When They Blew The Levee: The Pinhook Disaster


Dr. Todd Lawrence talks about his new book, WHEN THEY BLEW THE LEVEE, which describes the destruction of Pinhook, MO, due to a decision made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Date & Time:

Monday, October 8, 2018
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Free and Open to the Public


O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, O'Shaughnessy Room (Room 108)

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Todd Lawrence about his new book, When They Blew the Levee, an ethnographic study done in collaboration with former residents of Pinhook, Missouri, an African American town destroyed when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Birds Point levee during the Great Mississippi River Flood of 2011. This book, co-authored with Elaine Lawless, focuses on the persistence of community in the face of disaster and counter narratives of environmental and social justice.

Parking (available for $1.50/hour before 4pm and $1/hour after 4pm)

Anderson Parking Facility--located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.

Morrison Parking Ramp--located beneath Morrison Residence Hall, visitors parking in the Morrison ramp should enter campus at the intersection of Selby Ave. and Finn St. Follow the drive aisle south , under the skyway, toward the stadium. Take a hard right at the end of the drive aisle. The visitor ramp entrance is the eastern entrance beneath the residence hall.

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