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Lessons from New Orleans: A Performance

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“Words have meaning, but only in context,” author and educator Kalamu ya Salaam tells his audience in this talk about post-Hurricane Katrina life in New Orleans, as portrayed in a variety of literary forms. A resident of the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, he uses poetry and songs to convey his personal experiences and observations of the catastrophe. He invites two students from his writing workshops in New Orleans to perform their original works of poetry and nonfiction. Salaam urges the crowd to laugh, hiss, and question his statements and those made by the other performers.

Format: Lecture
Length: 1:22

Presenter(s): Kalamu ya Salaam, Ashley Jones, Christopher Burton

Date: November 16, 2007

Location: Gasson 305

Sponsor(s): Lynch School of Education; College of Arts and Sciences; African and African Diaspora Studies; English Department; American Studies

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/salaam1/

The information on this page is accurate as of November 2007