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Pryor Center Presents Kevin M. Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek – Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath
Kevin Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek will discuss findings from their book, Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath, as part of the Pryor Center Presents lecture series hosted by the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

Hurricane Harvey was one of the worst American natural disasters in recorded history. It ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast, and left thousands of people homeless in its wake. Fitzpatrick and Spialek offer first-hand accounts from survivors, providing a rare, on-the-ground perspective of natural disaster recovery. Drawing on interviews from more than 350 survivors, Fitzpatrick and Spialek trace the experiences of individuals and their communities, both rich and poor, urban and rural, white, Latinx, and Black, and how they navigated the long and difficult road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey. From Corpus Christi to Galveston, they paint a vivid, compelling picture of heartache and destruction, as well as resilience and recovery, as survivors slowly begin rebuilding their lives and their communities.

Fitzpatrick, University Professor and Bernice Jones Chair in Community in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, is a community sociologist with 35 years of experience as a researcher, consultant, and advocate. Since 2005, he has devoted the majority of his work-focus on helping communities throughout Arkansas better understand the challenges they face, and the types of strategies they might consider adopting to address those challenges. 

Spialek, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, is a disaster communication researcher. His research explores how individuals build relationships with organizations and local media in order to foster the civic vitality, public health, and resilience in communities that have experienced or are at risk of experiencing crises and disasters.

Apr 4, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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