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Panelist Bio


Rajesh Narayanan, Ph.D.
LSU Associate Professor, Finance

Dr. Narayanan is the Cameron Professor of Finance in the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Narayanan’s academic research focuses on issues related to financial markets and financial institutions. His recent work involves assessing the private benefits and social costs associated with statutory and regulatory expansions of banking powers and bank bailouts, the role of bank risk management on bank failure and financial stability, and the influence of markets for default insurance on the resolution of financial distress. He has published articles in leading academic journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Money Credit and Banking. He has made numerous research presentations at national and internal conferences and universities. He has won several university research awards and Best Paper Awards at academic conferences.

Dr. Narayanan’s interviews and commentary have been featured in national media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, CNN/Money, Bloomberg, Fortune as well as in regional and local media outlets such the Times Picayune, The Advocate, Baton Rouge Business report, WBRZ-TV, and WWL-Radio. Dr. Narayanan has been invited to conduct seminars for executives in Brazil, Czech Republic, India, China, and Malaysia in addition to those in the U.S on a variety of topics. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the University Outstanding Tutor award, MBA Professor of the Year and the Outstanding Educator Award.

Prior to joining LSU, Dr. Narayanan was the JP Morgan Chase Professor of Financial Services at Ohio University. He has also served on the faculties at the University of Georgia, Concordia University, and was a visiting researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He obtained his Ph. D. from Florida State University.

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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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