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Published on February 15th, 2014 | by Kaitlin Sharkey

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Barbara Jordan Week 2014: Inclusion and Compromise in Democracy

The 2014 Barbara Jordan Week commences this Monday. Join the LBJ School for a series of exciting events celebrating the legacy of Barbara Jordan. Please note that all events are free and open to the public.

 

Tuesday, February 18
Raising the Minimum Wage: An Effective Anti-Poverty Policy?
Presented by PAACC and the Barbara Jordan Forum
12:15pm - 1:30pm Lunch provided
SRH 3.122

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has not kept pace with inflation and is a growing concern as income inequality in the United States continues to increase. Would raising the minimum wage be an effective anti-poverty policy? What are the economic implications for those most affected by minimum wage jobs and for municipalities setting their own minimum wage rates? Join experts in social policy, economics and politics for a discussion about minimum wage increases as a strategy to help working Americans at the bottom of the economic ladder.

Panelists:
Professor Shirley Franklin
Don Baylor – Center for Public Policy Priorities
Dr. Shetal Vohra-Gupta – UT Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis
Dr. Steve Trejo- UT Department of Economics
Dr. James K. Galbraith, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Moderator

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP.

Wednesday, February 19
Keynote Luncheon: Civil Rights Attorney Lani Guinier
Presented by the Barbara Jordan Forum
12:15pm - 2:00pm Lunch provided
LBJ School of Public Affairs, First Floor Lobby

Leading civil rights attorney, activist, scholar and the first African-American female tenured professor at Harvard Law School, Lani Guinier will deliver the keynote address at the 18th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum luncheon. Professor Guinier’s luncheon address will highlight a week of student- led activities honoring former Congresswoman and LBJ School professor Barbara Jordan.

The luncheon is free and open to the public, but registration is required, and seating is extremely limited. Please RSVP.

Thursday, February 20
Disability Inclusion Training
Presented by the Harvey Milk Society and the Barbara Jordan Forum
12:15pm -1:45pm  Lunch provided
SRH 3.124

The Texas Center for Disability Studies engages in a variety of system and individual interventions to promote the independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Disability studies is a relatively new, interdisciplinary field focused on the social and cultural context of disability. This field considers disability as a social minority group with an emphasis on the way in which disability is constructed culturally, politically, and economically, rather than the traditional emphasis on the physiology of impairment. By working with professionals, paraprofessionals, policymakers, students and other members of the community, the TCDS works to provide services, supports and assistance for people with disabilities and their families to promote their independence, productivity, integration and inclusion.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please RSVP.

Friday, February 21
Honoring the Legacy of Barbara Jordan Through Service
Presented by the Barbara Jordan Forum
9:00am-11:00am
Barbara Jordan Early College Prep Elementary (6711 Johnny Morris Rd.)

LBJ students, faculty, staff and community members have a unique opportunity to honor Barbara Jordan’s legacy as a teacher by reading to pre-K-2nd grade students. The school will also host an assembly program for 3rd-5th grade students, parents and teachers to reflect on the life of Barbara Jordan and her many accomplishments. The program will feature Shirley Franklin, the Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor of Ethics and Political Values, as the guest speaker.

Community members can get involved by volunteering to read to a group of pre-K-2nd grade students. To sign up to volunteer, please RSVP.

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About the Author

Kaitlin Sharkey

is a second-year Master of Global Policy Studies candidate at the LBJ School. She served as co-Editor-in-Chief of the Baines Report in 2013.



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