The University of Iowa

Hurricane Katrina lecture Nov. 15 related to One Community, One Book 2011 selection

November 3rd, 2011

Margaret Crocco, dean of the UI College of Education, will discuss why disasters demonstrate the need for democratic dialogue and civic engagement Tuesday Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room A, Iowa City Public Library. This event is free and open to the public.

Crocco will share the process of developing a curriculum keyed to Spike Lee’s award-winning film about Hurricane Katrina, “When the Levees Broke.” She will speak about how a tragedy can often reshape consciousness around community and community involvement.

This talk will focus on some of the issues that take place in the One Community, One Book 2011 selection, “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers, the story of a family during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath in New Orleans.

This event is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights, the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hills Bank and Trust Company, Iowa Book, Iowa City Human Rights Commission, Midwest One Bank, Prairie Lights, University Book Store, UI International Programs, University of Iowa Libraries, and the Coralville, Iowa City, Solon, and North Liberty public libraries.

For more information, contact Liz Crooks at or 319-335-3900.

One Response to “Hurricane Katrina lecture Nov. 15 related to One Community, One Book 2011 selection”

  1. Paul Harris says:
    November 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    “Zeitoun” is a tremendous book. As a Calif. tourist stuck in the Superdome I found it especially poignant and a must read for any American interested in saving our democracy. I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes the “To Kill A Mockingbird” of this generation.

    Paul Harris
    Author, “Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina”