It’s been five years since the levees broke and Hurricane Katrina devastated the great city of New Orleans.

Though it remains a part of our modern culture—witness the HBO series Treme or Spike Lee’s recent documentary If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise—it’s easy to disregard or, worse, forget just how deeply Katrina impacted the lives of those in the New Orleans area.

A number of former residents with deep ties to the Triangle have put together a new series of free events at the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill. Over three days, the school will present a series of panel discussions, exhibitions and performances designed to offer a unique perspective on the city and people of New Orleans and the area’s future.

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