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Salvage the Bones: Hurricane Katrina, Environmental Racism & Southern Blackness
In this three week course, we'll use Jesmyn Ward's 'Salvage the Bones' to discuss Hurricane Katrina, Environmental Racism and the breadth of Southern Black identity and culture.
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year old learners
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$12 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 4 weeks
90 minutes per class
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Published in 2011, Jesmyn Ward's second novel, Salvage The Bones, is the gripping tale of a working class Black American family living in Southern Mississippi. Their story takes place during the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina and paints a vivid memory of the destruction caused to Black families and cities in the aftermath of the storm. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the US Gulf Coast and in its wake, forced many Black Americans to flee their homes in search of safety and opportunity,...
This class is taught in English.
Students will analyze the impact of systemic racism and government inaction in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina through the lens of Jesmyn Ward's 'Salvage the Bones'.
Please come to each class session having read the chapters will listed for discussion.
Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward Notebook/Notepad or Digital Note-taking Tool Writing Utensil
3 hours per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Google Slides & YouTube will be presented in screen-share more to showcase various clips and content related to Ward's novel and the realities of Hurricane Katrina.
Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward Mississippi After Katrina: Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction on the Gulf Coast by Jennifer Trivedi There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina by Gregory Squires and Chester Hartman Race, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast by Robert D. Bullard and Beverly Wright The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race, and Class Matter in an American Disaster by Emmanuel David Not Just the Levees Broke: My Story During and After Hurricane Katrina by Phyllis Montana-Leblanc