Join us at the 2023 State of the Coast Conference!

CRCL Lecture Series

The bimonthly lecture series was conceived of as a new way to connect with supporters of coastal restoration, one that is both fun and interesting. Speakers will address a variety of topics that may or may not be directly related to coastal restoration. The next lecture in the series will be held in Houma in April.

Registration is open for the Mike Tidwell’s lecture on 4.18.23!


We’re bringing our CRCLectures series to Houma, and you’re invited. The talk will be on the evening of April 18, 5:30 P.M. – 7 P.M. at the Waterlife Museum.

Author Mike Tidwell predicted in vivid detail the Katrina hurricane disaster in his award-winning 2003 book Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast (Pantheon/Vintage). Tidwell considers south Louisiana his second home after “boat hitchhiking” through the bayous, working as a deck hand on shrimp boats and crab boats and falling in love with the wetlands and Cajun culture. Tidwell is the author of five other books, including The Ravaging Tide, In the Mountains of Heaven, and The Ponds of Kalambayi. A former National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Tidwell has published his work in Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, Reader’s Digest, Washingtonian, and many other publications. His frequent articles for The Washington Post have earned him four Lowell Thomas Awards, the highest prize in American travel journalism. A passionate conservationist, he is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife and their cat Macy Gray.


We’re bringing our CRCLectures series to Baton Rouge, and you’re invited. The talk will be on the afternoon of Dec. 13 at the LSU Center for River Studies on the Baton Rouge Water Campus. The center conducts research on the world’s great rivers, with a focus on the Mississippi River, and is home to one of the world’s largest movable bed physical models, the Lower Mississippi River Physical Model.

The event, like our first lecture, will include light snacks and refreshments. It will conclude with a tour of the river model, which is a must-see if you have not seen it already.


David Muth, the speaker for the first lecture, graduated with a degree in history from the University of New Orleans. He then worked at the National Park Service at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and as the Louisiana state director of the National Wildlife Federation. His talk will focus on how living in a delta means living with water, but we are still trying to patch together a system designed when the intention was to drain, fill and develop for agriculture and industry. The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is the sponsor of this Friday’s lecture. The Helis Foundation John Scott Center, which had its grand opening in September, is an interactive gathering space that fosters dialogue and cultivates community. Housed in Turners’ Hall, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ historic building in New Orleans’s central business and arts district, the center integrates arts and humanities programming unlike any other space in the Gulf South.