[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

                  Sept. 7, 2005


Experts on Hurricane Aftermath Available at CUA


Experts at The Catholic University of America are available to speak to the media about various aspects of the crises caused by Hurricane Katrina. Faculty members can talk about hurricane-related issues that include architecture topics related to reconstruction; mental health concerns; and rising gas prices and the economy.


Political Fallout

·         POLITICAL RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE WHITE HOUSE — Claes G. Ryn, professor of politics, can talk about the political fallout for President George W. Bush as a result of criticism of the federal government’s response to the hurricane. Ryn’s areas of research and teaching include ethics and politics, politics and the imagination, historicism and the theory of knowledge, the history of Western political thought, American political thought and constitutionalism. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Ryn is also the author of many books that include “A Common Human Ground,” “America the Virtuous,” “Will, Imagination and Reason,” and “Democracy and the Ethical Life.” Ryn, who is widely published on both sides of the Atlantic and in China, gave the Distinguished Foreign Scholar Lectures at Beijing University in 2000. 


Ryn can be reached at 202-319-6225 (office) or 301-251-1496 (home) or by e-mail: ryn@cua.edu.


·         IMPACT ON 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION — Wallace Thies, professor of politics, can talk about the potential impact of the disaster on the 2008 presidential election. Thies says that 2008 is likely to be a difficult year for the Republican presidential candidate given that President Bush’s administration has been caught by surprise multiple times (by terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, by the absence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, by looting and the collapse of civil order in Iraq in 2003, by the strength of the insurgency in Iraq) and now by a natural disaster.


Thies is the author of “When Governments Collide: Coercion and Diplomacy in the Vietnam Conflict” and “Friendly Rivals: Bargaining and Burden-Shifting in NATO.” In 1979 and 1980, he worked in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in the U. S. Department of State as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 1989 he was a NATO research fellow.


Thies can be reached at 202-319-6230 (office) or 301-774-1264 (home) or by e-mail at: www.cua.edu or thies462@cavtel.net.


Mental Health Concerns

·         DISASTER TRAUMA — Cathleen Gray, associate professor of social work, can discuss ways for victims to cope with the fear and anxiety stemming from Hurricane Katrina. Gray has a private practice focusing on families and women’s issues and has frequently done media interviews on mental health issues — including fallout from the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine school shootings and Sept. 11.


Gray can be reached at 202-537-5922 or by e-mail: cathiewg@aol.com.


Rising Gas Prices and the Economy

  • ECONOMICS OF ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT — Kevin Forbes, director of CUA’s Center for the Study of Energy and Environmental Stewardship, is available to discuss the hurricane’s impact on gas prices and on gas and oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. Forbes, who is also professor and chair of business and economics, has researched energy markets for more than 15 years, with much of his focus on oil and natural gas supplies. Currently he is finishing up a major study that examines the adequacy of natural gas reserves in the Gulf of Mexico.


Forbes also is an active participant in Stanford University’s Energy Modeling Forum, which brings together energy experts from government, industry, universities and other research organizations to discuss critical energy and environmental issues.


Forbes can be reached at 202-319-4794 (office) or 202-329-5550 (mobile) or by e-mail: forbes@cua.edu.


Architectural Issues

  • REBUILDING OF NEW ORLEANS AND THE PROPOSED MISSISSIPPI DELTA 2050 REHABILITATION PLAN — Terrance R. Williams, associate professor of architecture and director of urban design, says that unless the federal government funds the proposed $14 billion Mississippi Delta 2050 Rehabilitation Plan, New Orleans faces the future probability of additional devastation by flooding. He has won numerous national design awards for projects such as the Lower Manhattan Implementation Plan in New York City, and Shahestan Pahlavi in Tehran, Iran. As deputy director of the New York City Office of Lower Manhattan Development, he co-authored the strategies that led to the preservation and renaissance of the South Street Seaport and the Tribeca Historic District, as well as the development of Battery Park City.


Williams can be reached at 202-319-5565 (office) or 202-882-0425 (home) or by e-mail: williams@cua.edu.


  • RETHINKING NEW ORLEANSAdnan Morshed, assistant professor of architectural history and theory, can talk about opportunities for the rethinking, renewal and rebuilding of New Orleans. While the country laments the passing of some of New Orleans’ rich architectural heritage, architects are pondering the role of the city’s past in the reshaping of its future. Which buildings should be preserved? Which fragments should be placed in museums?


Morshed’s articles have been published in theJournal of the Society of Architectural Historians,” “Journal of Architectural Education,” and Yale’s architecture journal, “Constructs.” He has held fellowships at the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the Society of Architectural Historians.  


Morshed can be reached at 202-319-6243 (office), 202-544-3701 (home) or 202-255-6682 (mobile) or by e-mail: morshed@cua.edu.


To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/experts/ or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600 or cua-public-affairs@cua.edu.






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