Scholars in the Arena
March 11, 2020, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
At the founding of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, President Johnson charged the School with producing thinkers and doers. Over the last 50 years, the LBJ School has not wavered from this mission. As one of the nation's top 10 public policy schools housed within a Tier-1 research institution, the LBJ School has cultivated a robust space of research and thought innovation. In turn, the academic excellence fostered at the LBJ School is put into action through the faculty, students and alumni that readily translate thinking into doing.
This morning session will zoom in on the rich ecosystem of the LBJ School community. Scholars in the Arena provides an overview of how the genius of thought combined with action brings about good.
The Geniuses of Tomorrow are Born Today
In this module, early childhood development policy is brought into relief through the interdisciplinary field of prenatal-to-3 development. Dr. Cynthia Osborne, associate dean of the LBJ School and director of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, will facilitate a discussion that looks at how science, equity and social impact frameworks intersect to produce some of the most impactful policy developments of our generation.
- Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin @BlahaOsborne
- Dr. Michael Hole, Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs and Dell Medical at The University of Texas at Austin @DrMichaelHole
- Dr. Frances Champagne, Professor, Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin
- Dr. Esther Calzada, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin
The Cultivation of Geniuses
This session focuses on education and looks at how LBJ students past and present are rethinking traditional educational models to best serve our society’s diverse educational needs.
The Genius of Innovation
This pulse first zooms out to consider the process of innovation—the bridging of entrepreneurs, academicians and philanthropists to bring about change for good. The lens then zooms in to a recent genius of innovation, artificial intelligence, and how it is being used to remedy food insecurity.
The Genius of Building Cities for All
This lightning research round highlights the innovative work of LBJ faculty and the recently launched LBJ Urban Lab that is working with policy innovators locally, nationally and globally.
- Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Introduction
- Sherri Greenberg, Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin @srgreenberg
- Dr. R. Patrick Bixler, Assistant Professor of Practice, LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin @rpbixler
- Dr. Andrew Waxman, Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin @RewWax
- Steven Pedigo, Director of the LBJ Urban Lab, LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin @iamstevenpedigo
- Dr. Diego Fernandez, Secretary of Urban and Social Integration for the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Peter Mullan, CEO, Waterloo Greenway @WaterlooGW
11:40 a.m. – Noon
Attendees pick up box lunches and return for keynote