Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Discusses Katrina, Natural Disasters

Event: Lozano Long Conference "From Natural Events to Social Disasters in the Circum-Caribbean." Free and open to the public.

When: Feb. 23-25

Where: Various locations on campus. See conference program (PDF) for details.

Background: Hurricane Katrina's hit to New Orleans and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti revealed historical and ongoing social inequality, environmental hazards and political crisis that plague the circum-Caribbean region. Both sites will serve as focal points for this conference bringing together scholars from multiple disciplines, artists and activists who have been immersed in disaster relief and solidarity efforts.

Keynote speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, distinguished chair in poetry at Emory University, and novelist Evelyne Trouillot, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who has written about human rights issues.

The conference is organized by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and cosponsored by the departments of African and African Diaspora Studies, English, History, Spanish and Portuguese, and the Program in Comparative Literature.