New Orleans: Ten Years Later

August 24, 2015
New Orleans, LA

To mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, The Atlantic hosted an event recognizing the city’s resilience while evaluating the challenges it and other communities across the country continue to face.

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Sheraton New Orleans
500 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Organized with the Urban Institute.

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9:00 a.m. A Sense of Place

  • A poem from Madeleine LeCesne, National Student Poet

9:02 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • James Bennet, Co-President and Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic

9:05 a.m.  Town Hall: What Does it Mean to Know New Orleans?

  • Lolis Eric Elie, Writer and Filmmaker
  • Madeleine LeCesne, National Student Poet, Southwest Region
  • Minh Nguyen, Co-Founder and Executive Director, VAYLA
  • Chris Rose, Journalist and Author, 1 Dead in Attic
  • Oliver Thomas, Former City Council Member; Host, WBOK Radio
  • Tracie Washington, President and CEO, The Louisiana Justice Center
  • With Gwen Ifill, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

9:45 a.m.  The Crescent City Now

  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City of New Orleans
  • With Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent, The Atlantic

10:15 a.m. Disaster Preparedness and Anticipating the Next One

  • W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, FEMA
  • With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

10:40 a.m.  Views of Recovery: New Data Tells the Story

  • Michael Henderson, Research Director, LSU Public Policy Research Lab
  • With Steve Clemons

10:50 a.m.  A City Changing: Housing, Neighborhoods and Tradition

  • Pres Kabacoff, Co-Chairman of the Board and CEO, HRI Properties
  • James Perry, Former Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
  • With James Bennet

11:15 a.m.  Through the Eyes of Artists: Culture Across Generations

  • Marcus Akinlana, Artist
  • Leonard Galmon, Student and Artist
  • Brandan “Bmike” Odums, Artist and Owner, 2 Cent Entertainment LLC
  • With Jonathan Ferrara, Artist and Owner, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

11:35 a.m.  Young, Black and Male in New Orleans

  • Michael Harrison, Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department
  • La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Margaret Simms, Director of Low-Income Working Families Initiative, Urban Institute
  • Mark Walters, Community Organizer, The Micah Project
  • With Jarvis DeBerry, Columnist, | The Times-Picayune

12:05 p.m.  Chartered and Uncharted: Navigating Education for the Next Generation

  • Kira Orange Jones, Executive Director, Teach for America Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta
  • Andre Perry, Columnist, The Hechinger Report
  • John White, Superintendent of Education, State of Louisiana
  • Rosylin York, Parent
  • With Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

12:35 p.m.  Story of a Family: The Baquets

  • Dean Baquet, Executive Editor, The New York Times
  • Terry Baquet, Director of Print, | The Times-Picayune
  • Wayne Baquet, Owner, Li’l Dizzy’s
  • With James Bennet

1:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:50 p.m.  A Roadmap for Resilience

  • Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation

2:05 p.m.  Katrina and Sandy: What Kind of Cities Do We Want to Build?

  • Luisa Dantas, Filmmaker, Land of Opportunity
  • Robin Keegan, Director of Community Resiliency, GCR Incorporated
  • With Eve Troeh, Director of News, WWNO

2:25 p.m.  Living With Risk: Designing a Better System

  • Karen Durham-Aguilera, Director, Contingency Operations and Office of Homeland Security; Director of Task Force Hope in New Orleans, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Mark Schleifstein, Environmental Reporter, | The Times-Picayune
  • With Steve Clemons

2:50 p.m.  Living With Water: Designing a Better System

  • David Waggonner, President, Waggonner and Ball Architects
  • With Jeffrey Goldberg

3:10 p.m.  A Sense of Place

  • Jesmyn Ward, Author, Salvage The Bones and Men We Reaped
  • With Eve Troeh

3:30 p.m.  Resilient Nation: Strengthening Our Places

  • Lauren Alexander Augustine, Director, Program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events, The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and, Medicine
  • Rolf Pendall, Director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Zack Rosenburg, Co-Founder and CEO, St. Bernard Project
  • With Steve Clemons

4:00 p.m.  Town Hall: What Does New Orleans Now Know?

  • John M. Barry, Author, Rising Tide; Distinguished Scholar, Tulane Center for Bioenvironmental Research
  • Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Educator and Artist; Co-Founder and Curator, Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame
  • Michael Hecht, President and CEO, Greater New Orleans Inc.
  • Bennie Pete, Founder and Band Leader, Hot 8 Brass Band
  • Gary Rivlin, Journalist and Author, Katrina: After the Flood
  • Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • With Gwen Ifill

4:35 p.m.  Reception with Music by Hot 8 Brass Band



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