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Syllabus

2021 Dates and Speakers 

All sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m, except the last (5:45-9:00pm). The Institute for Environmental Communication (IEC) will meet in Studio A, 4th floor of the Communication and Music Complex on the Loyola University New Orleans Campus (corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun). We will try to make IEC available also on Zoom for those who cannot travel to New Orleans. You will be given much more information on how to access the IEC information before the opening session. 

September 14 - Introductory Workshop - Sets the stage for our discussions and helps us frame our approach. “Engage-Challenge-Question”

Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans

 

September 21 – A.  Diversity game:  Whole Brain Theory.  B.  Systemic environmental change: how do we stimulate it and how do our personal actions affect the path forward?  At all levels:  corporate, government, regional, personal?  (include brainstorming categories:  plastics in general, shopping, at work, etc)

Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans

 

Sept 28 – Is it worth the risk?  Discussing how to communicate risk to your community:  toxicants, pollution, and other hazards.

Dale A. Viola, Jr. – Emergency Manager and Federal Grants Consultant, Stuart Consulting Group, Inc.

 

October 5 – Trouble the Water:  The Importance of Storytelling in Water Law Policy

Mark Davis, IEC Fellow 1999, Research Professor & Director, Tulane Institute of Water Resources Law & Policy and Policy Director, Tulane Center for Environmental Law

Elisa Speranza, MPA, President, Seventh Ward Strategies, LLC

 

October 12 - River diversions, the controversies that surround them, and how we define a path forward?

TBD

 

October 19 - Reporting on the Louisiana Environment

Mark Schleifstein, IEC Fellow 2011, Environment Reporter, nola.com/The Times-Picayune

Halle Parker, IEC Fellow 2020, Environment Reporter, nola.com/The Times-Picayune

 

October 26 - Environmental justice - how it operates and affects people today - what must we do to overcome

Arthur Johnson, IEC Fellow 2016, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development

Darryl Malek-Wiley, IEC Fellow 1999, Sierra Club, Senior Organizing Representative, Environmental Justice & Community Partnership Program

 

November 2 - Global Climate Change, Ozone Management, Global Challenges, Global Solutions & The Process of Science Behind the Scenes

Paul W. Barnes, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences & Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J., Endowed Chair in Environmental Science, Loyola University New Orleans

Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola Endowed Chair in Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans

 

Nov 9 – Louisiana Tumor Registry Cancer Data: Strengths and Limitations.
Suzanne C. Straif-Bourgeois, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, L.S.U. School of Public Health & Tumor Registry
Andrew Jacoby, Esq., IEC Fellow 2018; Law Offices of Andrew Jacoby LLC

 

NOVEMBER 16 -  NOTE:  5:45 PM TO 9:00 PM INCLUDING PIZZA DINNER!!!
CLOSING GATHERING - DISCUSSION OF WHAT TRANSPIRED & THE PATH FORWARD. 
CLOSING DISCUSSION - Working topic: energy futures - what is possible and what is probable.

DISCUSSANTS TBA).

Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans & the Ascending IEC Fellows 2021