A look at post-Katrina New Orleans

Michael E. Crutcher, Jr.

Michael E. Crutcher Jr., scholar and author, will deliver the annual Grace Holt Lecture March 17. (click image to download)

Scholar and author Michael E. Crutcher Jr. will present “New Orleans 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina” for the Grace Holt Memorial Speaker Series, presented by the University of Illinois at Chicago department of African American studies.


March 17
4 p.m.


UIC Institute for the Humanities
Stevenson Hall, lower level
701 S. Morgan St.


Michael E. Crutcher Jr. is an independent scholar and author of the 2010 book “Tremé: Race and Place in a New Orleans Neighborhood.” In that book, the cultural-historical geographer looked at spatial relations in Tremé that were key to the famed neighborhood’s role as a cultural incubator.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, even before the waters receded, questions arose concerning the city’s future viability and the government response to its physical and social economic crisis. Crutcher’s presentation at UIC will provide an overview of the current state of New Orleans and some of the Katrina-related issues that persist in the politics of race, urban affairs, criminalization and education.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (312) 996-2950.

The annual speaker series commemorates Grace Sims Holt, professor emerita and founder of UIC’s black studies program, which later became the department of African American studies.

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