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As the holidays approach, the University is launching its Twelfth Annual Orange Santa Program which provides gifts and holiday cheer for UT employees and students with special needs who may not otherwise have a holiday. The program began in 1994 to foster a more caring campus environment by providing help for members of the university community. Last year, Orange Santa served 371 families, including 1,379 children. Faculty staff and students are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys or gifts in original packaging, gift certificates and wrapping supplies in collection boxes stationed in the Dean's Office from November 13-December 8. If you know someone who may benefit from the Orange Santa Program, they should apply to Human Resource Services by November 28. Recipients must be a current UT employee or student and be the parent or legal guardian of a child under seventeen years old. For more about the program go to the program web site at http://www.utexas.edu/events/orangesanta/
"When National Security and Privacy Collide: The Controversy Surrounding Warrantless Wiretapping by the NSA," will be hosted by the 2006 Law Forum on November 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Flawn Academic Center Room 21. Panelists for the forum include LBJ School Dean James B. Steinberg, UT Law Professor Ronald Sievert, and Texas ACLU Legal Director Lisa Graybill. The event will be moderated by UT Philosophy Professor Robert Koons
The controversial BBC documentary "Power of Nightmares, Part 3" (2004) is the next featured film in Strategic Studies Film Series Monday, November 13, 7p.m. in the Bass Lecture Hall. Known for the lack of U.S. television networks willing to air it, the film identifies similarities in the motivation and tactics of American neo-conservatives and al-Qaeda. Following the one-hour film, Professor Alan Kuperman will moderate a discussion about the film. For more information, contact Kuperman at 1-8245.
Risa Brooks from Northwestern University will lead a discussion about the Iraq War, based on a chapter of her book manuscript on civil-military relations. The presentation will held in SRH 3.103 on Tuesday, November 14 from noon until 1:30 p.m. Key issues will include the relationship between the Pentagon's civilian leadership and Army generals like Eric Shinseki and the ultimately successful calls for Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's resignation by a number of retired Pentagon officials. For more information, contact Eugene Gholz at 1-5882.
The LBJ Alumni Association will host a luncheon entitled, "Post-Election Border Issues: Immigration, the Economy, and the Future of Texas-Mexico Relations" on Wednesday, November 15th at 11:30a.m. in the Capitol Grill, Texas State Capitol Extension. Presenters for the event will be Peter Ward, the C.B. Smith Jr. Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations at the LBJ School, Jorge Guajardo, Mexican consul general, and Christina Tzintzun of the Workers Defense Project.
Cynthia Osborne was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article concerning $2.5 million in federal grants for community and faith-based groups programs for marriage promotion in the Greater Houston area. The story is at www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/4312553.html . . . The resignation of Donald Rumsfeld at Secretary of Defense and the nomination of Robert Gates as his replacement prompted a number of faculty interviews. Former LBJ School Dean Ed Dorn spoke with local radio station KLBJ about the breaking news, while Admiral Bobby R. Inman did a long interview with the National Public Radio program "Day-to-Day" available for viewing on the web at www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6457477 . . .Professor and RGK Center director Peter Frumkin did an interview with BBC Radio's show "Thinking Allowed" about his new book Strategic Giving.
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