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The Governors Project 2015

Launched to coincide with the 2015 Louisiana gubernatorial election, the Louisiana Governors Project focused on delivering new insights and learning tools for public understanding of the role of leadership in shaping the state’s political history since 1964. Through an examination of the last seven administrations, the LEH partnered local communities in each of the hometowns of the previous seven governors, during the two months preceding the October 24, 2015 gubernatorial primary. Moderated panels of scholars, journalists and former staffers explored the backgrounds of each governor, their political awakenings, campaigns and leadership styles, and the signal events and legislation that defined each administration.

The fall 2015 issue of Louisiana Cultural Vistas served as a companion to the project. Click here to read features from the magazine.

 

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Governor John McKeithen (1964-1972)

Hosted by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities at the Schepis Museum in Columbia, Louisiana on September 10, 2015.  Panelists: Dan Borné, Ted Jones, Jerry Sanson and Gus Weill.  Moderator: Jim Engster

 

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Governor Edwin Edwards (1972-1980, 1984-1988, 1992-1996)

Hosted by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities at the Rice Theater in Crowley, Louisiana on September 17, 2015.  Panelists: Billy Broadhurst, Isabella Dela Houssaye, Leo Honeycutt, Raymond Jetson, Michael Martin, and Gus Weill.  Moderator: Beth Courtney (Louisiana Public Broadcasting)

 

Louisiana Cultural Vistas in conversation with Governor Edwin Edwards, 2015.

 

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Governor Dave Treen, Sr. (1980-1984)

Hosted by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities at the Louisiana Humanities Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 24, 2015.  Panelists: Bubba Henry, Lanny Keller, Sally Nungesser and Norman Robinson.  Moderator: Robert Mann

 

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Governor Buddy Roemer (1988-1992)

Hosted by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities at the Theater for the Performing arts at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana on October 1, 2015.  Panelists: Foster Campbell, Jimmy Dimos, Cedric Glover, Don Kelly.  Moderator: Dr. Gary Joiner

 

Louisiana Cultural Vistas in conversation with Governor Buddy Roemer, 2015.

 

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Governor Mike Foster (1996-2004)

Hosted by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities at the Teche Theater in Franklin, Louisiana on October 8, 2015.  Panelists: Tyler Bridges, Louis Perret, Stephen Perry, Tom Spradley.  Moderator: Dr. Pearson Cross

 

KnowLouisiana’s Brian Boyles sat down with former Governor Mike Foster at his home in Franklin, 2015

 

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Governor Kathleen Blanco (2004-2008)

Hosted by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities at the Sliman Theater in New Iberia, Louisiana on October 15, 2015.  Panelists: Jerry Luke LeBlanc, Kimberly Hunter Reed, Rochelle Michaud Dugas, John Hill.  Moderator: Malcolm Ehrhardt

 

KnowLouisiana’s Brian Boyles sat down with former Governor Kathleen Blanco at her home in Lafayette, 2015.

 

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Governor Bobby Jindal (2008-2016)

Hosted by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities at the Old State Capitol Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 22, 2015.  Panelists: with Paul Rainwater, Dr. Joshua Stockley, Stephanie Grace and Troy Hebert.  Moderator: Sue Lincoln

 

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The LEH thanks the generous sponsors of the Louisiana Governors Project:

  • Caldwell Bank & Trust
  • The McKeithen Family
  • William and Dawn Trotter
  • Roedel Parsons
  • Deborah Duplechin Harkins
  • Jack McGuire
  • Susan Afeman
  • The St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce
  • Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau
  • Michael Olivier and the Committee of 100 Economic Development, Inc.
  • Sally Nungesser

Special thanks to our moderators and panelists:

  • Tyler Bridges
  • Billy Broadhurst
  • Foster Campbell
  • Dr. Pearson Cross
  • Beth Courtney
  • Jimmy Dimos
  • Rochelle Michaud Dugas
  • Malcolm Ehrhardt
  • Cedric Glover
  • Stephanie Grace
  • Troy Hebert
  • Bubba Henry
  • John Hill
  • Leo Honeycutt
  • Isabella Dela Houssaye
  • Raymond Jetson
  • Dr. Gary Joiner
  • Lanny Keller
  • Don Kelly
  • Jerry Luke LeBlanc
  • Sue Lincoln
  • Robert Mann
  • Michael Martin
  • Sally Nungesser
  • Louis Perret
  • Stephen Perry
  • Paul Rainwater
  • Kimberly Hunter Reed
  • Norman Robinson
  • Tom Spradley
  • Dr. Joshua Stockley
  • Gus Weill

 

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