Policy on Purpose [Recorded Live]: Mitch Landrieu visits UT Austin, urges fight against racism | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

In a special "Policy on Purpose" recorded live on Sept. 18, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses a crowd of 300+ UT students, urging them to stay engaged with today's most pressing issues.

"You need to stop thinking about whether you are a Republican or Democrat. You'd better start thinking about whether you believe in democracy or not." — Mitch Landrieu

Landrieu visited UT Austin for a public conversation co-hosted by the LBJ School and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.

Landrieu served as the 61st mayor of New Orleans from 2010 to 2018, taking office while 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 the city 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." Read the transcript.

The LBJ School's podcast, "Policy on Purpose," takes listeners behind the scenes of policy with the people who help shape it. Host Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School, dives into real-world and timely policy topics with leading experts from the school and the policy world at large.