Department of English

University of Toronto

“Modeling Reconstruction: Post-Katrina New Orleans in Puerto Rico”

Event date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: JHB318, Jackman Humanities Building

The Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies presents

Professor Christien Tompkins

Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University

“Modeling Reconstruction: Post-Katrina New Orleans in Puerto Rico”

Co-sponsored with the Social Justice Education (OISE)

After Hurricane Maria, the Post-Katrina privatization of New Orleans schools has been cited as both a model and warning for the island, linking to longer histories of the Caribbean as an experimental site for models of economic development. Drawing on research among New Orleans education reformers, this talk interrogates precisely how Post-Katrina schools become a template for reconstruction. Rather than merely account for the ways that techniques of education reform in New Orleans might be transported to Puerto Rico, the talk will underscore the precise ways that reconstruction is modeled as an ideological object and the work that these models do to transform political temporalities and possibilities.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For further information, contact the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at (416) 946-8464.

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