(Nov. 18, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy recently hosted the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-San Antonio). His address, "How Congress Works and What You Can Do About It," touched on key issues that from his perspective contribute to the current gridlock in Washington politics.
Doggett pointed to aggressive redistricting resulting in lack of competitive elections, the increase in special interest groups financing political campaigns, weakened contribution limits and disclosure rules, and some lawmakers' unwillingness to pursue evidence-based policies. A frequent participant in community events, he considers listening an important part of sound policymaking.
In discussing the solution to these issues, Doggett said, "There are a number of people who give up on the process of democracy and yield it to those who have perhaps more crass aims." Referring to a speech by Robert Kennedy, Doggett commented, "I think trying to send out those ripples of hope at a time of great cynicism about our government is particularly critical."
Doggett also took questions from the audience and addressed his strong support for immigration reform and the Affordable Care Act, expressing optimism that both would be successfully implemented.
"This forum provided an excellent opportunity for members of the UTSA and larger San Antonio community to engage with Congressman Doggett on a variety of major policy issues including the Affordable Care Act and immigration reform, among other concerns," said Rogelio Saenz, dean of the College of Public Policy.
The UTSA College of Public Policy Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series features scholars and policy analysts speaking on a variety of major issues affecting the community, the nation and the world.
Located at the UTSA Downtown Campus, the College of Public Policy enrolls more than 1,300 students including more than 400 graduate students in the UTSA criminal justice, demography, public administration and social work departments. The college offers four graduate and two undergraduate programs. It also houses the Policy Studies Center and the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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