Former Gov. Buddy Roemer, Melissa Harris-Perry debate Tuesday at Tulane forum

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Tulane Hillel will host a debate between former Governor Buddy Roemer and Tulane Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, who also hosts her own MSNBC show, in a forum called “Is America Moving to The Left? Was This Election About Ideology at All?” on Tuesday evening (Nov. 27).

For more information see the following press release from Tulane Hillel or visit the event’s website:

New Forum for Discussion of Major Issues That Affect New Orleans
Tulane Hillel Hosts “The Big Issue,”
A New Series Designed to Give All Sides an Equal Voice

Amidst the rise of reality television, 24-hour news coverage and daytime talk shows, political discourse in this country has been diluted by media portrayals of scandal and fame. As a response to this trend, Hillel at Tulane University is hosting a new ongoing series called “The Big Issue,” where in front of a live audience, representatives from across the political spectra will meet in an uncensored debate about today’s most pressing political issues.

According to Rabbi Yonah Schiller, Executive Director of Tulane Hillel, “We are placing an emphasis on having a provocative debate between intelligent people that moves the conversation beyond sound bites. We want to create a platform where great thinkers can present on and participants can engage in raw discussion of the major issues that affect our society. The idea is that these conversations can merge political ideas with practical experiences on both a national and local level.”

He continues, “Our goal is for the people who attend ‘The Big Issue’ to enjoy themselves and at the same time come away feeling informed – whatever conclusions they reach, and whichever side of the political aisle they are affiliated. In addition, the unique debate format is a high energy and entertaining way of getting to the root issues. It will be a lot of fun.”

The goal of this forum is not only to educate viewers about current affairs, but it is also to blur the lines that often separate presenter from audience and to continue to promote media literacy and constructive analysis of an ever-changing political arena.

Date: November 27, 2012, 8PM

Where: The Mintz Center, 912 Broadway, New Orleans 70118

Topic: Is America Moving to The Left? Was This Election About Ideology at All?

Moderator: LEE ZURIK

Speaker: BUDDY ROEMER Mr. Roemer served as Governor of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992. Prior to this, he was a Member of the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1988.

Speaker: MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY Ms. Harris Parry is host of MSNBC’s show, “Melissa Harris-Perry.” Harris-Perry is also professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She previously served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University.

Twitter: @the_big_issue


Refreshments: There will be a cash bar serving cocktails and snacks.

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