An Evening With …

In a series of one-on-one presentations, key policymakers and stakeholders in the Katrina recovery share their insights into the challenges and successes in responding to the unprecedented natural disaster.


April 8, 7 p.m. — Trent Lott, Biloxi Civic Center. The man who represented south Mississippi and the state in Washington for decades gives behind-the-scenes insight into how Mississippi’s congressional delegation worked with colleagues from across the country to wrangle $24 billion in federal funding to fuel post-Katrina  recovery and rebuilding. Sponsored by Biloxi Chamber of Commerce. No admission fee; $10 suggested donation.

May 27, 7 p.m. – Kathleen Koch, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. The Bay St. Louis native and former CNN correspondent shares insights she developed while authoring an award-winning book, “Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered,” and two Peabody Award-winning documentaries about the storm. Sponsored by WLOX. No admission fee; $10 suggested donation.

June – To be announced.

July 8, 7 p.m. — Haley Barbour, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.  The governor took the lead early on helping Mississippians rebuild and recover from Katrina. He and First Lady Marsha Barbour worked tirelessly and innovatively with local, state and national leadership to tap into many resources of assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Hear his thoughts on the challenges, the successes and the work still in progress. Sponsored by C Spire. No admission fee; $10 suggested donation.

August – To be announced.