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Thursday, June 20 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
“Come Hell and High Water”: The Role of Archivists, Historical Myths, and Activism in Communities Facing Repeated Extreme Flooding Events

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With the names Harvey, Sandy, and Katrina ringing loudly in our ears – can we still learn valuable lessons from the archives of Diane, Camille, and Agnes? In many cases, we thought we had, but climate change is increasingly contributing to more frequent and violent tropical cyclogenesis, repeated extreme flooding, and rising oceans. These events have opened questions of survival for communities across the United States. In a 2013 article titled “Come Hell and High Water,” activist and author Bill McKibben posed the questions “what's an appropriate response? What even begins to match the magnitude of the trouble we face?” How can archives respond? In this session, a group of panelists will each provide brief professional statements and thematic discussions addressing such questions, followed by a town hall participatory discussion. We will discuss how our profession can help educate the public regarding history and myths surrounding climate, weather, response and recovery.

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Jay-Marie Bravent

Special Collections Research Center, University of Kentucky Libraries

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Kari A. Greenwalt

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
With over 20 years of experience in museums and cultural heritage, Kari currently serves as retail manager at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Pry House Field Hospital Museum and Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, and previously served as assistant manager of the... Read More →
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Shawn Gladden

Howard County Historical Society
Mr. Gladden is a 15 year Museum Professional having worked at the Maryland Historical Society, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, The Society for the Preservation of Fell's Point and Federal Hill, and is now the Executive Director of the Howard County Historical Society.  A Howard... Read More →
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Peter Coutu

The Virginian-Pilot
Peter Coutu is a reporter and staff writer on the Virginia Beach team, covering the southern parts of the city, sea level rise, flooding, and transportation.  A Midwesterner, Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Thursday June 20, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm EDT
Stadium Ballroom