Post-Disaster Recovery: An Institutional and Cultural Perspective on the Reconstruction of the Gulf Coast

Sep 01, 2010
George Mason University - Arlington Campus - Hazel Hall - Room 332

Event Speakers

Emily Chamlee-Wright

Senior Affiliated Scholar

Nona Martin Storr

Senior Affiliated Scholar

The Social Change Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University presents a lecture by Emily Chamlee-Wright, Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center and Nona Martin, Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center. After an introduction by Peter Boettke, Dr. Chamlee-Wright will discuss her recent work on both the nature of post-disaster recovery and the nature of the social order itself – how societies are able to achieve a level of complex social coordination that far exceeds our ability to design. The talk will be based on her recent book, The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery: Social Learning in a Post-Disaster Environment (Routledge, 2010). Ms. Martin will follow with a discussion of her recent work in the oral history of reconstruction and recovery from Hurricane Katrina.  The talk will be based on How We Came Back: Voices from Post-Katrina New Orleans, co-written with Prof. Chamlee-Wright.

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