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International education instructor presents memoirs at conference

December 4, 2009

Karen Ashley Greenstone, instructor in the Intensive English Pilot Program at Loyola University New Orleans, presented a reading from her in-progress Hurricane Katrina memoir at the annual conference of the Louisiana Association of College Composition in November.

At the conference, Greenstone presented three excerpts: “Where Are My Loved Ones,” describing the three-week process of locating her disabled brother; “Hurricane Katrina and Refrigerators,” describing the ruined refrigerators of New Orleans, which composed a gallery of refrigerator art for months along the curbs of the city; and “Why Didn't They Evacuate” addressing the question of why more people did not leave the city before the storm.

Greenstone’s memoir chronicles her hurricane experience, from memories of Hurricane Betsy (1965) through her Hurricane Katrina evacuation, the shock of returning to a devastated city, the loss of her teaching position and her subsequent three-year sojourn in North Carolina, and her final homecoming to both New Orleans and Loyola.

For more information, contact Greenstone at kgreenst@loyno.edu or call 504-864-7550.

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