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Film showings mark Hurricane Katrina anniversary

Join us to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina at two film showings:

versaillesA Village Called Versailles
Wednesday, August 25, 7 p.m.
Hodges Library Auditorium

In a New Orleans neighborhood called Versailles, a tight-knit group of Vietnamese Americans overcame obstacles to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill. A Village Called Versailles is the empowering story of how the Versailles people, who have already suffered so much in their lifetime, turn a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change and a chance for a better future. (Sadly, the Vietnamese American community in New Orleans has also recently been impacted by the BP Oil Spill.)

    Sponsored by the Asian American Association, Asian Studies Program, International House, and the University Libraries

tremeFaubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans
Thursday, August 26, 7 p.m.
Hodges Library Auditorium

Arguably the oldest black neighborhood in America and the birthplace of jazz, Faubourg Treme was home to the largest community of free black people in the Deep South during slavery and a hotbed of political ferment. While the Treme district was damaged when the levees broke, this is not another Katrina documentary. Long before the flood, two native New Orleanians—one black, one white—writer Lolis Eric Elie and filmmaker Dawn Logsdon, began documenting the rich living culture of this historic district. Miraculously, their tapes survived the disaster unscathed. The completed film is a powerful testament to why New Orleans matters, and why this most un-American of American cities must be saved.

    Sponsored by Africana Studies, the Commission for Blacks, the Department of History, and the University Libraries

CNN article about Vietnamese American Fisherfolk and BP Oil Spill
History of Faubourg Treme
HBO Series on Faubourg Treme

Five Year Updates:
Been in the Storm Too Long, Tavis Smiley
Brookings Institute, New Orleans at Five
Greater New Orleans Community Data Center
CNN, Katrina: Five Years Later

Katrina Related Sites and Archives:
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Hurricane Digital Memory Bank

In Hodges Library:
Hurricane Katrina resources
New Orleans resources

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