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BrainStorm on Hurricane Katrina


DURANT, Okla. — Dr. Jesse Snowden, former interim president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, presented a lecture Thursday on “Hurricane Katrina: What Happened?’’ as part of the University’s two-week BrainStorm program. Snowden’s power point presentation included a historical perspective of New Orleans, as well as an examination of the causes of the disaster, with an emphasis on geology and engineering. Snowden, who resided in New Orleans for 21 years while teaching at the University of New Orleans, also discussed the remedial actions being implemented to prevent a future outcome of this type, in which more than 1,000 people died in 2005. Snowden is an adjunct professor at Southeastern, teaching World & Regional Geography.

Second week of BrainStorm activities set at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Week two of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s “BrainStorm’’ will begin Monday, April 22, and continue through the end of the week.

The third annual event includes lectures on such diverse subjects as science, literature, business, and history, along with musical, dance, theatrical performances. BrainStorm began last Monday – activities are held at various venues across the campus and are free and open to the public.

Below is a sampling of the many highlights during the second week — for the complete schedule of events, go to

Monday, April 22

4:00-4:45 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “My Tolerance Isn’t a Weakness”

Vincent DePaul Ngako

This presentation deals with the very controversial topic of tolerance. In today’s society, it seems as if tolerance has become a way used by some individuals to thrust their beliefs upon others. This topic will illustrate that tolerance doesn’t mean acceptance, but treating others with civility and respect while holding on to one’s personal beliefs.

7:30-8:30 p.m.

New Theatre Building

Performance:  “The Time is Out of Joint”

Dell McLain, Professor of Theater and Theater Students

Theatre at Southeastern’s award-winning 50-minute version of Shakespeare’s classic

Wednesday, April 24

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Russell Building 100

Lecture:  “Understanding and Engaging the Res Publica:  Teaching Students to Appreciate Political Participation”

Dr. Shannon McCraw, Associate Professor of Communication, and Dr. Glenn Melancon, Professor of History

Community participation is essential for a healthy democracy.  Often cynicism and mistrust discourage civic engagement. This panel will explore the historical and contemporary basis for encouraging average Americans to participate in creating public policy.

Thursday, April 25

6:00-7:00 p.m.

New Theatre Building/ Playhouse Theater

Lecture:  “Hurricane Katrina:  What Happened?”

Dr. Jesse O. Snowden, Professor Emeritus of Physical Sciences

On the morning of August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck southeast Louisiana and triggered what would be one of the worst disasters ever to befall an American city. Water rushed into New Orleans and flooded 80 percent of the city, killing more than a thousand   people, and causing the greatest property damage of any natural disaster in U.S. history. We will examine the causes of the disaster, with an emphasis on geology and engineering, and discuss the remedial actions being taken to prevent a future outcome of this type.

Friday, April 26

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Student Union 213

Lecture:  “Woolf and Feminist Theory:  Woolf’s Feminism Comes in Waves”

Dr. Lisa Coleman, Professor of English

This exploration of the writing of Virginia Woolf, within the context of Dr. Coleman’s  course on Literary Theory and Criticism, will support the claim that Woolf’s feminism is a function of both her (trans)historical context and her textual tactics which have enabled her writing to continue to contribute to the cause of feminism long after her historical life was over.