6:00 PM, Yuba Theatre, Downieville, CA
Speaker: John Dunlap
The Friends of the Downieville Library Community Read is having its last event for this season’s read, Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, on Monday, June 4th at 6:00 PM. The Community Read events have included discussions of the book Zeitoun, two documentaries about Hurricane Katrina, and, now, a slide show and talk by former New Orleans’ resident John Dunlap whose photographs of New Orleans after the flood and of Mardi Gras will be shown on the big screen at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville.
John writes: “What I intend to present is a personal portrait of the New Orleans I knew and know with particular emphasis on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the importance of Carnival (Mardi Gras) to this deeply rooted culture. My experience of Katrina did not include the dramatic rescues during the hurricane and the two weeks that followed. My wife and I were safely evacuated in Houston. Instead, I toured the nearly abandoned city on a bicycle once the immediate humanitarian crisis was over but the city itself was completely un-recovered. Knowing that many in the Yuba River drainage have studied New Orleans and Katrina, I am hoping to participate in an interesting discussion of the city’s recovery, continuing problems, and why it is such a unique cultural asset.”
John knows the Zeitoun’s neighborhood in New Orleans first hand. He toured it on his bike after the waters were no longer there, only the devastation. John is coming to Sierra County to share the culture and the rebuilding of New Orleans. He has a great love for New Orleans and some strong ties to the people there. He has presented his slide show to groups in other states.
John Dunlap has a unique perspective because of his own professional background. John Dunlap is currently an independent consultant, having recently retired from Federal service and the Department of Energy. Prior to joining DOE, John had nearly 25 years of Federal government experience in scientific and information technology positions. After leaving Alaska, John moved to New Orleans where he managed national IT system development for the Offshore program of the Minerals Management Service. John was in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, moving to the Washington, DC area several months after the storm to join the Department of Treasury’s Comptroller of the Currency.
John Dunlap’s story stands alone. Reading Zeitoun is not necessary to attend this free event (donations to theater operations are always welcome). If you wish to read the book, you may pick up a copy at the Downieville Library. The Library is open on Mondays 9-1 and Thursdays 12-4.