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Pulitzer Winners to Discuss Hurricane Katrina, Recovery Nov. 5 at Southern Miss PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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Two journalists who were central to The Times-Picayune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina will speak at the University of Southern Mississippi Thursday, Nov. 5 as part of the College of Arts and Letters’ World of Words lecture series.

The lecture, “Counting on Catastrophe: Katrina’s Unlearned Lesson,” will be at 7 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium in the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus.

Jed Horne, distinguished visiting lecturer in the College of Arts and Letters and former Times-Picayune metro editor, is the author of the critically acclaimed “Breach of Faith:  Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City.”  He will be joined by Times-Picayune photographer and Southern Miss alum Ted Jackson. 

“Ted Jackson and Jed Horne were in the eye of Hurricane Katrina, and they did truly heroic journalistic work in coverage of the storm and its aftermath in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast,” said Denise von Herrmann, dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “This will be an opportunity for the community to revisit Katrina and examine the Gulf Coast’s recovery.”

Horne’s book addresses the impact of Katrina from a number of angles, including the ethical dilemma faced by Jackson, who was working as a photographer in New Orleans after the city flooded.  At the height of the catastrophe, Jackson considered giving up his photography career so that he could aid flood victims.

“I’ve heard both Ted and Jed discuss their experiences during and after Katrina.  The lecture will be quite compelling – they were at the heart of one of America’s greatest tragedies,” said Chris Campbell, director of the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism.  “Jed’s book is considered by most folks to be the best of the Katrina books.  Ted is one of the world’s finest photographers, and his Katrina pictures are powerful beyond words.”

Horne’s “Breach of Faith” was named Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and was one of six works of nonfiction nominated nationally for the 2007 Helen Bernstein Award.

He says his presentation will address recovery efforts after Hurricanes Camille and Katrina and that one of his messages will be that “we need to learn how to exploit disaster – seize the momentum that comes with catastrophe – not just to dream up recovery visions but to make them happen before the sense of urgency is lost and we all fall back asleep.”

Horne will be teaching a seminar about Hurricane Katrina during the Jan. 11-15 “mini-session” on the Southern Miss Gulf Coast campus. The course, which will include guest appearances by a number of Katrina experts, will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11-15.  Undergraduate students have the opportunity to take the seminar as an interdisciplinary course, IDS 490, Interdisciplinary Seminar, or as MCJ 480, Seminar in Journalism. Master’s students can enroll in MCJ 580, Seminar in Journalism. 

More information about the January mini-session at Southern Miss is available at

Ted Jackson, Southern Miss alumni and photographer for the Times-Picayune, will conduct a lecture with former Times-Picayune metro editor and Southern Miss distinguished visiting lecturer Jed Horne Nov. 5 on the university’s Hattiesburg campus. (Submitted photo)

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