2018 Dates and Speakers 

All sessions except the introductory session will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m (the introductory session begins at 6 pm) at Loyola University New Orleans in Room 304 in the Communication/Music Complex at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street. When you reach the third floor, please walk straight down the hall away from the elevators (note the 300 numbered rooms).


September 4 - Introductory Workshop
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., LUCEC
Introductory Workshop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sets the stage for our discussions and helps us frame our approach.  Food will be served.

September 11 - 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, Senior Vice President & Corporate DirectorCH2M

September 18 - Science - how does it work, what should we expect from it, why does it not get total acceptance?
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans

September 25 -  Open discussion among participants on environmental communication topics of their choice.

October 2 - Environmental risk and concepts of toxicology

Jane Morgan, Ph.D., IEC Fellow 2017Environmental Consultant

October 9 - Broadening the presentation:  documentaries, social networks, and government agents gaining trust in coastal communties.  

Kevin McCaffrey, IEC Fellow 2013, ePrime Media, documentarian and author

Amanda Moore, IEC Fellow 2009, National Wildlife Federation, 

Randy Gaudet, Agent, Louisiana Sea Grant, L.S.U.


October 16 - "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 Epidemiology, L.S.U. School of Public Health & Tumer Registry

October 23 - 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 Envionmental Science, Loyola University New Orleans

Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor of Mass Communication & Loyola Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans


October 30 - Environmental justice - how it operates and affects people today - what must we do to overcome?


November 6 - Reporting on the Louisiana Environment

Mark Schleifstein, IEC Fellow 2011, Environment Reporter, Times-Picayune


November 13 -  Closing Gathering - Discussion of What Transpired & The Path Forward

Bob Thomas


November 20 - open in case of an unintended cancellation