01/27 Wednesday: Louisiana Budget, Happiness, Islam and Interfaith Relations


Jim Richardson

James Richardson is John Rhea Alumni Professor of Economics and Director of the Public Administration Institute in the E. J. Ourso College of Business Administration at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Richardson has also served as Chairman of the Department of Economics, Acting Dean of the College of Business Administration, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Louisiana State University. Dr. Richardson has served from 1987 through the present as the private economist on the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference, the panel with the constitutional authority and responsibility to provide official revenue estimates for the state.

Brett Blumenthall 

 Brett Blumenthal is bestselling author of A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life (December 2012), 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You (January 2012) and Get Real and STOP Dieting! (December 2010). Her next book 52 Small Changes for the Mind will be released December 8, 2015 (Chronicle Books). She regularly speaks at conferences, spas and wellness centers on topics of change and wellbeing.


Emad Nofal

Emad Nofal is the Chairman of the Islamic Center of Baton Rouge.  He discusses misrepresentations and misunderstandings about Islam with Robin Bade and Fred Wideman. 

Robin McCullough Bade 

Robin Bade is the Executive Director of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge.  She discusses interfaith relations with Emad Nofal and Fred Wideman.