The 2015 Coastal Cultures Conference: De Wata da We: Gullah/Geechee Sustainability will focus on the sustainability of Sea Island waterways and the Gullah/Geechee waterway traditions.Sessions will include seafood safety and human health, Gullah/Geechee traditional fishing methods and environmental impacts, oysters as a keystone of the environment, and spirituality, creativity, and the sea. The day will include a Gullah/Geechee fish fry and oyster reef restoration activities.
Noon-1 pm Cultural Heritage and Climate Change by Queen Quet & Representative Glenda Simmons-Jenkins
1-1:30 pm Coastal Climate Change Impacts and Impacts on Tangible and Intangibles of Cultural Heritage by Erika Spanger-Siegfried of the Union of Concerned Scientists
1-2 pm Sustaining Gullah/Geechee Fishing Traditions & Human Health presentations by Dr. Jamelle Ellis of MUSC’s Department of Public Health Sciences and Jolvan Terez Morris, Ph. D. LMRCSC Postdoctoral Fellow at Savannah State University
2-2:15 pm Conserving Our Coast by Joy Brown of the Nature Conservancy