Available via webcast, http://www.hastac.org/live/ ;
A year after hurricane Katrina's devastation of the Louisiana and
Mississippi gulf coasts, rebuilding efforts are finally moving forward.
But it's the remaining, deeper tears in the region's social fabric that
will be the main focus of a unique series of dialogues and events at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (and webcast online at
www.hastac.org) designed to build community, connect diverse local and
national audiences and ignite real and long-lasting positive change.
The four-day summit "Katrina: After the Storm - Civic Engagement Through
Arts, Humanities and Technology" will take place Sept. 27-30. The free
summit is being organized to engage the public in critical conversations
about issues that arose in Katrina's wake, including social justice and
equity, broken connections and the need for community healing. The
is also part of the HASTAC ("haystac": the Humanities, Arts, Science,
Technology Advanced Collaboratory) InFormation Year 2006-07, a yearlong
program that promotes the human and humane dimensions of technology.
HASTAC is an international consortium of humanists, artists, scientists,
social scientists, and engineers, with over 80 participating
Using advanced multicast audio and video technology, the summit also
connect members of the U. of I. and local communities with virtual
communities at many venues.
Lectures, panel discussions and other activities will focus on topics
ranging from understanding and predicting dangerous weather, disaster
preparedness and deployment of mobile hospitals to re-imagining public
schools and the role of social entrepreneurship in rebuilding
Also, ongoing throughout the summit will be "MiX TAPEStry: A Hip Hop VR
Experience," a collaboration between the U. of I. Krannert Art Museum's
Collaborative Advanced Navigation Visual Arts Studio (CANVAS) and Duke
University that will give middle school students hands-on experience
virtual-reality technology while learning history.
The summit opens with "A Cajun Fais Do-Do C-U Style" beginning at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27. The event will feature a screening of excerpts
from "Perseverance: Putting It Back Together One Day at a Time," a
documentary ethnography project about one man's determination to rebuild
his home in New Orleansÿÿ Lower Ninth Ward, produced by U. of I.
student Maria Lovett; a panel discussion, musical and spoken-word
performances, and an opportunity for the public to record personal
Following two days of presentations and performances, the summit
culminates with "New Orleans Rising: A Town Hall Meeting," from 2 to
p.m. Saturday, September 30. The meeting was engineered with the vision
bringing together participants from Champaign-Urbana and sites across
country to share ideas for creating strong communities that can
effectively manage future disasters.
More information about the summit, including registration instructions,
event times and locations, sponsors and partners, is available on the
at www.katrinasummit.uiuc.edu. For those unable to attend the "Katrina:
After the Storm" events in person, a live webcast feed will be available
on the HASTAC website. Please register at https://www.hastac.org/user/register/ and then visit http://www.hastac.org/live/ for more information. [Quicktime, VLC or
other MPEG-4-compatible media player required.] Podcast and vodcast
versions of the webcasts will also be made available after the event.
Everyone is invited to contribute to discussion about the events and
related issues on the online forum (http://www.hastac.org/forum/29).