The Atlantic announces full schedule for its "New Orleans: Ten Years Later" symposium

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Ten of the dozens of speakers scheduled to address the crowd at "New Orleans: Ten Years Later." - THE ATLANTIC
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  • Ten of the dozens of speakers scheduled to address the crowd at "New Orleans: Ten Years Later."


The Atlantic has announced the complete schedule for "New Orleans: Ten Years Later," a daylong symposium to be held Aug. 24 at the Sheraton New Orleans.

It's an ambitious program, with 15 separate panels and several dozens speakers in less than 8 hours. Among those scheduled to address the group: Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison, former City Councilman Oliver Thomas, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White, Rising Tide author John Barry, Michael Hecht of Greater New Orleans Inc. and Cherice Harrison-Nelson, curator of the Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame.

The panels are free and open to the public, and some tickets still are available as of Aug. 19. Register here. Full schedule under the jump.

9:00 AM: A Sense of Place
A poem from Madeleine LeCesne, National Student Poet

9:02 AM: Opening Remarks
James Bennet, Co-President and Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic

9:05 AM: Town Hall: What Does It Mean to Know New Orleans?
Lolis Eric Elie, Writer and Filmmaker
Madeleine LeCesne, National Student Poet, Southwest Region
Minh Nguyen, Co-Founder and Executive Director, VAYLA
Chris Rose, Journalist and Author, 1 Dead in Attic
Oliver Thomas, Former City Council Member; Host, WBOK Radio
Tracie Washington, President and CEO, The Louisiana Justice Center
Moderated by: Gwen Ifill, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

9:45 AM: The Crescent City in 2015
Mitch Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans
Moderated by: Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent, The Atlantic

10:15 AM: Disaster Preparedness and Anticipating the Next One
W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, FEMA
Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

10:40 AM: Housing and Changing Neighborhoods
Pres Kabacoff, Co-Chairman of the Board and CEO, HRI Properties
James Perry, Former Executive Director, Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center
Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
Moderated by: James Bennet, Co-President and Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic

11:10 AM: Through the Eyes of Artists: Culture Across Generations
Marcus Akinlana, Artist
Leonard Galmon, Student and Artist
Brandan “Bmike” Odums, Artist and Owner, 2 Cent Entertainment LLC
Moderated by: Jonathan Ferrara, Artist and Owner, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

11:30 AM: Opportunities and Challenges for New Orleans’ Young Black Men
Michael Harrison, Superintendent, New Orleans Police Department
La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Margaret Simms, Director of Low-Income Working Families Initiative, Urban Institute
Moderated by: Jarvis DeBerry, Columnist, The Times-Picayune

12:00 PM: Chartered/Uncharted: Navigating Education for the Next Generation
Kira Orange Jones, Executive Director, Teach for America Greater New Orleans-Louisiana Delta
Andre Perry, Education Advisor and Author, The Second Line Education Blog
John White, Superintendent of Education, Louisiana
Rosylin York, Parent
Moderated by: Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

12:30 PM: Story of a Family: The Baquets
Dean Baquet, Executive Editor, The New York Times
Terry Baquet, Director of Print, The Times-Picayune
Wayne Baquet, Owner, Li’l Dizzy’s

12:55 PM: Lunch

1:50 PM: A Roadmap for Resilience
Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation

2:05 PM: Katrina and Sandy: What Kind of Cities Do We Want to Build?
Luisa Dantas, Filmmaker, Land of Opportunity
Robin Keegan, Director of Community Resiliency, GCR Incorporated
Moderated by: Eve Troeh, Director of News, WWNO

2:25 PM: Living with Risk: Designing a Better System
Karen Durham-Aguilera, Director, Contingency Operations and Office of Homeland Security; Director of Task Force Hope in New Orleans, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mark Schleifstein, Environment Reporter, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

2:50 PM: Living with Water: Designing a Better City
David Waggonner, President, Waggonner and Ball Architects

3:10 PM: A Sense of Place
Jesmyn Ward, Author, Salvage The Bones and Men We Reaped
Moderated by: Eve Troeh, Director of News, WWNO

3:30 PM: Resilient Nation: Strengthening Our Places
Lauren Alexander Augustine, Director, Program on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events, The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Rolf Pendall, Director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
Zack Rosenburg, Co-Founder and CEO, St. Bernard Project
Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

4:00 PM: Town Hall: What Does New Orleans Now Know?
John M. Barry, Author, Rising Tide; Distinguished Scholar, Tulane Center for Bioenvironmental Research
Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Education and Artist; Co-Founder and Curator, Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame
Michael Hecht, President and CEO, Greater New Orleans Inc.
Bennie Pete, Founder and Band Leader, HOT 8 Brass Band
Gary Rivlin, Journalist and Author, Katrina: After the Flood
Judith Rodin, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
Moderated by: Gwen Ifill, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour

4:35 PM: Program Closes

4:45 PM: Reception with Music by HOT 8 Brass Band


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