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Panelist Bio


Philip W. Barker, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, Centenary College of Louisiana

Philip Barker is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Centenary College of Louisiana, where he has been for the last two years. He teaches a variety of courses in International Politics, covering a diversity of subject matter (from U.S. Foreign Policy to International Law and from Europe to Latin American and Africa).

Philip received his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Texas A&M University and completed his master's work and PhD at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research focuses on religious nationalism in Europe and the Middle East.

Philip is the author of the forthcoming book, If God Be for Us: Religious Nationalism in Modern Europe in which he explores the historic roots of religious identity in nations such as Ireland, Poland, and Greece. He is also currently carrying out research that look's at how the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are reshaping religiously based identities in both the United States and the Middle East. He has presented his research at a number of national and international conferences, including the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.

On a personal level, Philip has a passion for travel. He recently took a group of students from Centenary to Spain for two weeks in order to explore the nature of Spanish identity throughout history. He is planning a return trip next year.

He currently lives in Shreveport with his wife and two year old son.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Monday, February 20)

Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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