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Center for the Study of New Orleans co-hosts workshop Gulf oil spill Tuesday

May 21, 2010

A day of discussions and workshops for New Orleans and Gulf Coast-area stakeholders to learn about the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill and discuss the elements of a comprehensive response strategy will take place Tuesday, May 25, from 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Ashe Cultural Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., in New Orleans. Lunch will be provided.

The free workshop is offered by Loyola University Center for the Study of New Orleans, Gulf Restoration Network, New Orleans Food and Farm Network, New Orleans Institute at City-Works, Tulane Institute on Water Resources and Policy, United Houma Nation and the Urban Conservancy. Reservations are required to attend the workshop. To register, e-mail Jessica Halem at jessica@theneworleansinstitute.org.

Panel discussions and working groups include:

· A discussion of pre-spill conditions of the wetlands and coastal communities and how the disaster affects the overall challenges of the coast and Gulf.

· A look at environmental, social and economic conditions locally and across the region, state and nation.

· The roles and responsibilities of industry, government agencies and departments, the academic and community sectors, the media and the public.

· A discussion of priorities and resources for action in the future.

Housed in the College of Social Sciences, the CSNO is a cross-disciplinary resource hub that promotes research and reflection on the history, politics, culture and environment of New Orleans.

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