A symposium is planned in conjunction with this year’s Maryville Reads selection, Zeitoun. In the book, author Dave Eggers recounts the events of a family in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. The symposium will be held from 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the University Auditorium. Featured panelists will discuss specific questions, share experiences and react to video and photos from the disaster. The symposium is organized by the Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy and the Office of Multicultural Programs.
The symposium will focus on the following questions:
1. What do the experiences in Zeitoun tell us about the current status of American democracy?
A. Disaster Relief/Response – How typical was the preparation, response and recovery from Hurricane Katrina?
B. Multiculturalism – How does ethnicity, culture and diversity impact the events in the book and the Hurricane Katrina disaster?
C. Citizenship – What did it mean to be a citizen in Zeitoun and the Hurricane Katrina disaster?
D. Politics – What role did politics play in the decisions and non-decisions that took place in Zeitoun and Hurricane Katrina?
E. Social Justice – To what extent did the inequities in US society exacerbate the impact of the disaster?
F. Renewal – What can we learn from Zeitoun and the Hurricane Katrina recovery to help us in the future?
Alden Craddock, PhD, associate vice president and director, Center for Civic Engagement and Democracy
Sarah Ducey, PhD, New Orleans native who ran a child center in the 9th ward
Jill Haynes, public relations director for Isle of Capri Casinos working in Biloxi, La., during Katrina
Jesse Kavadlo, PhD, associate professor of English
Sr. Lynne Lieux, RSCJ, headmistress, Schools of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau and New Orleans native