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UH Hobby Center’s Lanier Conference Tackles the Lines, Numbers and Politics of a Changing Nation

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September 1, 2011-Houston-

The results of the 2010 census have tightened the focus on the picture of America—who we are, where we live, who will govern.  The Lanier Public Policy Conference, hosted by the University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy (HCPP), reviews the results of the recent census and analyzes how the changing demographics will impact Texas and the nation.


The event is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16 at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel.  Shell Oil Foundation underwrites the conference.  The cost of the conference is $45. Visit to register. 

Thomas Mesenbourg, deputy director of the U.S. Census, will serve as the luncheon keynote speaker. Mesenbourgh was the associate director for economic programs from 2005 to 2008 and was acting director of the Census Bureau from January to July of 2009.  


Other panel discussions feature Richard Murray, UH professor and director of the HCPP’s Survey Research Institute, and the National Journal’s Ron Brownstein.  They will lead commentary on “Redrawing America,” how the redistricting process is unfolding. Additionally, Brownstein and Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics will lead a discussion on national and state trends revealed in the 2010 census.  Jeffrey Passel of the Pew Hispanic Research Center will be a panelist.  For a complete agenda, visit

The Lanier Public Policy Conference targets major public policy issues for the nation, state and Houston. The conference is named for former mayor Bob Lanier, who led Houston’s progress from 1991 to 1997 and continues to provide leadership for business and political leaders of the nation’s fourth largest city.

For more information about the Hobby Center for Public Policy and the Lanier Conference visit

 WHAT:    UH Hobby Center for Public Policy’s Lanier Public Policy Conference,  

              “America 2011:  The Lines, Numbers and Politics of a Changing Nation”

WHEN: Friday, September 16, 2011

              Conference: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

              Keynote luncheon featuring Thomas Mesenbourgh, deputy director of the U.S. Census 

 WHERE:  Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana, Houston, 77002