LSU Reilly Center’s 2022 Breaux Symposium “Civic Engagement for the Common Good” to Explore the Intersection of Civic Engagement and Philanthropy

February 28, 2022

BATON ROUGE—Citizens-turned-community leaders have the potential to enact positive change with the right tools and resources. Join the LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs’ 2022 John Breaux Symposium as national and state leaders discuss what it means to engage civically and explore the ways citizens can play a role in bettering their communities. “Civic Engagement for the Common Good” will take place March 3 at 2 p.m. CT at the LSU Journalism Building.

The half-day symposium, which will feature special messages from Lamar Advertising President and CEO Sean Reilly and Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, will explore the intersection of civic engagement, public service and philanthropy.

"This year’s John Breaux Symposium explores the many ways residents contribute to their communities," said Reilly Center Director Jenée Slocum. "In our work, we strive to inspire others to be the change that they want to see in their communities, and we’re thrilled to be able to honor Dee Dee Reilly, whose own philosophy on civic responsibility was the inspiration for this year’s symposium."

Featured speakers include the following:

  • Roger H. Ogden, Real Estate Developer, Civic Leader and Philanthropist, Keynote Speaker
  • Katie Knobloch, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Communications and Associate Director of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University
  • Mia LeJeune, Senior, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication, Moderator
  • Lauren Crapanzano Jumonville, Director, Civic Initiatives, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • Jay Dardenne, Commissioner of Administration, State of Louisiana
  • Sherreta Harrison, Sustainability Catalyst, MetroMorphosis
  • Raymond Jetson, Chief Executive Catalyst, MetroMorphosis

In addition to a panel conversation and keynote address, the inaugural grantees of the Reilly Center’s community capacity building project “The Community Collaborative: By the Community, For the Community” will present their work.

The symposium is Thursday, March 3, from 2 - 6:30 p.m. CT in the Holliday Forum of the Manship School’s Journalism Building at 144 Field House Drive on the campus of Louisiana State University. Admission is free and open to the public, but you must reserve your seat via Eventbrite by March 1. The event will be livestreamed on the Manship School’s YouTube channel.

Parking is available at the Union Square Garage, which can be accessed from East Campus Drive. Visitor parking is available on the second, third and fourth floors of the garage for $1.50 per hour on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is partnership-driven, action-oriented and dedicated to exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life. Its interdisciplinary approach draws together experts from diverse fields to advance research and dialogue. The intent is to inspire our communities to think deeply, take action, develop solutions and broaden knowledge. Underlying the Center’s endeavors is to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national and state leadership in media and politics.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree.