The Office of Alumni & Family Relations is hosting a webinar series titled, Centenary Currents. Centenary Currents is an ongoing series of virtual conversations that features members of the Centenary and Shreveport-Bossier communities. The series offers conversations with professors, alumni, and community leaders across various disciplines.
Throughout the series, hosts will speak to experts in selected fields to ask the important questions while contemplating meaningful solutions. Topics include Solutions to a Science Crisis, Striving for a Sustainable Future, Movements for Equity & Justice, Finding Hope in the Midst of Turmoil, The Future of Education, The Ever-changing Business Environment, The Future of Arts & Entertainment, and The Importance of Giving Back.
Through Centenary Currents, professors, alumni, and community leaders examine current issues affecting our communities and share their thoughts about what it means to move forward.
Episodes released once a month are available to students as well as the broader Centenary community. The March episode, Solutions to a Science Crisis, features a discussion of how COVID-19 has shone a light on the science community. Dr. Kathrine Weeks '05, Dr. Rebecca Murphy '06, and Dr. Andrew Yurochko of LSUHSC-Shreveport discuss how the pandemic has shifted the focus of their work, the language barrier between scientists and the public, the spread of misinformation, and how Centenary students have played an integral role in the Shreveport-Bossier community’s COVID-19 response.
In the second episode, striving for a Sustainable Future, released in honor of Earth Day, Dr. David Bieler, Jesse Means '92 from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and Donna Curtis '69 from Shreveport Green discuss building sustainable communities. Topics such as nonpoint source pollution, water shortages, mobile food markets, and recycling are some of the sustainability issues discussed that are affecting our communities.