AUSTIN, Texas—In celebration of Black History Month, The University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs is hosting the Fifth Annual Barbara Jordan Memorial Forum on Diversity in Public Policy on Feb. 15 to 17.
Under the theme “Teaching America: Education, Empowerment, Ethics,” the forum will celebrate Jordan’s commitment to diversity in public policy and education. Students, policymakers, community leaders and scholars interested in public policy issues are encouraged to attend. Registration for the event is free and open to the public.
Among forum participants will be former Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and former U.S. Social Security Commissioner Kenneth Apfel. U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who occupies the seat once held by Jordan, will provide a keynote address.
Other prominent public policymakers involved are Texas State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, and Texas State Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston. Highlights of the event will include a retrospective by Luci Johnson about the friendship between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Jordan, and a speech by Prof. Thomas Freeman of Texas Southern University, who is regarded as one of Jordan’s most influential mentors.
The LBJ School of Public Affairs is located in SRH Bldg. 3, on the corner of Red River and Dean Keeton streets at The University of Texas at Austin. For further information about scheduling and online registration, visit www.utexas.edu/lbj/barbarajordanforum/ or contact forum coordinator Stephanie Hill at (512) 471-0801.