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In Katrina's Wake: Racial Implications of the New Orleans Disaster. November 2-4 2006, Charlottesville Virginia
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About the Conference:

The University of Virginia Symposium on Race and Society (SYMRS) is an annual conference engaging academic professionals on social, cultural, and political topics as they relate to the meeting's theme. The inaugural SYMRS will explore race in the context of Katrina and its intersections with eight academic disciplines - Business, Education, Law/Government/Politics, Health/Public Policy, Architecture/Urban Planning, Engineering, Media and Arts & Sciences. The conference will be held at the Darden School of Business, on the North Grounds of U.Va.  Thank you to all who submitted proposals. The session topics are listed here.

The devastation caused by the 2005 hurricane season is unprecedented. Hurricane Katrina alone claimed more than 1,836 lives - 1,577 from Louisiana - and, left behind an estimated $75 billion worth in damage. But Hurricane Katrina's impact was not just economic or material. The hurricane has affected the political, educational, and social infrastructure of New Orleans, leaving the once-vibrant city in dire need of aid. It was clear from the outset that poverty played a substantial role in the aftermath of the disaster and this circumstance re-emphasizes the racial and socioeconomic inequities throughout our society.

Conference Registration:

The Conference Registration fee is $175 (this fee includes some meals). U.Va. faculty and staff are eligible for a discounted rate. Click here for conference registration.

Featured Speakers:

  • Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors and U. Va. Professor of History
  • Liz Reyes, ABC26 - New Orleans, Anchor/Reporter
  • Dr. Norman Francis, President of Xavier University

To review titles and abstracts for the concurrent sessions, click here.

* Selected papers will be published in a special edition of the Journal on Race and Policy *

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