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LPB & UNO TO HOST SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE AMERICAN DREAM

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LPB and the Alexis de Tocqueville Project at the UNO will host a screening and panel discussion that will explore issues of economic and political equality. The event will take place October 4 at 7PM in the Liberal Arts Building, room 236 on UNO’s campus. Attendance is open to the public and free of charge.

A preview of the documentary Dream On will be shown. The film features political comedian John Fugelsang as he retraces the 1831 journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, who popularized the idea of the American Dream, to find out whether that dream is still alive.

Following the short screening, Chris Surprenant, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project at UNO, will moderate a panel discussion. The panel will include Tocqueville scholar Benjamin Berger from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, and columnist Jarvis DeBerry from The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com. The panel will explore what Tocqueville’s writings can teach us about equality in present day Louisiana. Additional material on the topic will be included in LPB’s weekly newsmagazine Louisiana: The State We’re In, which airs Fridays at 7PM and Sundays at 4:30PM on LPB, and Fridays at 7PM on WLAE in New Orleans.

Dream On will air Friday, October 7 at 10PM on LPB.

The event is supported by a grant from New York Public Media’s WNET and PBS.

For more information, contact Kelly Connelly Spires at (225) 767-4241, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


The University of New Orleans (UNO) is a major research university in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. For more than 50 years, it has been one of the city’s foremost public resources, offering a diverse set of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the city’s industry, culture and economy. Since 1958, UNO has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states in the United States and more than 130 countries. Today UNO offers more than 40 undergraduate and pre-professional programs and more than 40 graduate programs.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) is a state network of six non-commercial television stations licensed to the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA), established in 1971 by the Louisiana Legislature. The mission of LPB is to provide programming that is intelligent, informative, educational and entertaining. LPB strives to connect the citizens of Louisiana by creating content that showcases Louisiana’s unique history, people, places and events.

Published: September 14, 2016
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