LBJ 50th Anniversary Programming

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#LBJ50: Celebrating a Half-Century of Impact

Taking place against the backdrop of a transformative presidential election, the LBJ School reimagines the future as we:

  • Connect LBJ's bold ambitions for change to live events focused on the globe's most pressing issues;
  • Ignite emerging generations of young people driven by purpose and a desire to build a better world;
  • Engage today's most innovative thinkers and leaders on stage and in film;
  • Tell powerful stories on film documenting the impact of courageous leadership;
  • Tap into the excitement around Austin's music, culture and new economy.

Three LBJ Forums — GENIUS FOR GOOD, HUMANITY: IT'S TIME and DEMOCRACY'S DESTINY — will shine new light on the requirements and rigors of public service by convening renowned leaders and innovators who have smart ideas and extraordinary abilities to motivate the next generation of leaders to take on the world's most critical problems. Through these events, we hope to ignite a movement of youth who are daring not only to dream, but also to act.

TIME logo will support the special anniversary as the media partner of the LBJ 50th.

#LBJ50 Featured Participants

Astronaut and space activist Anousheh Ansari Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security Pedro Conceição, United Nations Development Programme Trammell S. Crow, founder, EarthX
Susan Dell, co-founder and chairman of the board, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Dr. Livia Schiavinato Eberlin, professor of chemistry, UT Austin Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives, chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Tom Freston, principal, Firefly3, and chairman, ONE
Mei Mei Hu, co-founder and CEO, United Neuroscience Laura Huffman, Texas state director, Nature Conservancy Dr. Clay Johnston, dean, Dell Medical School, Vice President for Medical Affairs, UT Austin Dina Powell McCormick, Goldman Sachs
Admiral William McRaven, professor of national security, LBJ School of Public Affairs James B. Milliken, chancellor, The University of Texas System Dr. Vivienne Ming, theoretical neuroscientist Farah Pandith, foreign policy strategist, former diplomat
Martine Rothblatt, founder, Sirius Satellite Radio, and founder and CEO, United Therapeutics Dr. Rajiv Shah, CEO, Rockefeller Foundation Timothy Shriver, chairman, Special Olympics Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO, New America
Bob Smith, CEO, Blue Origin Sherrie Westin, president of social impact and philanthropy, Sesame Workshop    
LBJ student Sarah Claytor Gonzalez in front of the Barbara Jordan statue on the UT campus

LBJ Forum: Genius for Good

March 11, 2010 — This LBJ Forum highlights great thinkers and doers who dedicate themselves to making the world better. It looks at innovations in medicine, energy, science and space that transform public policy — and notions of “the public good.”

LBJ student Joel Carter speaks during the keynote luncheon of the Barbara Jordan National Forum in 2019

LBJ Forum: Humanity: It's Time

April 30, 2020 — Never before has humanity faced today’s level of uncertainty, speed of change, and scale of disruption. This LBJ Forum explores promising ideas, policies and leadership that address these challenges and point us toward a vibrant future.

LBJ alumna Jennifer Poulakidas in front of the U.S. Capitol

LBJ Forum: Democracy's Destiny

Fall 2020 — The world is experiencing new and unpredictable pressures on democratic institutions. This LBJ Forum delivers an innovative and inspiring call to action for a generation leading amidst the digital revolution.

Heath Prince, director of the Ray Marshall Center, speaks during the “Investing in America’s Workforce” conference in October 2017

Scholars in the Arena

Coming soon: Details on the morning academic sessions exploring issues related to the LBJ Forum themes, followed by a keynote lunch and a showcase for scholarly work.

A group of LBJ School students flash a "Hook 'em" at the LBJ Birthday Bash in 2016

Grand Reunion

Coming soon: A look at this invitation-only event featuring an alumni grand reunion to celebrate the school’s past, its legacy and its future.

Barbara Jordan

#LBJ50 in 2020: Barbara Jordan National Forum

Coming soon: Details on the first #LBJ50 event at the school: the 23rd annual Barbara Jordan National Forum, Feb. 17–21, 2020.