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"America in the World:
The Baton Rouge Perspective"

On Saturday, January 24, 2004, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs in the Manship School of Journalism at LSU, and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation cosponsored "By the People: America in the World" Citizen Deliberation, a nationwide initiative of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.

The "By the People" project hopes to energize and enhance the national conversation on America's role in the world through a series of national and local broadcasts and events that demonstrate the relevance of foreign policy issues to local concerns.

Baton Rouge was selected as one of ten communities across the nation to participate in the "By the People" project. Randomly selected persons from East Baton Rouge Parish interacted in small group discussions, formulated questions and presented them to a plenary panel of experts. Topics under consideration were about contemporary United States foreign policy issues, specifically in relation to 1) United States involvement in the Middle East and 2) the nation's role in the international free trade system.


The audience for the Baton Rouge dialogue.

 

 

 


"Deliberative Poll" Shows Americans' Views on Iraq, Trade

BATON ROUGE RESULTS
Results from the Baton Rouge dialogue and those from around the country were the subject of a nationally-televised "By the People" program that aired Thursday, January 29 at 8:00 p.m. on LPB.

The "By the People" event Baton Rouge was conducted in partnership with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions/News Hour, and was locally cosponsored by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs in the Manship School of Journalism at LSU, and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Beth Courtney and the plenary panel: Mann, Beriwal, Richardson, and Adams.
LPB President and CEO Beth Courtney moderated
Plenary Session. The plenary panel, featured :

Robert “Bob” Mann, Director of Communications, Louisiana Governor’s Office

Madhu Beriwal, President and CEO, Innovative Emergency Management, Inc.

James A. Richardson, Director of the Public Administration Institute, Louisiana State University

Karen Ruth Adams, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Louisiana State University

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