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Panelist Bio


Barry Keim
State Climatologist & LSU Professor of Geography and Anthropology

Dr. Barry Keim is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at LSU and is the Louisiana State Climatologist.

His research interests are in the areas of climate change, extreme weather events, heavy rainfall, hurricanes, and applied climatology, and he has published numerous scholarly articles on these topics.

His recent research includes the environmental impacts of Hurricane Katrina to Louisiana including the devastation of his hometown of Chalmette, Louisiana.

Current Topic


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

Recent Topics


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?

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