Learning from Katrina One Year Later

September 15, 2006

Former New Orleans resident and NECN anchor Karen Swenson, Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood, New Orleans resident LaToya Cantrel, Kennedy School student Rebecca Hummel, and KSG Professor Herman Dutch Leonard took part in a panel discussion of “Katrina: One Year Later” at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Thursday, September 14, 2006. Cantrell is president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, an organization of residents of the Katrina devastated Broadmoor neighborhood in the heart of New Orleans. Hummel is one of a number of Kennedy School students who spent last spring break and the summer working with the Broadmoor residents to develop and implement a redevelopment plan, a relationship initiated by Belfer Center Fellow and New Orleans resident Doug Ahlers. The Forum opened with a viewing of “A Flood of Tears,” a documentary produced by Swenson who reported on the hurricane from the New Orleans TV station where she worked at the time.

Photo by Mike Casey

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Former New Orleans resident and NECN anchor Karen Swenson, Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood, New Orleans resident LaToya Cantrel, Kennedy School student Rebecca Hummel, and KSG Professor Herman Dutch Leonard took part in a panel discussion of “Katrina: One Year Later” at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Thursday, September 14, 2006.