Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
What does it mean to write histories of disaster in a time of protracted crisis? In what ways can the methods and approaches taken by historians of disaster help us to comprehend these seemingly acute incidents as outcomes of temporally expansive and historically contingent processes? Amidst and in the wake of wildfires, hurricanes, and the COVID-19 pandemic, how can historians of disaster link public memory and public debate?
On Wednesday, October 7, historian Andy Horowitz (Ph.D. in History, Yale ’14) will join us over Zoom to discuss these and other questions, alongside the topics addressed in his book: Katrina: A History 1915–2015, a century-long political, cultural and environmental history of the events and decisions that led up to the storm and the community and government responses that unraveled in its aftermath.