USM seminar examines aftermath of Katrina

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - A former editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, which received two Pulitzer Prizes for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina, is hosting a week long seminar at Southern Miss about the storm and it's lasting effects.

Jed Horne is the former metro editor of the paper and had been with the publication for twenty years before retiring in 2007. The week long USM mini-session about Katrina is covering everything from the work of non-profit agencies and church groups to the actual science of the storm and resulting political fall out.

According to Horne, the session is also featuring several guest speakers each with a unique take on the natural disaster that impacted so many people along the Gulf Coast.

Horne said, "To the considerable credit of the University of Southern Mississippi, they realized that Katrina did not end in the fall of 2005, and that in fact the repercussions of the issues raised by Katrina continue to this day on the fifth anniversary and they will continue well past it."

The seminar includes students from Southern Miss and members of the public who are interested in learning more about the storm. It wraps up Friday, May 21st.

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