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Civic Engagement in Louisiana (2012)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2012-01-25

Duration: 00:55:59

Subjects: Religion | Filmed panel discussions | Political participation | Volunteers | Politics


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Climek, Michael Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Schedler, Tom Interviewee
  • Samuels, Albert Interviewee
  • Kimball, Kitty Interviewee
  • Dardenne, Jay Interviewee
  • Reilly, Jennifer Eplett Interviewee
  • Chemel, Chris Interviewee
  • Carter, Steve Interviewee
  • McKnight, C.W. Speaker
  • Lancon, Robert Speaker
  • Adams, Wade Speaker
  • Town, Hays Speaker
  • Ryan, Emily Speaker
  • LeBlanc, Gary Speaker
  • Garner, Jill Speaker
  • Gardner, Lisa Speaker
  • Leach, Queena Speaker
  • Taylor, Dennis Speaker
  • Harris, Ray Speaker
  • Samuels, Marc Speaker
  • Greggs, Isaac Speaker
  • Babb, Nathan Speaker
  • Craft, Rosalin Speaker
  • Carter, Sheila Speaker
  • Pace, Janet Panelist
  • Corbello, Kurt Panelist
  • Birkett, Brenda Panelist
  • St. Germain, Karen Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from January 25, 2012, features Michael Climek leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on civic engagement in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Secretary of State Tom Schedler; Dr. Albert Samuels, the chairman of the political science department at Southern University; Chief Justice Kitty Kimball of the Louisiana Supreme Court; Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne; Jennifer Eplett Reilly of City Year Louisiana; Chris Chemel of Occupy Baton Rouge; and State Representative Steve Carter. The audience members then discuss three types of civic engagement: political participation, volunteerism, and protests. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Janet Pace, the executive director of the Louisiana Serve Commission; Dr. Kurt Corbello, an associate professor of political science at Southeastern Louisiana University; Dr. Brenda Birkett, the president of the Baton Rouge chapter of The Links, Incorporated; and State Representative Karen St. Germain. They discuss: the level of civic engagement in Louisiana; encouraging youth participation; the role of religion in volunteerism; the lack of women in Louisiana politics; promoting volunteer opportunities; and the media’s responsibility in the political process. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Michael Climek