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Panelist Bio


Philip W. Barker, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Centenary College of Louisiana

Philip Barker is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Centenary College of Louisiana, where he has been for the last two years. He teaches a variety of courses in International Politics, covering a diversity of subject matter (from U.S. Foreign Policy to International Law and from Europe to Latin American and Africa).

Philip received his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Texas A&M University and completed his master's work and PhD at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research focuses on religious nationalism in Europe and the Middle East.

Philip is the author of the forthcoming book, If God Be for Us: Religious Nationalism in Modern Europe in which he explores the historic roots of religious identity in nations such as Ireland, Poland, and Greece. He is also currently carrying out research that look's at how the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are reshaping religiously based identities in both the United States and the Middle East. He has presented his research at a number of national and international conferences, including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.

On a personal level, Philip has a passion for travel. He recently took a group of students from Centenary to Spain for two weeks in order to explore the nature of Spanish identity throughout history. He is planning a return trip next year.

He currently lives in Shreveport with his wife and two year old son.

Current Topic


     05/18 - News About the News

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? What role has the downsizing of traditional media played in creating a gap in coverage and possibly, community trust? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? And, how can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “News about the News” airing Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, May 22)

Our panelists are:
• Len Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy, LSU Manship School
• Jarvis DeBerry, Deputy Opinion Editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune
• Peter Kovacs, Editor, The Advocate
• Lance Porter, Director, LSU Social Media Analysis & Creation Lab

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and journalist and political historian, Bob Mann moderate the discussion. The program features interviews with Michael Henderson, director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Ray Pingree, Associate Professor wth the LSU Manship School of Communication; John DeSantis, Senior Staff Writer for The Houma Times and Judi Terzotis, president of The Advocate.

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.
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