San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to Speak at Sanford April 1

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will discuss public service on Tuesday, April 1, at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

The talk at 5:30 p.m. in the Fleishman Commons is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a Q-and-A with the mayor. Parking is available in Bryan Center parking deck.

Castro gained national attention when he gave the keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. He was the first Latino to deliver a Democratic National Convention keynote address and was introduced by his identical twin brother, Joaquin, who is a congressman from Texas.

Serving his third term as mayor of San Antonio, Castro is the youngest mayor of a major American city.  He will discuss why he decided to run for public office and the challenges and opportunities of leading a city.

“My vision is to create a brainpower community that is the liveliest city in the United States,” he said. “So the three basic components of that are economic development, matched with a well-educated workforce that's prepared for 21st-century jobs, and a city that is exciting to live and work in.”

Castro's talk is the final lecture in the Connect2Politics speaker series. The series is an initiative of the Sanford School's Hart Leadership Program, which encourages students to engage with politics and consider careers in public service.