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Watch live video of Rising Tide 8 conference Saturday

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, The Lens will live-stream the eighth annual Rising Tide conference.


10 a.m.: Creating Community for Writers of Color: MelaNated Writers Collective

Moderator: Jarvis Q. DeBerry, editorial writer and columnist for Times-Picayune


  • Jewel Bush, writer
  • David Thaddeus Baker, associate/Web editor for The Louisiana Weekly
  • Kelly Harris, founder of Poems & Pink Ribbons, a writing workshop for breast cancer survivors and their loved ones
  • Gian Smith, artist and spoken-word poet

11:30 a.m.: Charter School Access & Accountability

Moderator: Scott Sternberg, attorney at Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer


  • Steve Beatty, editor of The Lens
  • Jaimmé Collins, attorney at Adams & Reese, which represents some charter schools
  • Marta Jewson, freelance journalist covering charter schools
  • Aesha Rasheed, board member of Morris Jeff Community School and founder of New Orleans Parent Organizing Network

I will live-blog this panel below.

1:45 p.m.: Presentation of the Ashley Award

2 p.m.: Keynote address by Lt. General Russel Honoré

3 p.m.: Beyond Tourism Beyond Recovery

Moderator: Charles Maldonado, The Lens


  • Kevin Fox Gotham, professor of sociology at Tulane University
  • Brice Miller, New Orleans jazz trumpeter and cultural engagement and public humanities specialist
  • Meg Lousteau, executive director of the Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents and Associates
  • Robin Keegan, professional planner at GCR Inc.
  • Mark Romig, president and CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation

Live video

Live blog of charter school discussion

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