September 1, 2010

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

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 discusses 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 is based on her recent book, The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery: Social Learning in a Post-Disaster Environment (Routledge, 2010).

Ms. Martin follows with a discussion of her recent work in the oral history of reconstruction and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. The talk is based on How We Came Back: Voices from Post-Katrina New Orleans, co-written with Prof. Chamlee-Wright.