More than 1,800 people lost their lives during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. In the days and weeks that followed, promises were made about improving America’s infrastructure and disaster preparedness.
In her new book, “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital” (Crown, 2013), Sheri Fink, correspondent for The New York Times, investigates patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital during Katrina, including the arrest of Dr. Anna Pou for four of the deaths, and “the portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.” This is a ticketed event*.
Fink will present a public talk titled, “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital,” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. A public reception and book sale/signing of her book will follow the discussion in Shultz Dining Room.
Fink’s reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Magazine Award and the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, among other journalism prizes. "Five Days at Memorial" was recently among the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards
, given annually to books published in the United States in English, chosen by a group of nearly 600 critics and editors from major publications that cover books. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, Fink received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Her first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival (PublicAffairs) is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
This event is co-sponsored with Princeton University’s Center for Human Values and the Center for Health and Wellbeing.
*Tickets will be available to Princeton University students, faculty, staff and the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning at 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office on Monday, March 17. Distribution will continue while supplies last on Tuesday, March 18 beginning at 12 noon through Monday, March 24.
For those unable to get a ticket, there will be a wait line outside of Dodds Auditorium on Wednesday, March 25, beginning at 4:00 p.m. This event will be simulcast in Bowl 016.