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2018 Sternberg Lecture

2017-2018 Sternberg Professor Robert Mann to Give Lecture on Ronald Reagan
2018 Sternberg Lecture

The Sternberg Lecture will be given by Professor Robert Mann.

Baton Rouge, La. – Manship Chair Robert Mann will deliver the 2018 Erich and Lea Sternberg Lecture on April 19, 2018 at 4:30 PM in the Hans & Donna Sternberg Salon of the French House. The lecture will be hosted by the Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College. Mann, the 2017-2018 Sternberg Professor, will give the keynote address titled “A Time for Choosing: Ronald Reagan’s Journey from Hollywood to the White House.”

Named in Honor of Lea Sternberg, former co-owner of Baton Rouge based Goudchaux’s/ Maison Blanche, the Sternberg Professorship is the most prestigious award given to faculty by the College.

“I can think of no one who better exemplifies the personal and professional qualities that the College looks for in a Sternberg Professor,” Ogden Honors College Dean Jonathan Earle said.  “He brings a voice of reason to any endeavor, and his dedication to our students and the university make him uniquely qualified for the College’s most prestigious faculty award.”

Mann holds the Manship Chair in Journalism at the Manship School of Mass Communication. Previously he served as communications director to former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, and state director and press secretary to U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana. He also acted as press secretary to U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana, and press secretary for the 1990 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana. Additionally, Mann was the communications director for the 2003 Blanco campaign.

Mann has also worked extensively as a reporter for the Shreveport Journal and the Monroe News-Star. His essays and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Boston Globe and Politico. He is editor of the Media & Public Affairs Book Series, a joint series sponsored by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs and LSU Press. Mann recently ended his tenure as a political columnist for the New Orleans-Times Picayune | 

The lecture on Reagan will be an ideological pilgrimage with the future president – from the early-1950s to mid-1960s – as he evolves from a political liberal into the most popular, powerful conservative voice of his generation. It is free of charge and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.


Jacqueline DeRobertis
Ogden Honors College