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LBJ In the Arena

Biweekly on Wednesdays at noon CT via Zoom, "LBJ In the Arena: Building on the Civil and Voting Rights Legacy of LBJ" will focus on topics including systemic racism, policing reform and fair elections. Register for these virtual sessions.

Earlier sessions of "LBJ In the Arena" focused on the COVID-19 response and recovery. All session content, including associated videos, readings and summaries, is free and available here and on the LBJ School YouTube channel.

Aug. 12, 2020: Women of Color in the Political Arena

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

As the country faces a civil rights crisis, women of color are actively involved in shaping our American democracy, whether by running or serving in elected office or leading political campaigns. 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? Join us for 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.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the LBJ Women's Campaign School, which trains women to run for office or manage campaigns regardless of political party affiliation.



Previous Sessions

  • July 16, 2020: U.S. Election Security in the Shadow of COVID-19
    Elections are regarded as a reflection of the strength and qualities of a country's democracy. The 2016 election revealed deep flaws in the U.S. voting process. Election security was a national security concern in 2020 even before the global COVID-19 pandemic put the logistics of an election into question. What is the status of the critical infrastructure that underpins fair and open voting? Can we ensure a voting process that upholds confidence in American democracy? How can the federal agencies work with state and local election entities to create safe practices that maintain confidence in the voting process? In a moment of turbulence and distrust, can America have an election that is secure? LaShawn Warren, EVP of government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, will be in conversation with Lawrence Norden, director of the Election Reform Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, moderated by LBJ's Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto.

    This conversation is a co-presentation of the LBJ School and the Aspen Institute's Socrates Program.
  • July 29, 2020: Rethinking Policing: Police Accreditation & Data-Driven Policy Models
    Longstanding tensions between Black and Brown communities and the police have come to a head with the killing of George Floyd. Global protests in support of the dignity of Black lives has followed suit as have calls to reform, defund and abolish the police. This historic moment represents an important time to rethink policing. LBJ Assistant Professor Gordon Abner discussed his research on police accreditation and talked with Jameila "Meme" Styles of MEASURE, an organization at the forefront of addressing community policing and social disparities through a data-driven model. Abner and Styles talked about how to best harness data to bring about effective and equitable policies that reimagine policing.


LBJ In the Arena: COVID-19 Response and Recovery