CCK Events


Join us for the next Collaborative Salon, Thursday, October 26th at 4pm in the Lounge at the Club at Union Square. Refreshments will be provided. This is a great informal opportunity for networking and collaboration. Bring a colleague! 

November 30th, 4pm-6pm we will hold a panel discussion on the topic of Evolution. Details to come:

The Mystery Project Collaborative led by Chris Barrett (English) and Michelle Zerba (Classics) also has events throughout the year. Find out more here:


What is Evidence? A Conversation Across the Sciences and Humanities. Part 1, February 21, March 25, and April 20, 2022.

Part 1, February 21, 2022 - Prosanta Chakrabarty "On the nature of evidence for evolution"; David Chicoine "Big Questions, Big Data, Little Evidence: Wen More is Never Enough in Archaeology"; Graca Vicente "Evidence in the materials world."  If you missed out on Part 1, watch the recording

Part 2, March 25, 2022 - Elsie Michie "Evidence of the Past"; Andrew Schwarz "Evidence that Demands a Verdict: Reflection on the Academic Review Process." If you missed out on Part 2, watch the recording!  

Part 3, April 20, 2022 - Nichole Bauer - Women’s Representation: How Many Women is “Enough”?; John Devlin - “Evidence, Proof and Deference in Judicial Review Administrative  Resurgence of the Common Law Model”; Tina Harris - "Race and Racism: Where is the Evidence?"; Raymond Tucker - “A 50/50 Chance: Why Our Ability to Predict Suicide about as Well as a Coin Flip Means Very Little for Suicide Prevention”. Recording coming soon! 

Emerging Voices From the Gulf: Creating a Place for People

Join us for A Human Coast Initiative Symposium on Thursday, May 27 1PM-5PM, E130 Howe-Russell Kniffen Geosciences Building

Session One

Time: 1:30 pm - 3pm

Josh Lewis, Ph.D. Bywater Institute, Tulane University. “Dredge or Die: Harbor Deepening, Ecology, and Justice Along the US Gulf Coast” 

Liz Skilton, Ph.D. University of Louisiana Lafayette. “Harvesting Histories: The Recent Louisiana Disasters Oral History Project”

Ned Randolph, Ph.D. Tulane University.  “Pipeline Logic and Culpability: Establishing a Continuum of Harm for Sacrifice Zones”

Session Two 

Time: 3:15pm - 4:45 pm

Audrey Grismore, Ph.D. The Water Institute of the Gulf. “Obtainability of Scientific Support: A Comparison Access, Means and Methods During the 1930s and 1940s Oil and Oyster Litigation in Coastal Louisiana”

Jessica Simms, Ph.D. Louisiana Office of Community Development. “Community-scale Climate Migration: The Resettlement of Isle de Jean Charles”

Scott Hemmerling, Ph.D. The Water Institute of the Gulf. “Elevating Local Knowledge Through Participatory Modeling: Active Community Engagement in Restoration Planning in Coastal Louisiana”

An LSU Center for Collaborative Knowledge program, sponsored by the Carl O. Sauer Professorship and the Department of Geography & Anthropology

Uncertainty Across the Arts and Sciences: A Conversation

Wednesday, April 14, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 
Session Chair: John Hamilton, Manship School of Mass Communication

Nancy Rabalais, Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography and Wetland Studies, (Oceanography), "Should Uncertainty Prevent Wise Resource Management"

Craig Colten, Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography (Geography), "Cultural Adaptation in a Landscape of Uncertainty"

Michael Desmond, Professor, Department of Architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Trustee, (Architecture), "Never Let a Good Crisis Go To Waste"

Wednesday, March 24, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Session Chair: Inessa Bazayev, Paula G. Manship Associate Professor (Music)

Steve Nelson, Dean, School of Medicine, LSU Health Science Center, New Orleans, "Diagnostic Error in Health Care"

Barry Keim, Professor and Chair (Geography and Anthropology), and LA State Climatologist, "Our Uncertain Future in Weather and Climate"

James Stoner, Hermann Moyse, Jr. Professor (Political Science) and Director (Eric Voegelin Institute) " Moral Certainty"

Tuesday, March 9, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Session Chair: Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Professor and Chair (History)

Gabriela González, LSU Systems Boyd Professor (Physics and Astronomy) "How Certain Are We of Physics Discoveries?"

Len Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy (Mass Communication), and longtime reporter and editor, "Thinking and Verifying: Taking in the News in an Age of Distrust"

Michelle Zerba, Maggie B. Martin Professor (English and Comparative Literature) "On Uncertainty and the Search for Knowledge: The Value of Ancient Skepticism Today"

Tuesday, February 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Session Chair: Suzanne Marchand, LSU Systems Boyd Professor (History)

Willis Delony, LSU Boyd Professor of Piano and Jazz Studies (Music) "Making Music and the Art of Painting Yourself Out of a Corner"

Emily Elliott, Professor and Chair (Psychology) "Open Science Methods and Practices: A Psychologist's Journey"

John Pojman, Professor and Chair (Chemistry) "Epistemological Implications of Chaos Theory"