And gives us a nice shout-out. Thanks David Austin Walsh!
Here is a taste:
Was there ever an odder successor to the Sugar Bowl? As the
triumphant Louisville Cardinals left the New Orleans Marriott after a
33-23 victory over the Florida Gators, they traded looks of astonishment
with gaggle of bow-tie beclad historians checking in for the 2013
Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association. Baseball is more
than a game came of bow-tie wearers, anyway (just ask George Will,
though he seems to have eschewed the look recently) and it's a John
Sayles film festival, complete with a screening of Eight Men Out earlier today, which is playing for meeting-goers.
And there were lots of
historians today -- the line to register snaked around two corners at
the Marriott headquarters. Around five thousand attendees are expected, a
number ordinarily expected from a conference on the East Coast. Perhaps
it's the theme of the conference, "People, Spaces, and Stories."
Perhaps it's the city of New Orleans itself, with a balmy climate and a
deep, rich history dating to the beginning of the eighteenth century.
perhaps it's more recent, more painful history. And while it's true
that New Orleans historians are engaged both with the local community
and the broader scholarly community in remembering -- and studying the
remembrance of -- Hurricane Katrina (though there's only one session
this year, out of over a dozen on local history, dedicated to
post-Katrina New Orleans), the hurricane devastated the city a scant
seven years ago, hardly time for the pain to have healed. As at every
AHA, there are nearly a dozen different tours out to local historical
sites -- and New Orleans certainly doesn't want for historical sites,
spanning from slave markets to the French Quarter to the National WWII
Museum -- but none are specifically about Hurricane Katrina. The closest
was a tour led yesterday by Tulane historian Richard Campenella
entitled "The Historical Geography of New Orleans." "We will visit key
sites of the Katrina-induced flood," the description read in the AHA
program, "but will otherwise contextualize the 2005 catastrophe within
the 300-year-history of the city -- this is not a disaster tour." Still,
with a conference theme like "People, Spaces, and Stories," the
singular event of Katrina will no doubt be on many minds.
Read the rest here.