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Oct. 12, 2005

UI's Eckstein To Speak On Future Of New Orleans Oct. 18

Barbara Eckstein, associate professor of English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak on "Planning for Diaspora: New Orleans Before and After the Hurricane," Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Lecture Room 2, Van Allen Hall.

Eckstein, author of the forthcoming book, "Sustaining New Orleans: Literature, Local Memory, and the Fate of a City" (Routledge, 2005), will share her thoughts on the future of New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Her book examines how famous post-war literature about New Orleans sustains social memories and, in the process, contributes to or inhibits the sustainability of the city. It is a project that encompasses urban literature, southern folklore, history, urban planning, theory of region and environmental politics.

This presentation is sponsored by the UI graduate program in urban and regional planning, and co-sponsored by the English, American studies and geography departments and the Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this presentation, contact John Fuller, UI professor of urban and regional planning, at 319-335-0032.

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