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Ohio Wesleyan Graduate to Discuss Role in Rebuilding New Orleans

November 26, 2007

Zack Rosenburg ’95
DELAWARE, OHIO – Zack Rosenburg, a 1995 Ohio Wesleyan University graduate and co-founder of an organization working to rebuild hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, will discuss his experiences at 4:10 p.m. Nov. 28 in the Benes Room of the university’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

Rosenburg’s presentation, “Back From the Abyss: The Politics and Follies of Rebuilding New Orleans,” is free and open to the public. It sponsored by the university’s Barger Family Lecture Series and Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs.

In 2006, Rosenburg helped to found the St. Bernard Project to assist New Orleans residents who sought to rebuild their homes in St. Bernard Parish. To date, volunteers for the nonprofit organization have worked on nearly 100 projects, including fully rebuilding 45 houses. The organization’s efforts have been reported by CNN’s Anderson Cooper as well as talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

In addition to working with the St. Bernard Project, Rosenburg serves as a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he founded Linking Communities for Educational Success (LINK), a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, and after-school education and enrichment services for at-risk high school juniors in the Washington area.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Barger Family Lecture is named in honor of Richards Barger, a former university trustee, and his children, Kathryn Barger Leibrich ’83, John ’79 and James ’78. The university’s Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs provides opportunities for students to learn more about the realities of political life through internships, apprenticeships, and independent study.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.