Information about the first HASTAC In|Formation Year event:

Katrina: After the Storm Summit, Sept. 27-30 at
University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

A year after hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Louisiana and Mississippi gulf coasts, rebuilding efforts are finally moving forward. But it’s the remaining, deeper tears in the region’s social fabric that will be the main focus of a unique series of dialogues and events at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (and webcast online at www.hastac.org) designed to build community, connect diverse local and national audiences and ignite real and long-lasting positive change.

Using advanced multicast audio and video technology, the summit also will connect members of the U. of I. and local communities with virtual communities at many venues.

Lectures, panel discussions and other activities will focus on topics ranging from understanding and predicting dangerous weather, disaster preparedness and deployment of mobile hospitals to re-imagining public schools and the role of social entrepreneurship in rebuilding communities. Also, ongoing throughout the summit will be MiX TAPEStry: A Hip Hop VR Experience, a collaboration between the U. of I. Krannert Art Museum’s Collaborative Advanced Navigation Visual Arts Studio (CANVAS) and Duke University that will give middle school students hands-on experience with virtual-reality technology while learning history.

For those unable to attend the “Katrina: After the Storm” events in person, a live webcast feed will be available on the HASTAC website. Please register at https://www.hastac.org/user/register/ and then visit http://www.hastac.org/live/ for more information. [Quicktime, VLC or other MPEG-4-compatible media player required.] Podcast and vodcast versions of the webcasts will also be made available after the event. Everyone is invited to contribute to discussion about the events and related issues on the online forum (http://www.hastac.org/forum/29).