Welcome to a special Katrina/New Orleans-themed week from In Media Res.

All the pieces this week focus on the after effects of Hurricane
Katrina on New Orleans and the varied roles that media has played in
shaping our understanding and feelings about the city’s future. 

Please feel free to respond to their comments and add your own thoughts and ideas about the series as well. 

So, without further ado, this week’s In Media Res line-up:

Monday, August 13, 2007 – Michele White (Tulane University) presents: “The Aesthetic of Disaster: Live, Broken, and Pretty”

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 – Betsy Weiss (Tulane University) presents: “The Real K-Ville”

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 – Marline Otte (Tulane University) presents: “TBA”

Thursday, August 16, 2007 – Mark Vail (Tulane University) presents: “New Orleans and the Symbolic Politics of Place and Poverty”

Friday, August 17, 2007 – Joy Fuqua (City University of New York,
Queens College) presents: “Household: Learning from Leaving New Orleans”

Please check out these wonderful contributions and offer your thoughts via a comment.

In Media Res is envisioned as an experiment in just one sort of
collaborative, multi-modal scholarship that MediaCommons will aim to
foster. Its primary goal is to provide a forum for more immediate
critical engagement with media in a manner closer to how we typically
experience mediated texts.

Each day, a different media scholar will present a 30-second to
3-minute clip accompanied by a 100-150-word impressionistic response.
The goal is to promote an online dialogue amongst media scholars and
the public about contemporary media scholarship through clips chosen
for either their typicality or a-typicality in demonstrating narrative
strategies, genre formulations, aesthetic choices, representational
practices, institutional approaches, fan engagements, etc.


Avi Santo

Avi Santo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
3014 Batten Arts & Letters (BAL)
Department of Communication and Theatre Arts
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia 23529
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