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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Upcoming Events

November 3, 2008

Election Night Watch Party, Tuesday, November 4

To mark the conclusion of what has been an exciting campaign season, the LBJ School and GPAC together with Ben and Melanie Barnes, Bernard and Audre Rapoport, and Lowell Lebermann invite the LBJ School community to an Election Night Watch Party.

Come watch as the results of national and state elections are announced and as the U.S. elects a new President.

The party will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Thompson Conference Center Cafeteria. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Please RSVP (acceptances only) to rsvplbj@austin.utexas.edu. This event is open to the LBJ School community only. The Thompson Conference Center's address is 2405 Robert Dedman Drive, it is located on the southwest corner of Dean Keeton and Red River.

For a special look back at LBJ School-sponsored events that informed the national, state and local debate and conversation surrounding the issues and the candidates of election 2008, visit: http://lbj.utexas.edu/photos/2008_events/election_2008/slideshow.

CPG to Host Day-Long Forum on Texas Politics and Policy, Thursday, November 6

Join the Center for Politics and Governance (CPG) in "Who’s Right? Who’s Left? Texas Politics and Policy Beyond 2008." In this day-long forum, panelists will analyze election results and shed light on future elections and the upcoming 2009 legislative process. For more information on participating prominent keynote speakers and panelists, visit: http://lbj.utexas.edu/cpg/events/story/580/.

New Book - Difficult Transitions: Foreign Policy Troubles at the Outset of Presidential Power

Drawing on decades of government service—in the corridors of Capitol Hill, the intimate confines of the White House, the State Department, and the bare-knuckles Pentagon bureaucracy—Dean James B. Steinberg and Kurt M. Campbell identify the major foreign policy pitfalls that face a new presidential administration in Difficult Transitions. They explain clearly and concisely what it takes to get foreign policy right from the start. Slated for mid-November release. For more information please, visit: http://lbj.utexas.edu/news/story/595/.

CPG Partners with Austin Film Society on 'Doc Tour' 2008 Line-Up; Election Day Documentary Screening set for November 12 at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

The Center for Politics and Governance (CPG) is partnering with the Austin Film Society (AFS) for its presentation of "Doc Tour" 2008, a monthly documentary film series hosted by AFS. The current series takes an intimate look at politics from multiple perspectives and provides insight into a variety of electoral processes.

Election Day is the latest in the CPG-AFS "Doc Tour" collaboration, having partnered on the presentation of two other films this fall — Please Vote for Me and Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

Election Day follows an eclectic group of voters over one day, namely Election Day 2004, from the early morning until well after midnight. Capturing people from all walks of life, including an ex-felon voting for the first time at age 50 and a factory worker debating gay marriage with his co-workers, the film presents a glimpse of the real life stories that lie underneath the complex electoral process.

For more information, visit: http://www.austinfilm.org/screenings/afs_documentary_tour and http://lbj.utexas.edu/cpg/events/story/576/.

October in Review

U.S. Secretary Michael O. Leavitt Addresses Health Diplomacy in International Relations

The Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law welcomed U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt for a discussion on "From the American People: Health Diplomacy and U.S. Foreign Policy" on Oct. 30. Secretary Leavitt’s remarks focused on the United States' role in improving global health and the emerging idea of "health diplomacy" in international relations. The event, held in the LBJ Library and Museum, was part of the Elspeth Rostow Distinguished Lecture Series for Public Policy and Leadership. For more information, visit: http://lbj.utexas.edu/news/story/602/.

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad at GPAC Brown Bag Lecture Series

Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, spoke to a standing-room only crowd of LBJ School students on the development of a sound public finance system for the Authority and the future of negotiations with Israel on Oct. 15. The Prime Minister took several questions from the audience, including one from a student who asked if the Prime Minister is optimistic about negotiations going forward under a new U.S. president. "Whoever takes office should not spend too much time before renewing negotiations," said Fayyad. "Don’t delay the process and don’t reinvent the wheel." For video of the Prime Minister’s discussion, visit: http://lbj.utexas.edu/webcasts/movie/175/.

'The Choice 2008' Premiers in Austin, Airs as Part of PBS Vote 2008 Series

The Center for Politics and Governance (CPG) presented the premiere of "The Choice 2008," co-produced and co-written by CPG Director of Research Studies Professor Paul Stekler, at the Austin City Limits Studio on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The documentary aired on the PBS series Frontline on Oct. 14 and Oct. 26 as part of PBS Vote 2008 election coverage. "The Choice 2008" draws on in-depth interviews with advisers, family and friends of the two presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. The documentary is available online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/choice2008/view/.

Other documentaries by Professor Stekler on the PBS web site include:

'McCain v. Obama: Competing Visions' Candidates' Supporters Face off in Town-hall Style Debate

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the Center for Politics and Governance (CPG) hosted an open-forum discussion on Oct. 23 in which prominent supporters from both political parties examined the two presidential candidates’ competing visions for foreign and domestic policy. Participants included:

  • Harold Ford, Jr., LBJ School of Public Affairs Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor and former U.S. Representative from Tennessee
  • Lee Feinstein, visiting fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute, international lawyer and author
  • Tod Lindberg, research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute and author of The Political Teachings of Jesus
  • David J. Schenck, lawyer and Senator McCain supporter

For video of the panel discussion, visit: http://lbj.utexas.edu/webcasts/movie/176/.

LBJ School Center Stage at NASPAA Conference

The 2008 National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference held in mid-October in Charleston, SC provided the LBJ School a significant opportunity to showcase its faculty members, curriculum, including the new Master of Global Policy Studies degree program, and a host of upcoming special events at the School.

A highlight of the Conference was the Master of Global Policy Studies launch celebration. A custom cake designed as a globe was displayed and then shared with close to 350 deans, directors and faculty who consumed all of the northern hemisphere and South America.

Faculty and staff who gave panel presentations included:

  • Professor Kenneth Matwiczak - "The Role of Leadership in the Future of NASPAA Schools: Contributions of Leadership Centers"
  • Dean James B Steinberg and Professor Eugene Gholz - "The Globalization of Public Policy: How are We Responding?"
  • Lana Morris, Career Services Coordinator - "The Internship Experience: Still Relevant After All These Years?"
  • Professor Peter Frumkin and Professor Francie Ostrower - "Launching Executive Programs for Nonprofit Leaders"

The School, an official sponsor of this year's NASPAA Conference, is actively engaged year-round with the organization, which is the membership association of graduate school programs in public affairs, public policy, public administration and nonprofit management. The 2009 NASPAA Conference will be held in the Washington DC/VA Metro area on Oct. 15-17.

LBJ Professor Kenneth Flamm Awarded $374,221 NSF Research Grant

Professor Kenneth S. Flamm, the Dean Rusk Chair in International Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, was awarded a grant for $374,221 by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. The three-year grant will fund research into understanding how good ideas emerging from basic research ultimately result in commercially successful technology innovations in the pharmaceutical and semi-conductor industries. "We hope to get under the hood of the innovation process in these industries, by applying statistical models to the data we assemble," said Flamm. "This will help us better understand what characteristics of research and development projects increase or reduce the chances that they will ultimately succeed."

Skillpoint Alliance Honors LBJ’s Chris King

Professor Chris King, Director of the Ray Marshall Center and the Mike Hogg Professor of Urban Management at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, received the Skillpoint Alliance’s fourth annual Workforce Edge Award on Thursday, Oct. 23 in Austin. King is nationally known as a labor economist, teacher and researcher whose work has significantly influenced employment, education and social policy.

"Chris is probably better known nationally, but he is indeed a local treasure," said Margo Dover, Skillpoint President and CEO in presenting the Award. "We are extremely pleased to recognize him for his service to our community and beyond."

The award acknowledges leadership and vision in uniting institutions and enterprises to benefit public education and workforce development, the heart of Skillpoint Alliance’s mission. In its 14-year history, Skillpoint Alliance has served as a leading intermediary organization in Central Texas in offering thousands of students, educators and adults industry-based career awareness services, cutting-edge professional development and workforce training for underserved populations.

It was an especially memorable evening for Chris's father who joined him for the occasion. "My dad had the time of his life and is now corresponding with Ray Marshall about their WWII experiences in the U.S. Navy. It turns out, Ray was in the convoy of LSMs clearing out the Japanese mines from a harbor just ahead of the LST my Dad was on somewhere in the South Pacific in 1945. They seem to have become fast friends in a single evening."

LBJ Faculty Providing Expert Commentary and Analysis on U.S. Financial Crisis

LBJ School faculty members including Professor James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government; Professor Robert D. Auerbach and former U.S. Labor Secretary and Professor Emeritus and holder of the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs Ray Marshall are providing expertise and insight into the current U.S. financial crisis across a wide spectrum of forums. For more information, visit: http://lbj.utexas.edu/news/story/597/.

LBJ School 2008 Faculty Authors Celebrated During Texas Book Festival Week in Dual Showcases

The LBJ School’s "Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of LBJ Faculty Authors" recognized faculty members with books or documentaries that debuted this year. The event took place Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library Brown Room.

Additionally, the 2008 published works of these authors were showcased at this year’s Texas Book Festival in a special LBJ School author’s exhibit. The exhibit was held Nov. 1-2.

For more information, visit: http://lbj.utexas.edu/news/story/616/.

Craigslist Founder Speaks on Philanthropy

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark spoke to a full house at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center about his philanthropy as part of the Frances Moody Newman Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the RGK Center on Oct. 8. "Whether you’re in a small town or a big city, people want to help each other," said Newmark. "Community organizing is perhaps the best way to follow through on values like grass roots democracy." For video of Newmark’s discussion, visit: http://lbj.utexas.edu/webcasts/movie/170/.

PhD Colloquium Welcomed Professor Jing Chen

The LBJ School of Public Affairs welcomed Professor Jing Chen of the University of Northern British Columbia on Thursday, Oct. 30, as part of the PhD Colloquium. Professor Chen’s discussion, titled “The Physical Foundations of Economics,” focused on his efforts to develop an analytical economic theory from basic biophysical principles.

Student and Alumni News

Student Organization At Work to Promote Diversity

The Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color (PAACC), a student organization co-chaired by second-year students Sherry Penson and Lawrence Crockett, has been working closely with the LBJ Office of Student and Alumni Programs (OSAP) to promote diversity at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and in the greater community. PAACC recently organized several GRE workshops and are also working on a speaker series, United Nations of Food program, fundraising and community service activities.

LBJ Student Leading Effort for Passage of Domestic Partner Benefits Resolution

Brandon Jass, a second year graduate student, has been leading a campus-wide charge to extend University of Texas spousal benefits to same-sex couples. The Domestic Partner Benefits Resolution (AR5) passed the LBJ Graduate Public Affairs Council last year and the UT Graduate Student Assembly this year. The Resolution will soon be up for vote at the UT Student Government before being proposed to the UT administration.

LBJ Community Mourns the Loss of Alumna Amy Young

Amy Young (’05) passed away on Sept. 20, 2008. Amy Young worked as a public policy specialist with the Texas Council for Development Disabilities where she advocated for services for people who were disabled. Young is survived by her partner Kate Crosthwaite, parents Don and Mary Esther Young, sister Polly and brother Mark.

LBJ Alumna Named Affordable Housing Finance’s Young Leader for 2008

Affordable Housing Finance has named Jennifer Daughtrey Hicks one of their Young Leaders for 2008 for her work in developing and financing single-room occupancy housing and permanent supportive housing for single adults with low incomes in San Francisco. Hicks works with Foundation Communities, a non-profit that develops affordable housing in Austin. Hicks has been involved with assisting the homeless since 2001.

LBJ Alumna New Director of State Funding for TEA

Helen Daniels (’94) has been named the new director of state funding for the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Daniels began working in school finance with Moak Consulting in 1995. Since then, she has served as a legislative aide for Rep. Scott Hochberg and as a senior research analyst on public education issues at the State Comptroller’s Office.

Other Alumni News

Kim Smith Unberhagen (’94) has moved back to Austin and is still with BAE Systems. ... Congratulations to Robin Gilchrist (’90) who accepted the position of Chief of Staff to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. ... Brandon Atkinson (’99) recently moved to Krakow, Poland, and now runs the Business Development for the Software Automation at Hewlett Packard for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ... Charles O. Cranford (’72), a middle-career student when he attended the LBJ School, just completed 50 years of state, national and international service. Cranford retired his position of Vice Chancellor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. ... Congratulations to Janine Toth Ellison (’02) who was named the Senior Director for Russian Affairs at the National Security Council. ... After 22 years of experience in the public sector and in non-profit management, alumna Linda Jenkins (’84) founded Jenkins consulting Group. ... James Kamensky (’77) recently co-authored Operators Manual for the New Administration. ... Alumna Kim Goodwon (’86) has rejoined the Board of Directors for Akami Technologies.

E-mail Kennard Wright at kennard.wright@austin.utexas.edu to update your colleagues and former classmates on your activities and whereabouts.

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.