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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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Media Mention October 16, 2020

The hidden crisis in America's jails

Reuters conducted its own tally of fatalities in America’s biggest jails, pinpointing where suicide, botched healthcare and bad jailkeeping are claiming lives in a system with scant oversight.

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News October 15, 2020

EPA Appoints LBJ Professor Sheila Olmstead to the Science Advisory Board

AUSTIN (Oct. 16, 2020) — On Wednesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of new members to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and its four subcommittees including: the Agricultural Science Committee (ASC), the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), the Drinking Water Committee (DWC), and the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC). Sheila Olmstead, a professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, is among the 16 new members.

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Professor of Public Affairs Sheila Olmstead
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
Feature August 21, 2020

Why LBJ? New students on what drew them to the school

There has never been a greater need for trained experts who can work across partisan lines and address complicated problems with innovative solutions and compassion. To the next generation of courageous public servants: Welcome to the 2020–21 academic year, and welcome to the arena. We're glad you are here.

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New LBJ students for the 2020–21 academic year
August 12, 2020

Women of Color in the Political Arena

Why is it so important for women of color to have representation in elected office? And what actions can be taken to recruit and support women of color on their political journey? On Aug. 12, we hosted a conversation with A'shanti Gholar, founder of the podcast "The Brown Girls Guide to Politics" and president of Emerge America; and Janelle King, co-founder of Speak Georgia and panelist on the TV show "The Georgia Gang," moderated by Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. The discussion was co-sponsored by the LBJ Women's Campaign School.

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LBJ In the Arena, Aug. 12, 2020: Women of Color in the Political Arena
Media Mention August 12, 2020

Black Power scholar illustrates how MLK and Malcolm X influenced each other

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are frequently seen as opposing forces in the struggle for civil rights and against white supremacy; King is often portrayed as a nonviolent insider, while Malcolm X is characterized as a by-any-means-necessary political renegade. But author and Black Power scholar Peniel Joseph says the truth is more nuanced. He spoke with Terry Gross of "Fresh Air" about the ways the two leaders influenced one another, which he examines in his book, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Media Mention August 7, 2020

What it takes to build a nonpartisan pipeline for women candidates

"In a space dominated by Democratic groups, the LBJ Women's Campaign School highlights its nonpartisan approach in trying to help more women get elected to office. It's not that simple." LBJ Women's Campaign School Executive Director Amy Kroll (MPAff '20) talks with The 19th about the program's mission.

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Luci Baines Johnson talks with a group of Presidential Leadership Scholars
Media Mention August 3, 2020

What Bill Clinton got 'exactly wrong' about Stokely Carmichael's role in the Black freedom struggle

"Former president Bill Clinton's disparaging remarks about Black Power icon Stokely Carmichael (later Kwame Ture), made while eulogizing civil rights hero John Lewis last week, exhibited not only poor taste but a tragic misunderstanding of Black history," writes LBJ's

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