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CBW Dinner Meeting,Wednesday, June 18th.

Speaker: Dr. Ivor van Heerden, author of The Storm 

Topic: What an author needs to know before publishing a controversial work.


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Dr Ivor van Heerden is both the former deputy director of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Hurricane Center and director of the Center for the Study of Public Health Impacts of Hurricanes, a Louisiana Board of Regents Health Excellence Fund Center.  He was also a faculty member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at LSU. He held these positions until being fired by the University in 2009 for resisting attempts to stifle academic freedom at LSU.


 In 2013, Dr van Heerden won a settlement from LSU after the American Association of University Professors found that LSU had violated van Heerden’s academic freedom by dismissing him after he spoke out about the involvement of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designs in the Hurricane Katrina levee failures and other issues because of a concern that grant funding might be lost as a result of his statements and his book, The Storm

He will talk about his personal journey and offer advice on what an author needs to know before publishing a controversial work. He now resides in the Northern Neck of Virginia.


A native of South Africa, he received his undergraduate degrees in geology from the University of Natal in South Africa, and a masters and doctorate in Marine Sciences from LSU. He is a former Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources where he ran a very successful coastal wetlands restoration program. Ivor has been involved in natural disaster research projects in various parts of the world and played a key part in the dissemination of information on the impacts of Hurricane Katrina during the emergency. He led the State of Louisiana’s official forensic data gathering team as concerns the failure of the levees in New Orleans and the consequences for those who lost their homes.


He has undertaken thousands of interviews and appeared in many documentaries including Harry Shearer’s “The Big Uneasy,” Spike Lee’s HBO documentaries as well as in other productions by amongst others; NOVA-PBS, History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and BBC. He is the author of "The Storm - What Went Wrong and Why during Hurricane Katrina - the Inside Story from One Louisiana Scientist" (with Mike Bryan) published by Penguin/Viking.


Location: Roma’s at the Peeble’s Shopping Center in Tappahannock.

Social starts at 5PM, Dinner at 6, Program at 7.


Advanced Reservations required by June 11 - (Price: $27 for Nonmembers and Guests; $22 for CBW Members)

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(Open to the public on a space available basis - Scroll down for Directions)


Entree Choices include:

1. Caesar salad with grilled shrimp;

2. Vanni Addi Ruaro - Grilled eggplant topped with sautéed spinach with mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes; or

3. Polo al Marsala  - Chicken breast sautéed in marsala wine topped with fresh sautéed mushrooms.


The eggplant and chicken entrees will be served with a small salad and pasta. All Meals include coffee/iced tea, rolls and butter, and cake made by the owner. Tax and tip are included in price.



ROMA (Ristorante Italiano), 1322 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, Virginia


NORTHERN NECK:  From Kilmarnock take Route 3 to Warsaw and turn left onto Route 360 that will take you to Tappahannock.  After crossing the Downing Bridge, turn Left onto Route 17 and go one mile.  The Restaurant is on the left.



Take Route 17, George Washington Memorial Highway, North to Tappahannock.  Once you are on Tappahannock Blvd. go approximately one mile and the Restaurant is on the right.


FROM YORKTOWN and adjacent areas:

Take Route 17 North to Tappahannock.  Once you are on Tappahannock Blvd. go approximately one mile and the Restaurant is on the right.


FROM Williamsburg to Tappahannock
Take I-64 W. Merge onto VA 33E via Exit 220 toward West Point. Drive approximately 20 miles on Route 33. Get into left hand lane to turn Left onto Route 17 N. to Tappahannock. Once you are on Tappahannock Blvd go approximately one mile and the restaurant will be on your right.


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