Current Events

College on the Cheap: Costs and Benefits of Community College

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 12:15 pm, Room 3.122,  Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Jeff Denning of the UT Department of Economics will present his new research that examines the effects of community college tuition on college enrollment and outcomes using a natural experiment in Texas where students experienced reduced community college tuition. Data from the UT Education Research Center on students who graduated from Texas high schools were used in the analysis.

Bring your bag lunch; snacks and treats will be provided.


Healthcare in Bhutan: Remarkable Successes and Remaining Challenges

James M. Richter, MD, MA

Friday, October 31, 2014, 12:15 pm, Room 3.122,  Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

The Center for Health and Social Policy is pleased to welcome to campus a UT alum and generous friend of the LBJ School, Dr. James M. Richter, who will speak of his healthcare research in Bhutan, a small mountainous country bordering India and China with a population of approximately 800,000 citizens.  In 1978, Bhutan began building a modern health system in harmony with its traditional medicine services and with a strong emphasis on community participation.  Bhutan measures prosperity through formal principles of gross national happiness (as opposed to gross domestic product) and the spiritual, physical, social and environmental health of its citizens and natural environment. Despite remarkable progress across a number of health indicators, the incidence of gastric cancer in Bhutan is one of the highest in the world, making gastric cancer the most frequent cause of cancer-related death in Bhutan.  Dr. Richter will discuss his experiences in Bhutan and his research efforts to develop options for developing a comprehensive plan to address the gastric cancer challenge.

Light snacks will be provided.


David B. Meltzer, General Counsel and Chief International Officer of the American Red Cross

November 13, 2014, 12:15 pm, Room 3.122, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

The Center for Health and Social Policy and the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service are co-hosting a lunchtime seminar by David B. Meltzer, General Counsel and Chief International Officer of the American Red Cross.  Mr. Meltzer is directly responsible for the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Investigations, Compliance & Ethics, and the International Services Department. His responsibilities in overseeing the management of the international activities of the American Red Cross include:

  • Health programs in over thirty countries
  • The $480 million Haiti Assistance Program
  • Disaster response activities throughout the world and the reunification of families following wars and natural disaster
  • Programs to educate Americans about international humanitarian law
  • Programs that shape international policy issues and strategy.

Mr. Meltzer will talk about his work and career opportunities with the American Red Cross. Professor Joshua Busby will moderate the discussion. Lunch will be provided.



Kids for Cash Film Screening

November 13, 2014, 7:00 pm, Bass Lecture Hall, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

CHASP is pleased to host a screening of the highly-praised documentary “Kids for Cash,” about the recent scandal in Pennsylvania involving two juvenile judges who took millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenagers to private detention facilities.  More than 3,000 children were sent to detention for minor offenses before the judges’ corruption came to light.  A shocked and enraged public demanded justice, and the unfolding saga shined a light on the underside of a troubled juvenile justice system.  This riveting tale of corruption, greed, and injustice forces us to ask: “How could this have happened, and could it happen again?  What needs to be done to protect youth in the juvenile justice system?”

The film will be followed by a short panel discussion moderated by Professor Michele Deitch of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and featuring Kameron Johnson, the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender, and Jennifer Carreon, with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.  Panelists will reflect on the film and discuss current juvenile justice reform efforts in Texas.  Audience discussion will follow.  The doors to Bass Lecture Hall wil open at 6:30 pm and light snacks will be provided. The film screening will begin at 7:00 pm and is open to the public.


Can Anti-poverty Programs Reduce Violence? India’s Rural Employment Guarantee and Maoist Conflict

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM, Room 3.122 Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Kishore Gawande, the Century Club Professor in Business, Government and Society at the McCombs School of Business, new to UT-Austin this academic year, will present his research on the role of one of the world’s largest anti-poverty programs, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, in reducing Maoist conflict in India. Dr. Gawande holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and studies the political economy of trade agreements, the firm in political economy, causes of internal conflict, and conflict and development.

Come meet our new colleague, hear about his exciting new research and enjoy a light lunch.