Hobart and William Smith Colleges are joining with 37 other colleges across the country in the National Post-Katrina College Summit, a series of events advocating awareness and policy solutions for the communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The summit will urge students, faculty and staff to support the passage of the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project, a national movement to create 100,000 jobs in the Gulf Coast area through federal New Deal-type legislation.
With experience on six service trips through “HWS Responds, including a First Year Seminar, “Politics of Disaster; and a Reader’s College this spring, the Public Service Office is sponsoring a series of events to highlight the conditions that still exist in New Orleans and across the greater Gulf Coast area.
Events will start Monday, April 9, beginning with a two-part screening of Spike Lee’s documentary film, “When the Levees Broke,” which examines the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina.
Subtitled “A Requiem in Four Acts, Acts 1 and 2 of the film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9 in the library's Sanford Room. Acts 3 and 4 will be shown the same time the following night, again in the Sanford Room. The second night's showing will be followed by a short discussion, led by students who have been on HWS service trips.
On Wednesday, April 11, the great hall of Saga in the Scandling Center will feature New Orleans Night, with regional cuisine, jazz and decorations.
A major event of the summit will be “Student Reflections on Katrina, given by those who have experienced the conditions, beginning at 8 p.m. Monday, April 16 in the library's Geneva Room.
This presentation will include thoughts and impressions ranging from poetry to photographs and a more scientific look at man’s negative affects on the wetlands of Louisiana.
Concluding the series will be “The Barn Goes Bourbon Street, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, April 20, including food, Mardi Gras beads, entertainment and a fund-raiser for future service trips and New Orleans area relief agencies.
Daily information sessions and a petition drive for the Gulf Coast Civic Works project will be held at all events as well as in the Scandling Center throughout the week.
For details, call the Public Service Office at ext. 3825 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out Summit.
Hurricane Katrina damaged more than 200,000 homes and destroyed schools, hospitals, roads, community centers, bridges, parks, forest lands and lives. This national effort is designed to inspire the rebuilding effort. A seventh service trip is planned shortly after Commencement; watch for additional information.