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October 7, 2010 - News

Sherri Greenberg, LBJ School lecturer and former member of the Texas House of Representatives, has accepted the position of interim director of the LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance (CPG). Greenberg follows Veronica Vargas Stidvent, who is moving to the McCombs School of Business as lecturer and assistant to the dean.

October 5, 2010 - News

The Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS)  program has issued its first call for papers on environmental security, open exclusively to scholars from and based in Africa.

October 1, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Chris Plonsky is women’s athletics director for 11 Longhorns sports teams and oversees external services for UT men’s and women’s athletics. In this role, she manages support operations for corporate sponsorship sales and fulfillment and multimedia agreements showcasing UT sports in broadcasts and internet. She also supervises UT trademark and licensing staff members. Chris is a 1979 journalism graduate of Kent State University. She has a 21-year association with UT (1982-86, 1993-present). Chris also serves on several campus leadership committees and on national sports committees for USA Basketball, the NCAA and the National Football Foundation. She previously worked at The Big East Conference (1986-93) and Iowa State University (1979-81). Her hobbies include travel, reading and golf.

October 1, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Roy Spence is co-founder and chairman of GSD&M Idea City, a leading marketing communications and advertising company. He is also co-founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a consulting firm whose purpose is to help people and organizations discover and live their purpose. Under Roy’s leadership and their “Purpose-based Branding” philosophy, the agency has helped grow some of the world’s most successful brands and has used their talents to make a difference in communities around the country and the world.

October 1, 2010 - News

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.



September 29, 2010 - Event

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

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.”


September 24, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (All day) - Thursday, October 7, 2010 (All day)

AUSTIN, Texas, September 27, 2010 – Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson, The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, and the State Bar of Texas will present the 1st Annual International Conference on Human Trafficking (ICHT): “Moving Beyond Talk” , on Oct. 6 -7 at the Texas State Capitol. This inaugural conference marks ten years since the United States enacted the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in 2000.

September 24, 2010 - News

 The October cover story of The Atlantic sparked a heated debate between The Atlantic Senior Editor and Columnist Michael Kinsley and LBJ School Professor and Economic James K. Galbraith over the responsibility and role of the baby boomer generation in paying off the national debt.

September 23, 2010 - News

Public policy contributions, community service engagement, demonstrated leadership and commitment to promotion of the LBJ School are the defining characteristics of the annual recipient of the LBJ School Alumni Association's Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA). This year’s recipient, Courtney Brown, who graduated from the LBJ School with a Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) degree in 1983, is no exception.


September 22, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Curtis Meadows' long career in the independent sector includes 18 years of service as President, CEO, and Director of the Meadows Foundation of Texas.  He now holds the title of Director Emeritus of the Meadows Foundation and is also the Founding Executive Director of the LBJ School’s RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service.

September 22, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Professor Paul Woodruff is Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society. He is a classicist, professor of philosophy, and dean of undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin where he has chaired the department of philosophy and directed the Plan II Honors Program. He is best known for his work on ethics, which builds on the philosophy and wisdom literature of ancient Greece. His most recent book is on the philosophy of theater, and his current project concerns justice in the giving of rewards.

September 22, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The LBJ School Leadership Lecture Series featuring H.W. Brands has been rescheduled for Nov. 11 from noon until 1 p.m. H.W. (“Bill”) Brands, the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin, is author of 22 books on American history and politics. He teaches courses on the American Presidency and has written presidential biographies of Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.

September 22, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Leticia Van de Putte, a pharmacist for more than 30 years, represents a large portion of San Antonio and Bexar County. A former five-term state representative, she is now serving her sixth term as a Texas State Senator for District 26. She has served as the Chair of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus since 2003. Senator Van de Putte was nominated as Co-Chair of the 2008 Democratic National Convention and she has been actively involved in the National Conference of State Legislatures, serving as President from 2006 to 2007.

September 21, 2010 - News

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Michelle Potter-Bacon as Alumni Affairs Coordinator.

September 20, 2010 - News

 Monica Medel, an MPAff and Latin American Student dual degree student, and a seasoned journalist with 15-years of experience covering the U.S.-Mexico drug war has published an e-book with findings from a conference hosted by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

September 17, 2010 - News

Growing up, Laura Huffman spent many family vacations experiencing the beauty of state parks across the U.S., including several in her home state of Texas. She didn't know it then, but those trips helped prepare the Austin native for her current job as state director for the Nature Conservancy of Texas. Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is charged with protecting the world's most precious and ecologically sensitive landscapes.

September 14, 2010 - News

To kick-off the LBJ School's 40th anniversary celebration, the School hosted six noted speakers from the University, the Austin community, and Central Texas as part of the LBJ School Leadership Lecture Series. Invited speakers offered their thoughts on leadership from the perspectives of politics, history, ethics, philanthropy, business, and athletics. Videos and Q&A's with the speakers are now posted.



September 8, 2010 - News

The LBJ School of Public Affairs is seeking nominations and applications for the inaugural holder of the Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values. Barbara Jordan held the Lyndon B. Johnson Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs from 1978 until her death in 1996 and taught graduate courses in Ethics and Political Values.

September 2, 2010 - News

On August 26 the LBJ School Austin Alumni Association hosted a welcome happy hour which offered a chance for incoming LBJ School students to mix and mingle with area alumni, as well as current students and faculty. The happy hour festivities also provided the perfect opportunity for the Austin Alumni Association to present this year’s Spirit of LBJ Award to current dual-degree student Leah Bojo, who is seeking her Master of Public Affairs (MPAff) and Community and Regional Planning degrees.

September 2, 2010 - News

Michele Deitch, criminal justice and juvenile justice policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs  has been appointed Senior Lecturer. Deitch, whose research interests focus on two areas, independent prison oversight and the management of juvenile offenders, is an attorney with over 23 years of experience working on criminal justice policy issues with state and local government officials, corrections officials, judges, and advocates.

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