Facing the Storm: Preserving a Resilient Texas

  • Thursday, January 21, 2016
  • Saturday, January 23, 2016
  • Galveston, Texas

Whether you came to Galveston and enjoyed the weekend or had to miss our 2016 kick-off, you will want to watch this video which captures our experience!

The Texas Lyceum travels to Galveston to kick off its 36th year of programming to consider the timely challenge of disaster recovery and resilience. From hurricane storm surges, to river floods, tornadoes, and droughts, no place knows disasters better than Texas. Site of the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, Galveston Island is one of the country's highest hurricane risk zones. The city is now at the forefront of a national debate over who should pay for the costs of disaster risk and recovery. With the National Flood Insurance Program sunset on the horizon in 2017, coastal residents face enormous increases in insurance premiums unless a new scheme can be put into place. Meanwhile, new plans aim to build the state's resilience to both natural and manmade disasters.

Set against the backdrop of the island's disaster experience – from the Great Storm of 1900 to the modern devastation of Hurricane Ike in 2008 – this Lyceum conference will draw upon experts from the realms of disaster management, recovery, financing, and infrastructure to discuss personal stories of leading through crises and ways to prepare for the future. The Texas Lyceum looks forward to welcoming you to Galveston Island for a weekend of sun, seafood, and conversation.

The Lyceum has a block of rooms at the Tremont House for three nights starting Thursday, January 21. To make a reservation, call 409-763-0300 to get the Lyceum rate of $179/night. The block expires on January 5, 2016 so book your room NOW! Overnight parking at The Tremont House is $17 plus tax and will be charged to your room. Self-parking is complimentary.

No refunds will be given after Monday, January 18, 2016.

Registration fees will slightly increase after January 5, 2016 to account for late registrations, so don't delay and register NOW!

Thank you to the following sponsors:




Armin Cantini, Joe Jaworski, Randall Kempner, Ginger Turner, Mary Moody Northen Endowment.

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