Benjamin Morris writes:

I'm writing as not just a devoted reader of the Gambit, but as one of the directors of the upcoming conference at UNO called 'The Cultures of Rebuilding in Post-Katrina New Orleans,' of which you may have heard -- it's a conference bringing together researchers, artists, and activists both from New Orleans and around the country who are involved in the rebuilding process, looking specifically at the issues surrounding culture that have arisen since the storm. The dates are 4-6 September, and it's taking place at the Old US Mint on Decatur Street (we're sponsored by the History Department at UNO, but physically hosted by the State Museum).

It's going to be a fantastic event -- our keynote speakers are Andrei Codrescu and Jay Edwards -- and we've got people coming in from all over to share their research and their ideas about culture and the recovery. Andrei will be giving a talk entitled "Reinventing the Culture of New Orleans (again)" on Thursday, 4 Sept. at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe, and Jay Edwards will give a talk on shotgun houses the following day.

But the upshot is that the conference is timed to coincide with the three-year anniversary of the storm, so it's going to be a great opportunity to 'take stock' of where we are in reference to cultural issues in particular.

For more information, including registration links and a preliminary program, go here.