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Loyola University New Orleans presents Panel discussion on environmental activism on Nov. 16

Loyola press release - November 8, 2000

(New Orleans)—"Facing the Apocalypse at Home," a panel discussion on environmental activism, will be presented at the Collin C. Diboll Gallery and Visual Arts Center of Loyola University, on November 16, at 7 p.m. The gallery is located in the Monroe Library, main campus, 6363 St. Charles Avenue. A reception will follow in the gallery.

The panel discussion is being held in conjunction with the exhibition titled The Apocalyptic Landscape: Paintings by Mark Messersmith. Messersmith’s paintings in this exhibit provide a visual bounty of abuses of the ecostructure and an obvious arena for discussion of combating further environmental violation.

Panelists are Jacqueline Bishop, Frances Dunham, Peggy Grandpre and Lisa Jordan.

Allan Peterson will moderate the event. All the panelists will discuss their own histories as activists.

  • Bishop’s work deals with themes of environmental abuse, especially threats to the ecostructure of the South American rain forest and the legacy of slain Brazilian activist Chico Mendes.
  • Dunham is an artist and environmental activist who has given Congressional testimony on the Superfund site in Pensacola, Florida.
  • Grandpre has been extremely effective as an organizer, activist and spokesperson for residents of a low income housing development in publicizing the negative repercussions of toxic waste exposure.
  • Jordan was the supervising attorney for the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, serving as the lead attorney in the 1998 case against Shintech, Inc.
  • Peterson, in addition to serving as chair of the Visual Arts Department of Pensacola Junior College, is co-organizer for Northwest Florida of RESTORE, a coalition of environmental groups.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.