The Logic of Heart

Remembering Hurricane Katrina


  • Jayne Fleener North Carolina State University


crisis response, institutional logics, currere, learning systems


This Currere exploration engages my past experiences as a dean during Hurricane Katrina and my current experiences as a faculty member working with my own students to develop their reflective practices as scholars and education professionals. As I revisited contemporaneous documents and images during the aftermath of Katrina that consumed the next three years of my professional live, memories and feelings flooded back. It became clear to me the responses and understandings we gained through these experiences should not be forgotten. This is the story and my own currere relationship with those three years of response and how they have shaped who I have become as a leader and academic.


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