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February 8, 2013 - News

The 83rd Texas State Legislature is in full swing and while the state budget, education finance and redistricting are set to be the most pressing issues that the legislature will tackle, myriad of other issues are likely to come before the session. Faculty experts from the LBJ School of Public Affairs are available to discuss policy and political issues from a variety of perspectives.

February 6, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 5:30pm

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will speak at a public lecture at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Feb. 13 at 5:30 PM. The title of his talk is “Unlimited Opportunity for Homegrown Energy.” The Secretary will touch on the current state of the biofuel and renewable energy industries, the promise of advanced biofuels, ongoing research in renewable energy technology and the unlimited opportunity of the biobased economy for rural communities. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register for this event, visit:

January 30, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 12:15pm

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 30, 2013 – Former Two-Term Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin will deliver the opening keynote address at the 17th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum luncheon on Feb. 19 at 12:15 PM, the kickoff to a week of student-led activities honoring former Congresswoman and LBJ School Professor Barbara Jordan. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, visit:

January 24, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:15pm

The Honorable Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel to the United States, will speak at a public lecture at the University of Texas at Austin on Jan. 31 at 12:15 PM at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The event is cosponsored by the Israel Studies Collaborative of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, Texas Hillel and the LBJ School. This event is free and open to the public with a valid I.D. Registration is required. To RSVP for this event, visit:

January 22, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Annual mixer for students and alumni of the LBJ School The Center for Health and Social Policy 
 Social, Health, and Economic Policymakers program.

January 17, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Monday, February 4, 2013 - 4:00pm

Former Secretary of Education William Bennett will discuss “Education Policy and the American Future” at a public lecture in Austin, Texas on Feb. 4 at 4 PM.

January 15, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Cocktail reception for Houston-area alumni of the LBJ School.

January 15, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Alumni reception in Dallas, Texas.

January 15, 2013 - News

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 15, 2013 — Shirley Franklin, who served two terms as mayor of Atlanta, has joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor in Ethics and Political Values. The LBJ School’s dean, Robert Hutchings, announced the appointment today.

In addition to her appointment, Franklin will serve as the keynote speaker for the 17th annual Barbara Jordan Forum, scheduled for Feb. 19. Prior to that, Franklin will introduce Andrew Young — a former Atlanta mayor, congressman and U.N. ambassador — at the second annual Tom Johnson Lectureship hosted by the LBJ Library on Jan. 31.

January 10, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

January 9, 2013 - News

In preparation for the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, LBJ School students have compiled an in-depth preview of the major challenges facing state policymakers. The preview covers the following issues: budget, criminal justice, education, elections, healthcare, immigration, payday lending, the sunset advisory commission and water and energy.

January 9, 2013 - News

The William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft is being established at The University of Texas at Austin to train leaders in the history of national security and diplomacy and to honor the legacy of one of the most influential statesmen in Texas history, former Gov. Bill Clements.

The center’s leadership will include some of the top diplomatic and international historians in the nation, who are already on faculty at UT Austin, including LBJ School Assistant Professor William C. Inboden who will serve as executive director of the center. It will offer courses and study-abroad opportunities for undergraduates and graduates; provide research grants and fellowships for promising young scholars as well as distinguished faculty members; and sponsor research, lectures and forums on history and statecraft.

December 18, 2012 - News

Three 2010 LBJ School graduates have been named to the Forbes 2012 "30 Under 30" list: Greg Pardo and Martha Bloem for "30 Under 30: Law and Policy" and Melissa Lott  for "30 Under 30: Energy".

December 17, 2012 - News

On December 6, 2012, Professor James Galbraith gave a keynote speech to a congress of the largest German Trade Union, IG Metall, meeting in Berlin on the theme, "Changing Course for a Good Life."  Professor Galbraith spoke on the second day of the three-day meeting; keynotes were delivered on the first day by Nouriel Roubini of New York University, and on the closing day by former President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva of Brazil.

December 17, 2012 - News

Over the Holiday Break—December 23, 2013 until January 2, 2014—the University and the LBJ School will be officially closed. However, students, staff, and faculty with electronic swipe cards will still have access to the building. Should an emergency or problem arise during this time, please utilize the contact information below.


December 17, 2012 - News

I support gun ownership.  I believe in the Constitution, and I grew up in an area where people owned guns for hunting, recreation and protection.  As a family, my husband and I used to take our kids to a Travis County range for clay and skeet sport shooting.  However, gun ownership should not put an end to common sense.

December 13, 2012 - News

Every LBJ School student has a unique perspective on public service. Here are a few student stories from 2012 that highlight the diversity of our LBJ School student community, their research interests and commitment to public service.

December 10, 2012 - News

The most important aspect of research to LBJ School student Liza Getsinger is what it can accomplish for people in need.

“It’s wonderful to be able to move the research discipline forward but the goal is really how do you improve services on the ground,” said Getsinger about a study she was involved with while employed at the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC-based economic and social policy think tank.

Getsinger, a second-year MPAff student, conducted in-person interviews for an article that was recently published in Social Service Review, one of the leading social work journals. The article, “The Challenge of Targeting Services: A Typology of Public-Housing Residents,” provides a detailed look at the best ways to target services to residents of low-income housing.

December 6, 2012 - News

Congressman Jack Brooks, one of the longest serving members of the House of Representatives from Texas, died on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Brooks earned national recognition for his major contributions to civil rights legislation. As a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, he helped write the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and was one of the few southern congressmen to support civil rights legislation.

November 27, 2012 - News

The University of Texas at Austin and its LBJ School of Public Affairs will collaborate with the offices of Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to host the Pre-Session Legislative Conference, an orientation for new members of the state Legislature taking place Nov. 27 through Nov. 30.

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