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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



September 28, 2006

'Fiscal Wake Up' in Bass Lecture Hall Today

Federal budget watchdog The Concord Coalition will bring its Fiscal Wake-Up Tour, a nationwide series of town hall forums on the nation's long-term fiscal challenges, to the Bass Lecture Hall at 5 p.m. on September 28 A round table discussion moderated by Admiral Bobby R. Inman, U.S. Navy (Ret.) will feature U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker, Concord Coalition Executive Director Robert Bixby, the Brookings Institution's Budgeting For National Priorities Project Research Director Diane Rogers, the Heritage Foundation's Institute for Economic Studies Director Alison Fraser, and UT-Austin Accounting Professor Michael Granof. The event is free and open to the public, with panelists available to the press before and after the event.

Friedholm Discusses Transforming South African Health and Social Services

As part of the Center for Health and Social Policy Colloquia Series,. LBJ School Alumnus DeAnne Friedholm will present The New South Africa: Transforming Social and Health Services for Today's Needs on Friday, September 29, from noon to 1:30 p.m in Room 3.109. Box lunches will be provided. Friedholm will describe her recent work on improving critical health and human services infrastructure in South Africa and the challenges the government faces in assisting people with HIV/AIDS as the Anti-Retro Viral Program is implemented. Box lunches will be provided.

Dean's Lecture Series Welcomes Commentator William Kristol on Tuesday

The Dean's Office Presents Lecture Series will host William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard to discuss American Politics Post 9/11 at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, in the Student Lounge-. The event is co-hosted by the LBJ School and the School of Journalism and open to students of both schools. A simultaneous webcast of presentation talk will be available at http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/webcasts/.

A separate, public event on the current state of political discourse, will be held that evening at 6 p.m. in the Bass Lecture Hall.

As founding editor of The Weekly Standard, Kristol is also chairman of the Project for the New American Century, a non-profit, educational organization whose goal is to promote American global leadership, and is frequent political commentator on the Fox News Channel. He previously served as chief of staff to then-Vice President Dan Quayle and served on the faculty of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government from 1983 to 1985 and the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1983.

Plaza Renovation Scheduling Update

Plans to replace the current plaza between the LBJ Library and Museum and Sid Richardson Hall have undergone another scheduling shift. The project is proceeding with repairs to the LBJ Library stone cladding and replacing the stone terraces on the north and south elevations--expected to be completed by February 2007. The University has received proposals for the third phase, which is to replace the plaza paving around the LBJ Library and Sid Richardson Hall, and are awaiting resolution of outstanding Texas Historical Commission (THC) issues. A Town Meeting to discuss the issues surrounding the project is being planned for mid-October in the LBJ Auditorium.

The revised, "best guess," construction window will now shut down the LBJ Auditorium and Bass Lecture Hall from November 27, 2006 through February 16, 2007. Based on this revised construction start date, the project completion date is now projected to be November 15, 2008. HOWEVER, it is very possible that the construction timetable could continue to slip further into 2007. Once construction has begun, the Office of Facilities Management strongly discourages our scheduling of events in the LBJ Auditorium and Bass Lecture Hall for the duration of the project in order to not hinder the construction schedule and increase cost.

In the Media

On Sunday, Dean James Steinberg published a review in the Austin American- Statesman of the recent book, The J Curve, by Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group. The book offers a new conceptual approach for how countries can move from closed authoritarian societies to stable market democracies, without triggering the sort of instabilities that threaten either global or regional security. . . On September 21, New York Times columnist and UC-Berkeley economist Hal Varian gave heady attention in his Economic Scene column to Professor Jamie Galbraith and PhD. Student Travis Hale for a paper the two co-authored about theories of income inequality. The paper is available through the University of Texas Inequality Project website . . .Galbraith was also featured on Bloomberg Business News discussing the U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governor's inaction during their meeting last week. . .Newsweek international affairs columnist Fareed Zakaria referenced Professor Frank Gavin's recent article in the winter 2005 issue of International Security to compare the U.S. reaction to China's nuclear program 40 years ago with the Bush administration's policies towards Iran today. Zakaria uses Gavin's article to draw parallels between China's belligerence then and Iran's hostility now, pointing out that U.S. policies that eschewed pre-emption and used both carrots and sticks paved the way for eventual Chinese economic engagement in the region.

About News@LBJ

"News@LBJ" is a regular electronic newsletter distributed by the Dean's Office to keep faculty, staff, and students informed about news and events at The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. We encourage everyone to share their news, events, and suggestions with us via e-mail to kerri.battles@mail.utexas.edu.