Hurricane Katrina: events




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What's So Natural About Natural Disasters? Archived webcast from Nov. 15 symposium.

What does current scientific research have to say about the present and future risks associated with hurricanes? Archived webcast from Oct. 31 symposium.

How Can We Plan for Safe and Sustainable Regions? Archived webcast from Oct. 18 symposium.

How Can Communities, Cities and Regions Recover from Disaster? Archived webcast from October 5 symposium.

How Can We Improve Disaster Response? Archived webcast from September 30 symposium.

Ongoing events

  • Donations to enable MIT students to work in the Gulf can be made at the PSC in 4-104 until January 2006.

Katrina response activities which have taken place:

  • Holiday art/craft fair. Find holiday gifts, jewelry, art, knit items, and more at the holiday art/craft fair to benefit Katrina relief
  • What's So Natural About Natural Disasters? Professors David A. Mindell, David S. Jones and Rosalind H. Williams of STS, and Meg Jacobs of History discuss risks and responses to natural disasters as part of the symposia series Big Questions After Big Hurricanes, Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 5-7 pm at Stata Center Kirsch Auditorium.
  • Hurricane Katrina and Rita Relief Party Come enjoy a night of partying with dj's spinning hip-hop, Friday, November 11. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.
  • Intercollegiate Benefit Concert for Katrina and Earthquake Victims All proceeds donated to Hurricane Katrina and Pakistan Earthquake relief. Come enjoy the musical talents of the finest performers from MIT, Harvard, Wellesley, Berklee, and Brandeis! Sunday, November 6, 3-5 pm at Walker Memorial.
  • The MIT Federal Credit Union has raised $1,500 through raffles and tickets to "wear jeans on Friday." They also served as a collection point for items needed by the evacuees on Cape Cod.
  • Listen to the People: The Neo-Griot New Orleans Project New Orleans poet, filmmaker and critic Kalamu ya Salaam will read from his past and current work about "New Orleans and displacement" and will speak on his current project and website entitled Listen to the People: The Neo-Griot New Orleans Project.
  • What does current scientific research have to say about the present and future risks associated with hurricanes? Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Meteorology, Monday, October 31, 2005
  • Fall Festival presents Bayou Bash, a concert with New Orleans musicians, Friday-Sunday, October 28-30. All proceeds will go to charities.
  • How Can We Plan for Safe and Sustainable Regions? Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 4:00 pm, Stata Center Kirsch Auditorium
  • City Design & Development Forum with Kristina Ford, former director of city planning in New Orleans. Monday, October 17, 5:30 pm, Room 10-485
  • New Orleans: Sinking or Rising City? Seminar for Fall 2005. Experimental Study Group, Ph.D. Lecturer Holly Sweet.
  • How Can Communities, Cities and Regions Recover from Disaster? Wednesday, October 5, 2005, 4:00 pm, Stata Center Kirsch Auditorium
  • Voices from the New Orleans Design and Planning Diaspora, Monday, October 3, 5:30 pm, Room 10-485. Sponsored by the Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
  • BIG Questions after Big Hurricanes: How Can We Improve Disaster Response? Friday, September 30, 2005, 4-6 pm in the Kirsch Auditorium at the Ray and Maria Stata Center. Panel includes Professors Kenneth Oye, Richard Larson, Yossi Sheffi, and Daniel Hastings.
  • The Resilient and Secure Supply Chain sponsored by MIT's Center for Transportation and Logistics, Thursday, September 29
  • A Concert to Benefit Katrina Relief Saturday, September 24, 9 pm. MIT groups performing includes KlezMITron, The Toons, MIT Bhangra, Balinese Drummers, and more.
  • Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans: A Look at the Once and Future Big Easy, Saturday, September 24, 6-8 pm. Simmons Hall hosts a forum on the past and future of New Orleans. Speakers include members of the MIT community who grew up in New Orleans, followed by a forum of new MIT students who were displaced by Katrina.
  • Class of 2006 Hurricane Katrina Relief Dinner, Friday September 23, 8:30 pm, at Vinny T's in Boston. $12 minimum donation requested, collected at the door. Bring your friends! 100% of the donations will go to Hurricane Relief. To reserve tickets, email
  • Pistol and Rifle Fun Shoot - Katrina fundraiser on Friday, September 23, 5 to 8 pm at the DuPont Pistol/Rifle Range. Try shooting an air pistol, .22 caliber pistol, or .22 rifle for the first time; everyone gets 1 on 1 personal instruction; absolutely no shooting experience needed at all ; 5 shots for only $1, and buy as many shots as you want; 100% of the proceeds support victims of Hurricane Katrina!
  • Fundraising concert at Lincoln Lab on Friday, September 23, at noon in the main cafeteria. Benefit for New Orleans Area Relief.
  • Informal interfaith devotional gathering on Friday, September 23, 4-4:45 pm at the MIT chapel for victims of Katrina and to provide spiritual support for the relief effort.
  • Benefit mountain bike ride on Sunday, September 18 on Cape Cod
  • Student-organized fundraising dinner on Saturday, September 17, 6 pm in La Sala de Puerto Rico
  • Disaster Relief Day on Saturday, September 17, 12-5 pm at the Alumni Pool and Wang Fitness Center, Stata
  • The MIT Public Service Center coordinated assistance efforts with student groups, faculty and staff, including CAC, ARCTAN, SLP, Chancellor Clay, and the MIT Club of Louisiana and southern Mississippi in an effort to assist those affected by hurricane Katrina. Donations were collected at MIT's Lobby 10 and Lincoln Laboratory (coordinated with the PSC)
  • MIT American Red Cross Team And Network (ARCTAN) is holding a blood drive and funding collection September 12-16 at the MIT Student Center
  • There is a collection at MIT Medical, September 12-16 from 12-2pm in the E25 Lobby. Get a free water bottle in exchange for a donation.