WMU Home > WMU News >

WMU News

Ethics Film Series ends with 'When the Levees Broke'

April 3, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A 2006 documentary about the devastation of New Orleans due to the failure of the levees during Hurricane Katrina is the final feature in the Ethics Film Series at Western Michigan University. The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Room 212 of the Bernhard Center. Admission is free.

Dr. William Santiago-Valles, associate professor for Africana Studies, will lead the post-film discussion on the last two acts of the fourth chapter of "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts." His discussion will begin at about 7 p.m. Directed by Spike Lee, the four-hour documentary consists largely of news footage and still photos of Katrina and its aftermath interspersed with interviews. Interviewees throughout the film include politicians, journalists, historians, engineers, and people from various parts of New Orleans and the surrounding areas who give first-hand accounts of their experiences with the levee failures and the aftermath.

The Ethics Films Series is sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Borden, co-director of the Ethics Center, at sandra.borden@wmich.edu or (269) 387-0362.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

WMU News
Office of University Relations
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5433 USA
(269) 387-8400