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The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, an integral part of the Manship School of Mass Communication, uses the intellectual muscle of the school’s faculty to help solve practical problems and advance good government initiatives.

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Catch past semesters' events on Youtube!

Jonathan Allen, author of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign


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Jonathan Allen, reporter and writer, discusses his investigative look into the factors that doomed Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. 

Resistance in the Digital Age: Exercising or
Abusing First Amendment Rights 


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In Resistance in the Digital Age: Exercising or Abusing First Amendment Rights, and expert  panel of activists, journalists, and scholars explored the opportunities and challenges faced by reporters, law enforcement officials, and protesters because of changes in technology and the introduction of new communication platforms. Panelists will address questions about the impact of these changes on First Amendment rights.

Changes in technology and communication practices have raised questions about when efforts to convey political protest are protected, peaceful, and safe. Panelists discussed how they use new communication tools to convey support or dissent.

Neither Liberal nor Conservative: Top Political Strategists and Scholars Debate Campaigning in Polarized


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The consensus in today’s political spectrum is that Americans are extremely polarized and can’t agree on anything. To the contrary, however, in reality real liberals and real conservatives are found in impressive numbers only among those who are deeply engaged in political life. In “Neither Liberal nor Conservative: Ideological Innocence in the American Public,” Donald Kinder and Nathan Kalmoe argue that American public opinion is in a state of ideological innocence. If this is the case, how do Americans make election and policy decisions? What are the implications for campaign and issue strategists? The panel explored these questions.

The program is focused around a book co-written by Manship School assistant professor Nathan Kalmoe.

She Persisted: Women at the Ballot Box & on the Campaign Trail

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Despite seeing the first woman nominated to represent a major party in the 2016 presidential election, women remain underrepresented among elected officials in the United States. This panel of women experts explored perspectives on why there are so few women in government and address specific challenges women face today in becoming elected officials. Panelists also discussed current efforts that are being made across the nation, on both sides of the aisle, to encourage more women to run for office and what that means for the future.

Panelists included Panelists include Dr. Tiffany Barnes, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky; Dr. Nichole Bauer, Assistant Professor of Political Communication at LSU; Dr. Nadia Brown, Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Purdue; and Dr. Mirya Holman, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tulane University. Louisiana State Representative Julie Stokes will moderate the panel.

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A Conversation with Dean Baquet,
Executive Editor of the New York Times


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Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the New York Times, visited LSU to discuss the role of a socially responsible media in the current political climate.

Missed the John Breaux Symposium? 
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2017 Breaux Symposium keynote Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome addresses the Symposium

2017 John Breaux Symposium

Blurred Boundaries, Real Consequences: 
The Intersection of Public Policy and Race

The Breaux Symposium facilitates lively debate and discussion on themes relating to politics and mass communication. The spring 2017 event focused on issues surrounding public policy and race.




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Fall 2018 lineup coming soon!