Lessons from New Orleans: A Performance
“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.
Date: November 16, 2007
Location: Gasson 305