Former New Orleans mayor, best-selling author of "In the Shadow of Statues" visited UT Sept. 18.
Sept. 6, 2018, AUSTIN, TEXAS — The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin welcomed former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to the UT campus on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School, led a conversation with Landrieu at the Texas Union Theatre from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.
Landrieu became the 61st mayor of New Orleans from 2010 to 2018, taking office when the city was still recovering from Hurricane Katrina and was in the midst of the BP oil spill. Under his leadership, New Orleans is widely recognized as one of the nation’s great comeback stories. Landrieu’s decision to remove four Confederate monuments in New Orleans and his speech explaining it vaulted him into the national spotlight in 2017. He examines racism and the lingering shadow of the Confederacy in America in his New York Times best-selling book, “In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History” (2018).
“Mitch Landrieu’s career illustrates the vital importance of public service to the health and well-being of our democracy,” said Evans. “It shows how courageous decisions can help bring people together and begin to heal the divisions of the past. We are honored to be able to bring elected officials to campus to engage in public conversation with our students and the broader community, and to partner with the Annette Strauss Institute on this event.”
Before his tenure as mayor, Landrieu served two terms as lieutenant governor of Louisiana and 16 years in the state legislature. He recently launched the E Pluribus Unum Fund to work to bring people together across the South around issues of race, equity, economic opportunity and violence.
A Conversation with Mitch Landrieu
Led by Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
12:15 to 1:45 p.m.
Texas Union Theatre
2308 Whitis Ave.
Austin, TX 78712
The LBJ School of Public Affairs, one of the nation’s top public affairs schools, makes a difference, not only within the walls of academia, but also in the public and social dialogue of the world. Contributing viable solutions to society is the LBJ School’s legacy and its benchmark. Its effectiveness in channeling the purpose and passion of students into professional careers is evident in the success of more than 4,000 graduates who are the living legacy of President Johnson’s bold and fearless action.
The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life exists to cultivate informed voters and active citizens through research, education and outreach programs focused on three key pillars: civic discovery, young people and civil dialogue. Dedicated to applied research, the institute focuses on how new technologies of communication and innovative outreach can be used to increase political understanding and participation.
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