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Research seminars

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion Research Seminars are held at 1.00 p.m. on alternate Tuesdays in the Garden Room, Library Building, St. Edmundís College. A free light buffet lunch and drinks are served from 12.30 p.m. onwards. All are welcome.

The Garden Room is on the ground floor of the Library Building which is located in the far left-hand corner as you enter the College grounds. The free buffet lunch is served there.

Lent term

The Colour of Disaster: New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina

Revd Dr Roger Abbott

Tuesday March 6, 2018

Garden Room, Library Building
St Edmund's College
Mount Pleasant


Natural hazards are indiscriminate in their occurrence, but their disastrous effects are socially conditioned in ways humans are responsible and culpable for. In this presentation, I shall provide first hand narrative evidence to show how historic racial discrimination had already created a socio-economic culture in New Orleans that predisposed African-American communities to vulnerability and risk when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. From fieldwork carried out in and around New Orleans, I will demonstrate how socio-economic factors of racial discrimination against Blacks prior to the disaster influenced Black capacity to survive or not, and how these same factors continue to impact upon the recovery of the Black communities of New Orleans. What have such disasters to teach us here in the U.K. regarding similar issues of moral and spiritual responsibility, and culpability within our communities?

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