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LBJ School of Public Affairs To Commemorate 40th Anniversary with Signature Events Spotlighting Domestic and International Policy Issues

Inaugural International Human Trafficking Conference, Oct. 6, 7; Fall Leadership Lecture Series Set to Launch Oct. 13 – First of Numerous “LBJ@40” Special Events

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 1, 2010—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.

Organized around signature events spread throughout the year, LBJ@40 is designed to highlight and commend the ideas and ideals that define the LBJ School — past, present and future. The LBJ@40 salute will commence in October with the First International Human Trafficking Conference on Oct. 6 and 7, followed by the LBJ School Fall Leadership Lecture Series beginning Oct. 13, which will bring the LBJ School community together with political, business, non-profit and academic leaders in a series of six scheduled lectures.

The Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, the School’s first research center, will also host a symposium on Oct. 19 to celebrate the Center’s 40th anniversary, titled “Policy Responses for the New Economy.” On Nov. 10, the School will celebrate faculty research with the annual “Between Covers” reception for faculty authors who have published over the course of the previous year. Additionally, the School’s Center for Politics and Governance (CPG) will host their annual Fall Forum, which will focus on predictions for the 2011 Texas legislative session.

Highlighting LBJ@40 this upcoming spring will be The Barbara Jordan National Forum, co-hosted with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. The 2011 forum will commemorate both Jordan’s 75th birthday and President’s Day, Feb. 21.  The inaugural “LBJ School Policy Probe” with host Bill Moyers, the first in a series of LBJ School-hosted policy forums to be held in Washington, D.C., will debut this spring as well.

The year of celebration will also be punctuated by alumni events in Austin and in select cities across the nation, offering the School’s body of alumni the greatest opportunity to reconnect with the School and with one another.

More information about these individual events as well as the 40th Anniversary as a whole will be forthcoming. Below is a schedule of planned events to date


“LBJ@40” Events Schedule:


The LBJ School Leadership Lecture Series

In honor of the its 40th anniversary, the School is launching what will become an annual Leadership Lecture Series, designed to bring political, business, non-profit and academic leaders local to Austin, Central Texas and The University of Texas at Austin together with the community to discuss their unique brand of leadership.


Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


University of Texas at Austin Professor H.W. Brands

Thursday, Oct. 21, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


University of Texas at Austin Professor Paul Woodruff

Monday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Meadows Foundation Director Emeritus Mr. Curtis Meadows

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


GSD&M Idea City Chairman and CEO Mr. Roy Spence

Thursday, Nov. 4, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


UT Women’s Athletics Director Chris Plonsky

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.



“Policy Responses for the New Economy: A Symposium Celebrating the Ray Marshall Center’s 40th Anniversary”

October 19, 2010

Established in 1970, the Ray Marshall Center identifies and fosters creative solutions to challenging education, workforce and social problems through applied research, policy analysis and innovative program design. The Center has planned a signature event celebrating the Center’s 40 years of prolific and productive program evaluation, design and development, policy analysis and survey research.


Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of Faculty Authors

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

“Between Covers” is an annual event, created in 2006, to honor faculty authors, showcase new books published over the course of the previous year, and to honor faculty who have received prestigious awards for their book publications.


The Longoria Affair

Date and Time, TBA

The LBJ School will host a viewing of “The Longoria Affair,” a PBS-documentary that follows the story of Private Felix Longoria, who fought and died in World War II. The only funeral parlor in his small Texas town refused to hold a wake for the Mexican American GI because "the whites would not like it." Two stubborn and savvy leaders, newly-elected Senator Lyndon Johnson and activist Dr. Hector Garcia, formed an alliance over the incident. Their relationship would help elect John Kennedy to the White House and lead, ultimately, to Johnson’s signature on the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


The Center for Politics and Governance Fall Forum

Date and Time, TBA

The LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance 2010 Fall Forum is a day-long conference featuring keynote speakers and panelists from state government, academia and the media outlining issues and policy challenges surrounding the 2011 Texas state legislative sessions slated to begin in January 2011.


The Barbara Jordan National Forum

February 2011

An event to be held in conjunction with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, the 2011 Barbara Jordan National Forum will celebrate the 75th birthday of Barbara Jordan (President’s Day, Feb. 21), the policy connections between Jordan and President Johnson, and will examine the lessons that future generations can take away from the legacies of both Jordan and Johnson.


The Hispanic Leadership Summit

April 15, 2011

The Hispanic Leadership Summit examines emerging trends and policy issues, bringing together academic and prominent leaders from across the country, and introducing undergraduates to the LBJ School and high school students to the University of Texas.


The 2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition Awards Ceremony

May 2011

The winners of the 2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition will be announced at this awards ceremony, co-sponsored by the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. The Dell Social Innovation Competition is an annual social entrepreneurship competition where college students from around the world are challenged to improve areas of critical human need through innovation.


Online Government Transparency in Texas

May 2011

This conference is the third in a series of student-run conferences focusing on online transparency in different levels of government. The conference is the product of a yearlong policy research project, a required course at the LBJ School. Students will bring together policy experts, members of the media and non-profit organizations to discuss issues of online financial transparency in the Texas state government and will present the findings of their own research.


Other Spring 2011 Events:

The LBJ School ‘Policy Probe’ with Host Bill Moyers - Date and Time, TBA

The RGK/Moody Lecture Series - Date, Time and Speaker, TBA

40th Anniversary Alumni Reunion - Date and Time, TBA