Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Rising Tide 2

NEW ORLEANS—A community of over 100 New Orleans, La.-based bloggers will sponsor Rising Tide 2, the second annual conference to examine the state of post-Katrina/Federal Flood recovery in their native city. The conference will be held Aug. 24-27, 2007. The main conference will take place at the New Orleans Yacht Club, 403 N Roadway St, on Saturday, August 25 with registration starting at 8:30 am.

Featured Speaker will be author and columnist David Zirin, author of Welcome to the Terror Dome. His book of essays on sports and society opens and closes with chapters on the New Orleans Superdome, first as shelter of last resort in August 2005 (the Terrordome of the tile) and again when the New Orleans Saints returned to play their first home game against the backdrop of a city still in ruins a full year later.

The conference will feature day long panel discussions on issues of the recovery of New Orleans, including panel discussions on Politics & Corruption, a discussion of community-led recovery titled Civic is Sexy, and a panel of New Orleans writers discussing the flood’s impact on their work. Featured speakers include Matt McBride, whose blog Fix The Pumps has exposed the continuing failures of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans and author Joshua Clark, who has just published the well-received memoir of life in post-flood New Orleans Heart Like Water.

Cost of the day-long conference is $20, and includes lunch from Dunbar’s. Featured speakers will be offering their books for sale. This year the conference will kick-off with a Friday, Aug. 24 party and screening of Katrina-related short films and videos at Buffa’s Restaurant and Lounge, 1001 Esplanade Ave from 7:30-10:30 pm. Cash bar available.

For more information on the conference or to register, visit or call toll-free 866-910-2055.

Last year’s successful conference featured keynoters Chris Cooper and Robert Block, reporters for the Wall Street Journal and co-authors of Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security.

Click the link above or the graphic at right to learn more and register.

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