Howard-Tilton Memorial Library 50th Anniversary Lecture Series: "Tracking Moving Targets: Hurricanes, Libraries, and the Crescent City"
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
50th Anniversary Lecture Series
and Department of History
welcome Dr. Liz Skilton
"Tracking Moving Targets: Hurricanes, Libraries, and the Crescent City"
Ever wonder what history is left behind when a disaster strikes? Or what impact a disaster like Hurricane Katrina has on the preservation of this history? Skilton examines the history of the Crescent City as told through New Orleans' collections on hurricanes and other disasters and the efforts undertaken to preserve these histories. The talk also details the excitement, challenges, and disappointments faced in the process of researching in the post-Katrina years.
Dr. Liz Skilton is an Assistant Professor of History and the J.J. Burdin and Helen Burdin/BORSF Endowed Professor in Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a graduate of Tulane University, receiving her Ph.D. in History in 2013 and M.A. in History in 2010. Skilton specializes in the history of disaster and human response to it. Her current book project, Tempest: Hurricanes & American Culture, reviews the history of the hurricane naming system, and it was developed during her graduate work at Tulane.
Reception to follow in Room 602