Disaster, Race and American Politics: Teaching and Learning from Katrina

RAUL releases video in celebration of Black History Month. Disaster, Race and American Politics: Teaching and Learning from Katrina. This presentation was makde by Melissa Harris-Perry to the MSU community in October 2006.

February 7, 2011 - RAUL announces the release of a second video in its celebration of Black History Month, titled "Disaster, Race and American Politics: Teaching and Learning from Katrina." This video features Melissa Harris-Perry (formerly Harris-Lacewell), Associate Professor of Politics and African American Studies at Princeton University, as she presented her methodology when teaching a course on American politics, the Katrina disaster and its racial implications, drawing parallels between the period of Reconstruction in American history and the Katrina Hurricane disaster as experienced in New Orleans in August 2005.

Teaching creatively can mean exposing the relatedness between current events and social conditions in which students are already interested, and subject matters that are influenced by or have influenced these events, such as politics, history, race, and circumstances of civil society .  In the Fall of 2006, Harris-Perry motivated her students to examine the juxtaposition of the Katrina disaster and American racial and political history as they happened during Reconstruction and as they happened during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Harris-Perry discusses with the MSU community on November 9, 2007 how she structured her course, and how the course compelled students to become involved beyond the classroom, as they struggled with learning and discovering the impact of a meteorological disaster on American minorities and American politics.

Access the video here: http://vimeo.com/15165336
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RAUL is making this video available now exclusively to the MSU community in celebration of Black History Month. It follows the video release of Dr. Joshua Aronson's presentation on stereo-type threat and its effect on minorities in the classroom, available here:

http://vimeo.com/15954994
Password: MSUTeach



Related Research and Resources:

Melissa-Harris Perry courses, research and projects - http://melissaharrisperry.com/teaching.html, http://melissaharrisperry.com/research.html

Harris-Lacewell, M. Do You Know What it Means: Mapping Emotion in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Souls, Volume 9, Issue 1 December 2007 , pages 28 - 44 - http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a776159392~db=all~jumptype=rss

Bain, K. Understanding Great Teaching. Peer Review, Vol. 11, No. 2. Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). July 2009. http://www.newsweekshowcase.com/education/us-colleges/articles/understanding-great-teaching

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