Syllabus

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).

DATES BELOW ARE CORRECT - PARTICIPANTS, PUT THE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR.

September 11 - Introductory Workshop
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans
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 18  - Career Paths in Environmental Field - Why Did I choose the Path I Did?
Nina Arvanitidis, MBA, 
IEC Fellow 2016, Manager of Social Policy, Shell Oil Company
Cynthia (Cyn) Sarthou, J.D., Executive Director, Gulf Restoration Network
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans

September 25 - Science - how does it work, what should we expect from it, why does it not get total acceptance?
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans

 

October 2 - Environmental risk and concepts of toxicology
Jane Morgan, Ph.D., IEC Fellow 2017Environmental Consultant, Leaaf Environmental, LLC

October 9 - 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 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 Environmental Science, Loyola University New Orleans
Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Center for Environmental Communication, Loyola University New Orleans

October 30 - Environmental justice - how it operates and affects people today - what must we do to overcome
Arthur Johnson, IEC Fellow 2016, CEO, Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development
TBD
 

November 6 - Reporting on the Louisiana Environment
Mark Schleifstein, IEC Fellow 2011, Environment Reporter, nola.com/The Times-Picayune

November 13 - Broadening the Presentation:  Documentaries, Social Networks, and Government Agents Gaining Trust in Coastal Communties.  
Kevin McCaffrey, IEC Fellow 2013, ePrime Media, documentarian and author
Helen Rose Patterson, IEC Fellow 2016, Greater New Orleans Outreach Coordinator, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition
Randy Gaudet, Agent, Louisiana Sea Grant, L.S.U.
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR:  Professor Lisa Collins, teaches Social Network Class at Loyola.

November 20 -  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