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Image of Scrap House - Katrina Memorial by Sally Heller in New Orleans.

Alumni Café: Insurgents on the Bayou - Hurricane Katrina and counterterror tactics in US policy


A lecture by Dr. Jennifer Ross

Hurricane Katrina played a vital role in the development and normalization of post-September 11 counterterror policies within the United States. This talk explores how the logics of national security shaped pre-disaster planning and recovery operations in the aftermath. Though seemingly unrelated to 9/11, the Katrina disaster reveals a crucial juncture at which counterterror discourse and policy overlapped with mass incarceration and American racism to normalize War on Terror security tactics and reassert white supremacy. Ultimately, the strategies and tactics deployed in New Orleans have expanded to become a fundamental feature of American policing in the new millennium.

After the lecture, in-person attendees will have a chance to meet Dr. Ross and mingle with other guests. Please note that in-person seats are limited.

Please register here to receive the link to the livestream.