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LBJ In the Arena

Wednesdays at noon CT via Zoom, "LBJ In the Arena" focuses on topics including from the lasting effects on the country of the COVID-19 pandemic and racism to elections and health care. 

All session content, including associated videos, readings and summaries, is free and available here and on the LBJ School YouTube channel.

Nov. 18, 2020: The AI Conundrum

All agree that artificial intelligence will continue to transform human life in the 21st century. But whether that transformation will be for good or ill — or both — relies heavily on decisions made by humans. On this week's LBJ In the Arena, theoretical neuroscientist, technologist and entrepreneur Dr. Vivienne Ming (a multiple Ph.D. who prefers the labels "self-appointed do-gooder" and "mad scientist") summed up the AI conundrum, and offered a roadmap for leaders shaping its course. Dr. Ming was in conversation with Dr. Varun Rai, LBJ School Associate Dean for Research and the director of the Energy Institute at The University of Texas.


Previous Sessions

  • April 22, 2020: Energy Markets in Times of Crisis
    Marianne Kah, the former chief economist at ConocoPhillips and a past president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, in conversation with LBJ Professor Dr. Aldo Flores-Quiroga, the former deputy secretary of energy for hydrocarbons at Mexico's Ministry of Energy
  • April 8, 2020: Bonus Interview: FEMA: Leading in the COVID-19 Crisis
    Adm. Thad Allen, the lead federal official for the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the national incident commander for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in conversation with renowned public management scholar and LBJ Professor Don Kettl