C-SPAN class and photo exhibit to explore New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina


Cara Halstead, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 914-773-3312, Cell: 914-906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu

C-SPAN to cover U.S. Senator Mary Landrieux of Lousiana, and Alan Colón, black and African studies professor from New Orleans’ Dillard University, in live course on race and other problems in Katrina response from Pace University and Denver University Thursday, February 16 at 3 PM.

Discussions by Colón on same day to be open to public
in Pleasantville and Downtown Manhattan campuses of Pace

Pace to exhibit recent disturbing documentary photographs, starting March 13, showing how little has changed in New Orleans’ 9th ward after five months.

Pace students to spend spring break in New Orleans to help with rebuilding effort

Editors Note: Media welcome to all events listed below. Prof. Alan Colón will be available to meet with press and for photo ops by appointment in between sessions as well. Also, a preview of Pace Professor Chris Malone’s documentary Katrina aftermath photos (to be on exhibit in March) will be on display during Colón’s talks.

Professor Alan K. Colón, Ph.D.

The C-SPAN course, now completing its second year, will appear on C-SPAN 3. It uses C-SPAN technology to simultaneously link students and their professors at the participating universities with studios in Washington, and regularly has high-ranking figures in politics and social issues as guests. The Pace section is taught by Christopher Malone, Ph.D, a new Orleans native who has revisited the city twice since the storm, volunteered in the reconstruction effort, and written passionately about the city’s unique spirit of survival.

Alan Colón, PhD., will spend Thursday, February 16th at Pace University in both Westchester and New York City. The theme of his talks will be:
“New Orleans in the Aftermath of Katrina: Lessons about Race, Culture, Class, Poverty, Education, Health Care, Emergency Preparedness, and Urban Development in the United States.”

Pace University: Pleasantville – 861 Bedford Rd.
Thursday, February 16
Gottesman Room – Kessel Campus Center, entrance 3
Public Presentation – 12:20pm – 1:30pm

Pace University: New York City – 1 Pace Plaza (across from City Hall)
Thursday, February 16th
Multi Purpose Room (entrance on Spruce St. between Park Row and Gold))
Public Presentation – 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Informal Reception and Conversation with Faculty and Staff – 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Both events are free and open to the public. Media admission is by press pass.

Colón is the National Endowment for the Humanities Eminent Professor of Education and African World Studies at Dillard University, a historically-black university in New Orleans 9th Ward. Colón’s research interests are in black and African studies, spanning history, sociology, and education, student development, and enrollment management. Before his appointment at Dillard, Colón was a professor and administrator at Hampton University of Virginia, The College of Charleston, and Howard University. He earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Stanford University and an MSW from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Black Studies and on the Advising Board of the African Heritage Studies Association.

Exhibit of New Orleans documentary photos March 13th – April 4th
New York City – 1 Pace Plaza, Peter Fingestin Gallery, Student Union
“Abandonment: New Orleans, Katrina, and the City that Care Forgot.”

The 30 images in the exhibit were taken by Pace Professor Chris Malone, PhD., during two trips to his native city of New Orleans in November and January. According to Malone, five months after the hurricane’s devastation, the neighborhoods in the images are largely untouched, frozen in time from the days following Katrina. Most of the images are from the devastated Ninth Ward, though many were taken elsewhere in the city.

Alternative spring break trip to New Orleans
March 19-24th, 2006

Pace students may participate in an Alternative spring break trip to New Orleans for a week to assist a New Orleans agency for the homeless with various projects to restore shelters and transitional housing. Details to be announced. The program is being organized by the Office of Student Affairs and Project Pericles at Pace University.

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