Senator Bill Cassidy to Co-Teach Public Administration Special Topics Course In Spring 2024

November 28, 2023

Bill Cassidy and Roy Heidelberg

  Senator Bill Cassidy and Roy Heidelberg

The E. J. Ourso College of Business Department of Public Administration is offering a seminar course beginning in January co-taught by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy and Department Chair and Associate Professor Roy Heidelberg. The class is titled Special Topics: Ethics and Regulation of Artificial Intelligence.

The course will explore the ethical and moral concerns associated with the use and implementation of AI and algorithms. It will also include a practical learning opportunity for students to consider what it takes to regulate this unique technology. Course seminars will address the pressing issues of understanding AI through human conventions and the potential AI presents to change those conventions.

"Senator Bill Cassidy is a leader in the federal efforts to regulate artificial intelligence, and he will bring a unique and rare perspective to the classroom. By combining the philosophical and ethical concerns of AI with the urgent need to address its implementation, students will be given an exceptional opportunity to combine theory and practice," said Heidelberg.

The class will meet once a week in a seminar structure. It has no prerequisites and is available for both undergraduate and graduate credit. The 15-person course is open and available for student enrollment. For more information, contact Nicole Schmitz at


About Senator Cassidy

In 2006, Bill Cassidy was elected to the Louisiana State Senate. In 2008, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent Louisiana's Sixth Congressional District. In 2014, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He serves on the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee (HELP), the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Veterans Affairs Committee. In 2023, he became Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee. 

Senator Cassidy is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended LSU for undergraduate and medical school. Before becoming a senator, Cassidy taught medical students at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and, most recently, a 2000-level class on National Issues and Policymaking at LSU's Ogden Honors College. 


About the Department of Public Administration

The Department of Public Administration at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers a 36-hour degree program that emphasizes management, public policy, and financial skills for those leading public agencies, nonprofit and health care organizations, and for-profit organizations that interact with governmental agencies. PA’s faculty members are student-oriented and nationally recognized for their expertise in their fields. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6743.

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