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2012 Alumni Reunion Weekend

More about the Class of 1972

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Class of 1972 Graduation Certificate

Special Issue of The Baines Report Features Articles from '72ers Geraldine Conrad and Charles Cranford and Dean Robert Hutchings.
Read an article from the 30th reunion, Back to the Roots: The Class of '72 Reminisces here.

The First Commencement

Photo of 1972 LBJ School commencement


Event Details

Friday, April 20, 2012 (All day) - Saturday, April 21, 2012 (All day)

LBJ School of Public Affairs
2315 Red River Street Sid Richardson Hall Bldg. 3
Austin, TX 78712

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the First LBJ School Graduating Class of 1972

Friday, April 20
Alumni Reception

  • Presentation of the LBJ School Alumni Association’s 2011 Distinguished Public Service Award to John O’Brien (MPAff ’81). Read more about John and see the video his Legislative Budget Board alumni colleagues made in honor of this award here.

Saturday, April 21
Policy Talks

  • Breakfast in the LBJ School Lobby
  • Policy Presentations

“Social Innovation Will Save the World” by Suzi Sosa , executive director of the Dell Social Innovation Competition, associate director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and associate adjunct professor.

Every year LBJ students graduate and head out to make their mark on the world. Now the LBJ school is also catalyzing tens of thousands of other students worldwide to achieve impacts through their innovative ideas as well. Through our program, the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, we award more than $750,000 of cash and in-kind prizes to the top student teams whose project ideas will make a significant social impact. Thanks to a $5 million gift from Dell in 2011, the DSIC is rapidly expanding and expects more than 15,000 students to present more than 3,000 ideas in the 2012 competition. As a result of this program the LBJ School is becoming a global leader in “hot” topics, such as social entrepreneurship and innovation. This session will present the case for why social innovation is what we need to “save the world” and will share practical insights from the DSIC and the LBJ classroom on what you can do to be more innovative, too!

Photo of Professor Jeremi Suri"Lessons from History Can Change History: American Nation-Building Examined" by Jeremi Suri, professor of public affairs and professor of history and Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

The United States has participated in efforts to build and reform societies, including its own, in every decade. The American nation-building record is quite mixed.  It is also highly controversial. This lecture will examine how rigorous historical analysis of past American efforts can provide important guidelines for future policy-making. What have we learned from our history of nation-building? What kinds of policies do we need in the future for regions as diverse as the Middle East and East Asia? How can we contribute to more international peace and prosperity? These are questions that scholars, practitioners, and students at the LBJ School are exploring through research, writing, and teaching. This lecture will discuss some of this valuable and ground-breaking work.

  • Luncheon Table at Luncheon
    "More Than Wildflowers: Lady Bird Johnson's Conservation Legacy" by keynote speaker Susan Rieff (MPAff '80), executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
    Additional photos available on the Alumni Fan Page.