Rising Tide IV: Sinking to New Heights

Aug 14, 2009 by

Keynote Speaker: Harry Shearer

Keynote Speaker: Harry Shearer

Rising Tide IV, the annual bloggers conference on the recovery and future of New Orleans, will be “Sinking to New Heights” on Aug. 22 at the Zeitgeist Multi Disciplinary Arts Center in New Orleans. Our featured speaker: the multi-talented Harry Shearer, a great champion of New Orleans on Huffington Post and elsewhere, along with panels on the status and future of New Orleans music, food and parading culture; the state of New Orleans health care, politics in the Last Year of the Reign of Nagin, and more.

Registration is open at www.risingtidenola.net and is only $25 until August 20th and includes lunch from Cafe Reconcile. There will be a social Friday evening Aug. 21 at The Avenue Pub upstairs.. Additional details will be posted to the Rising Tide blog and the Rising Tide IV Facebook page.

Our annual featured artwork (seen in the right hand sidebar), available as a poster and t-shirt, is once again produced by the award-wining editorial cartoonist and artist Greg Peters of Suspect Device. Octavia Books will be on-site with books by featured panelists and other New Orleans interest books.

There will be four panel discussions along with the featured speaker and presentations will also be given by Jessica Rohloff of Net2NO and Ariella Cohen of the New Orleans Institute.

The New Orleans bloggers will also present the annual Ashley Award named for Ashley Morris—blogger and warrior for New Orleans—who passed away in April 2008. The Ashley Morris Award for Excellence in Blogging is given each year to an outstanding blogger writing about the New Orleans community and the challenges it faces.  The recipient of the award will receive a glass ingot sandblasted with a Greg Peters design on it that symbolizes our community rising from the waters and reminding us all why New Orleans matters.

There will be four panel discussions with audience questions. The first, on New Orleans Culture, will examine the “under the hood” state of critical aspects of NOLA culture four years after Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Flood. Panelists include Edward Buckner of The Porch Seventh Ward Culture Organization and the Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club Our food panelist will be Susan Tucker, editor of New Orleans Cuisine: Fourteen Signature Dishes and Their Histories. Our music panelist will be Bruce Raeburn of the Hogan Jazz Archive and author of New Orleans Style and the Writing of American Jazz History

The Politics panel will feature  John Slade, cartoonist and WBOK radio talk show host, Clancy Dubos who has been the political voice of The Gambit fr many years now, Lamar White Jr. of CenLamar, and Ethan Brown. The panel will look at where we’ve been and  where we’re going in regard to local, state and national politics as we approach a pivotal 2010 election.

The Health Care panel will explore the current issues surrounding the care of our physical and mental needs in the greater New Orleans area four years after the storm, starting off from a recent study linking increased instances of heart attacks to the stresses encountered in the recovery process: Holly Scheib, moderator, working on PhD in public health (http://coldspaghetti.org/ blog); Cecile Tebo, crisis unit coordinator for the NOPD, featured in 10 Top Female Achievers issue of New Orleans magazine; Dr Elmore Rigamer, medical director of Catholic Charities;  Sean Fitzmorris, New Orleans EMT, administrator of New Orleans EMTs Sound Off!  (http://nolaemt.blogspot.com/)

The Sports panelists  Alejandro de los Rios (reporter/blogger for the Gambit), Leo McGovern (editor/publisher of ANTIGRAVITY Magazine) and Chris Wiseman ((http://worldclassneworleans.blogspot.com/ ) an enthusiastic member of the Black and Gold Patrol  talk about the Saints, the Hornets, sports and the state of sports fandom in New Orleans.

Yours truly will be the Master of Ceremonies.

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-Loki, Founder and Curator of HumidCity

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