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Pro-Palestinian protests disrupt La. colleges; Xavier plans historically Black medical school

A pro-Palestinian march makes its way along St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on November 9, 2023.
Aubri Juhasz
A pro-Palestinian march makes its way along St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans on November 9, 2023.

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to catch up on the week in politics with Stephanie Grace, editorial director and columnist with the Times Picayune/The Advocate.

This week, we’ll be discussing the status of a potential constitutional convention in Baton Rouge this summer.

Protests against Israel’s war in Gaza continued this week on many college campuses, including some in South Louisiana.

Tulane University closed parts of campus and suspended several students after demonstrators set up an encampment on Monday.

Protests off campuses have been happening, too. New Orleans police arrested multiple people in Jackson Square when they refused to leave the park after hours.

Drew Hawkins, reporter for the Gulf States Newsroom, and Matt Bloom, producer with Louisiana Considered, discuss their coverage.

Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans and Ochsner Health announced earlier this week that they will create the first historically Black college and university medical school in the Gulf South.

Reynold Verret, president of Xavier, joins the show to share more about the plan.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Bob Pavlovich. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber; our contributing producers are Matt Bloom and Adam Vos; we receive production and technical support from Garrett Pittman and our assistant producer, Aubry Procell.

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Bob Pavlovich, a long-time fill-in host for New Orleans Public Radio, joined the station full-time in 2023. He hosts "All Things Considered" and "Louisiana Considered" on Thursdays.