Libraries Hosts Panel to Discuss Jordan’s Life, Career

April 13, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — "When Barbara Jordan Talked, We Listened—A Panel Discussion," produced by the Texas Politics Project (TPP) in the College of Liberal Arts, will be presented by the University of Texas Libraries at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 16 in the University Federal Credit Union (UFCU) Student Learning Commons at the Perry-Castañeda Library (21st and Speedway).

The discussion, to be moderated by TPP Director James Henson, will feature Former Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs Max Sherman, Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Susan Rieff and State Representative Senfronia Thompson of Houston.

This event is part of a program by the Libraries honoring Jordan in the lead-up to the unveiling of her statue at the university on April 24. "When Barbara Jordan Talked, We Listened—A Panel Discussion" is free and open to the public. The panel will be filmed for publication to the Web.

Also part of the program honoring Jordan, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History has partnered with the Libraries to present the mini-exhibition "When Barbara Jordan Talked, We Listened," on view in the Perry-Castañeda Library's UFCU Student Learning Commons through June 1.

Drawn from the Briscoe Center's collection, the exhibit features photographs, cartoons, documents and awards that highlight the Texas Congresswoman's career as one of our nation's leading public servants. Also featured are materials from Libraries' collections, as well as video of Jordan's signature oratory.

In 1972, Jordan became the first black woman from a southern state elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She served in the House until 1979. After she retired from politics, Jordan taught courses on intergovernmental relations, political values and ethics at the university's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

For more information, contact: Travis Willmann, University of Texas Libraries, 512 495 4644.