Gov. John Bel Edwards travelled to Harvard University October 23 to speak with the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Gov. Edwards will speak with students about his pathway to public service. In the afternoon, he will deliver a lecture on “A Governor’s Perspective on Homeland Security” to a class led by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Juliette Kayyem.

The class focuses on the challenges of homeland security policy in an age of unknown threats, the balance of minimizing risks, maximizing defenses and maintaining who we are as a nation and community. The governor will reflect on his time at West Point, his military service, and how those experiences prepared him to serve as governor during times of crisis, particularly during the state’s response to last year’s floods, the shootings in Baton Rouge, and the most recent hurricanes.

“Louisiana has had its fair share of challenges, and we’ve had to lean on the Department of Homeland Security more than we would like, but we’ve also learned a lot,” said Gov. Edwards. “I’m looking forward to sharing what Louisiana has learned with the students studying homeland security issues at Harvard. The nation looks to Louisiana for guidance in this arena, and I’m glad we can share our experiences.”

Gov. Edwards will return to Louisiana on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

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