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Launch Event Celebrates TC's "Levees" Curriculum


When the Levees Broke, By Spike Lee

When the Levees Broke, By Spike Lee


On Thursday, September 6th, TC will celebrate the launch of the curriculum created by its faculty, staff and students for use with Spike Lee’s HBO documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.

Headlined “Teaching The Levees: Lessons from Katrina,” the event, which will be held in TC’s Cowin Conference Center from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., will feature a panel moderated by New York Times columnist Bob Herbert that includes Columbia President Lee Bollinger; race education expert Gloria Ladson-Billings of the University of Wisconsin; Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Professor at Princeton University and senior fellow at the Jamestown Project, a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on democracy and social issues; and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, a member of the New Orleans City Council.  Discussion will be based on the questions that are the focus of the curriculum, such as “Who are we as a country?” and “Who do we want to be?”

Sam Pollard, collaborator with Lee on the “Levees” documentary, also will speak at the event.

Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools, Marcia Lyles, will offer a response to the panel discussion.

The 100-page curriculum will be distributed free of charge by TC Press to 30,000 high school, college and community educators along with a DVD copy of the film made available by HBO. The project is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Additional support will be provided online at the Levees Web site:, which was created and is maintained by the TC EdLab at the Teachers College Gottesman Libraries.
Additionally, reservations for the Thursday, September 6th kick-off event can be made online at:

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