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News March 24, 2019

'Extending the power of the people:' The 22nd annual Barbara Jordan National Forum

Citizenship and power were central to the theme of the 22nd annual Barbara Jordan National Forum, the signature, student-led weeklong program that pays tribute to the life and legacy of former congresswoman, distinguished public servant and teacher Barbara Jordan. This year's celebration, on the theme "Extending the Power of the People," took place Feb. 18–22, and was inspired by Jordan's words: "We believe that the people are the source of all governmental power; that the authority of the people is to be extended, not restricted." Take a look at some of the week's events. 

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LBJ students Sarah Gonzalez Claytor and Hanna Munin, LBJ Professor Michele Deitch, Dallas Co. DA John Creuzot, LBJ student Joel Carter and LBJ Dean Angela Evans
News March 21, 2019

Policy on Purpose: A Research-Based Approach to Criminal Justice

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot is a retired judge and award-winning lawyer with more than three decades of experience in the criminal justice system, including as a felony district court judge, Dallas County assistant district attorney and chief felony prosecutor, as well as a criminal defense lawyer in private practice. He talks with LBJ School Dean Angela Evans about taking a research-based approach to criminal justice, and the challenges in trying to move the system away from the idea of jail as a default to the idea of a model based on treatment, reducing crime and reducing recidivism.

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Dallas County DA John Creuzot speaks at the 2019 BJNF
News March 20, 2019

LBJ's Olmstead on a team awarded a $2.8M grant to study HIV testing intervention

African-American and Latina women, as well as women living in poverty, are at disproportionate risk for contracting HIV. Prevalence is increased further in these women if they have other risk factors, including substance use, history of intimate partner violence, and homelessness. Despite the relatively high prevalence rates in these populations, many of these women have never been tested — and knowledge of one's HIV status is crucial for rapid access to treatment and reducing its spread.

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LBJ School Professor Todd Olmstead and image of test tubes
News March 20, 2019

Universities are battleground for Trump administration directives on transgender students

Under the Obama administration, the scope of Title IX was broadened. The administration issued robust guidance regarding procedures for sexual misconduct investigations, expanding services for students with disabilities, and laying out expectations for how universities accommodate transgender students. In February 2017, the Trump administration quietly rescinded those policies

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Media Mention March 17, 2019

What's next for Stacey Abrams?

Stacey Abrams for …. governor? Senator? Veep? President?! New York magazine's Rebecca Traister profiles LBJ alumna Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98) — the Georgian who is usually sure about everything finds herself conflicted about her future.

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News March 8, 2019

#LBJatSXSW 2019

Austin is home to South by Southwest (SXSW), a convergence of the interactive, film and music industries from March 8-17. LBJ School faculty, students and alumni are among the speakers, panelists and participants, bringing innovative ideas, hard questions and creative solutions to a community of leaders and engaged stakeholders.

Follow #LBJatSXSW and find @thelbjschool on social media for weekend updates.

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Media Mention February 22, 2019

Op-Ed: We need to make black history a school requirement in Texas

"Black History Month should remind us that America's greatness resounds in the ability of ordinary people to transform the status quo of racial segregation and oppression into a new dawn of racial justice, freedom and citizenship," writes Dr. Peniel Joseph, professor of public affairs and the Barbara Jordan chair in ethics and political values at the LBJ School in the Austin American-Statesman. "But many students in Texas learn only some, if any, of this history because the Texas education system does not require students to take at least one annual unit of black history. This needs to change."

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The display on stage at the Barbara Jordan Elementary School assembly in 2016
News February 20, 2019

Policy on Purpose: Former President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís and Vice President of Nicaragua Sergio Ramírez

In this special episode of "Policy on Purpose," former President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís and Vice President of Nicaragua Sergio Ramírez join guest host Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto to discuss the current crisis of democracy in Nicaragua, challenges and opportunities in relations between the Central American nations and their neighbors to the north and the ongoing migration crisis at the U.S.—Mexico border. This episode was recorded in Spanish.

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Former President Solís of Costa Rica (left), Vice President of Nicaragua Ramírez (center) and Professor DeFrancesco Soto (right) during a podcast recording.
Media Mention February 15, 2019

Barbara Jordan’s life and legacy showcased at the Capitol

The Texas State Capitol showcased the legacy of Barbara Jordan, known for being a trailblazer in Texas politics, this week to celebrate her life before what would have been her 83rd birthday on Feb. 21. This exhibit, which is located at the Capitol’s North Central Gallery, has been on display annually since a 2010 legislative bill declared Feb. 21-27 as Barbara Jordan Freedom Week at the Capitol for a period of 10 years.

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B&W photo of Barbara Jordan during a 1976 interview for Family Circle with Lady Bird Johnson and Liz Carpenter (LBJ Library/Frank Wolfe)
News February 15, 2019

LBJ School is a host site for NASPAA global simulation competition on Feb. 23

On Feb. 23, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will host graduate students from 137 universities to participate in the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition.

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LBJ students and faculty participating in the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition on Feb. 23, 2019

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