This collection of essays documents the ways in which educational
institutions and the arts community responded to the devastation
wrought by Hurricane Katrina. While firmly rooted in concrete
projects, Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina also addresses
the larger issues raised by committed public scholarship. How can
higher education institutions engage with their surrounding
communities? What are the pros and cons of "asset-based" and
"outreach" models of civic engagement? Is it appropriate for the
private sector to play a direct role in promoting civic engagement?
How does public scholarship impact traditional standards of
academic evaluation? Throughout the volume, this diverse collection
of essays paints a remarkably consistent and persuasive account of
arts-based initiatives' ability to foster social and civic renewal.