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Park Scholars in New Orleans: Service, Learning, Media

Park Scholars in New Orleans: Service, Learning, Media

Park Scholars share reflections and experiences from their annual January service trips to New Orleans.

Posted by Karla Berberich at 2:15PM   |  Add a comment

      Our January trip to New Orleans included some spectacular and sobering sights – the Mississippi River, the French Quarter, and the Lower Ninth Ward, to name a few. However, one of the areas we were unable to see during our brief visit, the southeast Louisiana coastline, plays an essential role in the wellbeing of New Orleans and the Mississippi River Delta...

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Posted by Karla Berberich at 2:15PM   |  Add a comment

 Hurricane Katrina will forever be labeled as a devastatingly mismanaged natural disaster – a case study in governmental unpreparedness during a crisis. With the Federal Emergency Management Agency caught up in its own red tape, someone had to step up and address the needs of thousands of displaced New Orleanians. Katrina’s white knight? A non-profit sector of volunteers armed...

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Posted by Connie Honeycutt at 2:14PM   |  Add a comment

Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina broke up the entire New Orleans community, forcing people out of their homes and out of their neighborhoods, often with uncertain return dates. There are many well-documented effects and reactions to Hurricane Katrina, demonstrating how people were affected. But the effect on the LGBT community in New Orleans is less documented — the specific...

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Posted by Connie Honeycutt at 2:13PM   |  Add a comment

In January of this year, I hopped on a plane with sixteen other individuals to spend a week in New Orleans for the purpose of aiding in Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. That’s a good thing, right?
I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on that question since returning from my trip. While we were there, we did some landscape work and painted a house—but...

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Posted by Connie Honeycutt at 2:10PM   |  Add a comment

Luisa Dantas’ documentary Land of Opportunity, which spans over 5 years in post-Katrina New Orleans, balances a sprawling array of social issues with an intimate character-driven story. The film is remarkable because it refuses to contain itself to a single message or even a small number of them; it unapologetically allows space for those directly involved in the struggle to rebuild New...

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