Posts Tagged ‘Hurricane Katrina’

Professor Laura Grube to speak at Rockford University

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Dr. Laura Grube is a guest speaker in Stephen Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class today.

She is Assistant Professor of Economics at Beloit College in Wisconsin, after receiving her Ph.D. from George Mason University in Virginia. She was a Fulbright Student in South Africa and worked as a business analyst at Deloitte Consulting and senior business analyst at Perficient, Inc. Professor Grube’s research interests include Austrian economics and economic development.

Dr. Grube’s talk is sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship.

Interview with Jay Lapeyre

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

James M. Lapeyre, Jr. (Jay), is President and CEO of Laitram, LLC, a diversified global manufacturer of industrial equipment. He is also Board Chairman of ION Geophysical, a NYSE company that provides seismic technology services and solutions to the global energy industry, and past Chairman of the Business Council of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, the Business Council has been a driving force in reform efforts such as consolidating the Regional Levee Boards and the Orleans Parish Assessors, establishing an independent Inspector General, and supporting efforts to improve flood safety, charter schools, and criminal justice.

Kaizen: You grew up in New Orleans?

Lapeyre: Yes. I spent four years in Europe when I was a kid and four years away at college. Otherwise, I’ve lived in New Orleans.

Kaizen: You’ve lived in interesting times, as they say—hurricanes, oil spills, Louisiana politics, and other challenges.

Lapeyre: Those are just the local disasters [laughs]. We also had 9/11 and the economic crisis. But a lot of good things too: the Internet and the fall of the Berlin Wall, so the world is dramatically better today.

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Free-Market Solutions versus FEMA

Monday, August 29th, 2011

In Hurricane Irene and Walmart’s Staff Meteorologist, from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Eileen Norcross discusses economist Steven Horwitz’s assertion that the private sector was able to handle Hurricane Katrina more adeptly and more quickly than FEMA.

The article link’s to the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship’s interview of Horwitz on this very issue.

Hurricane Katrina and the Marketplace

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The Mercatus Institute, “a university-based research center [that] works to advance knowledge about how markets work to improve our lives,” has a web page devoted to research on Hurricane Katrina. Questions explored by the Mercatus researchers include: How did New Orleans communities that have recovered since Katrina do so? What effect did social entrepreneurship have on their recovery? What kinds of government policies could facilitate a quicker recovery from future disasters? Among the experts featured are two CEE Guest Speakers, Emily Chamlee-Wright and Steven Horwitz.

Watch our video interview with Dr. Chamlee-Wright in which she talks about her research on some of the above issues.

Also, watch our interview with Dr. Horwitz on the role of Wal-Mart in New Orleans’ recovery.

Finally, explore Mercatus’ fascinating website here.

Video Interview with Dr. Steven Horwitz

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Below is a brief video interview of CEE’s executive director Dr. Stephen Hicks with our Spring 2009 guest speaker Dr. Steven Horwitz about Wal-Mart’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

Video interview with Dr. Emily Chamlee-Wright on New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Below is a ten-minute video interview of CEE’s executive director Dr. Stephen Hicks with our Fall 2008 guest speaker Dr. Emily Chamlee-Wright, discussing her research on entrepreneurship in post-Katrina New Orleans.