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The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright to Headline LBJ School Master's Degree in Global Policy Studies Inaugural Event

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin to Present Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in “An Evening With The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright” September 10


AUSTIN, Texas-- Sept. 4, 2008-- The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will welcome former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright to help launch the School’s new Master of Global Policy Studies (MGPS) degree on Wednesday evening, September 10 at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas.

In “An Evening with The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright,” Dr. Albright will join LBJ School Dean and former Deputy National Security Advisor James B. Steinberg in a “public conversation” on the emerging global and transnational challenges of the 21st century and how the next generation of young leaders can contribute to developing innovative strategies to meet these challenges.

“Madeleine Albright is one of our most influential scholars and practitioners whose career has helped chart new approaches to the emerging transnational challenges of our time. I can think of no one better suited to help us launch this exciting new degree program at the LBJ School,” said Dean Steinberg.

The event will be both webcast live ( and presented in the virtual world of Second Life at 6:00 p.m. CDT. The Second Life presentation is made possible by Austin-based advertising
agency GSD&M Idea City’s Idea City Island Amphitheatre. “Second Life offers us a unique forum for the introduction of our Global Policy Studies degree program and the discussion with our inaugural guest, Madeleine Albright,” said Steinberg.

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This fall, the LBJ School welcomed its first class of 44 MGPS candidates. This path-breaking program is designed to prepare future leaders to work effectively in an interconnected world where policy issues increasingly transcend national boundaries and the lines between the public, private and non-profit sectors are frequently blurred. The course of study goes beyond traditional international affairs degree programs to offer a multidisciplinary approach to the complex economic, political, technological, and social issues of the 21st century. Graduates will become leaders in government, business, non-profit and international organizations by acquiring the professional skills and expertise needed to succeed in the contemporary global environment.

“Globalization presents the next generation with complex challenges but also a wealth of opportunities,” emphasized Steinberg. “We need skilled professionals who have the tools and understanding to navigate the complexities of our interconnected world, and who can provide the leadership necessary to shape the future. It is vital that our professional degree programs adapt to meet these emerging needs and I’m very pleased that the LBJ School is now home to two outstanding master’s degree programs – MPAff and MGPS. Along with its PhD in Public Policy, the School is exceptionally well-placed to help shape public policy for the 21st century.”

Furthering the outreach to expand awareness of the new degree program, the LBJ School recently was inaugurated as the newest member of The Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) comprising 34 member graduate schools in North America (including the LBJ School), Asia and Europe.  APSIA organizes admissions fairs around the world through which member schools recruit prospective students to their international programs. The LBJ School will attend its first APSIA fair in Washington, D.C. on October 14, drawing attention to its large alumni presence in the nation’s capital.

In addition, “The Globalization of Public Policy: How Are We Responding?” will be a featured panel discussion at the upcoming 2008 NASPAA Annual Conference in October moderated by Dean Steinberg and featuring distinguished public policy educators from across the country.

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More on the LBJ School's MGPS Program

The MGPS degree builds on a core curriculum, which includes Policymaking in a Global Age; International Economics; The Nature of the International System; Crisis Management; Analytical Methods for Global Policy Studies; Policy Research Project and Microeconomics for Global Policy Studies.

Students in the MGPS degree specialize in one of six areas to add in depth knowledge and skills tailored to different substantive areas of global policy practice: 1) Security, Law, and Diplomacy; 2) International Trade and Finance; 3) Development; 4) Global Governance and International Law; 5) Energy, Environment, and Technology, and 6) Regional International Policy.

The LBJ School currently provides dual degree opportunities for MGPS students with a variety of departments across the UT campus, including the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), and the School of Law. Additionally, dual degree opportunities for MGPS students are in the process of being established with the School of Journalism; McCombs School of Business; and Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies and is expecting to announce additional dual degree programs in the near future.

The LBJ School offers unique advantages in global policy studies including a world renowned multidisciplinary faculty, a team of internationally recognized policy researchers and highly respected research centers.

A distinguished faculty, which in addition to Dean Steinberg, former deputy national security advisor and vice president and director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution includes Admiral Bobby R. Inman, U. S. Navy, (Ret.), former director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of Central Intelligence; James K. Galbraith, former executive director of the Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress; James M. Lindsay, former director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and former director for global issues and multilateral affairs for the National Security Council; Francis J. Gavin, director of The Next Generation Project – U.S. Global Policy and the Future of International Institutions; Edwin Dorn, former undersecretary for personnel and readiness at the U.S. Department of Defense; and Laurence E. Lynn, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Resource Analysis at the U.S. Department of Defense.

A team of internationally recognized policy researchers, including David J. Eaton, Bess Harris Jones Centennial Professor in National Resource Policy Studies; Kenneth S. Flamm, Dean Rusk Chair in International Affairs; Peter Ward, Smith Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations; Robert H. Wilson, Mike Hogg Professor in Urban Policy; Eugene Gholz, Associate Professor of Public Affairs with expertise in national security and the defense industry; Alan J. Kuperman, Associate Professor of Public Affairs with expertise in humanitarian intervention and international affairs; Francie Ostrower, Professor of Public Affairs with expertise in philanthropy, governance, and cultural participation; Shama Gamkhar, Associate Professor of Public Affairs with expertise in environmental and economic development in international affairs; and Leigh B. Boske, Professor of Public Affairs with expertise in international trade, finance, and transportation policy.

Highly respected research centers that enrich the MGPS degree, including the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, and distinguished area studies programs, including the Institute of Latin American Studies, and the Centers for Middle Eastern; European; and Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. 


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