August of 2015 marked the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing levee malfunction that left many people dead, injured, and homeless. In those ten years, a variety of narratives
have emerged, ranging from the political to the personal, the inspirational to the dispiriting. A narrative that is still underrepresented, however, is that of the children who experienced the storm; of the lives they lived before it, and the emotions they felt as their lives were fundamentally thrown into flux. Unlike adults, the children who survived the storm did not posses the same opportunities and expressional
capabilities at the time to record and convey what they were experiencing from their own point of view. As a result, the stories of such children, if told at all, have been recorded after the fact: through
documentaries, news stories, and academic studies created in the years following the storm. Our project aims to discover whether, by marrying together interview and research methods inspired by documentary theater with the development of a short narrative film, we can bring to life our subjects' memories, presenting the lived experiences and emotions of children before and directly after Katrina in a way that is true to how they experienced it.
Half of the world lives in cities today. A critical question for scholars and political planners alike, is how can a city maintain itself for a long period of time? Archaeology is the one discipline that can study the often millennia long history of a city. My research site is the ancient Maya city of Aventura, which has a long 2,500 year history. Founded around 1000 BC and occupied at least until AD 1500 (Spanish Conquest) this Pre-Columbian city offers a unique opportunity to study how a city changes through time. Was Aventura continuously occupied for 2,500 years and if so, how did this city responded to change? I will study Aventura's history by employing traditional archaeological methods of settlement survey and ceramic dating, which I will analyze in a Geographical Information System (GIS) database.