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Columbia faculty members from a range of disciplines reflect on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Thinking back to a year ago, at least two among them recall not having been surprised: they had long known of the potential for such a catastrophe. While all express dismay at the slowness of the recovery, only one questions the value of the effort, saying that quantitative, science-based risk assessment argues against rebuilding of vulnerable areas. Others, however, believe that the city can eventually recover and, in the case of its educational system, could even surpass its troubled state before the levees broke.

Mary-Lea Cox, editor

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In this short video feature, Kelvin Shawn Sealey describes the experience of visiting New Orleans last spring with a group of students from Teachers College and GSAPP.

Urban History & Planning
Owen Gutfreund
Kenneth T. Jackson
Joan Ockman

Education Policy
Kelvin Shawn Sealey

Jazz Studies
Robert O'Meally

Klaus Jacob

Columbia Campus
Joe Ienuso


AT ISSUE is a series of features in The Record and on the web, intended to gather viewpoints from faculty and staff on current news topics.

Published: Aug 25, 2006
Last modified: Jun 05, 2007