Fouling Our Nest: The Historic BP Oil Spill of 2010

Thursday, February 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | *Changed to: Rotunda, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer, Houston, TX*

The BP oil spill was capped months ago, but its legacy endures. What do we understand now about the implications for the Gulf of Mexico, for the larger ocean, and for us? Are we capable of maintaining the delicate balance between our need for petroleum and our obligation to protect the environment?

CANCELLED:  February 10: Katie Oxford, a columnist for the online Chronicle’s CultureMap Houston, has been “on the ground and in the boats” in and offshore Louisiana, where she reported in 13 columns about the effects of free-flowing oil on the waters, animals, and people of the Gulf and its shores. She will use images and her own colorful stories to impart the effects of the so-called spill.

February 17: Presenting some of the world’s finest marine photography from her book Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water Our World(Smithsonian Institution, 2008), science  writer Deborah Cramer will discuss how all life, including ours, depends on the sea, and how we, a single terrestrial species, are changing the nature of the ocean itself.  Following the lecture and screening, Houston's own Bob Cavnar will join Ms. Cramer for a discussion and Q & A.

Katie Oxford is a contributing writer for CultureMap. She was a juried poet in the Houston Poetry Festival 2003 and 2007.She was born and raised in Beaumont

Deborah Crameris a Visiting Scholar at MIT’s Earth System Initiative. Her book, Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World, is the companion publication to the Sant Ocean Hall, a facility for oceanic study at the National Museum of Natural History. Harvard biologist E.O Wilson calls this poetic and beautiful book the “best in its class.”

Bob Cavnar is a 30-year veteran of the oil and gas industry with deep experience in operations, start-ups, turn-arounds, and management of both public and private companies.He holds degrees from SMU and Eastern Michigan University and has completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development.   He was credentialed in well control and blowout prevention almost thirty years ago.  During the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Macondo well blowout, Mr. Cavnar was featured as an expert commentator on many media outlets and he is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post.  



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