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News June 4, 2019

Countering China’s security state: A bipartisan approach

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, joined several scholars and experts in China policy studies to debate a bipartisan approach to countering China’s technologies of repression and influence during a one-day conference in Washington, DC. The event was sponsored by the Robert Strauss Center and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC). Joshua Eisenman, a professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, distinguished scholar with the Strauss Center and a senior fellow for China studies at AFPC, was the main conference organizer.

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Map of China with flag overlay
News May 30, 2019

Austin team to deliver mainstage keynote on affordable housing app at Code for America Summit 2019

Austin CityUP, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development and the LBJ School of Public Affairs today announce that the Affordable Housing Solutions project team will serve as a mainstage keynote at Code for America Summit 2019 on May 31, 2019 at the Marriott City Center in Oakland, California. Code for America is a nonpartisan and nonprofit group that uses tech to make government services simpler and easier to access. The annual Code for America Summit is the premier event for public servants, advocates, entrepreneurs, technologists and volunteers to tackle some of government’s biggest challenges in the digital age.

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A view of Austin from Ladybird Lake
News May 30, 2019

Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research

Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.

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Innovation Bound 2019 poster
News May 26, 2019

LBJ celebrates Class of 2019 in its 48th commencement

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs proudly graduated its 48th class of students with inspiring words from Dean Angela Evans, commencement speaker Yamiche Alcindor of PBS NewsHour, and class speaker Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19).

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Commencement 2019 — LBJ grads Hook 'em
News May 6, 2019

Policy on Purpose: Policymaking in theory and practice

Austin Smythe (MPAff '80), who served as policy director to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) from 2015 to 2019, visited the LBJ School for a special Admitted Students Weekend session of the Dean's Distinguished Leaders Series.

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LBJ School Dean Angela Evans (left) with Austin Smythe (MPAff '80) during his visit to the school
News May 2, 2019

PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor to deliver the 2019 LBJ School commencement address

Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, will deliver the commencement address to the 2019 graduating class of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The commencement ceremony will take place on May 25, 2019 in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium.

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PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor
News May 2, 2019

Panel explores the state of LGBT policy in Texas

On Tuesday, April 30, the LBJ School, along with the Pride Policy Alliance and PRRI, the Public Religion Research Institute, hosted another installment of its new Civic Engagement Series: “Fifty Years After Stonewall: LGBT Rights and Policy.” Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, the LBJ School’s director of civic engagement, moderated a panel that included Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., founding CEO of PRRI; Emma Platoff of The Texas Tribune; and David Edmonson of TechNet.

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A panel a discussion featuring Robert Jones, Emma Platoff, David Edmundson and Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto
News May 1, 2019

LBJ's Michele Deitch chosen by alumni as one of the 'Texas 10'

LBJ School Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch has been named by The Alcalde as one of the 2019 "Texas 10" — a list of inspiring professors nominated by alumni. She appears in the May/June 2019 issue in the company of nine other University of Texas colleagues from across the 40 Acres.

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LBJ Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch in her office
News April 30, 2019

Intelligence Studies Project holds fifth annual 'Intelligence in Transition' symposium

On March 28, 2019, the Intelligence Studies Project hosted its fifth annual spring "Intelligence in Transition" symposium, anchored by a keynote address by Susan Gordon, the principal deputy director of national intelligence. The event was co-sponsored by the Strauss Center, Clements Center and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

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LBJ's Steve Slick with Deputy DNI Susan Gordon at ISP's Intelligence in Transition symposium, March 28, 2019
News April 25, 2019

Policy on Purpose: Opening Mexico’s oil and gas industry

Aldo Flores-Quiroga is former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons at Mexico’s Ministry of Energy (2016–18), where he led a team of more than 180 government officials to implement the historic opening of Mexico’s hydrocarbons sector. Flores-Quiroga, who also served as Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, joins Dean Evans to talk about shared goals amid competing interests and the kinds of skills that withstand disruption.

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Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga speaks to LBJ students about opening Mexico's oil and gas industry on March 28, 2019