Underlying all of the Reilly Center’s endeavors is a commitment to serve our communities, advance good government initiatives to enhance thoughtful decisions by policy makers, and educate Louisiana residents on critical issues affecting their lives. The Center aims to put forth programming that fosters relationships in the community while discussing pertinent issues. Among these events is the annual John Breaux Symposium, our signature event, which delves into aspects of media, politics, and public policy in need of greater exploration. In its 16th iteration, the all-day 2019 event, “Politicking While Female: The Political Life of Women,” traced the barriers facing women in political leadership starting from the socialization of young children through the experiences of women while winning and serving in elected office.
Beyond the annual John Breaux Symposium, the Reilly Center hosts nearly 20 events each year. Those range from daylong forums to panels and book talks addressing contemporary issues of media and politics. Often events highlight the scholarly work of Manship School faculty or delve into contemporary topics important to our students and the public at-large. Events also provide opportunities for the public to interact with candidates vying for political office.