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September 30, 2010

Conference on Louisiana Studies provides opportunity for another showing of ULM’s “Stay Brady Stay”

This year's Conference on Louisiana Studies, with its theme of "Louisiana on Film," provided the perfect venue to present the documentary "Stay Brady Stay," a 26-minute film produced last year by ULM’s Social Science Research Lab that raises awareness of the implications of Louisiana’s so-called “brain drain.”

The film was made possible through a University of Louisiana System Service Learning Grant, according to ULM Political Science Professor and SSRL Co-director John W. Sutherlin.

"As soon as I realized what the theme would be, I knew this conference was a relevant avenue for promoting and discussing the substance of 'Stay Brady Stay,' especially as it pertains to issues regarding regional development," stated Sutherlin.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting has aired the film statewide and the San Antonio Film Festival also featured it.

Sutherlin noted, "The SSRL gets so many requests for copies of the film that these types of forums make it easier for distribution. Since last year, we have distributed more than 700 copies to universities and governance entities in more than 30 states and 10 countries. I try to show the film or speak on the subject at least five times per month."

The conference, held Sept. 24-25 in Natchitoches, was sponsored by Northwestern State University.

James Picht, a teacher of economics at the Louisiana Scholars' College, wrote about the documentary in a column posted to the Washington Times Web site.

To see his comments about the film and its implications visit the Washington Times Web site.

The Social Science Research Lab can be reached at 318-342-3138, or by visiting

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