoods over others.

The lecture is cosponsored by the OHIO department of Political Science and the Wealth and Poverty and will feature a book signing immediately following the lecture.

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