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USNWR 2021 Grad School Rankings: LBJ School ranks #8

The LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks No. 9 in graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) 2021 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."

Feature May 18, 2020

The Graduating Class of 2020: Mohamed Abufalgha chosen as class speaker

"I had the privilege of learning from some of the most experienced, smartest professors around... yet, despite their experience, knowledge and fame they were all very humble, generous and kind to me," said MGPS student Mohamed Abufalgha, who was chosen as the 2020 class speaker. "I learned a lot just from observing the way they act, let alone what they taught in class."

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LBJ MGPS graduate Mohamed Abufalgha, the 2020 class speaker
News May 15, 2020

Colin Crowell, former VP of global public policy and philanthropy at Twitter, to deliver 2020 LBJ School commencement address

Colin Crowell, Twitter's former vice president of global public policy & philanthropy, will deliver the commencement address to the 2020 graduating class of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin during the school's virtual commencement ceremony on May 23, 2020.

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Colin Crowell, former VP of global public policy and philanthropy at Twitter: "I look forward to virtually celebrating the graduates of 2020."
News May 13, 2020

Texas policy experts offer playbook for post-pandemic recovery

As state leaders begin to restart the Texas economy, policy experts from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston have issued a nine-point playbook for rebuilding a more equitable and inclusive future Texas.

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A Playbook for Resiliency: Creating Opportunity for All Texans
Media Mention May 18, 2020

Op-Ed: How Texas can improve its chances for post-pandemic economic recovery

Coronavirus has revealed weaknesses in the Texas economy that we must address, write Kirk Watson and LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo. "As more than 1.5 million Texans lined up for unemployment, a blinding light was shone on our state's inequities and vulnerabilities. Now, as business activity begins to resume across the state, we can no longer debate or deny their existence. Texas needs a new playbook for our new normal, one that addresses our state’s economic soft spots and redefines who we are going forward.

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News May 11, 2020

LBJ alumni on the frontlines of COVID-19 response

As policymakers, public servants, nonprofit leaders, members of the private sector and more, LBJ School alumni are playing a critical role in contributing solutions during the COVID-19 crisis. Their training from the LBJ School is being put to the test: They are approaching complex problems and finding innovative answers, from building ways for students to learn better online and protecting the homeless population from the virus to coordinating emergency response efforts, LBJ School alumni are doing immeasurable good on an international scale.

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LBJ alumni working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis
News March 17, 2020

LBJ School: COVID-19 updates

The LBJ School is following all directives from The University of Texas at Austin regarding operations regarding COVID-19, with only essential personnel expected to work on campus. All other personnel will be working remotely. UT students are currently on spring break, and classes will resume on March 30.

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We’ll need mass debt forgiveness to recover from the coronavirus

Some economists say that the ancient remedy for their plight is still the best we've got: If we want a strong recovery after the coronavirus is contained, we will need mass debt forgiveness. LBJ's James Galbraith is a leading proponent of such a jubilee. The economist argues that when the pandemic has passed, "there will be a vast tangle of unpaid debts that cannot be cleared," and thus "the whole financial system will have to be reset."

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Media Mention May 28, 2020
9 ways to make the Texas economy more resilient and equitable

Policy experts from UH and UT-Austin say the pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in the Texas economy and offer "A Playbook for Resiliency" to address them.

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Media Mention May 27, 2020
Elizabeth Warren's softening on Medicare signals she's serious about being Biden's VP

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's continued evolution in how she talks about health care serve as the latest signal to former Vice President Joe Biden that she's serious about being seen as a viable governing partner, as his campaign's search for a vice presidential nominee accelerates.

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News May 18, 2020
RGK's CONNECT program gives graduates valuable consulting experience

As the spring semester comes to a close, 29 CONNECT graduate fellows from across campus wrap up their data and evaluation projects and prepare to present their work. The CONNECT program, developed and spearheaded by LBJ Professor Patrick Bixler, identifies nonprofit and public-serving organizations in the Austin area that have scoped a data project and matches them with graduate students seeking applied evaluation or measurement-related experience.

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News May 15, 2020
LBJ Ph.D. student Francisca Bogolasky wins the 2020 Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award

Francisca Bogolasky, a Ph.D. candidate at the LBJ School, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award, which is given by the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) to a promising Ph.D. candidate or early career researcher whose work demonstrates a commitment to rigorous and impactful research and service.

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News May 15, 2020
Colin Crowell, former VP of global public policy and philanthropy at Twitter, to deliver 2020 LBJ School commencement address

Colin Crowell, Twitter's former vice president of global public policy & philanthropy, will deliver the commencement address to the 2020 graduating class of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin during the school's virtual commencement ceremony on May 23, 2020.

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