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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

September 18, 2008

Madeleine Albright

Albright Helps Launch Global Policy Studies Degree

A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the LBJ Library Atrium September 10 to listen in on a “public conversation” between former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and LBJ School Dean James B. Steinberg in launching the School’s new Master’s Degree in Global Policy Studies (MGPS). Albright and Steinberg talked at length about emerging international challenges and how the new MGPS degree will provide policy makers with the tools to lead in a contemporary global environment. The event was simulcast to an audience of some 40 attendees in Second Life, a 3-D virtual world of social interaction networking. Albright complemented the School’s foresight in creating the new degree program, noting that the unveiling of the new degree was on the eve of the seventh anniversary of September 11, 2001. "[T]he 21st Century has not begun the way that it should. I think that our working together and engaging in the broadest discussion on public policy, education, and diversity. . .is going to allow us to figure out our way through the 21st century in a much better way."

The MGPS announcement received a good deal of local coverage. Not only did the Austin American Statesman run an article promoting the rollout event, but in the Sunday issue, the editorial "LBJ School Takes Steps Toward Global Stage” heralded the MGPS degree as the vanguard of the University’s international efforts.

The Statesman advance story:

The Statesman editorial:

To watch a video of the event, or view images from the event in Second Life

Alumni Reception

Distinguished Public Servants Recognized at Austin Alumni Reception

Some 100 alumni and distinguished guests gathered to honor the two most recent recipients of the Distinguished Public Service Award at the Annual Austin Alumni Reception on September 15. Dean James B. Steinberg presented the awards to Rafael Fernandez de Castro, (Class of '86), and Anne Dunkelberg (Class of '88), for representing the values of the LBJ School through exceptional public service. Fernandez de Castro is author and editor of more than 10 books on foreign affairs and Mexico-U.S. relations, was most recently named International Affairs Advisor by President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa of Mexico. Dunkelberg, one of the state’s leading experts in policy and budget issues, is the assistant director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. In 2007, Dunkelberg was named Consumer Advocate of the Year by Families USA in Washington, DC.

LBJ Students Launch New Public Affairs Radio Show

Dialectica, a public affairs radio show produced by LBJ School students on UT-Austin student radio KVRX, debuted Monday evening. The inaugural show focused on education in China, comparing and contrasting the Chinese and U.S. educational systems, and included David Sena, assistant professor in the Department of Asian Studies, and graduate students James Hudson, Lei Huang, Min Gui, and Mai Li. Dialectica seeks to provide in-depth policy and political analysis on a given topic each week through a compelling, issue-driven narrative. It is broadcast on KVRX and the internet every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Dialectica team can be reached at policyradio@yahoo.com.

Gamkhar Named Co-Editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism

Congratulations to Professor Shama Gamkhar, who was recently appointed to a four-year term as co-editor of the annual State of American Federalism issue of Publius: The Journal of Federalism. The State of American Federalism issue appears each summer and is valued by graduate courses in federalism and intergovernmental relations for its informative use of applied theory to examine modern federalism in the United States. Gamkhar will also represent the LBJ School on the National Association of the Schools of Public Affairs Standards Committee in reviewing and revising NASPAA’s standards for accreditation.

Lessons Learned in Building a Global Software Company

Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems, Inc., will be the guest of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, in presenting "The Adobe Story: Lessons Learned in Building a Global Software Company" on Tuesday, September 23 at 5:30 pm in the LBJ Library Brown Room, 10th Floor. Geschke co-founded Adobe Systems in 1982, and is currently co-chair of the Board, having retired from his position as president in 2000. His presentation is part of the Strauss Center’s Technology, Innovation and Global Security Speaker Series, which brings world-renowned experts to campus to discuss how to sustain innovation and prevent modern technology from being misused.

Alumni Newsmakers

Alumnae Karen Shafer (Class of '91) graduated with her Ph.D in Political Science from Arizona State University in May 2008. . .Alumnae LaTanya Flix (Class of '96) was named Executive Director of The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston. . . Alumnus Craig Adair (Class of ‘06) accepted the position of Legislative Director for State Representative Lon Burnam (D-Tarrant County). . .Dr. Melody Chatelle (Class of ‘87) has published a book entitled Journeys of Heartache and Grace: Conversations and Life Lessons from Young People with Serious Illnesses . . .Have items you want to share in Alumni newsmakers? Send an email to Kennard Wright at kennard.wright@austin.utexas.edu to let you colleagues and classmates know where you are and what’s going on!!

LBJ Newsmakers. . .

Professor James Galbraith continued to garner popular reviews for his book, The Predator State, The Washington Post ran a review in its Book World section Sunday:

Professor Robert Wilson co-authored an op-ed on urban policy for the Philadelphia Inquirer with former LBJ School professor Norm Glickman:

Center for Politics and Governance Director Veronica Vargas Stidvent authored an op/ed in the Austin American Statesman on September 19 on the undertones of sexism in the current presidential campaign:

About News@LBJ

"News@LBJ" is a regular electronic newsletter distributed by the Dean's Office to keep faculty, staff, and students informed about news and events at The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. We encourage everyone to share their news, events, and suggestions with us via e-mail to kerri.battles@mail.utexas.edu.