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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.

February 10, 2014 - News

In his 2012 book Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis, Professor James Galbraith draws on over 40 years of data to dispel major misconceptions about the rise of inequality in the world economy. His work challenges both those who point to technology and those who point to trade and outsourcing.

The research outlined in Inequality and Instability was based on the work of The University of Texas Inequality Project, a research group consisting mainly of Ph.D. students working under Galbraith's supervision.

February 4, 2014 - News

The Barbara Jordan Forum is designed to highlight Barbara Jordan’s lifetime of significant contributions to society as a politician, policymaker, activist and educator. Jordan joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 1979 as a faculty member and remained a beloved teacher and mentor until her death in 1996. That same year, students created a forum in her honor. In addition to the keynote event featuring leading civil rights attorney, activist, scholar Lani Guinier on Feb. 19 students have planned lunchtime brown bag talks beginning Feb. 18 that invite members of the community to discuss policy issues championed by Jordan. Each speaker will also provide a call to action, offering ideas on how to enact real change in these areas. The week will conclude with a service project for LBJ School students at the Barbara Jordan Elementary School in Austin, Texas.

January 30, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Leading civil rights attorney, activist, scholar and the first African-American female tenured professor at Harvard Law School, Lani Guinier will deliver the keynote address at the 18th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum luncheon on Feb. 19 at 12:15 PM at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Professor Guinier’s luncheon address will highlight a week of student- led activities honoring former Congresswoman and LBJ School Professor Barbara Jordan. The luncheon is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register visit: The event will take place in the First Floor Lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs on the UT Austin campus at 2315 Red River St.

January 30, 2014 - News

Cynthia Osborne, the Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership and an Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, has been elected to a four-year term on the Policy Council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).

January 22, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Lincoln Chafee, the 74th Governor of Rhode Island, will speak at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Feb. 11 at 5:30 PM. Gov. Chafee's talk is titled "Civility for a Great Society" and will focus on lessons learned from the Johnson administration that can help get things done today. This is one of 50 events to be hosted by the LBJ School over the next 18 months to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Johnson administration's landmark legislative initiatives, which include civil rights and voting rights among many others. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, visit:

January 16, 2014 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 5:30pm - Friday, February 7, 2014 - 5:30pm

Twenty years after signing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States, Mexico and Canada have experienced a tripling in trade amidst criticism of inequality and accusations of labor exploitation.  To explore the long-term implications, successes and failures of NAFTA, the LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a one-day conference on Feb. 7.

December 12, 2013 - News

December 9, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

February Happy Hour for Washington area LBJ School alumni

December 9, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

January Austin Alumni Chapter Happy Hour at Black Star Co-op

December 9, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

February Austin Alumni Chapter Happy Hour at Shangri-La

December 9, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

This event has been canceled. An online webinar will be available soon -- please watch your e-mail for details.

December 9, 2013 - News

The Distinguished Public Service Award (DPSA) is the highest honor the LBJ School of Public Affairs bestows on its graduates and is reserved for those who go above and beyond in their leadership commitment to public service. This year, the LBJ School is pleased to announce David Berteau (MPAff ’81) as the recipient of the 2013 DPSA.

December 2, 2013 - News

Students looking to gain a wider audience for their research can submit it to the LBJ Journal, one of the oldest student-run public policy journals in the nation. Starting this year, the LBJ Journal will be published exclusively as an e-journal at

November 4, 2013 - News

The LBJ School of Public Affairs is celebrating the launch of the redesigned Baines Report as the School’s officially sponsored, student-led policy opinion publication.

The new webpage has a streamlined layout and an enhanced focus on social and digital media. The Baines Report now publishes opinion pieces, blogs and podcasts.

October 31, 2013 - News

On Nov. 19, 2013 , the LBJ School will present “Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of LBJ School Research,” honoring faculty and students who have published and edited books, articles and policy research reports over the past year. The event will take place in the LBJ School first floor lobby from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

October 28, 2013 - News

The LBJ Presidential Library is holding an essay contest for Texas 12th graders to mark the Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed by President Johnson almost 50 years ago. 

October 16, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 9:00am - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 3:00pm

The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a two-day conference on the fate of the Eurozone on Nov. 4 and 5. “Can the Eurozone Be Saved?” will convene European political leaders and policy experts to examine alternative policies to keep the Eurozone intact. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. This event will take place at the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Bass Lecture Hall located on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

October 11, 2013 - News

Amid growing public frustration over congressional gridlock, a LBJ School new report is recommending a number of reforms with the goal of improving congressional procedures and encouraging compromise.

“‘Reclamation of the U.S. Congress goes beyond merely restating contemporary dissatisfactions with Washington to provide a detailed analysis of potential congressional reform proposals — both in terms of historical context and in recognition of contemporary political influences,” said Clinical Professor Angela Evans, who led the project for the LBJ School and, before that, spent 30 years at the Congressional Research Service where she served as deputy director.

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