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October 19, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

The LBJ School Austin Alumni Association and the Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC) invite students and alumni to the LBJ School of Public Affairs Fall Leadership Lecture Series featuring Curtis Meadows of the Meadows Foundation on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Bass Lecture Hall. Following the talk, a reception to welcome the new alumni affairs coordinator for the LBJ School, Michelle Potter-Bacon, will take place in the lobby of the School from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

October 19, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

LBJ School Dean Robert Hutchings and the Washington Area LBJ School Alumni Chapter will host an alumni reception in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, November 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

October 15, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

LBJ School Alumna Rajasvini Bhansali (MPAff  ’03) will speak at the Texas Union, in the Santa Rita Room at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 in honor of National Young Women’s Day of Action. Her presentation, titled “We Are All Manorama: Stories of Young Women’s Creativity and Courage from India and South Africa,” is sponsored by Students for the GCS and the Gender and Sexuality Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

October 14, 2010 - News

If you asked Greg Pardo (B.A. '05, St. Mary's University, MPAff '10)  to sketch a map of where he thought he'd be five years after graduation, it wouldn't have included places like Bangladesh or Burma, or even Washington, D.C. But that was before he experienced the Marianist spirit that permeates the St. Mary's campus.
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October 13, 2010 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

The LBJ School of Public Affairs; the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law; the City Forum, Community and Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture; the Department of Geography and the Environment and Citizens for Local and State Service (CLASS) will present Tapas Ghatak as he discusses “Applying GIS to Urban Issues in Kolkata” on Oct. 20 from 5:00PM – 6:30PM in SRH 3.122.

October 11, 2010 - News

LBJ School Professor Peter Ward, C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations and Adviser to the LBJ School Ph.D. program, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.

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.

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