First Pages takes students to Katrina’s aftermath

Sheri Fink, the Pulitzer Prize-​​winning author of this year’s First Pages book Five Days at Memo­rial, spoke to new stu­dents Tuesday night about what she wit­nessed at a New Orleans hos­pital after Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina struck the city in 2005.

3Qs: The power and press of black celebrity

Assis­tant pro­fessor of com­mu­ni­ca­tion studies Sarah Jackson’s new book exam­ines how the main­stream and black press have cov­ered con­tro­ver­sial polit­ical dis­sent by African-​​American celebri­ties. Her inspi­ra­tion came from an unlikely source: Kanye West.