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Panelist Bio


Sen. Norbert Chabert
R-Houma

Senator Norby Chabert was born and raised on Bayou Petite Caillou. He is a proud graduate of South Terrebonne High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Nicholls State University focusing his studies on Government and History.

Norby began his governmental service as an aid and adviser to both Republican and Democrat federal, state, and local officials across Louisiana. Following a successful career in political consulting, he returned home to his alma mater joining the presidents administration at Nicholls as associate director of marketing and development for the University.

In 2009 he resigned that position to enter a special election for an open state Senate seat that was once held by both his father Leonard and brother Marty. In August of that year he won the election and served in the Senate for two years before being re-elected without opposition to a full term in 2011. His district is comprised of most areas of the Houma-Thibodaux region, and all of the coast of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.

As a member of the Louisiana Senate, Norby currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and is a member of the Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee, the Judiciary B Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. In addition, Senator Chabert is Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Vocational and Technical Education and also serves on the Senate Select Committee on Coastal Restoration and Flood Control.

In his private life Norby is a small business owner with interest ranging from Hospitality and Service, Real Estate Development, and the Oil and Gas Industry. He currently lives in Downtown Houma and is an active member of his community.

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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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