PROTECCT-GLAM: Providing Risk of The Environment’s Changing Climate Threats for Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums

Monday, June 19, 2023, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Huey P. Long Field House 1201

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Edward Benoit, III is Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at Louisiana State University. He is the coordinator of the archival studies and cultural heritage resource management programs. He received an MA in History, MLIS and PhD in Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on participatory and community archives, non-traditional archival materials, climate change, and archival education. He is the founder and director of the Virtual Footlocker Project, which examines the personal archiving habits of the 21st century soldier in an effort to develop new digital capture and preservation technologies to support their needs. He also is Co-PI on PROTECCT-GLAM, an IMLS-funded project focused on the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage institutions. text here.

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Jill Trepanier earned her B.A. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (2007), a M.S. in Geography from Florida State University (2009), and a Ph.D. in Geography from Florida State University (2012). She is currently an Associate Professor in the Geography and Anthropology Department at Louisiana State University and also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies. Research interests include understanding extreme weather events (with a focus on tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico), tropical climatology, climate change, geographic information systems, risk assessment, and statistical methods. Ongoing research investigates climate change influences to galleries, libraries, archives, and museums; climate change impacts to local farm shareholders; climate change impacts to Native American cultural resources in the Gulf of Mexico; and K-12 education on climate science and extreme weather through a growing weather station network. 


History and Future of the Tunica-Biloxi Cultural and Educational Resource Center (CREC)

Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m., Huey P. Long Field House 1201

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John Barbry serves as Director of Development and Programing overseeing the Tunica-Biloxi Language & Culture Revitalization Program (LCRP) and Education Department. In 1987, Barbry assisted with cataloging of the “Tunica Treasure” shortly after the collection was repatriated to the Tunica-Biloxi. He then served as Research Supervisor in the manuscripts division at the Historic New Orleans Collection.  Barbry was the first Native American appointed archivist at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in 1993. Prior to his current responsibilities, Barbry worked 20 years in casino marketing and management in the Louisiana and California. John has been chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow Committee since 1995. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities selected Mr. Barbry for the 2022 Champion of Culture award for making a lasting mark through his support and promotion of Louisiana’s cultural resources.

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Julia Barry is a Program Coordinator for the Language and Culture Revitalization Program (LCRP) and the Cemonia Strother Williams Library of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. Julia graduated from Northwestern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, primarily focusing on graphic design, public relations, and journalism. Her experience is mainly in event planning and programming in the non-profit sector. She provides administrative support and programming to her department. The Language and Culture Revitalization Program provides the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana with classes, events, and programs to revitalize and instill their language, culture, and traditions in the community for the present and future generations of the tribe. 

Tilling the Soil: Educating the Public about the Legacy of Slavery at the Whitney Plantation

Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m., Huey P. Long Field House 1201

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Amber N. Mitchell is the Director of Education at the Whitney Plantation, a memorial site in South Louisiana that is exclusively dedicated to interpreting the story of slavery in the United States. As a public historian, Amber strives to tell the stories of underrepresented peoples in cultural institutions, helping them become more accessible to all people. She has a background in community engagement, public programming, and experience design, with degrees in History (BA and MA) from Wayne State University and Indiana University.

The Louisiana Experience: A Conversation with Doctoral Candidates

Thursday, June 22, 2023, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m., Huey P. Long Field House 1201

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Kirsten L. Campbell is a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation program and the Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies programs at Louisiana State University (LSU). She has received an AA in Liberal Arts from Baton Rouge Community College, a BIS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Southern University and A&M College, and an MA in Art History from LSU. Her research focuses on the sociology and history of African American art and culture, African and African American visual and material culture, photography as a vehicle for memory and preservation. Her current research focuses on archiving, especially in her hometown, Baton Rouge, and how it is an important part of cultural heritage preservation that is often overlooked.
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Erika Witt is a curatorial specialist and museology instructor based in New Orleans. Erika is a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation program at Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of Art in Museum Studies from Tusculum University (formerly known as Tusculum College) and a Master of Art in Museum Studies with a specialization in the traditional Arts of Africa from Southern University at New Orleans. Her research interest includes Egyptology, traditional African art history, museology, and African American history and culture. Her doctoral thesis analyzes performativity of traditional African art verses the normative views on the performativity of traditional African art in museum exhibitions.

Erika is a 2014 Fellow in the Shafik Gabr East-West Art of Dialogue Initiative, a fellowship program for young emerging leaders from the United States and Egypt to join forces to discuss critical issues of their countries and develop projects addressing those issues.