Urban Reads: Kevin M. Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek

Apr 14, 2021
12:15pm - 1:30pm

Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath Book Cover

Kevin M. Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek discuss "Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath: Place, Race, and Inequality in Disaster Recovery."

In Hurricane Harvey’s Aftermath, Kevin M. Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek offer first-hand accounts from survivors themselves, providing a rare, on-the-ground perspective of natural disaster recovery. Learn more and order a copy of the book here.

About "Hurricane Harvey's Aftermath"

Hurricane Harvey was one of the worst American natural disasters in recorded history. It ravaged the Texas Gulf Coast, and left thousands of people homeless in its wake. Drawing on interviews from more than 350 survivors, authors Kevin M. Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek trace the experiences of individuals and their communities, both rich and poor, urban and rural, white, Latinx, and Black, and how they navigated the long and difficult road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey. From Corpus Christi to Galveston, they paint a vivid, compelling picture of heartache and destruction, as well as resilience and recovery, as survivors slowly begin rebuilding their lives and their communities.

About the Authors

Kevin M. Fitzpatrick is a university professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Arkansas.

Matthew L. Spialek is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas.

About Urban Reads

The Kinder Institute's Urban Reads series showcases recently published works on pressing urban issues by local and national authors.

CenterPoint Energy is the title sponsor of the 2021 Kinder Institute Urban Reads series. This program is eligible for 1.25 CM credits from the American Planning Association.

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