Conversation on Community
Richard Longworth, senior fellow of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and an expert on globalization's impact on the Midwest, spoke with WMUK in Kalamazoo leading up to his participation on the September 11 "Albion Tomorrow" panel discussion.
I find it so fulfilling to be able to research the culture and importance of French Louisiana with my students. Especially after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, understanding more deeply the historical, cultural, and linguistic importance of South Louisiana relative to the United States and to the French-speaking world has become a kind of mission for me. For nearly 20 years I have been teaching and researching this part of our country, but now I feel more compelled than ever to understand this region, my home, because of how it was almost lost due to natural and then later political forces.