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The Ray Marshall Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Symposium on Policy Responses for the New Economy

Event Details

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 8:00am - 6:00pm

Bass Lecture Hall
2315 Red River
Austin, TX 78713

Featuring Keynote Address by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

AUSTIN, Texas-- Sept. 29, 2010--The Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the LBJ School of Public Affairs celebrated its 40th anniversary with a symposium titled “Policy Responses for the New Economy,” on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, as part of the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ year-long anniversary celebration, “LBJ@40.”

The symposium included panels on the state of the labor market, education and workforce development, as well as a keynote address by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. Panels featured nationally recognized experts, including: Lawrence Mishel, president of the Economic Policy Institute; Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy; Carl Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University; Carolyn Heinrich, director of the Lafollette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin; and professor Harry Holzer from Georgetown University; among others. A reception will follow the symposium that includes a discussion by former U.S. Secretaries of Labor, Alexis Herman and Ray Marshall, on the changing role of the Labor Secretary in a global economy.

Over four decades, the Ray Marshall Center has provided an independent source of research and fostered creative solutions to challenging education, workforce, and social problems. The Center’s applied research, policy analysis and program design has strengthened policies and programs that affect generations of American workers. 

"The symposium not only provides a way to commemorate past accomplishments,” explains Ray Marshall Center Director Chris King, “but it also, and more importantly, offers a forum to examine some of the most pressing social and economic issues facing the American workforce today. It is this forward-looking focus that has kept the Center at the forefront of research and policies impacting American workers over the past forty years.”

The Fall of 2010 marks 40 years since the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs officially opened its doors to 18 students and five faculty members. Since that day in 1970, the LBJ School now has more than 3,100 graduates worldwide.

To commemorate the first four decades of the School and its ongoing role in public policy teaching and research, the School will present “LBJ@40”, which will include conferences, programs and speaking events to engage not only current students, alumni and members of the LBJ community, but the general public as well. Events will be held in Austin, Texas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and select international venues.

This event was made possible by the following sponsors: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Rutgers' Heldrich Center for Worforce Development, IBM, the National Center on Education and the Economy, and the national AFL-CIO. 

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