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Alumni Spotlights and Events

Alumni Spotlights and Events

Media Mention October 16, 2020

Pandemic Forces More Women To Leave The Workforce

More than 800,000 American women dropped out of the labor force last month — a significantly larger number than men. For many, the move didn't happen by choice.

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News October 15, 2020

LBJ School presents 50th Forum: 'In the Arena: Defining a New Destiny'

On Monday, Oct. 12, the LBJ School of Public Affairs presented the first forum of its 50th anniversary celebration. The prime-time presentation, "In the Arena: Defining a New Destiny," featured some of today's most important thinkers and doers sharing their sense of purpose in the fight for racial justice and equity, and discussing the leadership and vision that can lead us forward. 

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LBJ FORUM, Oct. 12, 2020: In the Arena: Defining a New Destiny
News October 8, 2020

LBJ School presents 50th Forum: 'In the Arena: The LBJ Era… to the Present'

On Monday, Oct. 5, the LBJ School of Public Affairs presented the first forum of its 50th anniversary celebration. The prime-time presentation, "In the Arena: The LBJ Era… to the Present," featured some of today's most important thinkers and doers discussing how President Johnson's legacy of bold action inspired their work to fight for change on critical issues from racial justice and equality to health care, jobs and poverty.

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LBJ50 Forum I — In the Arena: The LBJ Era… to the Present
October 7, 2020

Introducing the 'Poverty Now' Speaker Series

As we celebrate the LBJ School's 50th anniversary this week, we look back on President Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 State of the Union address, where he declared an "unconditional war" on poverty. That war established a range of new programs designed to reduce poverty and inequality in the United States and laid the foundation for today's anti-poverty programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Medicare; Medicaid; Head Start; and expanded Social Security benefits. As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to greatly increase the proportion of Americans suffering from serious economic distress, the LBJ School is launching a limited speaker series, "Poverty Now," which will look at the reasons behind the persistence of poverty and inequality in the United States and will examine a range of policies intended to address these problems.

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September 30, 2020

Post Presidential Debate Roundtable with the LBJ School

We are only a few weeks from a historic presidential election. The two candidates will face off on Tuesday, Sept. 29 for the first of three presidential debates, where topics will include: Trump's and Biden's records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in U.S. cities, and the integrity of the election. Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto led a roundtable discussion and analysis of the debate and each candidates' policies and performance with LBJ School and UT faculty.

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September 23, 2020

Health Care for People Without Housing During COVID-19

People experiencing homelessness are some of the most vulnerable here in Austin and all over the country. During the current coronavirus pandemic, social service and public health organizations have had to adjust quickly to safely provide health care and resources like PPE and sanitation to an already hard-to-reach population. Audrey Kuang, M.D., associate director of community engagement and health equality for CommUnityCare Health Centers and an assistant professor at the Dell Medical School, joined LBJ In the Arena to talk about CommUnityCare's work on the ground to improve and sustain health outcomes for our most vulnerable people and keep them safe from the coronavirus. James Snow, assistant director of the Public Works Department of the City of Austin, also joined us to talk about the city's efforts to provide safe, temporary shelter and sanitation to those currently experiencing homelessness. The panel will be moderated by LBJ School Professor of Practice Sherri Greenberg, who also serves as the chairperson of the Board of Managers of Central Health.

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September 16, 2020

Health Care for People Without Housing During COVID-19

People experiencing homelessness are some of the most vulnerable here in Austin and all over the country. During the current coronavirus pandemic, social service and public health organizations have had to adjust quickly to safely provide health care and resources like PPE and sanitation to an already hard-to-reach population. Audrey Kuang, M.D., associate director of community engagement and health equality for CommUnityCare Health Centers and an assistant professor at the Dell Medical School, joined LBJ In the Arena to talk about CommUnityCare's work on the ground to improve and sustain health outcomes for our most vulnerable people and keep them safe from the coronavirus. James Snow, assistant director of the Public Works Department of the City of Austin, also joined us to talk about the city's efforts to provide safe, temporary shelter and sanitation to those currently experiencing homelessness. The panel will be moderated by LBJ School Professor of Practice Sherri Greenberg, who also serves as the chairperson of the Board of Managers of Central Health.

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LBJ In the Arena, Sept. 9, 2020 — Hospitals: Fighting COVID-19 on the Frontlines
September 16, 2020

Protecting the Right to Vote with the Travis & Harris County Clerks

The coronavirus pandemic is still wreaking havoc throughout the country, forcing election officials to rethink many of their normal protocols. Here in Texas, unlike in many other states, expanded mail-in voting — which would help to alleviate some of the concerns of in-person voting — has not been allowed. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir (MPAff '81) and Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins joined us to talk about the challenges they have faced in preparing for a safe 2020 election.

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LBJ In the Arena, Sept. 9, 2020 — Hospitals: Fighting COVID-19 on the Frontlines
September 9, 2020

Hospitals: Fighting COVID-19 on the Frontlines

Hospitals have been the epicenter for fighting the coronavirus since its arrival on U.S. shores in early 2020. Peter McCanna (MPAff '86), president of Baylor Scott & White Health, joined LBJ School Dean Angela Evans to discuss how hospitals and health care facilities have coped to these unprecedented pressures and how they are adapting their operations and services to help mitigate challenges they will face in future public health emergencies.

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LBJ In the Arena, Sept. 9, 2020 — Hospitals: Fighting COVID-19 on the Frontlines
News August 28, 2020

LBJ School at Texas Tribune Festival 2020

Alumni and faculty from the LBJ School of Public Affairs will lead conversations on urban policy, state and local government and more at the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival. LBJ School students are part of the festival’s social media insider team, which comes with access to 30 days of online programming with more than 250 speakers and 100 engaging conversations. Find out more at festival.texastribune.org. 

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LBJ School is a 2020 Texas Tribune Festival sponsor.

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