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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



April 21, 2008

Future of the Republican Party
Panel Discussion on the Future of the Republican Party

The Center for Politics and Governance will present, The Future of the Republican Party, a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 6 p.m. in the President's Room of the UT Club. The panel will feature David Frum, author and noted conservative columnist; former Congressman and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation Mickey Edwards; Justice Dale Wainwright of the Texas Supreme Court; Ted Cruz, the Solicitor General of the State of Texas; and Dr. Rosemary Edwards, chair-elect of the Travis County Republican Party. For more information, contact the Center at 471-2760.

Nanking Poster
Nanking Director to Discuss Film, Screening for Strauss Center

The Strauss Center will present Dan Sturman, co-director of the award-winning 2007 documentary Nanking, to discuss the film and screening on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in the the ACES Avaya Auditorium (corner of 24th and Speedway).  Nanking documents the massacres and atrocities that Imperial Japan's army committed in China's capital city during the winter of 1937-38 - an event that roils Sino-Japanese relations to this day.  Amidst widespread killings, rapes, looting, and arson, a small group of Westerners established a safety zone that saved tens of thousands of Chinese.  Parking is available at the San Jacinto or Speedway Garages.  Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Howell Gives Keynote for Vietnam Memorial Dedication

LBJ School Senior Research Fellow, Lt. Gen. Jefferson Davis Howell, Jr., was the keynote speaker for the unveiling of a new monument in honor of Vietnam veterans at the Texas State Cemetery, on Saturday, April 19.   The monument, which is gray and black granite, features a bronze sculpture on top and will honor members of all branches of the military who served during the Vietnam War.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former Air Force pilot, also spoke.  Howell, Jr., who was director of NASA's Johnson Space Center until October 2005, served as the U.S. Marine Corps as a naval aviator since in 1965. Since that time, his flying duties included the full gamut of billets in both tactical and training squadrons. Two of his tours in 1967-68, and again in 1972-73, included flying combat missions from Chu Lai and Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam, as well as Nam Phong, Thailand.  Howell joined the LBJ School faculty in December 2005.

Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder
Sherman's Book on Jordan Named one of the "Best of the Best"

Former LBJ School Dean Max Sherman's book about former professor Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder was named one of "The Best of the Best from the University Presses" program at the 2008 American Library Association's Annual conference in June of 2008.

"The Best of the Best" program, presented by a panel of five librarians from the ALA's University Press Books Committee, will highlight 24 titles that were reviewed for the 18th edition of University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries. Congratulations Dean Sherman!

David Frum

Page Turners Series Presents David Frum, Conservative Commentator and Author

The Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs presents David Frum, author and noted conservative columnist, speaking on his new book Comeback: Conservatism that can Win Again. The event will take place in the LBJ School Student Lounge in Sid Richardson Hall at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. Frum will sign copies of his book after the event and books will be available for purchase at the event.

D.C. Alumni Chapter Launching Summer Speaker Series

The Washington D.C. Alumni Association will launch its summer speaker series every Tuesday from May 20 through July 22  at 6:30pm at The Archer Center, 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 700, in Washington, D.C.  The speakers include LBJ alums Ken Apfel (Class of '78), Austin Smythe (Class of '80), UT alum and former Lt. Governor Ben Barnes, and former Texas Congressman Martin Frost.  For more information, contact alumnus Fernando Rodriguez (Class of '05) at 202-664-4284.  The D.C. Speaker Series continues the first full year of the LBJ School's Alumni Speaker Series which ended its spring series in April, having brought to the School Frank Sturzl (Class of '76), executive director of the Texas Municipal League; Dr. David Crockett (Class of '93), professor at Trinity University in San Antonio; and Jorge Garces (Class of '77), managing director of the North American Development Bank.

D.C. Alumni Reception Scheduled for June 24

The Washington, D.C. Alumni Reception is scheduled for June 24, from 5:30 p.m. until 7p.m. in Room B-339 at the Sam Rayburn House Office Building at the U.S. Capitol.  The 2007 Distinguished Public Servant Award recipient, Dr. Rafael Fernandez DeCastro, (Class of '86) will be presented his award at the reception.

Staff Departures: Zambrano and Barnes

Graduate Coordinator Cristina Zambrano has announced that she will be leaving the LBJ School over the summer to attend Willamette University Law School in Salem, Oregon starting in the fall of 2008. Cristina has been a terrific part of OSAP and the LBJ School Community since arriving in 2006. She came to LBJ after serving as graduate program coordinator for the UT School of Journalism and UT Department of English. During that time, Cristina has been recognized for her work in student affairs and graduate advising, having earned the Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award (2003-4), the University's Great Idea Award (2005), and the Outstanding Employee Award (2006). She earned her degree in Communication Studies from UT.

Administrative Associate Mistelle Barnes Bowen, who since 2003 has served in both the Robert Strauss Center for Security and Law and the Dean's Office, will be moving with her family to Dallas for a job at the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mistelle is also a graduate of UT, having received her degree in Fine Arts. Please take the opportunity to thank Cristina and Mistelle for all they have meant to the LBJ School.

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.