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Barry Erwin

CABL President to present Southeastern's Morrison Lecture

Contact: Rene Abadie


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     HAMMOND – Barry Erwin, president of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL), will present Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual James H. Morrison Lecture on Politics and Government Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre. 
     The free lecture, which is open to the public, is intended to explore critical and topical themes pertaining to public policy. Sponsored by Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the lecture honors the late James H. “Jimmy” Morrison, the Hammond native who represented Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943-1967.
     Erwin began working with CABL in 1964 when he was a partner with IMPACT Strategies, a Baton Rouge-based public affairs and issues management firm and joined the organization as senior vice president in 2000. A 1979 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a degree in journalism, he has served as a guest lecturer in political science and public relations at Louisiana State University. He has also taught professional journalists in Zambia as part of a U.S. State Department program to aid emerging democracies.
     CABL is a statewide, nonprofit organization that works on issues that impact quality of life in Louisiana. The organization is involved in numerous policy issues at the state level, including education, fiscal policies and government ethics. CABL also operates the Leadership Louisiana program, which now has an alumni base of more than 500 state and community leaders across the state.
     Previous speakers have included U.S. Senators John Breaux and Mary Landrieu, U.S. Representatives Lindy Boggs and W.J. “Billy” Tauzin, state Rep. Henry “Tank” Powell, Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, and then-Secretary of State Jay Dardenne.
     For additional information about the Morrison Lecture, call the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, 985-549-2151.

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