by Kevin Allman
The year after Hurricane Katrina, a group of local bloggers staged the first Rising Tide, “a conference on the future of New Orleans.” Now, five years later, Rising Tide has become a fixture on New Orleans’ August calendar, presenting panels on politics, arts, culture and the environment. This year’s event, which will be held Saturday on the campus of Xavier University, will feature keynote speeches by Tulane University geographer Richard Campanella (9:30 a.m.) and David Simon, creator of Treme and The Wire (2 p.m.). New at this year’s Rising Tide will be “Tech School,” a series of concurrent panels on how to use blog software, social media and more.
Several Gambit writers and contributors will be participating. Staff writer Alex Woodward will moderate “Re-Capping the Well,” a panel on the Macondo oil disaster, while Blog of New Orleans’ second-line correspondent Big Red Cotton will moderate a panel on brass band culture. That panel will feature Gambit sportswriter Alejandro de los Rios, who is producing Brass Roots, a documentary on the city’s brass band traditions. For more information or to register for the conference, go to the Rising Tide website. Two of the conference's organizers, Bart Everson and Alli de Jong, appeared on today's WWL Eyewitness Morning News to talk about Rising Tide:
Sat. Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Xavier University, 1 Drexel Dr.
Tickets: $30 general, $18 students