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Panelist Bio


Robert Hebert, Ph.D.,
Economist, RFH Consulting

Robert Hebert is Auburn University Emeritus Russell Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies. He is a native of Louisiana and received his Ph.D. from LSU in 1970, after which he taught economics at Clemson University, Auburn University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has also taught economics in France at the Sorbonne and at the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Caen in Normandy.

Dr. Hebert has authored, co-authored or edited 10 books and more than 100 articles and reviews on various topics in economics, including his main research interest, the history of economics. Since his retirement from the classroom, he has been active as a consultant, providing forensic economic evaluations in various areas of litigation.

His many awards include Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, Auburn University’s Excellence in Outreach Award, and membership in national honor societies Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Epsilon, and Phi Beta Delta.

He and his wife, Diane (née Dupont) reside in Baton Rouge. Their daughter, Corie, is assistant professor of social work at Southeastern University in Hammond; and son, Charles, is Global Manager of Trading Development for Invesco, a major investment management company headquartered in Atlanta. Dr. and Mrs. Hebert have four granddaughters, who reside in Baton Rouge and Atlanta.

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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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