Rising Tide logo by Greg Peters
Rising Tide is a gathering for all who wish to learn more and do more to assist New Orleans' recovery from the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the failure of the levees that were supposed to protect the area. We will come together to dispel myths, promote facts, share personal testimonies, highlight progress and regress, discuss recovery ideas, and promote sound policies at all levels. We aim to be a "real life" demonstration of internet activism as we continue to recover from a massive failure of government on all levels.
The other panelists will be Lee Zurik from WWL-TV, my friend David Winkler-Schmit from Gambit Weekly, and Eli, who blogs at We Could Be Famous. I suppose that Lee will represent the TV media, David the print media, Eli the blogosphere, and me...I don't know. (I also don't know if anyone from The Times-Picayune will be there, or has been invited, but I hope so.)
And the keynote speaker will be John M. Barry:
John M. Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won more than twenty awards. In 2005 the National Academy of Sciences named The Great Influenza, a study of the 1918 pandemic, the year’s outstanding book on science or medicine, and the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Pathogens gave Barry its 2005 “September Eleventh Award.” Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America, won the 1998 Francis Parkman Prize of the Society of American Historians for the year’s best book of American history...
He has been keynote speaker at a White House Conference on the Mississippi Delta and he has lectured at the National War College, Harvard Business School, and in many similar venues. He is also co-originator of Riversphere, a $100 million center being developed by Tulane University which will be the first facility in the world dedicated to comprehensive river research.
...Yeah? Well -- I have a Typepad blog!
Anyway, if you're planning to come to Rising Tide, please leave a comment, eh?