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The following scholars, writers, and editors are available to members of the media to talk about their work in this area. Following is information about their background, special interests, and preferred manner of contact. Listed email addresses should be copied into an email client, replacing "at" with "@".

R. Bentley Anderson, S. J.
Assistant Professor of History, Saint Louis University
As a Jesuit himself, Anderson has access to archives that remain off-limits to other scholars. His deep knowledge of the history of the Catholic Church also allows him to draw connections between this historical period and the present. In the resistance to desegregation, Anderson finds expression of a distinctly American form of Catholicism, in which lay people expect Church authorities to ratify their ideas and beliefs in an almost democratic fashion. The conflict he describes is as much between popular and hierarchical models of the Church as between segregation and integration.

Phone: (314) 977-7146 or (314) 633-4438
E-mail: andersb at

Carl L. Bankston
Carl L. Bankston is an associate professor of sociology at Tulane University.

Email: cbankst at
Phone: 504-862-3024

Craig E. Colten
Craig Colten is Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University. Colten is the author of An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature, The American Environment, The Road to Love Canal, Transforming New Orleans and Its Environs, and Louisiana Geography, among other books.

Phone: 225-578-5942
Publicist: Barbara Outland, LSU Press
Phone: 225-578-8282

Pete Daniel
Pete Daniel, author of Deep'n as it Comes, is curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

Phone: 202-357-2323

Jim Fraiser
Jim Fraiser is the author of Mississippi River Country Tales (2001) and, with West Freeman, The Majesty of the Mississippi Delta (2002) and The French Quarter of New Orleans (2003). He lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

Phone: 601-209-6447 (cell)
Email: cfraish at

Philip D. Hearn
Philip D. Hearn, a longtime Mississippi news reporter and editor, is a research writer for the university relations office of Mississippi State University. His work has been published in Army Reserve magazine, Vietnam Magazine, and many newspapers.

Email: PHearn at
Phone: 601-543-6515 (cell)
Or the Mississippi State office of public relations

Ernest Herndon
Ernest Herndon is a staff writer and outdoors editor of the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. In addition to the Canoeing Louisiana and Mississippi guides, he has written several books and has been published in such anthologies as The Magnolia Club: Fine Times with Nature's Finest and From Behind the Magnolia Curtain: Voices of Mississippi.

Email: eherndon at
Phone: 601-684-2421 (office)

Ari Kelman
Ari Kelman, author of A River and Its City, is a history professor at UC Davis.

Phone: 530-297-1234
Email: akelman at
Publicist: Amy Cleary; University of California Press
Phone: 510-642-4701
Fax: 510-642-9737

Peirce F. Lewis
Peirce F. Lewis, former President of the Association of American Geographers and Professor of Geography Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University, has published widely on the American landscape. He is the author of New Orleans: The Making of an Urban Landscape.

Publicist: Emily Grandstaff, University of Virginia Press
Email: emilyg at
Phone: 434-982-2932

George Lipsitz
George Lipsitz is Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego, and the author of The Possesive Investment in Whiteness, A Life in the Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition (Temple), Rainbow At Midnight: Labor and Culture in the 1940s, Dangerous Crossroads, and Time Passages.

Publicist: Gary Kramer
Email: gkramer at

Christopher Maurer
Christopher Maurer, head of the department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois-Chicago, is also the author (with Maria Estrella Iglesias) of Dreaming in Clay on the Coast of Mississippi: Love and Art at Shearwater . His work has appeared in the New Republic, the New York Times, Hispanic Review, and El País (Madrid). Maurer's biography of Gulf Coast artist Walter Anderson, Fortune's Favorite Child, was published in 2003. The Anderson Museum is located in Ocean Springs, MS, and has updates on damage from the hurricane on its web site.

Phone: 617-353-6225 or 708-445-7069

Anthony Stanonis
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Texas A&M University
A native of New Orleans, Anthony Stanonis also began his higher education there at Loyola University. In his book Creating the Big Easy (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming August 2006) Stanonis chronicles the transformation of New Orleans from an industrial/port city to an
international tourist mecca in the years between the World Wars. Crucial to that transformation, says Stanonis, was the construction of the levee system that surrounds the city.

Publicist: Stacy Sharer
Phone: 706-369-6160
Fax: 706-369-6162
Email: ssharer at

Bill Streever
Bill Streever is a research biologist in Eagle River, Alaska, and was formerly at the Waterways Experiment Station (Wetlands Branch) in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He is the author of Bringing Back the Wetlands (1999), and his work has appeared in such periodicals as Wetlands, Journal of Environmental Management, Estuaries, and American Midland Naturalist.

Phone: 907-564-4383; 907-440-8324 (cell)
Email: StreevBJ at

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