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Syllabus

2020 Dates and Speakers 

All sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m using Zoom (of course). You will be given much more information on how to access the IEC information before the opening session.

DATES BELOW ARE CORRECT - PARTICIPANTS, PUT THE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR.  SPEAKERS & TOPICS MAY SHIFT A BIT as they match their calendars to IEC.

 
September 8 - Introductory Workshop - Sets the stage for our discussions and helps us frame our approach. 
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans
 
September 15 - Reporting on the Louisiana Environment
Mark Schleifstein, IEC Fellow 2011, Environment Reporter, nola.com/The Times-Picayune
Travis Lux, Coastal Desk Reporter, WWNO (NPR) Radio 
 
September 22 - 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 University New Orleans
 
September 29 - Systemic environmental change: how do we stimulate it and how do our personal actions affect the path forward?
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans
 
October 6 - Working topic: energy futures - what is possible and what is probable.
Josh Etkind, IEC Fellow 2018, Shell Oil Company [invited]
 
October 13 - Talkin' Coast, Talkin' Water, Talkin' Water Law, Talkin' Policy
Mark Davis, IEC Fellow 1999, Senior Research Fellow & Director, Tulane Institute of Water Resources Law & Policy
Elisa Speranza, President, Seventh Ward Strategies, LLC
 
October 20 - River diversions and the controversies that surround them.
TBD
 
October 27 - Environmental justice - how it operates and affects people today - what must we do to overcome
Arthur Johnson, IEC Fellow 2016, Center for Sustainable Engagement & Development
 
November 3 - TBD
 
November 10 -  "Cancer Alley:"  What we know, what we are told, and questions that need to be answered.
Suzanne C. Straif-Bourgeois, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiologhy, L.S.U. School of Public Health & Tumor Registry
Andy Jacoby, Esq., IEC Fellow 2018; Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki LLC
 
NOVEMBER 17 -  CLOSING GATHERING - DISCUSSION OF WHAT TRANSPIRED & THE PATH FORWARD
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans & the Ascending Fellows 2020