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August 13, 2008
LBJ Students Shape Real World Events Through Summer Internships
This summer students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs are gaining valuable experience and insight into their individual career paths while contributing to the work of an organization as summer interns in the United States and abroad. As part of their rigorous education, masters candidates at the LBJ School are required to take a semester-long summer internship.
July 15, 2008
LBJ School Announces New Faculty for 2008-09 Academic Year
Dr. Laurence E. Lynn Jr., and Dr. Francie Ostrower lead a list of new faculty who will join the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin for the 2008-09 academic year.
June 9, 2008
D.C. Chapter Summer Speaker Series to host LBJ Alumnus Austin Smythe, Director of the Republican Office of the Committee on the Budget
The Washington DC Alumni Chapter of the LBJ School of Public Affairs will continue its Summer Speaker Series on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 as it hosts LBJ Alumnus Austin Smythe. The 1980 graduate is the staff director of the Republican Office of the Committee on the Budget and is the former Executive Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
June 3, 2008
Next Generation of Leaders Work to Solve Global Challenges
As the United States takes another step this week toward determining who will be on the November ballot, members of the faculty, alumni and staff of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin are playing key roles in a Project that brings together the nation's brightest emerging leaders to develop innovative solutions to the pressing global challenges facing the next president.
May 21, 2008
2008 Graduation Week and Convocation
LBJ faculty, staff, and friends of the college gathered on the weekend of Friday, May 16th, 2008 to celebrate the LBJ School's 37th annual graduation convocation. This year, one hundred and twenty eight LBJ students earned their Master of Public Affairs degree and four attained their Ph.D.
May 21, 2008
Drs. Wilson, Ward, and Rodriguez co-author Governance in the Americas: Decentralization, Democracy, and Subnational Government in Brazil, Mexico, and the USA
Three LBJ Professors have teamed up with Dr. Peter Spink of the School of Business Administration at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo, Brazil, to co-author Governance in the Americas: Decentralization, Democracy, and Subnational Government in Brazil, Mexico, and the USA. Hitting book stores on March 1, 2008, the book has been very well received in the public affairs community.
May 19, 2008
Lyndon B. Johnson Aides, Leading Historians and Politicians Celebrate LBJ Legacy at Centennial Events
President Lyndon Baines Johnson ("LBJ") has been described in many ways -- as a bold dreamer, a progressive, a "can do" President, who had the drive and the knowledge to help transform many of his dreams into reality. The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, as part of the year-long centennial celebration commemorating President Johnson's 100th birthday (August 27, 1908), is hosting a series of events in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson.
May 9, 2008
LBJ Alumnus John Coleman Featured in Governing Magazine
In a recent issue of Governing Magazine, 2007 LBJ graduate John Coleman was featured for his work in sustainability in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Fresh out of graduate school, the intrepid policy maker is having quite an impact, but leaving an ever smaller foot print in his home state.
May 5, 2008
KXAN and the Center for Politics and Governance present an Austin City Council Debate
In partnership with the KXAN Austin News, the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a live TV/Internet debate on Wednesday May 7, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. the debate will be moderated by KXAN news anchor Robert Hadlock and Veronica Vargas Stidvent, Director of the Center for Politics and Governance.
May 2, 2008
CPG's Page Turners Series - Bill Bishop, author of the critically acclaimed book The Big Sort
The Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs will host Bill Bishop, noted journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, as he discusses his new book The Big Sort: Why The Clustering of Like Minded People is Tearing Us Apart. The event will take place at the UT Club on the campus of the University of Texas and will begin at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2008. Bishop will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase at the event.
April 19, 2008
LBJ Centennial Medicare Conference: Past, Present and Future
Medicare policy has recently been in the shadow of other health and social policy challenges. Yet, it will come to the top of the agenda for the next Congress and President by necessity as costs rise, disparities worsen, and the needs of seniors and people with disabilities change. This conference aims to communicate the central questions and options in Medicare policy to the public through top-notch speakers, provocative discussions, and policy briefs-all presented by one of the nation's leading research centers on health and social policy.
April 18, 2008
LBJ and CPG to Host Three Events on Future of Conservatism in America
The Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs will be hosting three events that spotlight the past, present, and future of the conservative movement in America. After playing host this year to a panoply of political guests including Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Democratic advisors Ted Van Dyk and James Johnson, former advisors to President George W. Bush Dan Bartlett, Matthew Dowd, and Allyson Ho, and the February 21st Democratic Presidential Debate, the LBJ School of Public Affairs will host conservative authors David Frum and Mickey Edwards, as well as a panel discussion on the Future of the Republican Party.
April 17, 2008
Mickey Edwards, Former Republican Congressman and Co-Founder of the Heritage Foundation
The Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs presents Mickey Edwards, former republican Congressman and co-founder of the Heritage Foundation, speaking on his new book Reclaiming Conservatism: How a Great American Political Movement Got Lost - and How it Can Find its Way Back Again.
April 14, 2008
LBJ Student Team Under Leadership of LBJ Professor Michele Deitch to Prepare Policy Report on Juvenile Sentencing Practices in Aftermath of U.S. Supreme Court Decision; Legislative Reform Sought
In the wake of this week's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not review a juvenile justice case challenge filed this past December by the UT School of Law's Supreme Court Clinic, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs student team, which collaborated initially with the Clinic on the case, is continuing its work on policy related issues surrounding juvenile sentencing practices in an effort to encourage legislative reform.
April 11, 2008
Professor Francis J. Gavin offered prestigious Nobel Institute Senior Fellowship
Francis J. Gavin, Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and Director of Studies, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas in Austin, has been offered a prestigious Nobel Institute Senior Fellowship for the Institute's Spring term 2009.
April 11, 2008
LBJ Professor writes provocative book on Alan Greenspan and the FED
Deception and Abuse at the FED: Henry B. Gonzalez Battles Alan Greenspan's FED is receiving critical praise and overwhelming attention for its unconventional appraisal of Alan Greenspan and his time as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
April 8, 2008
Former US Senator Tom Daschle on Confronting America's Health Care Crisis
The Center for Politics and Governance, the Center for Health and Social Policy, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum will host former Democratic Leader of the United States Senate Tom Daschle on Friday May 2 in the Atrium of the Library and Museum at 12:30 p.m. Senator Daschle will deliver his remarks, Confronting America’s Health Care Crisis, and will sign copies of his book Critical: What We Can Do About the Health Care Crisis, co-written with Scott Greenberger and LBJ School of Public Affairs Professor Jeanne Lambrew.
April 8, 2008
LBJ School, with major gift from Rapoport Foundation, founds Bernard and Audre Rapoport Professorship in Health and Social Policy
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is pleased to announce the donation of a major gift from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation. The gift will total $1,000,000 over the next year and will be used to create an endowed professorship in Social and Health Policy.
April 4, 2008
LBJ School takes on Bush School in ‘Dillo Cup Challenge
The 9th Annual 'Dillo Cup Challenge will take place on Saturday April 12 at the Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The LBJ School of Public Affairs' Bleeding Hearts have beat the Bush School of Government and Public Service’s Bushwhackers in both of the last two years, making Dean James B. Steinberg the only undefeated Dean in 'Dillo Cup history.
April 4, 2008
The Great Society Fund Annual Fundraiser
The Great Society Fund, a group of students and alumni at the LBJ School, will host its annual fundraiser on Thursday, April 10th at 7 pm at Dominican Joe’s on South Congress.
April 2, 2008
Jorge Garcés: North American Development Bank
The LBJ Alumni Speaker Series will host LBJ alumnus Jorge Garcés who will discuss the North American Development Bank (NADB), where he serves as CEO. The NADB was created under a bilateral side agreement of NAFTA to certify and fund US-Mexico border environmental infrastructure. It is the only development bank that can finance projects in the United States.
April 1, 2008
Allyson Ho, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush
The Center for Politics and Governance presents Allyson Ho, former Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. Ms. Ho will be speaking on her experience in the White House as well as her role as a counselor to Attorney General John Ashcroft and Law Clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
March 24, 2008
Center for American History Announces Acquisition of Congressman Jack Brooks Collection
Austin, Texas - Dr. Don Carleton, executive director of the Center for American History, announced the acquisition of the papers of Congressman Jack Brooks.
March 20, 2008
United States Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
United States Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) will speak at the LBJ School on Thursday, March 27th at 12:15 PM. The Senator will speak on Iowa, the 2008 election, and other topics.
March 19, 2008
Center for American History at the University of Texas To Acquire Major Congressional Collection
Dr. Don Carleton, executive director of the Center for American History, will announce the acquisition of the papers of Congressman Jack Brooks. In addition to Congressman Brooks, the following are expected to attend: former Gov. Dolph Briscoe; former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes; Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of former President and Mrs. Johnson; Larry Temple, president of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation; and Dean James B. Steinberg, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
March 19, 2008
The Center for Politics and Governance Presents: Understanding the Hispanic Vote in 2008
The Center for Politics and Governance is proud to announce "Understanding the Hispanic Vote in 2008", which will take place at the Thompson Conference Center on Wednesday, April 9, 2008. As the 2008 election moves forward, Hispanic voters are playing in increasingly important role both in Texas and the country at large. The conference will convene some the nation’s most informed experts on Hispanic politics to explore how this growing demographic has and will continue to transform the political landscape in America.
March 6, 2008
Presidential Politics: A Talk with Dr. David Crockett
LBJ alumnus Dr. David Crockett will examine the upcoming fall election through the lens of "regime cycles." Dr. Crockett argues that we view American politics as a series of partisan regimes in which one political party has the natural advantage over another in any specific electoral era.
March 5, 2008
Election 2008: Outcomes and Implications presented by the Center for Politics and Governance and the Future Forum
The 2008 presidential election has already proven to be one of the most interesting and unpredictable in U.S. history. On the Republican side, frontrunners have faded to near extinction only to roar back and take the national lead. Still other candidates soared to a sizable national lead early only to flame out spectacularly and exit the race over the span of a few weeks.
February 28, 2008
Dr. Joseph Wu, Taiwanese Consular Representative to the United States
Dr. Joseph Wu, the Taiwanese Consular Representative to the United States, will be delivering his remarks, “Taiwan and the US—Partners in Security, Prosperity, and Democracy,” at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His remarks will be held in the LBJ student lounge on March 6th at noon and is open to the public.
February 27, 2008
2008 Barbara Jordan National Forum on Public Policy
On Thursday, February 21, 2008 the 12th annual Barbara Jordan National Forum on Public Policy, a student led and student organized event. Centering on the theme Change: From What to What?, this year’s forum explored the evolving political landscape in America in much the same way Barbara Jordan’s address of the same name did at the 1992 Democratic National Convention.
February 27, 2008
'Understanding the Modern American Presidency' - A Colloquium in Honor of Elspeth Davies Rostow
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum will host a special tribute on Tuesday, March 4th to celebrate and commemorate former LBJ School Dean Elspeth Davies Rostow and her lifelong commitment to education and public service. "Understanding the Modern American Presidency", a colloquium in honor of Dean Rostow, who passed away on December 9, 2007, will anchor the event to be held in the Atrium of the LBJ Library. The colloquium will feature two panels of distinguished educators and public servants reflecting on various aspects of the Presidency and personal tributes to Dean Rostow by friends and colleagues.
February 26, 2008
Ron Brownstein, Political Director for Atlantic Media Company and author of The Second Civil War
Ron Brownstein, author of The Second Civil War and Political Director for Atlantic Media Company, will be at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Monday, March 3rd speaking on his new book. Brownstein's talk will focus on how the country has moved into an era of extreme partisanship over the last 30 years. He will also be speaking on the 2008 Election.
February 22, 2008
The LBJ School Participates in Annual Campus-wide Open House
On Saturday, March 1, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will participate in the University-wide "Explore UT" event which serves as an open house for thousands of Texas students. Explore UT offers students at all grade levels an opportunity to learn about different academic disciplines while experiencing campus and university life.
February 20, 2008
The LBJ School Alumni Speaker Series presents: Municipal Associations and Public Policy
Frank Sturzl, Executive Director, Texas Municipal League, and a graduate of the LBJ School will be the first spring speaker for alumni speaker series cosponsored by the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and the LBJ School Alumni Association. This event will be held on Monday February 25, 2008, 12:15p.m. to 1:15p.m. in the LBJ Student Lounge.
February 12, 2008
A Democratic Presidential Primary Debate
February 8, 2008
Presidential Transitions; Moving to the White House - A Discussion with James Johnson and Dean Steinberg
he LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Center for Politics and Governance present a discussion with James Johnson, noted business leader and Democratic Presidential advisor, and Dean James Steinberg on presidential transitions. The event will take place on Monday, February 11th at 12:15 PM. Johnson, who served as Vice President Walter Mondale's executive assistant from 1976 to 1981, also managed Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign and lead Senator John Kerry's Vice Presidential selection committee during his 2004 bid for the White House.
January 30, 2008
His Excellency Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority
The LBJ School of Public Affairs. the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security & Law and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum are honored to present Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). Dr. Fayyad is a well-respected economist and political reformer who assumed the Prime Ministry in 2006 as part of President Mahmoud Abbas’ unity government. He has led the PNA through a series of sweeping reforms during that time. Dr. Fayyad will be speaking on his hopes for progress toward Middle East peace.
January 28, 2008
Garrett Graff, Editor-at-Large of the Washingtonian Magazine and author of The First Election
Garrett Graff, Editor-at-Large of the Washingtonian Magazine and author of The First Election will be at the LBJ School on Tuesday, February 5th. Graff will be speaking on the intersection of politics and technology and how the internet has revolutionized our democratic process—the topic of his book.
January 18, 2008
LBJ School Pays Tribute Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy
In celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs offers historical pictures, letters, and recorded phone conversations between Dr. King and President Johnson as they planned their campaigns for passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act. All materials on the page are available for public use.
January 17, 2008
The Challenge in the Middle East: An Eqyptian Perspective
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security & Law are honored to present His Excellency Nabil Fahmy, ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United States, speaking on “The Challenge in the Middle East: An Egyptian Perspective.” Ambassador Fahmy has been a key player in Egyptian foreign policy for two decades.
January 11, 2008
Ted Van Dyk - Heroes, Hacks and Fools: Memoirs from the Political Inside
The LBJ School of Public Affairs will be hosting Ted Van Dyk, renowned political commentator and advisor to seven Democratic Presidential Candidates. He will be speaking on and signing copies of his new book, Heroes, Hacks, and Fools: Memoirs from the Political Inside.
December 18, 2007
Professor Michele Deitch Leads LBJ Student Team in Policy Work Surrounding Major Juvenile Justice Case
LBJ School and UT School of Law Professor Michele Deitch, an attorney and criminal justice policy expert, directs policy research efforts in ground-breaking collaboration between the LBJ School and the UT School of Law.
December 10, 2007
The LBJ School of Public Affairs Remembers Elspeth Davies Rostow
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is deeply saddened by the passing of former Dean Elspeth Rostow, Sunday, December 9, 2007.
December 5, 2007
Luncheon with NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Dean Steinberg and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law invite you to a special luncheon discussion with President Jose Lello and Secretary-General Simon Lunn of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. They will engage in a discussion based on questions from students, faculty and staff.
December 4, 2007
The LBJ School Presents: "Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of LBJ Faculty Authors"
Hosted by LBJ School Dean James Steinberg, the November 28th event acknowledged faculty members and their recently published works, as well as those LBJ faculty recognized in the past year for recent literary contributions. Highlighting the evening was a discussion of individual works by their respective authors and Dean Steinberg.
November 30, 2007
The LBJ School Hosts Bob Drogin author of Curveball: Spies Lies and the Con Man Who Caused a War
On Wednesday, November 28, 2007 The LBJ School hosted Los Angeles Times reporter Bob Drogin, author of Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War, in a featured Brown Bag Speaker Series event.
November 30, 2007
Climate Change and National Security: An Agenda for Action Report Released by Council on Foreign Relations
Joshua Busby, Assistant Professor at LBJ School of Public Affairs is the author of a report released by the Council on Foreign Relations today on climate change and national security consequences.
November 20, 2007
LBJ School of Public Affairs Announces Vernon Jordan to Deliver Spring 2008 Convocation Address
One of the major civil rights figures in American history who contributed to the integration of the University of Georgia, headed the United Negro College Fund, Inc., served on the Council of President Lyndon Johnson's White House Conference "To Fulfill These Rights" and was President and CEO of the National Urban League, Inc., Vernon E. Jordan Jr., will deliver the spring 2008 convocation address at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, Dean James Steinberg announced today. Mr. Jordan's influential leadership and activism in education, housing, employment and politics have been center stage for over five decades; and from Presidents to business leaders, he continues to be a trusted advisor.
November 19, 2007
A Special Screening of Nobelity
Please plan to join us on Tuesday, November 27 at 6:15 p.m. for a special screening of Nobelity. Local filmmaker Turk Pipkin interviewed nine Nobel Laureates across the world to explore their thoughts on the world's most urgent problems, from global warming and the energy crisis to land mines and global health.
November 19, 2007
Bob Drogin - Curveball: Spies Lies and the Con Man Who Caused a War
The LBJ School Dean James Steinberg will lead discussion with Los Angeles Times reporter and author Bob Drogin author of Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War, in a featured Brown Bag Speaker Series event. The event will conclude with a book-signing session, to be held outside the student lounge.
November 15, 2007
Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of LBJ Faculty Authors
Wednesday November 28, 2007, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the LBJ Library Brown Room
November 13, 2007
The Impact of China on the Global Economy—and the Challenges and Opportunities it Poses
On Monday, November 19, 2007, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Center for Business Education and Research will host Robert. D. Hormats, Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs (International). Mr. Hormats will be the final speaker in the Distinguished Lectures on East Asia. He will discuss China’s impact on the global economy and the challenges and opportunities a growing China presents to the world.
November 13, 2007
Kay Bailey Hutchison - Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers
The LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance hosted Texas Senator, University of Texas and Law School alumnus and bestselling author, Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the 10th floor LBJ Library Atrium.
November 4, 2007
"Darfur Now" Sneak Preview with director Ted Braun
The Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law and mtvU will be hosting a screening of the documentary film Darfur Now on Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at 7:00pm in CPE 2.214. This is a special sneak preview screening, ten days prior to the film’s commercial opening in Texas. The film's director, Ted Braun, will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A session after the screening.
November 2, 2007
Paul Stekler to Participate at Texas Book Festival
This weekend features the annual Texas Book Festival, founded by first lady Laura Bush and featuring a wide range of authors, free of charge, in and around the state Capitol on Saturday and Sunday. Paul Stekler, Professor of Public Affairs, Professor of Radio-Television-Film and filmmaker, will be part of two programs on Saturday.
October 31, 2007
Kay Bailey Hutchison - Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers
The LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance will host Texas Senator, University of Texas and Law School alumnus and bestselling author, Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the 10th floor LBJ Library Atrium. Senator Hutchison will provide a general overview of her new book, Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers, followed by discussion of select biographical snapshots of great American women featured in the book. The event will conclude with the Senator’s book-signing session, also in the LBJ Library Atrium.
October 30, 2007
Chang and Inman Appointed To New Congressional Commission On Cyber Security
Dr. Fred Chang, research professor of computer sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, and Admiral Bobby Inman, Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, have been appointed to the new Commission on Cyber Security, established to make sure that the next president of the United States has an updated strategy to counter growing cyber threats.
October 22, 2007
Panel Discussion: Freedom From Oil
On Monday, October 22, 2007 the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy hosted a panel discussion featuring David Sandalow, Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and author of Freedom From Oil: How the Next President Can End the United States' Oil Addiction.
October 19, 2007
LBJ School of Public Affairs Announces Appointment of Distinguished Health Practioner, Scholar and Administrator Dr. Mark B. Mcclellan Visiting Fellow For 2008
Dr. Mark B. McClellan, a highly distinguished and leading health scholar and policy maker, has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow in Health Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
October 18, 2007
Freedom from Oil: A Panel Discussion with David Sandalow
On Monday, October 22, 2007 the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy will host David Sandalow, Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and author of Freedom From Oil: How the Next President Can End the United States' Oil Addiction.
October 11, 2007
LBJ School of Public Affairs Announces Appointment of Congressman Harold Ford Jr. Inaugural Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor
Former U.S. Representative (D ? TN) and 2006 Senate candidate, Harold Ford Jr., has been appointed the inaugural Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, at the University of Texas at Austin, it was announced today by James Steinberg, Dean of the LBJ School.
October 9, 2007
From Austin to Pretoria: Lessons from a Public Service Career in Health and Human Services
DeAnn Friedholm, Partner, Health Management Associates, and a graduate of the LBJ School, will be the School’s second guest in the new lunchtime speaker series cosponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the LBJ School Alumni Association. This event will be held on Monday, October 15, 2007, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the LBJ Student Lounge.
October 4, 2007
Statecraft, and How to Restore America's Standing in the World
On Thursday, October 11, 2007, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will host Ambassador Dennis Ross, former special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton. The discussion will be held in the LBJ School Student Lounge at 3:30 pm.
October 4, 2007
Lyndon Baines Johnson's Centennial Celebration to Begin January 1, 2008, Series of Programs and Events in Texas and Washington, D. C.
Organizers of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Centennial, commemorating the 100th birthday (August 27, 1908) of the 36th President, announced that the official Centennial celebrations will begin January 1, 2008, with a year-long tribute to the LBJ legacy.
October 2, 2007
A Brave New World: Meeting the Global Challenges of the 21st Century
The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law is celebrating its introduction with a conference, "A Brave New World: Meeting the Global Challenges of the 21st Century," from 2:30-5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 in the Thompson Conference Center Auditorium.
September 26, 2007
LBJ School Hosts General Wesley Clark
The LBJ School hosted retired four-star general Wesley Clark on Tuesday, September 25 in back-to-back events. General Clark joined students for a noontime "brown-bag" session, followed by a book-signing event of his recently published, A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country. In the hour-long dialogue with students, the general shared his views on a range of topics including U.S. foreign policy strategy — early 90’s to present; life as a presidential candidate; the 2008 presidential hopefuls — qualities and qualifications, and the complexities of fighting the war on terror.
September 24, 2007
The University of Texas at Austin Announces $7.5 Million Gift to Open Center on Global Affairs
Renowned lawyer and public servant Ambassador Robert S. Strauss and the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP have contributed $7.5 million to The University of Texas at Austin to establish a new research center on global affairs.
September 21, 2007
LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Politics and Governance Opens with a $1 Million Grant from AT&T
AUSTIN, Texas, September 21, 2007— The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), announced today the opening of the Center for Politics and Governance (CPG), with AT&T, a longtime supporter of The University of Texas System, providing a $1 million foundational grant to start the Center.
September 14, 2007
The Austin - Amsterdam Connection
On September 12, 2007, Dell hosted leaders from 20 Netherlands-based companies and the State of Texas to discuss how to strengthen ties between Austin and Amsterdam. The visit marked the start of a week-long trip through Austin, Arlington and Fort Worth.
September 11, 2007
The LBJ School Alumni Association Speakers Series Presents: Craig Pedersen,Vice President of Water and Wastewater in Texas, URS Corporation
Craig D. Pedersen, Vice President of Water and Wastewater in Texas for URS Corporation, and a graduate of the LBJ School, will be another wonderful guest in the new lunchtime speaker series cosponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the LBJ School Alumni Association. He will address why we should care about water in Texas, how the water system is organized today, the factors influencing water management, challenges we face, and our plans for the future.
September 11, 2007
Bush - Clinton - Bush - ?:A Discussion with Mark Halperin,
The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host Mark Halperin, Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst at Time Magazine. Halperin will engage in a discussion with students and faculty from across campus on the current political landscape. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the LBJ Student Lounge.
August 22, 2007
Book on Homeland Security Receives Recognition
Protecting the Homeland 2006/2007, written by James Steinberg along with Michael O’Hanlon, Peter Orszag and Jeremy Shapiro, has been chosen for inclusion in the 2007 University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries.
August 16, 2007
LBJ School Presents: A Welcome Event for New Students
On Tuesday, August 28, 2007, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will participate in the University's annual "Gone to Texas" celebration. The event, held the evening before the start of fall classes each year, features live music and presentations from all over campus.
July 27, 2007
White House Nominates LBJ School Professor as HHS Assistant Secretary
President George W. Bush has announced the nomination of Benjamin Sasse, an assistant professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, pending U.S. Senate confirmation.
July 5, 2007
RGK Center Director Receives the 2007 John Grenzebach Award
Peter Frumkin, Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, has won the 2007 John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Education from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
June 30, 2007
The Making of the National Security Council of Japan
Japanese and U.S. national security specialists met earlier this month to discuss the importance of establishing a national security council in this country as a key government organ charged with integrating and coordinating diplomatic and security policies. A symposium focusing on "The Making of the National Security Council of Japan—Refining Strategy: Lessons Japan Can Learn from the U.S. NSC" also discussed the tasks to be tackled in setting up a Japanese version of the U.S. National Security Council.
June 15, 2007
More LBJ School Graduates Named Carey Fellows
Each year since the Governor Hugh L. Carey Fellowship in Governmental Finance Program began being offered by the New York State's Division of the Budget four years ago, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs has been proud to announce at least one winner among their graduating class. This year is no different.
May 31, 2007
2007 Distinguished Public Service Award Nominees Announced
Graduates of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs are able to successfully apply their educations to work in a variety of fields. But some alumni go even further and are truly outstanding. To honor these alumni, the LBJ School Alumni Association presents an annual Distinguished Public Service Award. Recipients' career and public service records must represent the LBJ School's values.
May 3, 2007
LBJ School Students Recognize Faculty for Outstanding Teaching
On May 2 the GPAC Brown Bag and Faculty Recruitment Committees in connection with the LBJ School Dean's Office sponsored the annual presentation of the LBJ School Faculty Appreciation Awards. The awards recognize faculty members across six different categories, including most engaging teaching style, most valuable class, and best new professor. Award nominations are selected by the students of the LBJ School, and winners are chosen by the number of nominations they receive.
May 1, 2007
Professor Victoria Rodríguez Named One of "20 Elite Women" by Hispanic Business Magazine
Victoria Rodríguez, vice provost and dean of The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School, has been named one of the country's top 20 elite women of 2007 in the April 2007 issue of Hispanic Business Magazine.
April 26, 2007
Environment, Conflict and Cooperation - April 30-May 21
In cooperation with the German Consulate General Houston, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will host an exhibition entitled "Environment, Conflict and Cooperation," which addresses the consequences of global environmental change. The exhibition was developed by Adelphi Research, Adelphi Consult and Weltformat.Design at the initiative of the German Foreign Ministry.
April 10, 2007
Science and Technology for Development: The World Bank's Role in Assisting Rwanda
On April 16 the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the IC² Institute, and the Center for Science and Practice of Sustainability will host an event with Alfred Watkins, the Science and Technology (S&T) Program Coordinator at the World Bank. Mr. Watkins will be discussing the lessons learned from the "Global Forum: Building Science, Technology and Innovation Capacity for Sustainable Growth and Poverty Reduction," which he recently convened at the Bank. He will speak to the Bank's role in STI capacity building, drawing upon the example of assisting Rwanda, specifically President Kigame, lift itself from the tragedy of genocide and achieve its development goals. | View Video
April 9, 2007
Honors Day to Cite Academic Achievement at The University of Texas at Austin
The 59th Annual Honors Day celebration at The University of Texas at Austin on April 14 will honor academic accomplishments of 1,200 Distinguished College Scholars and about 4,800 College Scholars during two ceremonies in the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Concert Hall. James B. Steinberg, dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, will deliver the 2007 Honors Day Convocation address at both ceremonies.
April 6, 2007
New Book Explores Mexican-Origin Health Security
Dr. Jacqueline L. Angel, professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Department of Sociology, along with Dr. Keith E. Whitfield of Duke University, is an editor of a new book titled The Health of Aging Hispanics: The Mexican-Origin Population.
April 5, 2007
LBJ Alum Billy Hamilton, and "Texas State Finances: Onward Through the Fog"
On April 23, the LBJ School and its alumni association will welcome Billy Hamilton, former deputy comptroller of public accounts for the State of Texas Comptroller and a graduate of the LBJ School. Mr. Hamilton will discuss the current state and the future of Texas finances. | View Video
April 3, 2007
LBJ School's Matwiczak named as UT's Graduate Adviser of the Year
Ken Matwiczak, senior lecturer and graduate adviser for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, has been named as the University of Texas at Austin's Outstanding Graduate Adviser for 2007.
March 30, 2007
Renaming of U.S. Education Building Honors Johnson's Education Legacy
The U.S. Congress has approved and President George W. Bush has signed, legislation naming the U.S. Department of Education headquarters building after former President Lyndon B. Johnson. The bill sponsored by Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston, officially renames the headquarters the Lyndon Baines Johnson Federal Building.
March 27, 2007
The Department of Government Presents a Lecture by Susan Shirk - "The Fragile Superpower: China in the Twenty-First Century"
On April 19 the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin will welcome Dr. Susan Shirk as part of their International Relations Speaker Series. Dr. Shirk will give a presentation based on her newest book, China: Fragile Superpower, which will be published by Oxford University Press this spring.
March 22, 2007
Economic Viability of East Austin Enhanced, Panel Says
Demographic, housing and economic changes over the last two decades in East Austin have increased both challenges and opportunities in the historically disadvantaged region, political and community leaders said to more than 80 attendees at UT's Thompson Conference Center Wednesday evening. The forum, "Defining Community Change in East Austin," was organized by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and PeopleFund, an organization promoting economic vitality for low-income people and communities.
March 21, 2007
Defining Community Change in East Austin
A forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with community change in East Austin—including the release of research results on housing and demographic changes—will be held Wednesday, March 21, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Thompson Conference Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
March 2, 2007
LBJ Alum David Firestein, and "The Honky Tonk Gap"
On March 19, the LBJ School and its alumni association will welcome, Mr. David Firestein, a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Department of State and a graduate of the LBJ School. Mr. Firestein is the second guest of the new lunchtime speaker series cosponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the LBJ School Alumni Association. Mr. Firestein will give an interactive presentation discussing the political communication effect of contemporary country music. | View Video
February 28, 2007
Gender Gap Still Exists in Leadership Roles
When Harvard appointed Drew Gilpin Faust as its first female president this month, she said she didn't want her gender to become an issue, but understood the discussion would be inevitable. In its 124-year history, the University of Texas has had only one female president, who served from 1974 to 1979, and a glance at the University's leadership paints a uniform picture of white males. While UT has incrementally become more diverse, both in terms of gender and race, progress is gradual, said Elspeth Rostow, public policy professor and former dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
February 23, 2007
Words Have Power: Finding Your Political Voice Through Buttons
On Saturday, March 3, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will participate in the University-wide "Explore UT" event which serves as an open house for thousands of Texas students. Explore UT offers students at all grade levels an opportunity to learn about different academic disciplines while experiencing campus and university life.
February 20, 2007
The Dean's Office Presents a Lecture by Karen DeYoung - "Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell"
On February 26, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum will welcome Karen DeYoung to discuss her new book, Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell. DeYoung is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where she has held a number of senior editing positions and served as a foreign policy reporter in Washington and as a correspondent abroad. | View Video
February 7, 2007
New Alumni Speaker Series Presents Wildflower Director Susan Rieff
Susan K. Rieff, executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and a graduate of the LBJ School, will be the first guest of a new lunchtime speaker series cosponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the LBJ School Alumni Association. The inaugural event will be held on February 19 at 12:15 p.m. in the LBJ Student Lounge. Ms. Rieff will talk about her work at the Wildflower Center and about the changes the center is undergoing after its September 2006 acquisition by the University of Texas at Austin as well as the relationship of the center to the LBJ School. | View Video
February 1, 2007
The LBJ School of Public Affairs and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP to Host Tom Ridge
As part of the Elspeth Rostow Distinguished Lecture Series for Public Policy Leadership, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP will welcome the Honorable Tom Ridge, former governor of Pennsylvania and the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Governor Ridge will discuss how state leaders can strategically address the long-term and structural issues facing state government today while also anticipating the daunting new state challenges of the 21st century.
January 29, 2007
Center for Health and Social Policy at LBJ School to host Tommy Thompson
Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson will discuss his plans for a "Medicaid Makeover" in a presentation to the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on February 8 at 2 p.m. in the Thompson Conference Center on The University of Texas at Austin campus. | View Video
January 25, 2007
UT Veterans Share War Experiences
Six voices unveiled their moving and real experiences of war as they addressed fellow veterans, students and faculty at an open dialogue titled "What is a Veteran at UT?"
January 22, 2007
The Dean's Office Presents a Lecture by Antoine van Agtmael - "The Emerging Markets Century: How a New Breed of World Class Companies Is Overtaking the World"
On January 25, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will welcome Antoine van Agtmael, founder, chairman, and chief investment officer of Emerging Markets Management, LLC. He will discuss his recent book, The Emerging Markets Century: How a New Breed of World Class Companies Is Overtaking the World, which profiles the dramatic rise of 25 world-class multinationals that are changing the face of globalization, including Korea's Samsung Electronics, China's Lenovo, Brazil's Embraer, and India's Infosys Technologies. | View Video
January 22, 2007
Admiral Inman Honored by The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin has announced that it will award one of its most prestigious honors—the Presidential Citation—to Admiral B.R. Inman, USN (Ret.), the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, at an awards dinner on Jan. 22 at the Blanton Museum of Art hosted by William Powers Jr., president of The University.
January 9, 2007
The Dean's Office Presents a Presentation by Roger C. Altman and Jason Furman - "Restoring Broad-Based Economic Growth: Responding to the Challenges of Globalization and Technological Change"
On January 18, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will welcome Roger C. Altman, chairman and cofounder of Evercore Partners, and Jason Furman, senior fellow and director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. Mr. Altman and Dr. Furman will discuss the prospects for restoring broad-based economic growth in response to the challenges of globalization and technological change. | View Video
December 21, 2006
2006 Winter Break Schedule
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the University of Texas at Austin will be closed from December 22 to January 1.
November 21, 2006
The Dean's Office Presents a Lecture by Sumit Ganguly - "A Requiem for Nonalignment: Explaining the Transformation of India's Foreign Policy"
On November 28, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will host Sumit Ganguly, the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University in Bloomington. Dr. Ganguly will discuss the post-Cold War transformation of India's approach to foreign policy. | View Video
November 1, 2006
The Dean's Office Presents a Presentation by Brigadier General Anthony A. Cucolo III - "Fight for the Information Domain"
On November 3, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will host Brigadier General Anthony A. (Tony) Cucolo who serves as the Chief of Public Affairs, United States Army. He will discuss Army initiatives in strategic communications and the importance of engaging across the spectrum of available media to maintain the support of the American people.
October 23, 2006
The Dean's Office Presents a Lecture by Kati Marton - "The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World"
On October 30, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will welcome Kati Marton, chairwoman of the International Women's Health Coalition. She will discuss her recent book, The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World, which tells for the first time the full story of a remarkable group of men produced by Budapest's Golden Age who survived the Nazi terror and went on to play vital roles in shaping the twentieth century. | View Video
October 18, 2006
The Dean's Office Presents a Lecture by Stuart W. Bowen, Jr. - "Report from Iraq: Sorting Fact from Fiction in Iraq Reconstruction"
On October 27, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will host a presentation by Stuart W. Bowen, Jr., the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. Mr. Bowen will discuss his experiences in leading the office created by Congress to provide oversight of U.S. funds appropriated for Iraq's relief and reconstruction. | View Video
September 14, 2006
LBJ School to Host International Energy Security Symposium
Given the increasingly uncertain and competitive global environment, the issues surrounding energy security policy are crucial to both short- and long-term economic stability. The one-day seminar will provide a variety of perspectives on access to affordable energy supplies--particularly the policies necessary to integrate our interests with those of our international trading partners and to re-establish stability in world markets. | View Video
September 8, 2006
RGK Center Sponsored Civil Society Institute Wraps Up a Record-breaking Summer
For the third summer in a row, students from Mexico and Canada participated in the Study Civil Society Institute hosted by the RGK Center for Philantrhopy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin.
September 7, 2006
The Dean's Office Presents A Lecture by Juliet Eilperin - "Rigged: How Lawmakers Choose Their Constituents"
On September 18, the LBJ School of Public Affairs will welcome Washington Post Staff Writer Juliet Eilperin to discuss her book, Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives, in which she argues that incumbent-drawn congressional districts have increasingly intensified the partisan tone in the House of Representatives. | View Video
August 24, 2006
LBJ School of Public Affairs Names Lindsay to Academic Chair in International Affairs
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs has named Dr. James M. Lindsay, vice president and director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, as the inaugural Tom Slick Chair for International Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.
August 4, 2006
Inman to Receive UT's Presidential Citation
Admiral B.R. Inman, USN (Ret.), the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair at The University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School of Public Affairs, has been named a 2006 recipient of the Presidential Citation, the University's highest honor.
July 28, 2006
Transcript of Clinton Commencement Address Now Available
A complete transcript of President BIll Clinton's 2006 Commencement Address at the LBJ School is now available.
July 13, 2006
RGK/Ford Fellows to Help Latin American Non-Profits on Community Development
Four Latin American nonprofit and social enterprise organizations are getting help to enhance their community development efforts this summer from 11 students from the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Red McCombs School of Business.
June 30, 2006
NASA Awards $306,000 Workforce Research Grant to UT-Austin Partnership
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded a grant of $306,526 to three University of Texas at Austin research entities to study both economic and workforce impacts on the Space Shuttle Program's capacity to meet its mission from now through 2010.
June 30, 2006
Redistricting May Push Other Issues Aside, Greenberg Says
In an interview broadcast on Austin’s KXAN-TV, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Professor Sherri Greenberg expressed concern about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Texas Legislature’s reconfiguration of the state’s congressional districts in 2003.
June 30, 2006
Sheila Wilson Beckett Named 2006 Distinguished Public Service Award Winner
Sheila Wilson Beckett (M.P.Aff. 1977), was named as the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Public Service Award by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs' Alumni Association at its annual reception on June 26.
June 23, 2006
Prince Awarded Highest West Point Alumnus Honor
Professor Howard Prince was presented with the Distinguished Graduate Award by the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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