Getting the Lead Out: The Intersection of Lead, Crime, Health and Preservation
This year's Martha Robinson Lecture features clips from the documentary film MisLEAD: America's Secret Epidemic and a presentation by Dr. Howard Mielke, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine. Whether in the paint of our old buildings or in the fuel that was used in our motor vehicles, we are affected daily by the legacy of millions of tons of lead in our environment. The film establishes the medical underpinning about health damage caused by children’s exposure to lead-based paint. In addition, the rise and fall of fuel lead additives are described for New Orleans. MisLEAD shows that legacy lead has an ongoing effect on New Orleans through its impact not just on physical health, but on societal health and behavior. Finally, the film depicts efforts to decrease legacy lead, and ensure the recovery and preservation of New Orleans communities for future generations.
This event will screen segments of the film and will include a panel discussion.
This lecture is FREE and open to the public.