2023 John Breaux Symposium

Upcoming Events

Building Inclusive Newsrooms with Emily Ramshaw | March 22 | 4:00 p.m. CT | Holliday Forum

Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO of 19th News, the nation’s first independent nonprofit newsroom at the intersection of gender, politics, and policy, joins us on Wednesday, March 22. Ramshaw will discuss the origin story of The 19th, and how she built a newsroom from the ground up. Ramshaw will comment on the evolution of women’s organizations to include the LGBTQ+ community, and give her thoughts on the issues with newsroom business models. Don’t miss Ramshaw’s dialogue on preserving democracy in journalism, health equity and women in the economy and politics. 


History and Cultural Impacts of Cinco de Mayo | April 12 | 3:30 p.m. CT | Zoom

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over the French army during the battle of Puebla in 1862. Over time, this holiday has turned into a commercialized celebration that fails to acknowledge the history, culture, and accomplishments of Mexican people. Rather than honoring this history, Americans use it as an excuse to party and play into harmful stereotypes instead of celebrating respectfully. The Mexican-American community has since reclaimed the holiday to commemorate Mexican resilience during the Chicano movement.  Our four panelists include LSU's very own Alejandro Cortazar, Ph.D., photographer and activist William Camargo, Chicano and Latino Studies experts Lorena Márquez,Ph.D., and Gabriela Spears-Rico, Ph.D. Join us as we discuss different negative stereotypes, the ties to the Chicano movement, and how to support Mexican-American/Undocumented communities this Cinco de Mayo.

In Remembrance