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January 15, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Cocktail reception for Houston-area alumni of the LBJ School.

January 15, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Alumni reception in Dallas, Texas.

January 15, 2013 - News

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 15, 2013 — Shirley Franklin, who served two terms as mayor of Atlanta, has joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs as the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor in Ethics and Political Values. The LBJ School’s dean, Robert Hutchings, announced the appointment today.

In addition to her appointment, Franklin will serve as the keynote speaker for the 17th annual Barbara Jordan Forum, scheduled for Feb. 19. Prior to that, Franklin will introduce Andrew Young — a former Atlanta mayor, congressman and U.N. ambassador — at the second annual Tom Johnson Lectureship hosted by the LBJ Library on Jan. 31.

January 10, 2013 - Event

Event Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

January 9, 2013 - News

In preparation for the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, LBJ School students have compiled an in-depth preview of the major challenges facing state policymakers. The preview covers the following issues: budget, criminal justice, education, elections, healthcare, immigration, payday lending, the sunset advisory commission and water and energy.

January 9, 2013 - News

The William P. Clements Jr. Center on History, Strategy and Statecraft is being established at The University of Texas at Austin to train leaders in the history of national security and diplomacy and to honor the legacy of one of the most influential statesmen in Texas history, former Gov. Bill Clements.

The center’s leadership will include some of the top diplomatic and international historians in the nation, who are already on faculty at UT Austin, including LBJ School Assistant Professor William C. Inboden who will serve as executive director of the center. It will offer courses and study-abroad opportunities for undergraduates and graduates; provide research grants and fellowships for promising young scholars as well as distinguished faculty members; and sponsor research, lectures and forums on history and statecraft.

December 18, 2012 - News

Three 2010 LBJ School graduates have been named to the Forbes 2012 "30 Under 30" list: Greg Pardo and Martha Bloem for "30 Under 30: Law and Policy" and Melissa Lott  for "30 Under 30: Energy".

December 17, 2012 - News

On December 6, 2012, Professor James Galbraith gave a keynote speech to a congress of the largest German Trade Union, IG Metall, meeting in Berlin on the theme, "Changing Course for a Good Life."  Professor Galbraith spoke on the second day of the three-day meeting; keynotes were delivered on the first day by Nouriel Roubini of New York University, and on the closing day by former President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva of Brazil.

December 17, 2012 - News

Over the Holiday Break—December 23, 2013 until January 2, 2014—the University and the LBJ School will be officially closed. However, students, staff, and faculty with electronic swipe cards will still have access to the building. Should an emergency or problem arise during this time, please utilize the contact information below.


December 17, 2012 - News

I support gun ownership.  I believe in the Constitution, and I grew up in an area where people owned guns for hunting, recreation and protection.  As a family, my husband and I used to take our kids to a Travis County range for clay and skeet sport shooting.  However, gun ownership should not put an end to common sense.

December 13, 2012 - News

Every LBJ School student has a unique perspective on public service. Here are a few student stories from 2012 that highlight the diversity of our LBJ School student community, their research interests and commitment to public service.

December 10, 2012 - News

The most important aspect of research to LBJ School student Liza Getsinger is what it can accomplish for people in need.

“It’s wonderful to be able to move the research discipline forward but the goal is really how do you improve services on the ground,” said Getsinger about a study she was involved with while employed at the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC-based economic and social policy think tank.

Getsinger, a second-year MPAff student, conducted in-person interviews for an article that was recently published in Social Service Review, one of the leading social work journals. The article, “The Challenge of Targeting Services: A Typology of Public-Housing Residents,” provides a detailed look at the best ways to target services to residents of low-income housing.

December 6, 2012 - News

Congressman Jack Brooks, one of the longest serving members of the House of Representatives from Texas, died on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Brooks earned national recognition for his major contributions to civil rights legislation. As a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, he helped write the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and was one of the few southern congressmen to support civil rights legislation.

November 27, 2012 - News

The University of Texas at Austin and its LBJ School of Public Affairs will collaborate with the offices of Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to host the Pre-Session Legislative Conference, an orientation for new members of the state Legislature taking place Nov. 27 through Nov. 30.

November 16, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Austin Alumni Chapter 'Toys for Tots' Holiday Happy Hour

November 16, 2012 - News

Angela Evans, Clinical Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, was introduced as the president-elect of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) at the 2012 Fall Research Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

November 16, 2012 - Event

Event Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Washington, D.C.-area alumni happy hour.

November 13, 2012 - News

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected The University of Texas at Austin to be a key partner in a five-year, $25 million grant to develop tools to more effectively target, monitor and evaluate foreign aid globally.

The grant will create an AidData Center for Development Policy (ACDP) and will include a faculty-student research program that will focus on producing and testing new methodologies for tracking aid in emerging areas of concern, such as food security and reconstruction in areas affected by war. This grant is the largest investment ever made into research aimed at mapping foreign aid on a global scale.

The program will be led by Catherine Weaver, associate professor of public affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and Michael Findley, assistant professor in the Department of Government.

November 1, 2012 - News

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn spoke to students and answered their questions about how to restore civility in politics on Oct. 30.

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