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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs



Explore UT

Words Have Power: Finding Your Political Voice Through Buttons

Saturday, March 3, 2007
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

LBJ Breezeway
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
2315 Red River Street
Austin, TX

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.

There are several "Realms of Discovery" that cover everything from "Cultural Crossroads" programs and "Science Safari" experiments to "Public Service Passageway" projects. The LBJ School's program, entitled "Words Have Power: Finding Your Political Voice Through Buttons," is in the "Public Service Passageway" and is open to all age groups.

Appearing at the first inauguration, buttons continue to advertise, address issues and rally support for campaigns and causes. Students will learn about political campaigns and the importance of being an engaged citizen while making personalized campaign buttons. In this activity, students will design and create their own button to promote their chosen campaign, political office or cause. During the process, graduate students from the LBJ School will be on hand to assist and to teach about the history of campaign buttons and how they have been used. Additionally, there will be fresh-popped popcorn and sweets for students to enjoy while they create and learn!

Although Explore UT is campus wide, the LBJ School's button-making activity will take place in the breezeway between the LBJ School and the American History Center.

For more information on the University-wide Explore UT event, please visit http://www.utexas.edu/events/exploreut/.