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May 6, 2014 - News

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will deliver the convocation address on Saturday, May 17, to the 2014 graduating class of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

April 30, 2014 - News

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin is creating the LBJ School Washington Center enabling students to earn a master’s degree in 18 months with a unique focus on federal public policy. The Center will also provide a platform and forum for nonpartisan policy analysis on the critical issues facing the country and the world and serve as a hub for the dissemination of faculty research.

April 11, 2014 - News

Sidney Weintraub, Dean Rusk Professor Emeritus of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, died on April 10 at the age of 91.

April 4, 2014 - News

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, the LBJ School is  reflecting on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today. Through events like the Civil Rights Summit and faculty experts in the news, the LBJ School is advancing the public dialogue surrounding modern day Civil Rights issues.


April 2, 2014 - News

The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a series of student-focused events to encourage dialogue around the great policy challenges that will be at the center of the Civil Rights Summit, April 8-10, hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum. These events will be open to the LBJ School of Public Affairs and UT School of Law Communities and will be designed to engage students in meaningful dialogue on the policy and law implications at the heart of the Summit’s four presidential addresses.

April 2, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

March 29, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:00pm

The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a Civil Rights Film Screening on April 7. Hosted by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, UT Radio-Television-Film department head and LBJ School professor Paul Stekler, this screening of documentaries and speeches chronicles the civil rights era and the pivotal role played by President Lyndon Johnson in the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

March 18, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 5:15pm - 6:30pm

Andrew S. NatsiosExecutive Professor at the George H.W. Bush School of Government at Texas A& M University, will speak at the LBJ School on April 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM in the Bass Lecture Hall. The title of his talk is "The Arab Spring Reconsidered:  the Evolution of the Muslim Brotherhood."  This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

March 14, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:15pm

Ambassador William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs will speak at the LBJ School on March 27 at 12:15 PM in SRH 3.122. His talk is titled "Drugs, Security and Latin America: The New Normal for the 21st Century?".

March 7, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

March 7, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

February 28, 2014 - News

As the highlight of the 18th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum, leading civil rights attorney and scholar Lani Guinier addressed current students, alumni and community members as part of the LBJ School’s “50 for 50” initiative, a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act. In her talk, Guinier, the first African-American female tenured professor at Harvard Law School, called for a new movement of “leading from behind” that harkens back to the method of leadership used by the civil rights movement to win legislative victories in the mid-1960s.

February 27, 2014 - News

Today, the White House announced that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at a Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, April 10, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the Summit with the President. The three-day Civil Rights Summit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act, along with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act in 1968, helped establish the legal foundation in fulfilling the long elusive promise of equality among all Americans. The Summit will not only celebrate those pivotal laws, but, just as LBJ would have wanted, will address the civil rights issues we face today in America and around the world.

February 24, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 6:00pm - Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 11:00am

2014 Alumni Reunion Weekend & Distinguished Public Service Award Ceremony

February 17, 2014 - News

The LBJ Presidential Library, located on The University of Texas at Austin campus, will host a Civil Rights Summit on April 8-10 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Lyndon Baines Johnson drove passage of the legislation and signed it into law.

The summit will feature a keynote address by President Barack Obama on April 10, and remarks by former President Jimmy Carter on April 8 and former President Bill Clinton on April 9. An invitation has been extended to former President George W. Bush to deliver a keynote address on April 10, and the library is working with his office to finalize details.

February 14, 2014 - News

Over the next two years, the School will present “50 for 50”, a special series of 50 events for 50 years, exploring the critical civil rights issues of our time such as human rights and social justice and calling for a renewed effort to "get things done" in order to improve the lives of all citizens.

February 13, 2014 - News

When Randall Kempner, an LBJ School graduate (’98) and a 5th generation Texan, saw the Broadway show Evita as a child, he knew his life was going to be influenced by developments on other continents, whether he liked it or not. This realization led Kempner on a journey from Galveston to Washington, D.C. where he is now the Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of 200 organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. In this position, Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market small businesses, and developing standardized financial, social and environmental metrics for impact investment.  In this Q&A, Kempner discusses the roll of business in international development and the biggest drivers of income inequality today.

February 10, 2014 - News

Professors David Warner and Sam Richardson, along with 17 LBJ School students, are spending their school year examining the technical details of the ACA and the specific ways in which Texas is rolling it out. The research is part of a larger, 29-state research project organized by The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the Fels Institute of Government.

February 10, 2014 - News

LBJ School Professor Carolyn Heinrich specializes in designing and implementing rigorous evaluations of government programs and policy innovations. As important as the “nuts and bolts” of this work is, it is not often heralded by major political leaders. However, South African President Jacob Zuma recently trumpeted the findings of a study for which Heinrich was one of two principle investigators leading a large, multinational research team. Heinrich undertook a multi-year analysis of South Africa’s Child Support Grant (CSG) program from 2009 to 2012 using a variety of approaches. The program provides cash transfers to caregivers of children and adolescents in poverty.

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