In his new memoir, "Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations" (Grand Central), Adm. William McRaven writes of the inspiration he found in his parents' generation — the survivors of World War I and the Depression who would fight in World War II and the Korean War — and how their gifts would move him to write "laughter‑filled, self‑deprecating, unforgettable, sometimes unbelievable stories of life."Read more
LBJ School Senior Lecturer and criminal justice expert Michele Deitch talked with the Houston Chronicle about how arts and culture programs in juvenile detention centers in Harris County — including song, dance and slam poetry — benefit incarcerated young people by teaching and allowing them to express themselves.Read more
LBJ School Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch, an expert on criminal justice policy, talked with the Houston Chronicle about the Texas prison system's decision to change policies to expressly ban the use of disciplinary quotas, nearly a year after a leaked email obtained by the newspaper uncovered a scandal at a state lockup in Brazoria County.Read more
Adm. William McRaven, former University of Texas System chancellor, retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral and LBJ School professor in national security, talked with the New York Times about what he likes to read, books that have influenced him, great literary characters and heroes, books he'd recommend to young recruits and what he thinks should be presidential required reading.
LBJ School Senior Lecturer Michele Deitch, an expert on criminal justice, spoke with NPR about the number of incarcerated women who are mothers, and how lawmakers in Texas are considering measures to avoid breaking up families.Read more
LBJ School Professor Peniel Joseph, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, discusses the work and legacy of filmmaker John Singleton, who died on April 29 at age 51.Read more
LBJ School Director of Civic Engagement and lecturer Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto and Professor Peniel Joseph, Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, talked to the Dallas Morning News about the crucial need for civic engagement and political participation.Read more
Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, director of civic engagement and lecturer at the LBJ School, talks with the Texas Standard about the chances of Democrat MJ Hegar, who came within 3 percentage points of defeating Rep. John Carter in 2018, of beating Sen. John Cornyn in 2020.Read more
LBJ Senior Lecturer and criminal justice expert Michele Deitch talks with Houston Chronicle about cultural problems in the Texas prison system and the need for independent oversight.Read more
How Dallas County's DA shook — and confused — police and politicians with plan for 'ending mass incarceration'
Michele Deitch, a senior lecturer at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, weighed in on the controversial announcement by Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot of changes to the county's criminal justice system — particularly how the DA's office would handle thefts.Read more