Graphic novelist shares Hurricane Katrina experience

Staff Writer

For the third year in a row, the County College of Morris will be welcoming speaker for another installment of The Legacy Project. The event is to take place on October 14, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in room 234 of the Student Center. This semester’s presentation, featuring famed graphic novelist Josh Neufeld, will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Neufeld will be added to a list of genocide victims, Holocaust survivors, and civil rights advocates that have previously spoken at the college.

Professor Emily Birx, co-chair of The Legacy Project, comments,

“We asked Josh to speak because we wanted to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which occurred in August,” said Emily Birx, co-chair of the Legacy Project.

“The tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on people, especially in New Orleans, presented a timely opportunity to look deeper into its immediate influence and where we are today.”

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Josh Neufeld worked as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. During this time, he witnessed firsthand the destruction of homes and property, the devastation of lives, and the loss of hope. The impact of these experiences spurred Neufeld to produce a New York Times Best Selling graphic novel: A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.

“The fact that he is a graphic novelist was very appealing, as we felt many students would be interested in that genre of narrative,” Birx said., “Josh’s work and knowledge will give those in attendance a unique perspective.”

The Legacy Project, entering its third year at CCM, aims to broaden the minds of the students it reaches. It gives firsthand insight into some of the more recent tragedies in human history, and hopes to inspire awareness and motivation to make social change. The project is co-chaired by Professors John Soltes, Michelle Altieri, and Emily Birx.


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