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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



November 27, 2006

Hearts of Texas Campaign a Success

Thanks to everyone who gave to make this year's Hearts of Texas Campaign a success. The LBJ School of Public Affairs faculty and staff contributed more than $11,000 to this year's campaign, 27 percent over last year's total, to the many worthy charities as part of the State Employee Charitable Campaign. For more information about the campaign for the entire University, go to www.utexas.edu/events/secc/. Special thanks go to Janie Wisecup who managed the campaign for the LBJ School and made it such a success.

Options Involving North Korean Nuclear Threat is Topic of Panel

The policy challenges and choices surrounding North Korea's recent nuclear missile testing will be the topic of a panel discussion entitled, "The Korean Crisis in International Context" being hosted by the Department of Asian Studies and the Center for East Asian Studies on Nov. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Avaya Auditorium, in the ACES Building. Panelists for the discussion will include James B. Steinberg, dean of the LBJ School; Patricia Maclachlan, associate professor of Asian Studies; Robert Oppenheim, assistant professor of Asian Studies; and moderator, Mark Metzler, assistant professor, in the Department of History. For more information, contact 1-5811.

Emergency AIDS Relief Plan Topic of Video Conference

Ambassador Mark Dybul, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator will speak on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief via Digital Video Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 12:30 p.m. in SRH3.330A, the Wasserman Media Room. This event will be held in advance of World AIDS Day (December 1) and will be part of an approximately two week concentrated effort to increase public awareness of combating HIV/AIDS around the world. Harvard University will serve as the lead campus on this video conference, and all participating sites will have the chance to engage in Q&A with Ambassador Dybul. For more information, go to the event web site at www.state.gov/s/gac/about/38490.htm.

Ganguly Discusses Indian Foreign Policy after the Cold War

The post-Cold War transformation of India's approach to foreign policy will be the topic of a presentation given by Sumit Ganguly, the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University in Bloomington, on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 12:15 p.m. in the LBJ Student Lounge. Dr. Ganguly is the author, editor or co-editor of a dozen books on South Asia. His most recent books are Fearful Symmetry: India and Pakistan Under the Shadow of Nuclear Weapons (co-authored with Devin Hagerty) and More Than Words: U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation into the Twenty-First Century (co-edited with Brian Shoup and Andrew Scobell). For more information, contact Brendan Lavy at 512-232-4004.

SoulForce Executive Director to Address Brown Bag

The Harvey Milk Society and the LBJ Brown Bag Committee are teaming up to bring Soulforce Executive Director Jeff Lutes to speak on Wednesday, Nov. 29th at 12:15pm in the Student Lounge. Soulforce is a nonprofit organization whose mission is "Freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious & political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance." Lutes will present a video and commentary on grassroots organizing and advocacy on these issues.

RGK Hosting Mexican Civil Society Research Symposium

The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service is hosting a two-week long research symposium from Nov. 27 to Dec. 8 on Civil Society in Mexico that brings together nine Mexican scholars from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and El Colegio Mexiquense to present their research on trends in the Mexican nonprofit sector. Topics addressed include the relationship between civil society and the state; transparency and accountability concerns; the role of cultural values in Civil Society; research priorities for the nonprofit sector; and the role of nonprofits in development and poverty reduction. The presentations are open to faculty staff and students, and will held in either the Seminar Room (SRH 1.115) or Hackett Room (SRH 1.313) of the Benson Latin American Library. A special luncheon seminar on Mexico's Nonprofit Sector will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec 7, in the Student Lounge. For a full schedule and more information go to rgkcenter.utexas.edu/international/2006civilsocietysymposium.pdf or email Steven Smith.

Patterson Guest Speaker for McCombs Energy Technology Group

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson will discuss Texas's investment in wind energy at the invitation of the McCombs Energy Technology Group on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00p.m. in the Special Events Room at the College of Business Administration (Room 3.304) located on the northwest corner of 21st Street and Speedway on the UT Campus. The General Land Office of Texas has invested heavily in wind projects off the Texas coast and Commissioner Patterson will share his thoughts on what the wind industry means to the Texas economy, as well as give an update on current projects/issues.

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.