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“Keeping History Above Water: St. Augustine” public day program announced

Apr 26, 2019

On Sunday, May 5, “Keeping History Above Water: St. Augustine” opens with a “public day” program. The international gathering of preservation, urban planning, economic development, cultural heritage, and climate science experts will address the impacts of climate change, particularly sea level rise, on communities throughout the world.

The “public day” will include a podcast workshop, plenary speaker and book signing and a viewing of the award-winning documentary “The Oldest City Underwater” from Flagler College graduate Mallory Hopkins, ’18.

The “A Podcasting Primer: Learning to Launch Your Own Podcast” workshop will be led by Doug Parsons of America Adapts Media. This event takes place at 1 p.m. and is sponsored by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, the National Park Service and the University of Florida.

The evening program begins at 5 p.m. with the documentary film followed by WJCT Chief Executive Officer David McGowan introducing the new “Sinking Cities: Jacksonville” initiative.  The award-winning author and Rolling Stone magazine editor Jeff Goodell serves as the opening plenary speaker. “The Water Will Come” author will be available for a book signing supported by the Flagler College Bookstore.

All “public day” events take place at Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Flagler College, 14 Granada Street. For more information on the “public day” and to express your interest in attending, please visit the event Facebook page here.

“Keeping History Above Water: St. Augustine” will take place at the historic Casa Monica Resort & Spa. The four-day program will include local tours, educational workshops, panel sessions and student poster sessions. Keynote speakers include Dr. Andrea Dutton scientist at the University of Florida, Rear Admiral Ann Claire Phillips, U.S. Navy (Retired) and Amy Longsworth, Director of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. Other notable speakers include Tribal Elder Theresa Dardar, international scholars Dr. Tom Dawson and Dr. Joanna Hambly of Scotland, Dr. Rohit Jigyasu of the United Arab Emirates, and Kokei Otosi of New York’s Van Alen Institute.

The main conference portion is sold out at this time.

The program is supported by Flagler College, the City of St. Augustine, the University of Florida, Newport Restoration Foundation, Casa Monica Resort & Spa, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Park Service, Union of Concerned Scientists, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Lightner Museum, Stetson University Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, Florida Climate Institute, Florida Sea Grant, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Flagler College Bookstore, Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine, St. Johns Cultural Council and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau.

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