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Durham County Library Hosts Remembering Katrina: 40 Days and 40 Nights

Program: Remembering Katrina: 40 Days and 40 Nights
Date: Thursday, Aug. 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: On the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Durham County Library will host Donn Young, the official photographer of the Port of New Orleans, for his presentation, 40 Days and 40 Nights, a portrait of New Orleans after the storm. Young will be joined by UNC-Chapel Hill professor Gavin Smith, executive director of the university’s Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters and an expert in post-disaster recovery. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 29 at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street. Pictures from the exhibit will be on display at the library from August 1 – September 7, 2013.

Young has a photography career spanning more than 40 years, over 30 of which were spent working for various New Orleans news outlets. His studio was flooded during Katrina, although he worked with state archives and libraries to salvage a portion of his work.

Smith is an associate research professor at UNC-Chapel Hill Department of City and Regional planning and is the executive director of the UNC Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Smith worked in the Mississippi Office of the Governor, serving as the Director of the Office of Recovery and Renewal. He serves as an advisor on disaster recovery for numerous state, federal and international agencies.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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 Durham County Library, Main Branch 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, North Carolina Free and open to the public […]

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