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|LINDY BOGGS TO PRESENT SOUTHEASTERN’S MORRISON LECTURE SEPT. 9
HAMMOND – Louisiana political
legend Lindy Boggs, the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana and former ambassador to the Vatican, will present Southeastern
Louisiana University’s annual James H. Morrison Lecture on Politics and
Government at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 in the Student Union Theatre.
The free lecture, which is open
to the public, is sponsored by Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana
Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences. The event honors the late
James H. “Jimmy” Morrison, the Hammond native who represented Louisiana’s
Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from
1943-1967. Morrison died in 2000.
The lecture explores critical
and topical themes pertaining to public policy. Previous speakers have
included U.S. Senators John Breaux and Mary Landrieu, U.S. Representative
W.J. “Billy” Tauzin, state Senators John Hainkel and Melvin “Kip” Holden,
state Rep. Henry “Tank” Powell, and Louisiana Public Service Commissioner
Jack A. “Jay” Blossman Jr.
Boggs was elected to Congress
in 1973 through a special election to fill the seat of her late husband,
House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, whose plane disappeared over Alaska in
October 1972. She served nine terms before retiring in 1990.
As a member of Congress, Boggs
spearheaded legislation on issues ranging from civil rights to credit access
and government service pay equity for women. She served on the Appropriations
Committee and the Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families where
she chaired the Crisis Intervention Task Force.
From 1997-2001, Boggs served
as United States Ambassador to the Vatican.
In 1976, Boggs was the first
woman to chair the National Democratic Convention. She was also the first
woman to serve as a regent of the Smithsonian Institution. She presided
over the bicentennial of the American Constitution in 1987 and chaired
the commission commemorating the 200th anniversary of Congress.
Born in Point Coupee Parish,
Boggs is a graduate of Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University. She
has a special interest in scientific research, technology development and
housing issues. Her honors include the first American Veterans Auxiliary
National Humanitarian Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial Award, the
National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, the first annual
International Women’s Forum Award and the Louisiana Library Association’s
Literary Award for her book, “Washington Through a Purple Veil.”
For additional information about
the Morrison Lecture, call the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies,