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LBJ School Washington, D.C. Program Underway

The LBJ School Washington, D.C. Program, which launched in May 2011, is well underway with summer courses, a health privacy summit, internships and alumni activities.

The program began in May with two summer graduate seminars taught by regular LBJ School faculty which were open to alumni and public policy professionals as well as  LBJ School students. The summer courses complement  D.C.-based summer internships aimed at familiarizing students with federal Washington and introducing them to senior-level officials there.

Professor Kate Weaver's class visits the nation's capitol buildingThe program began with Professor David Warner's course "Health Policy in 2011: The View from Washington," which began May 16 and concluded on May 27. Professor Kate Weaver's course "International Organizations and Global Governance: Crisis or Catharsis?" began June 8 and is underway until July 14.

Many students participating in these courses also took the opportunity to maximize their time in Washington with an internship. Several of those students are also currently blogging about their experiences as D.C. interns in the Thinkers and Doers Summer Internship Blog. This summer blog will run until August 2011.

On June 13, 2011, the LBJ School and Patient Privacy Rights co-hosted a Health Privacy Summit titled "Getting IT Right: Protecting Patient Privacy in a Wired World." The Summit, held at the Georgetown Law Center, brought together experts from academia, advocacy, government, health care, and the technology field to discuss the future of patient privacy. Videos, presentations, photos and resource materials will continue to be posted to the Summit's website throughout the summer. Visit http://www.healthprivacysummit.org/ for updates.

Washington area alumni are also active this summer, hosting their annual Washington, D.C. Summer Speaker Series features guest speakers who will enlighten students, alumni and friends of the University of Texas System on issues of domestic and international policy. The Summer Speaker Series is an initiative organized by the Washington, D.C. LBJ School Alumni Chapter, the Archer Center and the Washington, D.C. Texas Exes Chapter. For more information and dates of future speakers in the series, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/events/2011/washington-dc-summer-speaker-series

The program will evolve in three to four years to encompass a full semester of courses to complement D.C.-based internships, career fairs, alumni events, and other programs.

For more information on the Washington, D.C. program and updates on the LBJ School's presence in the nation's capital, visit the LBJ School's Washington D.C. web portal at https://www.utexas.edu/lbj/washington.