SEJ's 24th Annual Conference Agenda — Sunday



Audubon Nature Institute
Zoo Tours
Book Author Pitch Slam



Agenda Registration Lodging/Travel Advertise/Exhibit Environmental News About New Orleans


Sunday, September 7, 2014


© Photo by Jeff Strout,
courtesy Audubon Zoo.

Breakfast and Books at the Zoo

6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Join us Sunday morning as we gather at the prestigious Tea Room on the grounds of the Audubon Nature Institute just outside the Audubon Zoo. Enjoy a full Creole-style breakfast while we explore literary pursuits that celebrate the Mighty Mississippi and how the river has tied our country and culture together. The river is credited with providing inspiration for writers, poets, singers and wayward travelers for hundreds of years, and entire shelves are filled with its offerings. After breakfast, attendees can enjoy the renowned Audubon Zoo. And, of course, we’ll bring back the “book slam,” so start honing your pitches. Pre-registration and $25 fee required.


Breakfast and Welcome

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Location: TBA


Mississippi River and Its Environs Authors

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

The Mississippi River has inspired writers from the days of John James Audubon, Henry David Thoreau and Samuel Clemens to the poets, songwriters, novelists and observers of today. This panel will discuss humanity’s attempts to control the great river, with our book authors examining the decisions and consequences of altering the course of the water, and with it, history. Our authors have looked at the river from the headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico as it has suffered disasters both natural and human-made over the centuries.

Moderator: Mark Neuzil, Author, "Views on The Mississippi: The Photographs of Henry Peter Bosse"

John Barry, Author, "Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America"
Richard Campanella, Professor of Geography, School of Architecture, Tulane University, and Author, "Geographies of New Orleans"
Oliver Houck, Professor of Law, Tulane University and Author, "Down on the Batture"
Christine Klein, Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law, Levin College of Law, University of Florida; and Author, "Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster" and "Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases"

Location: TBA


Zoo Tours

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Authors Pitch Slam

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Moderator: Dan Fagin, Associate Professor and Director of the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, New York University, and Author, "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation," 2014 Pulitzer Winner for General Nonfiction

Location: TBA

Noon: Conference adjourns. See you next year! Staying in New Orleans a little longer? After the Sunday sessions, enjoy free admission to the zoo for you and any family members. Or visit the Audubon Institute’s Insectarium or Aquarium, all with a free pass.


Post-Conference Tour: Bird’s Eye View of Mississippi River Delta

Join SouthWings, the environmental air force, for non-SEJorganized over-flights of the Delta region. Hear from scientists and other experts about the receding coastline and rapidly disappearing wetlands and see for yourself the scope of the damage and restoration work from the air. Check back here for announcements about details.

In the meantime, for more information about SouthWings, go to To inquire about this tour, contact Meredith Dowling. Note: This opportunity is being organized independently by SouthWings and is not sponsored by SEJ. Fly at your own risk.

Fossil fuel infrastructure in destroyed wetlands.
© Photo: Jonathan Henderson, Gulf Restoration Network. Flight provided by

Wednesday, September 3
Thursday, September 3
Friday, September 5
Saturday, September 6