The Atlantic announces the lineup for its Hurricane Katrina anniversary conference

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Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, will be among the speakers and moderators at The Atlantic's "New Orleans: Ten Years Later" conference Aug. 24. - KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, will be among the speakers and moderators at The Atlantic's "New Orleans: Ten Years Later" conference Aug. 24.


It's a little bit Aspen, a little bit Davos and a little bit New Orleans: As part of the city's "Katrina10" events, The Atlantic will be holding "New Orleans: Ten Years Later," a conference with 19 announced speakers and moderators — "and more to be added over the coming weeks," the magazine announced today.

What's the thesis?
A decade later, New Orleans has been revived as brightly painted houses again line neighborhood streets, students too young to know life before Katrina attend state-of-the-art charter schools and a new generation of entrepreneurs descends on the city. Despite all of this progress, there is still much to be done and many looming issues to address. 
So who's coming to celebrate all this resilience? Start with Walter Isaacson, the New Orleans native, writer and head of The Aspen Institute. Add in Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, and La June Montgomery Tabron, president of The W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, of course, interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic.

And then there's Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White; Kira Orange Jones, Executive Director of Teach For America Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta; and New Orleans education advisor Andre Perry. The local front also will be well-represented Baquet-wise, with The New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, The Times-Picayune Director of Print Terry Baquet and Li'l Dizzy's owner Wayne Baquet.

The event will take place at the New Orleans Sheraton all day Mon. Aug. 24, with a full schedule to come later. Those interested in attending should contact the magazine at this link

Full release under the jump.

The Atlantic Presents “New Orleans: Ten Years Later” — Daylong Event to Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, The New York Times’ Executive Editor Dean Baquet, LA Superintendent of Education John White, Teach For America Executive Director Kira Orange Jones Among Speakers


Monday, August 24, at the Sheraton New Orleans

Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, LA (July 22, 2015)—When the levees broke in August 2005, New Orleans instantly became a city changed, left to recover and rebuild from one of the worst disasters in U.S. history. A decade later, New Orleans has been revived as brightly painted houses again line neighborhood streets, students too young to know life before Katrina attend state-of-the-art charter schools and a new generation of entrepreneurs descends on the city. Despite all of this progress, there is still much to be done and many looming issues to address. To mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, The Atlantic will host “New Orleans: Ten Years Later” on August 24, recognizing the city’s resilience while evaluating the challenges it and other communities across the country continue to face.

Organized with the Urban Institute, the daylong program will bring together New Orleanians, policy experts, environmentalists, economists, artists and community leaders for a day of conversations about the living history and culture of New Orleans. The event will explore challenges facing the broader Gulf ecosystem, including disaster preparedness, housing, education, the environment, economic opportunity, race and resilience.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will sit down with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. Other confirmed speakers to-date are listed below, and a full agenda will be available next month.

Dean Baquet, Executive Editor, The New York Times
Terry Baquet, Director of Print, The Times-Picayune
Wayne Baquet, Owner, Li'l Dizzy’s
Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute
Kira Orange Jones, Executive Director, Teach for America, Greater New Orleans
Andre Perry, Education Advisor and Creator, The Second Line Education Blog
Gary Rivlin, Journalist and Author, Katrina: After the Flood
Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
Zack Rosenburg, Co-Founder and CEO, St. Bernard Project
La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Jesmyn Ward, Author, Salvage the Bones and Men We Reaped
John White, Superintendent of Education, Louisiana

Conversations will be moderated by The Atlantic’s Editor-in-Chief and President James Bennet, Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons, National Correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg, NPR Host and Special Correspondent Michele Norris, WWNO Director of News Eve Troeh and WWNO “Music Inside Out” Host Gwen Thompkins.

“New Orleans: Ten Years Later” leads a week of events hosted by various organizations in partnership with the city of New Orleans. The Atlantic’s event is underwritten by The Rockefeller Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Jones Walker.

At a Glance:
What: The Atlantic presents New Orleans: Ten Years Later
When: Monday, August 24, 2015
Where: Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Who: 300+ attendees

Social Media: Follow the conversation at @Atlantic_Live or by using #AtlanticNOLA.




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