Month: April 2018

Cecile Richards on “Make Trouble” with Wendy Davis

On Saturday, April 7, from 3-5 pm, the Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue was filled with women of all ages, many decked out in western boots and pink attire. This gathering of festive Texan women was inspired by the presence of Cecile Richards, former Planned Parenthood CEO, daughter of Texas governor Ann Richards, and author of a new book, “Make Trouble.” She was interviewed by another popular progressive woman, former state senator and Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis. Richards’ new book chronicles her life growing up, her history as a labor organizer, and her lengthy record of making...

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Trade Wars and Trump: Why the U.S. Might Rejoin the TPP

Thursday morning, President Donald Trump announced that he had directed his economic adviser Larry Kudlow and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to look into rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). To remind readers, the TPP was the subject of bipartisan scrutiny during the 2016 election cycle – every major candidate denounced the deal. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the TPP within days of assuming office, a decision that was praised by certain American industries. Rejoining the TPP is a major policy reversal, and the big question is: why now? Trump’s policy flip-flop is, first and foremost, the result of...

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An Unconventional Approach to Expanding Student Health, Wellness and Privacy

In 2007, The University of Texas at Austin made local news headlines when it made Plan B available over-the-counter at the Forty Acres Pharmacy on campus. At the time, Plan B, a popular type of emergency contraceptive, or EC, was only available directly from a pharmacist or with a prescription. The move to improve access to this medicine, an essential option for student health and well-being, was an extremely forward-thinking move on UT’s part. But a decade later, UT-Austin has failed to complete its initiative to expand access to emergency contraceptives. Accessing ECs is still a confusing and distressing process for...

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Q&A with Bob Schieffer, Legendary American Newsman

Bob Schieffer has covered politics for over half a century, from the White House to the Pentagon to Foggy Bottom and Capitol Hill. The host of CBS’s “Face the Nation” for 24 years, he has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon. Despite the thousands of high-level interviews he’s conducted over this career, he enthusiastically set aside an afternoon to speak with an overly caffeinated and highly curious graduate student. If I took one thing from my conversation with Mr. Schieffer, it was this: there is a place for and a need for young, fresh perspectives in our current political...

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Conversion Therapy and Texas “Pride”: A Conversation with Garrard Conley

Author Garrard Conley kicked off 2018’s Barbara Jordan Week at the LBJ School by coming to speak at its inaugural event. Conley’s new book, Boy Erased, is an autobiographical account of his experience with gay conversion therapy and his complicated relationship with his parents. Conley discussed the psychological manipulation the conversion “counselors” used, the agony his mother hid as she took him to and from the camp where he was “treated,” and the intellectual development that provided the foundation for his future freedom. He also reflected on the state of conversion therapy today, and shared lessons he learned by...

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