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    Remembering D-Day

    Panelists talked about the different ways D-Day was remembered in United States and abroad. They said that in the U.S., D-Day was widely memorialized through monuments, museums and film, while In Germany there was not a single museum marking the D-Day invasion. The panel also spoke about how different countries have changed their views on D-Day over the years.

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    Aftermath of D-Day Invasion

    John McManus talked about what happened in the days and weeks following the June 6, 1944 D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France. He focused on challenges faced by the Allied forces, including the difficult terrain and the German fortifications in the towns surrounding the beaches. 

    This event was part of the National World War II Museum’s commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in June.

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    World War II Combat Chaplains

    Lyle Dorsett talked about military chaplains during World War II, including the difficulties the chaplains faced and stories from many of their autobiographies. Aprroximately 12,000 chaplains traveled with combatants into battle and served as friends, advisors, and spiritual leaders. 

    This event was part of the National World War II Museum’s commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

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    Copyright for Writers

    Marie Breaux talked about the history of authors' rights and argued that copyright law would likely need to be revised due to the creation of Creative Commons and other platforms. This event was part of the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

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    Gender and Incarceration

    A panel of advocates for the rights of incarcerated women discussed that women were the fasted growing group of incarcerated people in the United States. The panel of black women, some of whom had been imprisoned themselves, discussed the compounding effect the incarceration rate has had on their communities and how the study of incarceration, which had focused on men, changed when gender was considered. Topics included the over-policing of the black community. 

    “Gender, Race, and Incarceration,” held at Tulane University’s Lavin-Bernick Center, was sponsored by Newcomb-Tulane College and the Newcomb College Institute. It was affiliated with the 2013 Tulane Reading Project on Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

    Some language might not be appropriate for all viewers.

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    President Obama in New Orleans

    President Obama spoke at the Port of New Orleans about the economy and urged lawmakers to increase spending on infrastructure such as ports and roads in order to boost exports and improve the economy in both the long and short term. He also called for greater investment in education and spoke about health care reform implementation.

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    Introductory Remarks Before President's Remarks

    Anthony Foxx, Cedric Richmond, and others spoke prior President Obama’s speech at the Port of New Orleans.

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    Book Discussion on Hope After Faith

    Former Pentecostal preacher turned atheist Jerry Dewitt talked about his book, Hope After Faith: An Ex-Pastor’s Journey From Belief to Atheism, in which he recalls his loss of faith and the succeeding termination of his relationship with his wife, friends, and parishioners in DeRidder, Louisiana. He talked about evolving new practices for a profound moral life and the concept of cultural Christianity. Jerry Dewitt spoke at Garden District Bookshop in New Orleans. He was joined by his co-author, Ethan Brown.

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    Civil Rights Leader Diane Nash

    Diane Nash, who helped coordinate the Freedom Rides in the 1960s, spoke about her role as a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and her time in the South. She also argued for on-going social change. She spoke with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris- Perry at Tulane University in New Orleans, where Ms. Perry is a professor. 
    This event was hosted by Tulane’s Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South.

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    Book Discussion on Hope Against Hope

    Sarah Carr talks about her book, Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children, in which she follows a student, teacher, and principal as they negotiate New Orleans' school system. In her book, the author explores the results of the Louisiana state legislature’s decision in 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina, to reassign control of the majority of New Orleans' public schools to the Recovery School District administered by the state. Sarah Carr spoke at Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans.