Fw: New Orleans Mayors Series Starts Oct. 7th @the LHC

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From: Brian Boyles
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 17:26:27 -0400 (EDT)

Subject: New Orleans Mayors Series Starts Oct. 7th @the LHC

Panel Discussions Trace History of Mayoralty since 1946
DeLesseps Morrison Opens New City Hall, 1957 
Mayor deLesseps Morrison opens new City Hall, 1957 (NOPL City Archives)

On Wednesday, October 7th, the Louisiana Humanities Center begins a new series, "The New Orleans Mayors: A History of the Mayoralty Since 1946."  For the next three months, bi-weekly panel discussions will focus on the last seven mayors, with former staffers, politicians, journalists and scholars offering insight on the men and their legacies. 

By offering historical context to changes in the city's politics, demographics, and infrastructure, the Center seeks to examine issues faced by individual mayors that remain relevant today and to contribute to public dialogue in the months before the 2010 mayoral election.

The first panel will focus on deLesseps "Chep" Morrison, mayor from 1946 to 1961.  Dr. Bobby Dupont of UNO will lead a discussion with former Lt. Gov. and City Councilman James Fitzmorris, Dr. Pamela Tyler from the University of Southern Mississippi, and Bob Wall, an executive assistant to Mayor Morrison.  Topics covered will include the construction of City Hall, the Home Rule Charter, desegregation of public schools, and the legacy of the mayor Time magazine labelled "the King of New Orleans."

Through partnerships with EngageNOLA, acoalition of young professional organizations, and HumidBeings.com, a local publishing platform and portal for New Orleans, interactive timelines of each mayor's tenure will be made available online prior to panels to add to the discussion and historical perspective.  When possible, video interviews with living mayors will be shown before the panels on their administrations.

Schedule of panels (all Wednesdays @7pm, except for Tuesday, Oct. 20th @7pm):

October 7: deLesseps Morrison, moderated by Dr. Bobby Dupont, UNO
October 20: Victor Schiro, moderated by Dr. Larry Powell, Tulane
November 4: Moon Landrieu, moderated by Errol Laborde, New Orleans Magazine
November 18: Dutch Morial, moderated by Norman Robinson, WDSU
December 2: Sidney Barthelemy, moderated by Dr. Ed Chevernak, UNO
December 16: Marc Morial, moderated by Dennis Woltering, WWL
January 13: Ray Nagin, moderated by Clancy DuBos, Gambit Weekly

Doors open at 7pm.  Admission is free.  Space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first serve basis.  The Louisiana Humanities Center is located at 938 Lafayette Street, at the corner of O'Keefe. 

For more information, contact LHC Program Director Brian Boyles at 504.620.2632 or boyles@leh.org

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The Louisiana Humanities Center offers several dynamic options for meetings of various sizes and purposes.  Non-profit organizations recieve a discount on rental rates.  To view the rate sheet or to take a virtual tour of the spaces, click here.  For further inquiries, contact Brian Boyles at 504.620.2632 or email at boyles@leh.org.  

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