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ERIC Number: EJ762821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov-3
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Contemplating Katrina's Chaos
Roach, Ronald
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v22 n19 p24-27 Nov 2005
To get some notion of how deeply scholars have been affected by Hurricane Katrina, one might look to someone like Dr. Erma Lawson, a medical sociologist from the University of North Texas. Lawson, who has coordinated the assistance efforts for the Association of Black Sociologists, has not hesitated to call on colleagues, graduate students, civil rights organizations, churches and local public officials to respond to the plight of the people displaced by floodwaters. There is no doubt that humanitarian concern has motivated scholars like Lawson. Katrina's Category 4 winds appear to have blown academics out of their comfortable ivory towers and into the public fray. The hurricane has even influenced the way scholars do research. The storm has also encouraged academics--who are often content to talk mainly among themselves--to attempt to shape public and government responses to the monumental race and poverty issues exposed by the hurricane. Now focused on evacuees, scholars urge multifaceted response to their plight.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; Texas