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Panelist Bio


Charles Reith
Adjunct Professor at Tulane Board of Directors of the Alliance for Affordable Energy

Charles Reith serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, a nonprofit based in New Orleans that advocates ratepayer rights and environmentally responsible policies relative to energy, pollution, and global warming. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Management at The AB Freeman School of Business and The Payson Center for International Development, both at Tulane University. Dr. Reith founded and owns several small businesses and has been very active in the post-Katrina rebuild, serving on committees and preparing white papers that articulate the opportunities for environmental stewardship during this re-formative period.

Pre-Katrina, he maintained an active international consulting practice, guiding major corporations and ministries in countries such as Abu Dhabi, Peru, and Trinidad on methods of energy efficiency, reduced risk, and improved performance relative to global warming. He first came to Louisiana in 1994 to serve as Vice President for Environmental Safety and Health at DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations Company, where he oversaw environmental issues on the Department of Energy's Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Before coming to Louisiana, Dr. Reith worked for Jacobs Engineering, planning and supervising projects to clean up toxic contamination and safely dispose of radioactive waste. He has published three books and dozens of technical articles on environmental technology, green business, and sustainable development.

Current Topic


     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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