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News June 1, 2020

LBJ Dean Angela Evans: 'We have to open our eyes and hearts to stand together.'

"America's failures and flaws are undeniably being laid bare," writes LBJ School Dean Angela Evans. "There is no excuse for the loss of over 100,000 Americans to a virus. There is no excuse for another unarmed black man dying on our streets at the hand of a police officer. There is no excuse for millions of our fellow Americans having to struggle to eat and secure shelter. We must step up. Righteous indignation is not enough. Only when we get into the game — into the arena — when we stop blame and commit to working on these problems with open minds and hearts can things get better."

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LBJ School Dean Angela Evans
Media Mention June 1, 2020

From the 1960s to 2020: Civil unrest in the face of systematic injustice

LBJ's Peniel Joseph, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, says these protests also signal a "generational opportunity" — to acknowledge and address racism and white supremacy within the country's institutions.

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Media Mention June 1, 2020

UT Austin professor says protests signal 'generational opportunity' to address racism

A leading voice on race relations says George Floyd's death represents a national tragedy that should be turned into an opportunity for change. "What I hope happens here, is that we turn this national crisis into a generational opportunity. And that opportunity is to really build what Martin Luther King Jr. called a beloved community that was free of not just racism but was also free of racial segregation," said Peniel Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Media Mention May 31, 2020

The killing of Floyd represents a national tragedy that should be turned into a generational opportunity

Dismantling racial oppression begins by acknowledging the way in which an unequal justice system impacts social welfare, education, housing and employment in a way that amplifies a racial caste system, writes LBJ's Peniel Joseph.

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Media Mention May 31, 2020

UT Austin professor discusses the reasons behind the Austin protests

"Really talking about longstanding problems of racial injustice in the United States, and Austin is not immune to these problems," said LBJ's Peniel Joseph. "I think, amidst this tragedy – and we've seen it with the pandemic and racial disparities — we really have a generational opportunity to try to transform these inequities in the criminal justice system, but also think about racial segregation in public school, in housing, in government, in every single aspect of our lives.

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Feature May 22, 2020

The Graduating Class of 2020: Tahar Hichri (MGPS '20)

"I learned several frameworks at LBJ, but most importantly I earned a valuable network of friends who are passionate and expert about several topics ranging from international energy policy to food aid in the developing world," said LBJ student Tahar Hichri (MGPS '20). "The LBJ experience goes beyond class. It's an international community of policy wonks that I feel proud to be part of!"

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LBJ student Tahar Hichri (MGPS '20)
Feature May 22, 2020

LBJ's 49th commencement celebrates the Class of 2020

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs proudly sent its 49th cohort out into the arena. WATCH: Dean Angela Evans's words of encouragement and inspiration; reflections by class speaker Mohamed Abufalgha (MGPS '20) on his experiences and his hopes for the future; and commencement speaker Colin Crowell, Twitter's former VP of global public policy and philanthropy, on life in policy and business.

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Scenes from the socially distanced LBJ School 2020 commencement
Feature May 18, 2020

The Graduating Class of 2020: Mohamed Abufalgha chosen as class speaker

"I had the privilege of learning from some of the most experienced, smartest professors around... yet, despite their experience, knowledge and fame they were all very humble, generous and kind to me," said MGPS student Mohamed Abufalgha, who was chosen as the 2020 class speaker. "I learned a lot just from observing the way they act, let alone what they taught in class."

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LBJ MGPS graduate Mohamed Abufalgha, the 2020 class speaker
Media Mention May 1, 2020

New campaign school aims to get more Texas women to run for office

Women are nearly half of the workforce in the U.S. and are shouldering much of the frontline work during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from The Associated Press. But they're not always calling the shots because, when it comes to politics, they're still underrepresented compared with men. That's why the new LBJ Women's Campaign School at the University of Texas at Austin aims to get more women to run for office or to run political campaigns.

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Media Mention April 3, 2020

‘The Sword and the Shield’ Review: Embodiments of the Struggle

In his Wall Street Journal review of "The Sword and the Shield," the new book by LBJ Professor Peniel Joseph, Jonathan Eig writes:  "We remember King the pacifist in contrast to Malcolm the provocateur; the man with the dream and the man who decried the black American nightmare. Yet, as Peniel E. Joseph argues in his incisive, smartly written new book, “The Sword and the Shield,” history has turned both men into caricatures.

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