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News December 8, 2020

LBJ Washington Center graduates DC Fellows class of 2020

On Dec. 5, the LBJ Washington Center celebrated its fifth class of fall 2020 graduates in hybrid graduation ceremony.

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The 2020 cohort of LBJ DC Fellows on the steps of the U.S. Capitol
News November 25, 2020

Texas Athletics to unveil Julius Whittier statue on Friday

A statue honoring Julius Whittier, Texas's first Black football letterman, will be erected in the north end of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium this week and be officially unveiled Friday before the Texas-Iowa State game. The 12.5-foot tall statue to the Longhorn pioneer and trailblazer has been in production since UT announced the commissioning of it in early July.

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Julius Whittier Tx Athletics
News November 18, 2020

'LBJ students never cease to amaze me': New LBJ faculty reflect on fall semester

The LBJ School of Public Affairs welcomed three distinguished new faculty appointments during the 2020–21 academic year: Dr. Bianca Adair, Resident Intelligence Officer, specializing in intelligence and national security; Dr. Patrick Bixler, an assistant professor focusing on environmental resources, urban policy and sustainability science; and Dr. Sheena Chestnut Greitens, an associate professor whose expertise is East Asia, authoritarian politics and American national security policy.

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New LBJ faculty, 2020–21: Bianca Adair; Patrick Bixler; Sheena Greitens
November 11, 2020

Election 2020: What did we learn?

On this post-election edition of LBJ In the Arena, LBJ School Dean Angela Evans was joined by one of the nation's foremost political analysts — Larry J. Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. Dr. Sabato provided analysis on the state of the election and what the future holds. 

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News November 9, 2020

New report reveals the devastating toll of COVID-19 in Texas prisons and jails

Texas has had more COVID-19 infections and deaths among incarcerated people and staff than any other state in the country, according to a new report from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The report, titled "COVID and Corrections: A Profile of COVID Deaths in Custody in Texas," indicates that at least 231 people have died from COVID-19 in Texas prisons and jails, including both incarcerated people and staff. 

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Deitch: COVID-19 TX Prisons report cover—11.9.20
News November 6, 2020

LBJ's Peniel Joseph appointed to committee to document the history of 'The Eyes of Texas'

LBJ Professor Peniel Joseph has been appointed to a committee of two dozen faculty scholars, students and alumni — including athletes and Longhorn Band representatives — that has been charged with documenting the facts and chronicling the nearly 120-year history of "The Eyes of Texas" as part of The University of Texas at Austin's commitment to fully own, acknowledge and teach about its school song.

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A view of the UT Tower and LBJ Professor and CSRD Director Peniel Joseph
News November 6, 2020

LBJ School alumni prevail at the polls in 2020

Nine of the 11 LBJ School alumni who ran for local and state office in the November 2020 general election emerged victorious.


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LBJ School alumni who won office in 2020
News November 4, 2020

Meet the LBJ School alumni who ran for office in 2020

LBJ School alumni appeared on ballots across the country on Nov. 3, vying for seats at the local and state level. From school board to state representative, these alumni have diverse professional backgrounds and are carrying on the LBJ legacy of public service.

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LBJ alums running for office in '20. Top row: Oscar De La Torre, Rodney Ellis, Vikki Goodwin, Ann Howard, Rudy Metayer. Bottom row: Piper Nelson, Leslie Pool, Kiran Sreepada, Jeff Travillion, Gene Wu.
News October 29, 2020

RSEA pledges fellowship support for students interested in Texas state government

The Retired State Employees Association (RSEA) has pledged to financially support LBJ School graduate students who are interested in state government careers.

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The inaugural RSEA fellows: MPAff students Sarah Dodamead, Molly Ellsworth, Brenna Lyles and Bethany Offer
October 28, 2020

Closing the Education Gap

On this week's LBJ In the Arena, the LBJ School welcomeed John B. King, the president and CEO of The Education Trust and the former U.S. Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama. King discussed his career in education and the work he's doing to close opportunity gaps for historically underserved populations. The conversation was led by the LBJ School's Dr. Cynthia Osborne, associate dean for academic strategies and the director of the Child and Family Research Partnership and the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center.

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