The Breaux Symposium 2016 This Great Experiment in Human Progress: Race, Voting and Communication a Half Century After the Voting Rights Act Hosted by The Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs and Race in the Americas (RITA) Louisiana State University, April 11-12 2016
Nearly 51 years after passage of the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will host a two-day symposium to examine the current state of political participation in the United States, as well as race relations in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
This year’s annual John Breaux Symposium – “This Great Experiment in Human Progress: Race, Voting and Mass Communication a Half Century After the Voting Rights Act” – will take place in the Holliday Forum at LSU’s Journalism Building in Baton Rouge, April 11-12, 2016.
LSU’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs sponsors the annual symposium. The Race in the Americas (RITA) group, will join the Reilly Center as the symposium’s co-sponsor.
Among those participating in the symposium will be:
Former U.S. Sen. John Breaux; Charles S. Bullock, the Richard B. Russell professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia; Nicole Austin-Hillery, director and counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University;
Journalist Ari Berman, author of Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America; Kwame Holman of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University; David Goodman, president of The Andrew Goodman Foundation, and brother of Andrew Goodman (one of three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi in 1964);