Fall 2023 Upcoming Events


Racism: Dismantling the System | Equity at the Ballot Box: Discriminatory obstacles to voting | September 19, 2023 | 3:30 p.m. CT| Zoom 

In this new episode of Racism: Dismantling the System, advocates and experts will discuss efforts across the US to curb voting in response to baseless claims of rampant fraud and a stolen presidential election in 2020. Voter suppression and election result subversion measures largely target racial minorities. Learn about these tactics and how communities are working to shape an increasingly equitable democratic process in the face of efforts to degrade voting rights. Join us as we host a panel discussion to discuss the state of the voting process. 



  • Sara Martin - Moderator, Political Science Master Student at Southern University.
  • Sara Carter - J.D.,  Equal Justice America Fellow in the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program.
  • Jarret Luter - Committee Chair of the Baton Rouge NAACP Branch Political Action Committee.
  • Albert Samuels, Ph.D. - Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Southern University.
  • Ashley Shelton - Founder, President and CEO of the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice.


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The Hubert Humphrey Legacy: A Conversation Between Robert Mann and Samuel Freedman | October 11, 2023 | 3:30 p.m. | Holliday Forum

Join the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs for a conversation about Hubert Humphrey's time as a graduate student at LSU in 1938-40 and its profound influence on his views on civil rights. Manship School professor Robert Mann and Columbia University professor Samuel Freedman will navigate into Humphrey’s experiences during a challenging racial climate in Louisiana. The conversation will draw an intertextuality between Freedman’s book Into the Bright Sunshine (2023) and Mann’s When Freedom Would Triumph (2006), where Humphrey is a pivotal figure.


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How to Win the War on Truth: Book Presentation with author Samuel C. Spitale | October 19, 2023 | 4:00 p.m. | Holliday Forum

Join us in welcoming back Manship alumnus and author, Samuel C. Spitale, to discuss his book, How to Win the War on Truth: An Illustrated Guide to How Mistruths Are Sold, Why They Stick, and How to Reclaim Reality. In an era dominated by misinformation and fake news, this book offers a compelling roadmap for navigating the complexities of truth and deception. During the discussion, Spitale will shed light on the manipulation tactics employed by those who seek to distort reality. By examining the psychological and sociopolitical forces at play, he will encourage attendees to challenge and debunk falsehoods.

Don't miss this chance to arm yourself with some knowledge to navigate the modern information landscape. Don’t forget to bring your book to be signed by the author!


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Crip Camp: A disability Revolution, Film Screening and Panel Discussion | October 25, 2023 | 3:30 p.m. | Holliday Forum

Twenty-six percent of Americans live with a physical and/or invisible disability. Dubbed the ‘invisible minority,’ the rights of those with disabilities were overlooked by the civil rights movement in the 1960s. However, on the heels of Woodstock, a revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for teens with disabilities that transformed their lives and ignited a landmark movement culminating with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Join the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs as we host a film screening and panel discussion exploring the state of disability civil rights today and the role college communities play in supporting those with disabilities.



  • Tiffany Smith - Moderator, Ph.D. candidate at LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.
  • Jim Lebrecht - Filmmaker, sound designer, and disability rights activist. Co-director with Nicole Newnham of Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
  • Gia Gervais - Disability rights activist, Louisiana Department of Health’s regional advisory board on disability policy.
  • Aydin Virga - LSU Accessibility Project, LSU Law School student
  • Tommie Wilkins - LSU student.




Accessibility: There is a ramp located at the side of the building and in between Hodges Hall and the Journalism building. An ASL interpretation for the panel and closed captioning for the screeing will also be provided.

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Behind the Scenes of the 2023 Gubernatorial Election | November 28, 2023 | 3:00 p.m. | Holliday Forum

Join the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs to learn about the behind-the-scenes strategies of the three leading Louisiana gubernatorial campaigns from the staff members who lead the charge. In the dash leading up to election day, the campaigns are working to outsmart the others in an attempt to amass the greatest number of votes. This event will get to the heart of each team’s tactics and enlighten viewers on the newest developments in campaign financing.