The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis
- Government & Politics
- Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs - SRH 3.122, Austin TX
Registration for this event is at capacity.
The Honorable Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will discuss “Leadership Challenges Beyond the Election” on Thursday, Oct. 25 at a public lecture in Austin, Texas. Gingrich will address the crisis in strategic thinking for national security, American exceptionalism, the challenge of economic growth in a world market, rethinking government in the information age and effective leadership in a complex constitutional system. The lecture will be followed by an open Q&A session with the audience.
“The United States is at a crossroads far larger than partisan politics,” said Speaker Gingrich. “As the world is changing, we have to think anew in order to find solutions to new problems and new responsibilities. As Abraham Lincoln reminded us in his 1862 address to Congress ‘As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act new.’”
The lecture will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in the LBJ Library Atrium and is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Space is limited. The event is hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. Limited free parking available in Lot 38, adjacent to the LBJ Library.
Speaker Gingrich was first elected to Congress in 1978 where he served the Sixth District of Georgia for twenty years. In 1995, he was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives where he served until 1999.
Recognized internationally as an expert on world history, military issues, and international affairs, Speaker Gingrich is the author of 23 books including 13 New York Times best sellers. In addition to non-fiction books, including his latest A Nation Like No Other, Speaker Gingrich also writes historical novels, which include Gettysburg, Grant Comes East and Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant the Final Victory. His newest novel, Victory at Yorktown, co-authored by William R. Forstchen, will be available on Nov. 13. These novels are active historical studies in the lessons of warfare based on fictional accounts of historical wartime battles and their aftermaths.
The Washington Times has called Speaker Gingrich “the indispensable leader” and Time magazine named him Man of the Year in 1995, saying, “Leaders make things possible. Exceptional leaders make them inevitable. Newt Gingrich belongs in the category of exceptional.”
About the LBJ School
Since our founding in 1970, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin has built a proud tradition of public service and cutting edge research on the most important public policy challenges of our time. The School's mission is to develop leaders and ideas that will help our state, the nation and the international community address critical public policy challenges in an ever increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Drawing upon a world-renown, multidisciplinary faculty, a diverse and talented group of masters and Ph.D. students and the resources of the University of Texas at Austin, one of the world's leading research universities, the LBJ School is well-placed to help shape public policy for the 21st century. We are truly at the intersection of knowledge and action.
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