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UCR Explores Hurricane Aftermath

UC Riverside Hosts Two Events Focused on the Aftermath of Recent Hurricanes on the Gulf Coast

A discussion on the importance of ethnic media, and images of hurricane destruction, are both scheduled on campus

(November 8, 2005)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside’s Center for Ideas and Society will sponsor two events that explore issues related to recent destructive hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. Both events are free and open to the public.

"Race, Media & Hurricane Katrina," 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at The Barn, a restaurant on campus. This lecture by Kelly L. Anderson, an A-1 editor at The Press-Enterprise newspaper, is the first event of the ieEMP, or Inland Empire Ethnic Media Project, which seeks to explore the rising importance of ethnic media in the nation. Organizers include UCR Professor Emory Elliott, Sandy Close, founder of New California Media (NCM) and Paulette Brown-Hinds, director, ie Ethnic Media Project.

“This project will raise the level of awareness of ethnic media in the Inland Empire as well as serve as a vehicle to promote and support the future development of these important institutions,” said Brown-Hinds.

Kelly Anderson, a 1989 graduate of Michigan State University, has worked as a reporter at the Associated Press, as an editor at the Lansing State Journal and recently joined the Press Enterprise as the editor who helps decide which stories get placed on the front page.

“A Visual Diary of Disaster & Loss in the Bayous,” 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Photographer Monique Verdin exhibits personal images of the impact of the hurricanes on the remote villages and lost bayous of Southern Louisiana, especially the impact on native Americans living in the Gulf parishes.

“In the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a majority are without homes or livelihoods, and they face perhaps the greatest challenge to their cultural survival since the French conquest,” writes Susan Straight, a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside and one of the organizers of the exhibit. Other sponsors include the UCR Center for Ideas and Society and the CHASS Connect program.

The photographer, who was left homeless by the storm, is a member of the Pointe-au-Chien tribe. She documented the poisoning of the bayous and the erosion of the wetlands, and also her own family’s dramatic escape from their homes during the hurricane.

For further information on events sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society, please contact us at 951.UCR.IDEA or the Website at

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