Curriculum Launch Event

The Teaching The Levees launch event was held on September 6, 2007, at the Cowin Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. The event honored Spike Lee’s award-winning documentary film, When the Levees Broke and the curriculum deisgned to accompany it, "Teaching The Levees". New York Tmes Op-Ed columnist Bob Herbert moderated a distinguished panel to discuss the questions:

What kind of country are we?

What kind of country do we want to be?

Panel participants included: Lee Bollinger (President, Columbia University), Cynthia Hedge-Morrell (New Orleans Councilwoman), Gloria Ladson-Billings (Professor, University of Wisconsin), and Eddie S. Glaude (Professor, Princeton University). Speakers included Marcia Lyles (Deputy Chancellor of New York City Public Schools), When the Levees Broke co-producer, Sam Pollard, along with Jackie Glover of HBO and Darren Walker of the Rockefeller Foundation.

For more information on the event, read the Launching "Levees" article published by Teachers College, Columbia University or watch the archived proceedings of the event.

Event Photo History

Photos by Ryan Brenzinger.


Story of the Levees



Teaching the Levees is a collaboration of Teachers College, Columbia University, The Rockefeller Foundation, HBO Documentary Films, Teachers College Press, and the EdLab