Loyola at a Glance
Law student and Katrina author speaks at oral history annual meeting
December 3, 2010
D'Ann R. Penner, Ph.D., a second-year Loyola University New Orleans College of Law student, was a featured speaker at “Times of Crisis, Times of Change: Human Stories on the Edge of Transformation,” the 44th annual meeting of the Oral History Association in Atlanta, Ga. She spoke during the plenary session, “Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina: 2005–2010.”
Penner is an oral historian who studies how people respond to serial displacement. Between 2005 and 2010, she conducted more than 290 interviews of survivors displaced by Hurricane Katrina. She and Keith Ferdinand co-authored “Overcoming Katrina: African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond,” which was spotlighted during the conference.
A scholar-in-residence at the Southern Institute for Education and Research at Tulane University, Penner is studying law and conducting research that places questions of Katrina’s aftermath in a legal perspective. She holds a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.
To view the conference program, visit http://www.oralhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/2010-Program-of-Events.pdf.
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