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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

David Firestein
David Firestein
The LBJ School Alumni Association Presents

LBJ Alum David Firestein, and "The Honky Tonk Gap"

Monday, March 19, 2007
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

LBJ School Student Lounge
Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 3
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin
2315 Red River Street
Austin, Texas

On March 19, the LBJ School and its alumni association will welcome Mr. David Firestein, a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Department of State and a graduate of the LBJ School, as the second guest of the new lunchtime speaker series. Mr. Firestein will give an interactive presentation discussing the political communication effect of contemporary country music in which he argues that country music radio reinforces a specific sense of social and political identity. In his presentation, Mr. Firestein plays a number of country music hits, including the official theme songs of the 2000 and 2004 Bush/Cheney campaigns, which played on the radio during the last two presidential campaigns and explains their connection to voter choice.

Mr. Firestein currently manages Asia-focused regional outreach programs for the State Department Bureau's Office of Public Diplomacy. Mr. Firestein is also the author of "The Honky Tonk Gap: Country Music, Red State Identity, and the Election of 2004" (2005), and he frequently speaks on contemporary country music and the American idea, addressing representatives of more than 60 nations on these topics in recent months.

A native of Austin, Texas, David J. Firestein studied international relations at Georgetown University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (1990). He then studied public affairs and Asian studies at the University of Texas, earning master's degrees in both fields (1992).

The event is at no cost and is open to the public.

For more information about this event, contact Brendan Lavy at 512-232-4004 or blavy@austin.utexas.edu.

For those people who would like to see the presentation but are unable to attend, the event will be webcast in real-time as well as available for later viewing online. Visit the LBJ School's screening room Web site, lbj.utexas.edu/webcasts, on the day of the event to access the webcast. You will need to have QuickTime installed to watch the streaming video.