Nationally-known attorney, nonprofit executive joins Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation
AUSTIN, Texas – June 21, 2012 – Ann Beeson has joined the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation at The University of Texas at Austin's College of Communication as senior fellow and lecturer.
At the Strauss Institute, Beeson will write about, research and develop new ways to inspire lifelong civic engagement and advance social change through culture. Her work seeks to understand and overcome low rates of civic participation in America, and to spark a cultural shift towards greater engagement. Beeson also will teach a graduate seminar in the School of Journalism in spring 2013 that explores the relationship between media, culture and civic engagement.
Previously, Beeson served as executive director of U.S. Programs at Open Society Foundations in New York, where she oversaw the distribution of $150 million annually to promote human rights, justice and accountability. She also has served as the national associate legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she litigated numerous constitutional cases and argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Beeson holds a law degree from Emory University and a master's degree in ethnomusicology from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been recognized as one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America by The National Law Journal.
About the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation
The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation was established as an organized research unit at The University of Texas at Austin in 2000 to respond to growing political cynicism and disaffection in the United States. The Institute's mission is strictly non-partisan, working within communities to engage people in the political process, teaching them about the nation’s democratic heritage and encouraging them to take leadership roles.
Contact: Laura Byerley, (512) 471-2182.
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