October 30, 2018

Drama and Politics Alumnus to Visit Campus for Book Signing

Mitch Landrieu, B.A. 1982, former mayor of New Orleans and graduate of The Catholic University of America, will return to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. to discuss faith, race, and politics.

Landrieu gained national attention last year when he spoke out about the removal of four city monuments that celebrated the Confederacy. “There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it,” he said.

Following the success of that speech — which was widely reprinted, shared on social media, and praised in the national press — Landrieu has published In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History. Time Magazine has praised it as one of the best memoirs of 2018. He will sign his book at the event on campus.

This lecture and book signing are sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and the Department of History, as part of its “History Matters” lecture series. The lecture will take place in Father O’Connell Hall’s Heritage Hall. It is free and open to the public, but organizers kindly ask attendees to RSVP in advance and arrive early to secure a seat.

To read remarks by two Catholic University faculty on the historic speech, read this commentary that originally ran in Catholic U Magazine. Watch this CNN interview to hear Landrieu talk about his time at Catholic University and dreams of becoming an actor.

MEDIA: To attend this event, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications at communications@cua.edu or 202-319-5600.