This course explores the causes and consequences of Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005. The course investigates the ways in which this catastrophe might be understood as an "unnatural disaster." While the course takes an historical perspective, it also explores issues that require students to look at the past from a variety of perspectives--cultural, social, political, legal, economic, environmental, and technological. As a result, students have the opportunity to work with sources drawn from disciplines reaching well beyond history, including meteorology, engineering, public policy and the law, as well as the visual, theatrical, and musical arts. Affiliate department: History.