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Breaux, Livingston, Tauzin headline Ed Renwick Lecture Series

Loyola press release - March 14, 2011

Three of the most effective politicians in Louisiana history, former Senator John Breaux, former Congressmen Bob Livingston and Billy Tauzin, will converge on the Loyola University New Orleans campus to take part in the Institute of Politics’ Ed Renwick Lecture Series on Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. The event will be held in Roussel Hall in the Communications/Music Complex and is free and open to the public.

“From the Bayou to the Beltway: Tales from Capitol Hill” will be a three-man panel discussion moderated by Fox 8 journalist Lee Zurik. The lecture will offer attendees a rare opportunity to hear from three men with more than 90 years of political experience combined about the legislative and political process, both at the state and national level.

Tommy Screen, director of Loyola’s Institute of Politics, says having Breaux, Livingston, and Tauzin all in one room for such an event is a rare occurrence and one not to be missed.

“The overall goal of the lecture is to promote thought and debate about important issues in contemporary politics or policy,” Screen said. “If you want to talk about leadership in this state over the last quarter century, you have to mention each member of our panel. To have just one of them speak to our fellows would have been fantastic, but to have all three on the same stage at the same time is a rare opportunity that we are proud to provide to the community.”

The event also marks the celebration of the 2010-11 IOP graduating class. With 37 graduating fellows, it marks one of the largest classes in the history of the institute.

Entering its 43rd year, the IOP provides a comprehensive political education to New Orleans’ future elected officials, journalists and civic activists. The mission of IOP is to locate men and women with outstanding leadership potential and bring them together for a series of lectures and discussions on practical politics and government by prominent, experienced guest speakers.

In an attempt to accomplish this goal, fellows are exposed to the history of politics in New Orleans and Louisiana, and begin to understand how that history influences voters’ and politicians’ decision making.

For more information contact Tommy Screen at 861-7082 or tscreen@loyno.edu.