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September 23: Cheryl Teamer – Senior VP for Public Affairs

by NicoleKurtz on Oct.01, 2014, under Weekly Guests

New Orleans as Discourse – Cheryl Teamer Interview

Cheryl R. Teamer serves as the Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.  In her role at the CVB, Cheryl advocates on behalf of the tourism and hospitality industry that employs more than eighty thousand people, serves more than 12 million visitors and generates more than $6.4 billion in economic impact.

Cheryl’s professional portfolio includes her previous role as the founder of both the Teamer Strategy Group and New Orleans Custom Tours and Events.

Before that, Cheryl served as a Regional Vice President for Government Relations at Harrah’s Entertainment. Before joining Harrah’s, she was an attorney with the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP.

Cheryl has served as the chief intergovernmental relations officer for the City of New Orleans and as the Attorney for the Louisiana House of Representatives, Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs. In addition, she has served as an adjunct professor at the University of New Orleans in the College of Urban and Public Affairs and has lectured extensively on lobbying techniques and legislative strategy.

Cheryl graduated cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is also a graduate of Tulane University Law School where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board.

Since completing her formal studies, Cheryl has furthered her education by doing two international fellowships in Urban Affairs – The Mc Cloy Fellows Program (Germany) and the Clair Fellows Program (Japan). In addition, she has completed several leadership programs, including, the Metropolitan Area Committee Leadership Forum, The Aspen Institute-New Orleans and the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute.

Cheryl, a strong proponent of public service, is active in a variety of civic and charitable organizations.  She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and currently serves as the first woman to chair the governing board of the Louis Armstrong International Airport. Cheryl is the vice chairman of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the immediate past chairman of The Young Audiences Charter School Association. She has served on the following boards: Young Audiences of Louisiana, Second Harvest Food Bank, Chamber of Commerce for New Orleans and the River Region, Audubon Institute, Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, Congressional Black Caucus Corporate Advisory Board, Ursuline Academy Alumnae Association, Louisiana Mental Health Association, Louisiana Make A Wish Foundation, Southern Eye Bank and the First Grace Community Alliance.

Cheryl is an active member of the New Orleans Chapter of the Links, Incorporated and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Greater New Orleans.



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October 1st: Kenneth Schwartz, FAIA Favrot Professor and Dean

by NicoleKurtz on Sep.30, 2014, under Weekly Guests

New Orleans as Discourse – Ken Schwartz

In 2008, Kenneth Schwartz was appointed as dean of the Tulane School of Architecture after serving as professor, department chair, and associate dean during twenty-four years at the University of Virginia.  In 2003 he won the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award – one is given each year for the entire university, and it is considered one of the highest honors bestowed upon faculty at UVA.

As a founding principal of CP+D (Community Planning + Design) and Schwartz-Kinnard, Architects, he has won four national design competitions exploring the constructive force that progressive urbanism and architecture can play in rebuilding cities. In addition to his design work, Mr. Schwartz has served as a planning commissioner and member of the Board of Architectural Review for the City of Charlottesville, focusing on design and preservation issues in the community. Mr. Schwartz served on the University of Virginia Master Planning Committee and the Art and Architecture Review Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a Past President of the National Architecture Accrediting Board and recent board member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

At Tulane, key achievements include significant increases in national exposure and prominence for the work of the students and faculty particularly in creating a national model of community engagement.  With more than seventy projects conducted with community partners through Tulane City Center and beyond, the Tulane School of Architecture has become one of the most visible units of Tulane University in creating a national model of innovative pedagogy.

Kenneth Schwartz has remained active as a public speaker on issues ranging from “smart building technology” to national perspectives on architecture education for the future.  He was invited as a plenary speaker with the CEO of IBM, Ginni Rommety, at an international conference in Rio de Janeiro and presented the IBM/Tulane collaboration (the first such collaboration by IBM with a university).

He is pleased to be continuing his work as an educator, architect, and engaged citizen at the Tulane School of Architecture.



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September 17: James Carville & Mary Matalin – Previously Recorded

by NicoleKurtz on Sep.16, 2014, under Weekly Guests


James Carville is a Democratic strategist who serves as a political contributor for CNN, appearing frequently on CNN’s The Situation Room as well as other programs on all CNN networks. Carville remains active in Democratic politics and is a party fundraiser.

Carville was formerly co-host of Crossfire, CNN’s political debate program. Carville, an outspoken Democratic political strategist and commentator, emerged onto the national political scene after his consulting firm, Carville & Begala, helped elect President Bill Clinton in 1992. For his work on the Clinton campaign, the American Association of Political Consultants named him Campaign Manager of the Year in 1993. He went on to serve as a senior political adviser to the president.

In recent years, Carville has not been a paid political consultant for any domestic politicians or candidates for office.

Carville & Begala’s other well-known electoral successes include the 1991 Senate victory of Harris Wofford in Pennsylvania, the 1990 gubernatorial victories of Georgia’s Zell Miller and Pennsylvania’s Robert P. Casey, and the 1998 re-election of Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey.

Often referred to as the “Ragin’ Cajun” for his animated and colorful debating style and his roots in Louisiana, Carville began managing political campaigns in 1982. Before entering politics, he worked as a litigator at a Baton Rouge, La., law firm from 1973-1979 and also had stints in the U.S. Marines and as a high school teacher.

Carville co-authored the best seller Buck Up, Suck Up… and Come Back When You Foul Up with Begala and has also authored We’re Right, They’re Wrong: A Handbook for Spirited Progressives, And the Horse he Rode in on: The People vs. Ken Starr, and ‘Stickin- The Case for Loyalty. With his wife, renowned Republican strategist Mary Matalin, he co-authored a book titled, All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President. Matalin is a former conservative host of Crossfire (1999-2001).

Born and raised in Carville, La., a town named for his grandfather, he graduated from Louisiana State University with undergraduate and law degrees.


Mary Matalin joined CNN as a Republican strategist and political contributor in April 2009 and now appears on a variety of network programs, including Anderson Cooper 360°, State of the Union with John King, and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. In addition, Matalin appears twice monthly alongside her husband, Democratic strategist and fellow CNN political contributor James Carville, exclusively, on State of the Union with John King.

Matalin has worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. She formerly held the White House positions of assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Matalin served as the deputy campaign manager for political operations during President George H.W. Bush’s 1992 reelection campaign, and as a strategist for his 1988 campaign. In between the campaigns, Matalin was chief of staff for the Republican National Committee.

Matalin currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Threshold Editions. She has appeared as a political commentator on television, and was formerly a host of CNN’s Crossfire, CNBC’s Equal Time and The Mary Matalin Show for the CBS Talk Radio Network. In 1996, 1997 and 1998, Talkers Magazine named Matalin one of “The 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts” in the country.

She also has penned articles for opinion pages and several books, including Letters to My Daughter, which received recognition on multiple book lists, and All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President, which she co-authored with Carville.


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September 10: James Bernazzani Retired FBI Special Agent in Charge

by NicoleKurtz on Sep.08, 2014, under Weekly Guests

Sept 10 – \”New Orleans as Discourse\” James Bernazanni Interview

Jim is a distinguished veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who devoted his career to fighting organized crime and protecting against domestic and international terrorist threats. He retired from the FBI in 2008 after nearly 24 years of service and received the Presidential Award for Meritorious Service in 2006.

During his career with the FBI, Bernazzani served as Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division and Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks against America, he was promoted to Deputy Director for Law Enforcement at the Counterterrorism Center, Central Intelligence Agency. In May 2003, he was again promoted to Principal Deputy Director of the newly formed Terrorist Threat Integration Center. At the time of his appointment as Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division, Special Agent Bernazzani also served as Deputy Assistant Director for international terrorism investigations and operations.

Bernazzani is President and co-founder of the Youth Rescue Initiative. This nonprofit organization is a comprehensive effort designed to help at-risk youth to create structured opportunities for positive growth.

He is a graduate of Harvard University.


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September 3rd: Dr. Peter J. Fos – President of UNO

by NicoleKurtz on Sep.02, 2014, under Weekly Guests

New Orleans as Discourse – Dr. Fos Interview

Dr. Peter J. Fos currently holds the position of President at The University of New Orleans.  As President he is responsible for a $105M annual budget, two campuses, five degree granting colleges, the Earl K. Long Library, the 10,000 seat Nat Kiefer Lakefront Arena, 1,100 employees, and 10,000 students.  Additionally, he is responsible for the NPR affiliate WWNO-FM. He also holds a Professor position in the Department of Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Foundations in the College of Education and Human Development.

He began his position at The University of New Orleans in January 2012 after serving as Professor and Program Director of Health Policy and Systems Management at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, School of Public Health (LSUHSC-NO SPH) from April 2011 to January 2012. At LSUHSC-NO SPH he had the responsibility for the academic aspects of the program, including curriculum development and assessment, and student and faculty professional development.

He previous served as Provost and Executive Vice President at The University of Texas at Tyler from June 2008 until April 2011.  As Provost, he had the responsibility for undergraduate and graduate programs, sponsored research, assessment and institutional effectiveness, academic success program, international education, the honors program, and the University Registrar.  In addition, he oversaw five academic colleges, which included the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Technology, Education and Psychology, Engineering and Computer Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences, the Graduate School, the Robert R. Muntz Library, and the Palestine and Longview campuses. Dr. Fos held the Sam A. Lindsey Endowed Chair at The University of Texas at Tyler.  This endowed chair is awarded to a recognized scholar in an academic discipline that is of strategic importance to the University.  The holder of the chair is a scholar noted for research, teaching, and service.

He began his work at The University of University of Texas at Tyler after serving as Dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi for four years.  At The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Fos had the responsibility for undergraduate and graduate programs for 3,000 students in seven departments and schools. Dr. Fos currently holds, or has held, Adjunct Full Professor appointments at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Health Related Professions.  He is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Fos has held faculty positions at the UNLV School of Dental Medicine, where he served as Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences, and Tulane University School of Health Sciences Center, School of

Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  Dr. Fos spent 17 years at Tulane University in the Department of Health Systems Management, and served as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Relations.

Prior to working at The University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Fos held the position of Chief Science Officer at the Mississippi State Department of Health from January 2003 through June of 2004.  As Chief Science Officer, Dr. Fos served as Senior Deputy to the State Health Officer and oversaw the Offices of Science and Evaluation and Health Decision Science.  The Mississippi State Department of Health has a $280M annual budget, employs 2,300 people, and operates over 100 health clinics and WIC direct food distribution centers throughout the State of Mississippi.

Dr. Fos has received numerous honors and awards since beginning his academic career.  In addition, Dr. Fos has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, white papers and book chapters in the areas of health care decision analysis, environmental health, data mining, neural networks, health services research, and managerial epidemiology.  He is the principal author of the best selling textbook, published by Jossey-Bass, a John Wiley Imprint, titled “Designing Health Care for Populations: Applied Epidemiology in Health Care Administration.”  In addition, he is principal author of “Managerial Epidemiology for Health Care Organizations, 2nd Edition,” also published by Jossey-Bass. The rights to this book have been acquired by King Saud University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for translation into Arabic. He is the author of the recently released book titled “Epidemiology Foundations: the Basic Science of Public Health.”  This book was published by Jossey-Bass in December of 2010. He has presented over 50 papers and abstracts at international, national, regional and local conferences.

He has received over $6.5M in external grants and contracts.  His research interests and consulting experience include: health system planning and evaluation, managerial epidemiology, decision sciences, health status, health disparities, health-related quality of life, patient satisfaction, access to health care, applied artificial intelligence, negotiation, clinical effectiveness, statistical process control, data mining and outcomes research.

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August 27th: Robert W. Brown – Managing Partner at Paradigm PLUS LLC

by NicoleKurtz on Aug.26, 2014, under Weekly Guests

\”New Orleans as Discourse\” Bob Brown

Bob Brown is the Managing Director, Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region.   Brown coordinates and manages relationships with elected officials and governmental bodies and civic groups, develops and executes the initiatives of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, and compiles, analyzes and presents research aimed at supporting the organization’s goals and priorities.  Prior to joining the Business Council in October, 2007, Brown served as Vice Chancellor, Governmental, Community and Diversity Affairs at the University of New Orleans, Louisiana’s public urban university.   In 1996 Brown was designated by Chancellor Gregory O’Brien to lead the university’s first ever comprehensive capital campaign, raising more than $150 million in resources for endowed chairs and professorships, facilities, scholarships and other programs. He also currently holds higher education posts on the Board of Trustees for Loyola University-New Orleans and as a gubernatorial appointee to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Board of Supervisors.  He serves on numerous community and civic boards, including the Council for A Better Louisiana, the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education and is a trustee for the Greater New Orleans YMCA.  He has been honored with a Role Model Award from the Young Leadership Council, and was selected as a Community Hero/Olympic Torch Bearer for the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2007 he was honored with the Times-Picayune Loving Cup for community service, an individual award extended annually to an outstanding New Orleans citizen since 1901.  For more than 22 years he was a high school and college basketball referee and officiated in the NAIA (small college) National Championship tournament in 1994, ’95 and ’96. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Magna cum Laude) in History from Park College (Parkville, MO) in 1975 and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA) in 1979.  Brown is a native of Franklinton, Louisiana and resides in New Orleans..

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August 20th: Barbara Major – Community Organizer

by NicoleKurtz on Aug.20, 2014, under Weekly Guests

\”New Orleans as Discourse\” Barbara Major Interview

BARBARA MAJOR is a community organizer with over forty years of experience in local, national, and international community development efforts. In the 1970s, she worked with the Institute for Juvenile Justice and assisted in the development of a Juvenile Justice Code for the State of Louisiana. With the Louisiana Hunger Coalition, she petitioned the Federal government to ensure the availability of nutritious school breakfasts for low-income children, and advocated for the rights of food stamp recipients to a safe and sanitary place to apply for aid.  At this time she also began working as a Core Trainer for the People’s Institute, conducting undoing-racism workshops both nationally and internationally.

In the early 1980s, Ms. Major became assistant director for Bread for the World in Washington DC, where she helped to craft international food policy before returning to New Orleans to organize tenant unions against rent and utility spikes with the Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice. She was the founder and lead organizer of the St.Thomas-Irish Channel Consortium, which created a national model for comprehensive, strategic community development that organized and educated citizens on both grass-roots and policy levels. Later, under her tenure as Director of the St. Thomas Community Health Clinic, the clinic became the first in the country to declare racism a healthcare issue. It also became a community center for the people of the former St. Thomas housing development, helping citizens organize for better health, safer living conditions, and against violence.

After Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Major was made the Co-Chair of the Bring Back New Orleans Commission assembled by both, the Mayor, C. Ray Nagin and The Then President of the United States George W. Bush Jr., to lead the process of rebuilding the City of New Orleans. Ms Major was the founder of Citizens United for Economic Equity (CUEE), a local Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) created to help storm affected businesses recover. Under her leadership, CUEE received a grant from the State of Louisiana for 5 million Dollars to both loan and/or grant to small businesses.  She continues to work as an organizing consultant and an anti-racism trainer. She continues to serve on boards and committees, holding positions on the Regional Transit Authority ( RTA) Board (where, as Chair, she created and oversaw the development of small and disadvantaged business program and policies that is a model for the region). she has also served on the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors and a host of other boards and commissions both locally and nationally.  Ms. Major was the named defendant in Major v. Treen, the 1983 federal class-action lawsuit that created Louisiana’s first black majority congressional district. In addition, she is a nationally recognized speaker on issues of race, health, and economic equity, and has received numerous awards, including Women and Business’s ‘Woman of the Year’ in 2001.

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Artistic Literacy Lecture

by KatieDeBruhl on Feb.20, 2014, under Weekly Guests

Please comment on Prof. Mayfield’s biannual lecture on artistic literacy.

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April 23rd: Jim Bernazzani, President of Youth Rescue Initiative

by KatieDeBruhl on Jan.16, 2014, under Weekly Guests

As a graduate of Harvard University, James Bernazzani reported to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia on June 7, 1984. His career as a lawman and crimefighter has been stellar ever since.

Prior to coming to New Orleans, Bernazzani served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division where he was responsible for investigations and operations targeting international drug cartels and other organized crime groups. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks against America, Special Agent Bernazzani was promoted to Deputy Director for Law Enforcement at the Counterterrorism Center, Central Intelligence Agency. During May 2003, he was again promoted to Principal Deputy Director of the newly formed Terrorist Threat Integration Center. At the time of his appointment as Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division, Special Agent Bernazzani acted as Deputy Assistant Director for international terrorism investigations and operations handled by the FBI.

His term in New Orleans led to numerous convictions against violent criminals and corrupt government officials.  As Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Division, Mr. Bernazzani led the FBI response relative to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  For his work post Katrina/Rita, Mr. Bernazzani was awarded the 2006 Presidential Award for Meritorious Service.  During May 2008, Mr. Bernazzani retired from the FBI after 24 years of distinguished service.  He then co-founded a new nonprofit organization, The Youth Rescue Initiative, which is a comprehensive endeavor designed to assist at-risk youth in the greater New Orleans area overcome challenges and achieve success.  Its mission is to create structured opportunities for positive growth in an effort to build character and discipline among today’s disenfranchised youth, thus improving the quality of life for all citizens of New Orleans.  He currently serves as President.

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