, the writer and second-line advocate who was injured during the shooting at this year's Mother's Day second line, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Deborah CottonRising Tide New Media conference
, which will be held Sept. 14 at Xavier University.
"Her voice and perspective serve as an authority on subjects that are associated with the beating heart of New Orleans, but are too often taken for granted or mischaracterized," said Patrick Armstrong, one of the conference's organizers. "She spoke at Rising Tide 6 on the Brass Bands panel, and we're excited to announce that she has joined the lineup as our keynote speaker for Rising Tide 8."
Cotton, who had 11 surgeries in the weeks following the shooting, continues to recuperate. Just before the shooting, she launched a new website, New Orleans GoodGood
, which has become a repository of updates on her condition and links to articles about the shooting.
First organized in the year after Hurricane Katrina and the levee collapses, RIsing Tide has become a daylong event that draws hundreds to panels on urban affairs, media, the environment and other topics integral to the city of New Orleans. Previous keynote speakers have included David Simon, Harry Shearer, Richard Campanella, John Barry and Mac Maclelland.
More details about this year's panels and speakers will be posted on the Rising Tide website
later this week, organizers said, as well as on the conference's Twitter feed
. Registration for this year's conference (which includes lunch) is $20 ($18 for students), and tickets are on sale now
Rising Tide 6 - Brass Bands, New Orleans Music from Jason Berry on Vimeo.