Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Oliver Houck

Professor - Law

Contact Info
ohouck@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
Law

Degrees

  • B.A., Harvard University, English, 1960
  • J.D., Georgetown Law Center, 1967

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University School of Law, 1986-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University School of Law, 1982-1986
  • Visiting Professor, Tulane University School of Law, 1981-1982

Research & Teaching Specializations: Environmental and Natural Resources Law; Cuba

Related Experience

  • Director, Environmental Law Program, Tulane University, 1986-
  • Vice President for Conservation and Education, National Wildlife Federation, Washington, D.C., 1979-81
  • Assistant United States Attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., 1968-1971

Distinctions

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate School, Tulane University, 2002
  • Marks Research Award, Tulane University School of Law, 2001, 2002
  • Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award, Tulane University School of Law, 1987
  • Conservationist of the Year, Louisiana, 1985

Languages:

  • Spanish
  • French

Selected Publications

  • 2009. Taking Back Eden. Island Publishers.
  • 2002. “Unfinished Stories.” Colorado Law Review.
  • 2002. “TMDLs V: Aftershock and Prelude.” Environmental Law Reporter.
  • 2000. The Clean Water Act TMDL Program: Law, Policy and Implementation. Washington, D.C.: Environmental Law Institute.
  • 2000. “Environmental Law in Cuba.” Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law.
  • 1998. “Are Humans Part of Ecosystems?” Environmental Law.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Natural Resources Law; Pollution Control Law; Toxics and Hazardous Wastes; Water Resources; Fisheries Management; International Environmental Law

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Celebrate Caribbean culture and heritage during Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans

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Bayou Bacchanal, the original Caribbean Carnival of New Orleans, is back for its 16th annual celebration of Caribbean culture and heritage. Presented by Friends of Culture, Bayou Bacchanal will include two days of Caribbean cuisine, dance, music and celebration.

World Wide Dance
Beginning Friday, November 2 stop by the newly-opened, Algiers based, Haitian restaurant Rendezvous, for World Wide Dance. This late-night dance party begins at 10:00 p.m. and doesn’t end until the final dancer clears the floor. Enjoy live sets by locally and regionally based, Trinidadian DJ Phil and DJ Spice. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door and includes access to the World Wide Dance celebration. A cash bar and bites from Rendezvous will be available for purchase.

Bayou Bacchanal Parade and Party
After an evening of dancing and celebrating, rest up for the annual Bayou Bacchanal Parade on Saturday, November 3. Assembly begins at 11:00 a.m. and the parade takes off at noon from Harrah’s. Parade-goers are welcome to come dressed in traditional carnival attire while engaging, marching and dancing to the beats of Soca music along with Casa Samba throughout the French Quarter. The parade’s final destination will be at North Peters & Mandeville Street where the party will then transition to Crescent Park.

From 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. several Dancehall, Soca and Reggae performers will grace the Bayou Bacchanal stage for this daylong festival. Guests can expect live performances by local, national and international artists such as: Soca Artist Preacher, Pan Vibrations, Tigress of Trinidad & Tobago, and Mystic of Trinidad & Tobago.

Beats will be provided by DJ Spice and hosted by Lady Pepper. Authentic Caribbean foods, drinks and special merchandise will be available for purchase. Trini Lisa and Boswell’s will be among the official vendors for Bayou Bacchanal 2018. Fest-goers can expect Caribbean staples such as salt fish, curry goat and roti. Tropical drinks including ginger beer, passionfruit juice and Sorrel will also be available. Guests are also encouraged to dress in tradition Carnival attire for a chance to win a grand prize of $2000.

Admission to the Bayou Bacchanal fest is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information on Bayou Bacchanal or Friend of Culture, visit their onsite information booth during the festival or click here.

Bayou Bacchanal Post Party
Closeout Bayou Bacchanal at Island Flavor Bar and Grill and enjoy tasty Caribbean bites, music and dancing. DJ Ray will be spinning beginning at 11:00 p.m. Celebrate the closing of Bayou Bacchanal with a bang!

Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821

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On Wednesday, November 14, the Latin American Library at Tulane University will host Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Director of the Latin American Library, for a talk titled, Forging a New World: Books & Writing in Early Spanish America, 1492-1821.

This presentation is part of the Tulane University Women’s Association’s Jane and Herbert Longenecker Lecture Series. The event is dedicated to María García Daly.