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H2O/LA: An Examination of Louisiana's Relationship with Water

Monday, August 14, 2017 (All day)

Everywhere we look, water is at the forefront of discussion in today's Louisiana. While this is not a new concern in Louisiana history, anxieties over water and its future effects have dramatically increased in recent years. Join us August 14, 2017, as we examine the state's relationship with water from a variety of perspectives and contexts. Our Keynote Speaker will be noted author and activist John M. Barry.

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The program:

9 AM – Opening Remarks – H2O in Context – Liz Skilton & Michael S. Martin

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM – Session I – Living in Water: A History – Rebecca Costa (LSU), Craig Colten (LSU), Beth Stauffer (UL Lafayette)

10:45 AM – 12 PM – Session II – Representations of Water – Kristi Cheramie (The Ohio State University), Moira Crone (author), Michael Eble (UL Lafayette), Mark DeWitt (UL Lafayette), Michael McClure (UL Lafayette), Ursula Emery McClure (LSU), Sarah Young (UL Lafayette)

12 PM – 1 PM – Lunch on your own

1 PM – 2:15 PM – Session III – Contestations Over Water – Fred Gordon (Columbus State University), Warren Perrin & Gordon J. Schoeffler (Attorneys), Scott Hemmerling (The Water Institute of the Gulf)

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM – Session IV American Crisis, American Shame: The National Consequence of Coastal Erosion in Louisiana (documentary film) - Sam Hyde (Southeastern Louisiana University)

3:45 – 5 PM – Session V – The 2016 Acadiana Floods – Guy Cormier (St. Martin Parish President), Pamela G. Granger (McBADE Engineering & Consultants), Kim V. Goodell (WaterMark Alliance)

6 PM – 7:30 PM – Keynote – John M. Barry, author of Rising Tide; The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America and former member of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.


H20/LA is co-sponsored by the Center for Louisiana Studies and the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Jamie and Thelma Guilbeau Charitable Trust, and the Haynie Family Foundation.



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