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November 1, 2012 - News

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn spoke to students and answered their questions about how to restore civility in politics on Oct. 30.

October 29, 2012 - News

Former presidential candidate and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich discussed “Leadership Challenges Beyond the Election” at an event hosted by the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Presidential Library on Oct. 25. His remarks focused on America’s challenges and opportunities regarding national security, technological innovation and governing.

October 29, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Alumni and students of the LBJ School working with the 2013 Legislative Session gather to network 'Under the Dome.'


October 16, 2012 - News

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 16, 2012 -- The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host the 2012 Annual National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Conference in Austin Oct. 18-20. NASPAA is the accrediting body of 280 college, school and graduate programs in public administration, public policy and public affairs, which collectively award more than 10,000 public administration and public policy degrees each year.

October 10, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 6:00pm

The Honorable Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, discussed “Leadership Challenges Beyond the Election” on Oct. 25 at a public lecture in Austin, Texas. Gingrich addressed the crisis in strategic thinking for national security, American exceptionalism, the challenge of economic growth in a world market, rethinking government in the information age and effective leadership in a complex constitutional system.

September 27, 2012 - News

As Texas gears up for the 83rd Legislative Session this January, high-stakes testing may be one of the issues on the agenda. Carolyn Heinrich, Director of the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy, is doing everything she can to make sure lawmakers are informed prior to the start of this debate.

September 24, 2012 - News

From the rising cost of healthcare to financing Texas’ public education system, there’s very little Billy Hamilton didn’t touch on during his tenure as the Texas Deputy Comptroller. Hamilton (MPAff 1975) is known in the world of public service as an insightful and compassionate manager. A long-time employee of the Texas State Comptroller’s Office, Hamilton answered over 14,000 employee questions in six years on his “Ask Billy” blog. A member of the third graduating class of the LBJ School, Hamilton has risen through the ranks of state government with a reputation as a public servant dedicated to flattening communications between employees and top-level administrators. Hamilton currently operates his own consulting firm in Austin. We asked Billy to share his thoughts on several pertinent issues surrounding the state of public affairs, Texas politics and leadership.

September 21, 2012 - News

This issue of how to best prepare students is at the forefront of national and state debates. Global competitors continue to surpass the United States in areas of education and labor force measures. Growing high school drop out rates, among other striking statistics, bring the debate about how to objectively measure student achievement to the forefront. LBJ School faculty continue to inform the debate with rigorous and innovative education policy research.

September 19, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 12:00pm

September 18, 2012 - News

Just as the November elections are heating up, The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism organization, brought its second annual Texas Tribune Festivalto The University of Texas at Austin campus. Spread over three days, the event featured a full weekend of debate, discussion and dialogue featuring some of the biggest names in the world of politics and public policy, including chairs of major committees in the Texas House and Senate. Among the university faculty invited to participate as presenters and moderators, four LBJ School faculty members, including two research center directors, were asked to help shape the dialogue of several policy panels,


September 17, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm

September 11, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

September 8, 2012 - News

 In a ceremony that took place this summer, Strauss Distinguished Scholar Eugene Gholz received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Medal, one of the highest awards the Secretary of Defense can bestow on a private citizen. The award was presented for the contributions

September 6, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 8:00am

August 30, 2012 - News

The LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance and GOVERNING Texas will host the annual Texas Leadership Forum on Sept. 6. The event will feature a keynote address by Bill Benjamin, executive coach and emotional intelligence expert.

August 27, 2012 - News

<p>Neil Armstrong lived the American dream. His life should inspire us to make that dream a reality again today. We have many challenges, but our society still has so much more than it did when Armstrong began his journey that took him from small town Ohio to the moon. </p>

August 22, 2012 - News

The largest incoming class in LBJ School history will begin classes on August 29. The incoming class of 2012 includes 156 master’s students and three PhD students hailing from 26 states in the United States and 10 other countries: Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Pakistan and Slovenia.

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