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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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2019 SXSW logo
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
Media Mention February 6, 2019

Washington Post: Stacey Abrams showed why voting rights must be a key issue for Democrats in 2020

"When Stacey Abrams delivered her rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union Tuesday, she took Trump to task for many problems. But her main focus was an issue even bigger than the president," writes the Washington Post's Eugene Scott of the LBJ School alumna who delivered the Democratic response to Donald Trump's State of the Union address.

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LBJ alumna Stacey Abrams (MPAff '98), who ran for governor of Georgia in 2018
Media Mention February 2, 2019

Ralph Northam's yearbook page reveals much more than a young man's mistake

The revelation that Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam appeared either in blackface or dressed in the hooded robe and uniform of a Ku Klux Klansman in his 1984 medical school yearbook, coming at the start of Black History Month, has produced national controversy and calls for the governor's resignation by Democrats and Republicans.

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News February 1, 2019

Celebrating Black History Month

The LBJ School presents Black History Month events to foster meaningful engagement with issues of diversity, inclusion and social justice.

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Celebrating Black History Month graphic
News January 25, 2019

New Aging & Longevity Center to address future needs of Texas’ growing elderly population

To improve the longevity and well-being of aging individuals across all demographics, The University of Texas at Austin will launch the Texas Aging & Longevity Center (TALC) on Friday, Jan. 25. University partners are the LBJ School of Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, Moody College of Communication, School of Human Ecology, College of Natural Sciences, Office of the Vice President for Research, School of Information, Human Development and Family Sciences, Population Research Center and School of Nursing. Jaqueline Angel, an LBJ School professor and leading aging researcher, sits on TALC's executive committee.

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LBJ School Professor Jacqui Angel spoke on a 2018 SXSW panel on city solutions to aging
News December 17, 2018

LBJ's Varun Rai named New UT Energy Institute director

Varun Rai, associate dean for research at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has been named the next director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin effective Jan. 1, 2019.


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Varun Rai (right) talks with fellow LBJ Professor Josh Eisenman at Innovation Bound, the annual celebration of LBJ School policy research, on Feb. 8, 2017