FULL AUDIO: Louisiana College Leaders Discuss Suppressing Criticism of Joshua Joy Dara

On Feb. 25, 2019, Louisiana College President Rick Brewer and two top officials, Philip Caples and Cheryl Clark, met with Professor Russell Meek in hopes to prevent Meek from publishing criticism of misogynistic comments made by Joshua Joy Dara, LC’s Dean of Human Behavior.

Feb. 25, 2019 meeting between Rick Brewer, Philip Caples, Cheryl Clark, and Russell Meek of Louisiana College.

Yesterday, in our report “Louisiana College Professor Resigns in Protest After School Leaders Conceal Lewd, Sexist Comments by Prominent Dean,” we referred to this audio recording of a Feb. 25th meeting between the professor, Dr. Russell Meek, and three top officials at the school, President Rick Brewer, Vice President of the Integration of Faith and Learning Philip Caples, and Vice President of Academic Affairs Cheryl Clark.

Today, Meek provided the Bayou Brief with permission to publish the full recording. While Meek did not disclose his decision to record the meeting with Brewer, Caples, or Clark, he was fully within his rights to do so, as stated in La. R.S. 15:1303 of the states’s Electronic Surveillance Act. Like many other states, Louisiana law provides that such a recording is permissible as long as one party is aware (i.e. Meek).

Three days after this meeting, Meek submitted his resignation from Louisiana College.

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Lamar White, Jr.
Lamar White, Jr. is an award-winning writer and the publisher and founder of the Bayou Brief, Louisiana’s only statewide news and culture publication. Born and raised on the banks of the Red River in Alexandria, he is a proud product of the Louisiana public education system and a graduate of Rice University in Houston and SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Lamar has been writing about politics and public policy in Louisiana for twenty years, beginning as a weekly youth columnist for his hometown paper, the Town Talk. After earning his undergraduate degree in English and Religious Studies, Lamar moved back to Alexandria, where he launched a popular blogsite, CenLamar, and worked for five years as the Special Assistant to the Mayor. He exposed significant problems with Louisiana’s school voucher program, which resulted in a series of other investigations and ultimately in the removal of several schools from the program. He was the last person to argue online with Andrew Breitbart. He investigated and then broke the report that U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise had once attended a white supremacist conference. He was the first to share a photograph of Bobby Jindal’s portrait in the state Capitol. He exposed U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s incomplete timesheets while the then-representative moonlighted as a physician. He earned headlines in Texas after the gubernatorial campaign of Greg Abbott falsely claimed he had been exploited as a “campaign prop” by Abbott’s opponent, Wendy Davis, and after exposing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for relying on online “bot farms” to counter Beto O’Rourke, and he earned headlines in Mississippi after publishing videos of U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith making bizarre comments about public hangings and voter suppression tactics which were both perceived as racist. Lamar was the recipient of the 2011 Ashley Morris Award, given to the writer who best exemplifies the spirit of New Orleans, and in 2019, he was honored as one of Gambit’s Top 40 Under 40 and as the year’s Outstanding Millennial in Journalism at the annual Millennial Awards. He has been the subject of profiles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Above the Law, and the Advocate and has appeared multiple times as a guest on CNN and MSNBC. Lamar currently lives in New Orleans with his two golden retrievers, Lucy Ana and Ruby Dog.