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Join Us For A Conversation About Rising Seas, Sinking Land, Justice And Community


The Tulane Environmental Studies Program joins with WWNO and the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic for the fourth event in its series on “The Katrina Disaster Now”: a conversation about rising seas, sinking land, climate change, Louisiana, justice, and community – featuring leaders from diverse communities across the Louisiana coast in an event moderated by NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott.

Tuesday, November 10, 5:30 p.m.
Freeman Auditorium, Tulane University

The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a catered reception.

As Louisiana sinks into the Gulf of Mexico, coastal communities face wrenching challenges: How do we balance our commitment to the places we live with our need for safety? What is government’s role in this crisis, and what is ours? How can our communities stay connected even as the land under our feet falls apart?

The four featured speakers are compelling and dynamic, and have deep connections to the communities they represent – communities that are on the front lines of changes that are coming to residents of New Orleans and coastal cities around the world.


Debbie Elliott, National Correspondent, NPR


Theresa Dardar, a member of the Pointe-au-Chien Tribe and a board member of Gulf Organized Fisheries in Solidarity & Hope in Terrebonne Parish.

Tyrone Edwards, a fifth generation resident of Phoenix, Louisiana (Plaquemines Parish), where he is pastor of Zion Travelers Baptist Church and founding executive director of the Zion Travelers Cooperative Center.

Minh Nguyen, the founder and executive director of VAYLA-New Orleans (Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association) in New Orleans East.

Rosina Philippe, a member of the Atakapa-Ishak Tribe and community advocate in Grand Bayou Village, Plaquemines Parish.

For more information, contact The Katrina Disaster Now series producer Andy Horowitz, Assistant Professor of History at Tulane, at

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