Month: April 2017

Barbara Jordan’s Enduring Legacy

Photo: Penn State University It’s been a few months since the 20th Barbara Jordan National Forum, but I have found myself thinking about her every week since then. The LBJ School is littered with images of and references to Jordan. There are photos of her on the walls, a tree planted in her honor outside, and funds supporting students’ professional development and unpaid internships in her name available in the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs. Her legacy is etched into the infrastructure of the school and the state of Texas, but not everyone at the LBJ School realized...

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A Lesson on Religious Violence from South Asia

Photo: persecutionbd This past week, a proponent of religious and ethnic tolerance came to University of Texas Law School to discuss religiously motivated violence in Bangladesh. The Law School’s Rapoport Center hosted the talk by Khushi Kabir (pictured above), activist and public face of Nijera Kori, a Bangladeshi NGO that educates and mobilizes the rural poor to advocate for their own land and political rights. Kabir sat proudly at the head of a long table, in a little white-walled classroom just off an echo-filled hall, on the fifth floor of the law school. The room was cramped—all the chairs around...

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LBJ’s Pride Policy Alliance Hosts Domestic Violence Prevention Workshop

Photo: Orin Zebest AUSTIN, Texas – On Monday, February 20th, as part of the 20th Annual Barbara Jordan National Forum (BJNF), the LBJ School of Public Affair’s Pride Policy Alliance hosted a training workshop on identifying and interrupting domestic violence in conjunction with SAFE Austin,  with an emphasis on intimate partner violence and sexual assault specifically within the LGBTQ community.  The BJNF is an annual weeklong event designed to honor the life and legacy of former congresswoman, distinguished public servant, and UT professor, Barbara Jordan. The theme of the student-led 20th annual event was “Emboldened Public Service: Challenging Wrongs...

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