2023 day of discussion

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A second Day of Discussion on Extreme Weather and Inequality: What do Southeast Texans think?
And what do we do?
Beaumont—Port Arthur—Jefferson County

Saturday, October 28, 2023
9 am-3:30 pm
Mary and John Gray Library, 8th floor
Lamar University
Beaumont, Texas

Free and open to all
Lunch included, space limited, registration recommended
Campus parking free (map, optional dashboard sign)
Lamar course credit may be available, ask your instructor
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Katie Hoerth, editor-in-chief at LU Literary Press and Lamar University associate professor of English, reads her poem “Beaumont Blooms”
Jaime Taylor, Lamar University President
Roy West, Beaumont Mayor (invited)
Ginger Gummelt, Lamar University assistant professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice
Judy Linsley, The Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record
Kate Williams (chair), Ancient to the Future Project / University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Session 1: The business, the science, the social science
Andy Bowman, businessman, lawyer, and author, The West Texas Power Plant That Saved the World: Energy, Capitalism, and Climate Change
Chanelle Stigger, meteorologist, National Weather Service Lake Charles Office, on the science of extreme weather
Stuart A. Wright, Lamar University professor of sociology, on the social science of inequality
Kate Williams (chair)

Session 2: Three local institutions
Ronald Parker, David M. Gorsich, and Kristy McCarty, ExxonMobil
Jeff Darby, president, Sabine Area Central Labor Council
Airon Reynolds, Jr, senior pastor at Borden Chapel Baptist Church, Beaumont
Dave Williams (chair), Ancient to the Future Project

Session 3: Research, infrastructure, and teaching to safeguard our present and future
Chiung-Fang Chang, Lamar University professor of sociology studying air pollution, climate change, distress, and respiratory health
Wallace Butch Wilson,chief engineer, Drainage District 6
Wiley Johnson, principal, Beaumont United High School
Mark Porterie, superintendent, Port Arthur Independent School District
Abdul Alkalimat (chair), Ancient to the Future Project / University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Session 4: Hearing from the rising generation
IBEW Local Union 479 Business Manager Justin Cooper, Lamar University assistant professor of sociology Jesse Garcia, and Scholar/poet Katie Hoerth announce winners of the $5,000 Extreme Weather and Inequality high school writing prize
Writing prize winners read their work and give comment on day
Chanelle Stigger (chair)

Organized by the Ancient to the Future Project and hosted by the Lamar University Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice

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