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News April 30, 2014

LBJ Returns to the Nation’s Capital with New Washington Center Offering Unique 18-Month, D.C.-Focused Curriculum

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin is creating the LBJ School Washington Center enabling students to earn a master’s degree in 18 months with a unique focus on federal public policy. The Center will also provide a platform and forum for nonpartisan policy analysis on the critical issues facing the country and the world and serve as a hub for the dissemination of faculty research.

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News April 22, 2014

LBJ Students Pitch Idea for Improving Civic Engagement at Fels National Public Policy Challenge

BY: Justin Sykes Instead of relaxing on the beach, LBJ School students Christie Wright, Lance McNeill and Miha Vindis spent their spring break preparing a proposal for the Fels National Public Policy Challenge in Philadelphia. Their idea: build a comprehensive online platform to increase civic

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News April 11, 2014

Sidney Weintraub, Retired LBJ School Faculty Member, Dies at 91

Sidney Weintraub, Dean Rusk Professor Emeritus of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, died on April 10 at the age of 91.

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News April 4, 2014

Civil Rights@50: Empowering the Next 'Get it Done' Generation

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, the LBJ School is reflecting on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today. Through events like the Civil Rights Summit and faculty experts in the news, the LBJ School is advancing the public dialogue surrounding modern day Civil Rights issues.

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News April 2, 2014

Civil Rights Summit Student Events: Empowering the Next “Get It Done” Generation

The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a series of student-focused events to encourage dialogue around the great policy challenges that will be at the center of the Civil Rights Summit, April 8-10, hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum. These events will be open to the LBJ School of Public Affairs and UT School of Law Communities and will be designed to engage students in meaningful dialogue on the policy and law implications at the heart of the Summit’s four presidential addresses.

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News February 28, 2014

Leading Civil Rights Scholar Lani Guinier Calls for a Renewal of Civil Rights-Era Leadership in Barbara Jordan Forum Keynote Address

As the highlight of the 18th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum , leading civil rights attorney and scholar Lani Guinier addressed current students, alumni and community members as part of the LBJ School’s “50 for 50” initiative, a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act. In her talk, Guinier, the first African-American female tenured professor at Harvard Law School, called for a new movement of “leading from behind” that harkens back to the method of leadership used by the civil rights movement to win legislative victories in the mid-1960s.

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News February 27, 2014

President Barack Obama to Deliver Keynote at Civil Rights Summit; First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to join the President.

Today, the White House announced that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at a Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, April 10, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the Summit with the President. The three-day Civil Rights Summit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act, along with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act in 1968, helped establish the legal foundation in fulfilling the long elusive promise of equality among all Americans. The Summit will not only celebrate those pivotal laws, but, just as LBJ would have wanted, will address the civil rights issues we face today in America and around the world.

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News February 24, 2014

New Electricity Market Structure in Texas Resulted in 2% Price Drop

Texas’s wholesale electricity market has undergone major regulatory changes over the past two decades. Jay Zarnikau , an adjunct professor at the LBJ School, is interested in how regulatory change impacts the price of electricity. Zarnikau, along with Ross Baldick, an electrical engineering and

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News February 17, 2014

President Barack Obama to Deliver Keynote Address at LBJ Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit on UT Campus

The LBJ Presidential Library , located on The University of Texas at Austin campus, will host a Civil Rights Summit on April 8-10 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Lyndon Baines Johnson drove passage of the legislation and signed it into law. The summit will feature a keynote address by President Barack Obama on April 10, and remarks by former President Jimmy Carter on April 8 and former President Bill Clinton on April 9. An invitation has been extended to former President George W. Bush to deliver a keynote address on April 10, and the library is working with his office to finalize details.

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News February 14, 2014

LBJ Students to Pay Tribute to Barbara Jordan's Policy Legacy Feb. 18 – 21

The Barbara Jordan Forum is designed to highlight Barbara Jordan’s lifetime of significant contributions to society as a politician, policymaker, activist and educator. Jordan joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 1979 as a faculty member and remained a beloved teacher and mentor until her death in 1996. That same year, students created a forum in her honor. In addition to the keynote event featuring leading civil rights attorney, activist, scholar Lani Guinier on Feb. 19 students have planned lunchtime brown bag talks beginning Feb. 18 that invite members of the community to discuss policy issues championed by Jordan. Each speaker will also provide a call to action, offering ideas on how to enact real change in these areas. The week will conclude with a service project for LBJ School students at the Barbara Jordan Elementary School in Austin, Texas.

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