2011 ALA Annual Program

ANSS Program in New Orleans

“The Aftermath of Katrina and Rita: The Effects on Libraries, People, and Neighborhoods”

The 2011 ANSS program at the ALA Annual Meeting in New Orleans is entitled “The Aftermath of Katrina and Rita: The Effects on Libraries, People, and Neighborhoods”. It will take place on Sunday, June 26 from 8 am until noon in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 356-357. Breakfast pastries and coffee/tea will be served.

Hurricane Katrina

NASA image acquired August 28, 2005. Image by NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr

Description: A scholar, a documentary filmmaker and a librarian will discuss the consequences of hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the people and neighborhoods of Louisiana. The speakers will explore how the residents of the region responded not only to the estrangement of their homes and neighborhoods but also the ways communities began to rebuild. The documentary A Village Called Versailles will be screened around 10:30am. Breakfast is generously sponsored by ProQuest.  This program is co-sponsored by LES.

Speakers include Andy Corrigan, S. Leo Chiang, and Frederick Weil.

Regrettably, Rebecca Troy-Horton (f/k/a Rebecca Blakeley) will not be able to participate in our program.  We are pleased that Andy Corrigan, the Associate Dean of Libraries at Tulane University will be joining us to discuss the Tulane Libraries Recovery Center.

A Village Called Versailles

Photo by: Lucas Foglia, provided by: S. Leo Chaing

S. Leo Chiang was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States as a teenager. He received an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. While still a student Mr. Chiang was commissioned by the Directors Guild of America to direct and edit, Directing: How to Get There. His documentary, A Village Called Versailles, about the rebuilding and transformation of the Vietnamese American community in post-Katrina New Orleans, had its national PBS broadcast in May 2010.

Frederick Weil is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. His current work includes “Reconstituting Community: Paths to Recovery in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.” He is comparing communities in New Orleans and surrounding areas since Hurricane Katrina by surveying churches and faith-based organizations, neighborhood associations and other communities. Professor Weill is also working on a documentary film about Katrina recovery in Greater New Orleans.

The Literatures in English Section has compiled a comprehensive Katrina in Literature Bibliography that includes biographies, comics and graphic novels, criticisms, dramas, essays, an array of fiction, documentaries and films, poetry, and much more focusing on Katrina.

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