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Panelist Bio


Charlie Davis
State Director of Victory 2008, the Louisiana Republican Party

Charlie Davis is the current State Director of Louisiana Victory 2008, the state’s Republican Party federal campaign arm. Charlie previously served as Finance Director, Political Director and Director of Technology for the Louisiana Republican Party during the 1990’s. He is also the creator of LAGOP.net, the social networking web site for Louisiana Republican activists to interact.

Charlie is a successful entrepreneur, political activist and consultant. He is active in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors and is currently the President of the Louisiana Children’s Education Alliance (LCEA) and Liquid Ventures, Inc. LCEA is a 501c3 organization that works to educate parents, community leaders, and policy makers about the positive benefits of providing educational options to parents and empowering them to choose the best education for their children.

Liquid Ventures is a business incubation and consulting firm that provides start-up companies with the knowledge and support that they need to grow. Liquid Ventures provides guidance on management, information technology, strategic planning and business development - as well as office space and financial support. Key clients include Prodigy Sports Group, FanTheFire.com, Varsity Vests and GatorWorks Web Design. Charlie also oversees the political consulting division of Liquid Ventures which specializes in helping clients implement effective programs in grassroots mobilization, earned media efforts and online campaigns.

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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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