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Thursday, September 21
 

6:30pm

Barbecue Feast – SOLD OUT!

Kick off the Festival with world-class barbecue from LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue, cold beer and a compelling conversation about the state of politics and the role of media following the 2016 elections.

Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith will moderate a discussion with Steve Schmidt, a longtime Republican political strategist and top adviser to the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush and John McCain; and Donna Brazile, a veteran Democratic political strategist, former interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and former campaign director for Al Gore’s presidential run.

This event requires an additional ticket, which can be purchased here.

Presented by NRG Energy. Media support is provided by CultureMap.


Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile

Political Analyst and Former Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee
Brazile is a veteran Democratic political strategist and served as interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in 2016. She became the first African-American to manage a presidential campaign in 2000 after working on several Democratic campaigns since 1976. Brazile has... Read More →
avatar for Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt

Republican Political Strategist
Schmidt is a veteran Republican political strategist. He served as a top strategist for President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign and in his administration as his deputy assistant. Schmidt also worked on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign; Woody Harrelson played... Read More →


Thursday September 21, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Google Austin 500 W. 2nd St.
 
Friday, September 22
 

9:00am

"Overheard" featuring Jason Kander, President of Let America Vote
Please join KLRU's Overheard with Evan Smith and The Texas Tribune Festival for an interview with Jason Kander on September 22 at 9 a.m. in KLRU's Studio 6A (map). 
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

This Overheard taping is co-presented with The Texas Tribune Festival.

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Kander

Jason Kander

President of Let America Vote and 2016 Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate
Kander founded Let America Vote in February 2017, an organization aimed at increasing voting opportunities across the country. In 2016, he ran unsuccessfully to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate. Previously, Kander was Missouri’s Secretary of State and a member of the Missouri... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
KLRU's Studio 6A 2504 Whitis Ave. B, Austin, TX 78712

12:00pm

Live Broadcast of KERA’s “Anything You Ever Wanted to Know”
Questions are answered and knowledge is revealed on this long-running weekly call-in show hosted by Jeff Whittington. If you’ve been wondering about something, give us a call during the show, drop us an email or send Jeff a tweet @JeffWhittington – and we’ll see what the audience has to say about it.

Friday September 22, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Texas Union Theater 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX, 78705

1:00pm

A Community Forum on Race and Justice – SOLD OUT!

Kick off the 2017 Festival with a free, open-to-the-public community forum on race and justice in America. This event will be hosted by the Tribune's Evan Smith and will feature MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and civil rights activist and organizer DeRay Mckesson.

The event is free to attend, but an RSVP is requested. RSVP for this event here.

Presented by The Texas Tribune and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Supported by the Austin Community College District.


Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes

Host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes
Hayes has served as host of All In since 2013 and works as editor-at-large of The Nation. He has written on a variety of political and social issues, and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Time and The Guardian. Most recently, Hayes authored the New York Times... Read More →
avatar for DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist and Organizer
Mckesson is a prominent activist within the Black Lives Matter movement and an outspoken voice against police violence. He began speaking out against police violence during the August 2014 protests in Ferguson, Mo. and has since amassed a large online following. In 2015, Mckesson... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
KLRU's Studio 6A 2504 Whitis Ave. B, Austin, TX 78712

1:00pm

Live Broadcast of KERA’s “Think”
Hosted by acclaimed journalist Krys Boyd, Think sparks the most interesting conversations in Texas through intimate, thought-provoking interviews on an array of subjects. The program, which has earned awards for “Best Radio Talk Show” and “Best Broadcaster” from numerous publications, features hourlong interviews with local, national and international newsmakers, including authors, politicians, actors, scientists, artists, innovators and more.

Think at the Texas Tribune Festival will feature Fest speakers – Esquire's Charles P. Pierce and The Tribune's Abby Livingston – as well as Eric McDaniel, professor of government at the Univesrity of Texas at Austin.

Speakers
avatar for Krys Boyd

Krys Boyd

Host and Managing Editor of KERA’s “Think”
Boyd has served as host and managing editor of KERA's "Think" since 2006. She also hosted the weekly TV edition of Think from 2007 to 2011. Boyd joined KERA in 2001 and hosted the nightly radio talk show Conversations. She also wrote and produced the documentary JFK: Breaking the... Read More →
avatar for Abby Livingston

Abby Livingston

Washington Bureau Chief for The Texas Tribune
Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the lead reporter in Washington, D.C. She has covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. Previously, Livingston pitched and produced political segments for CNN’s John King, USA, worked... Read More →
avatar for Charles P. Pierce

Charles P. Pierce

Writer at Large for Esquire Magazine
Pierce covers politics for Esquire, where he has worked since 2011. His work covering sports and politics has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and The Chicago Tribune. Pierce is also a regular panelist on NPR’s game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell M... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Texas Union Theater 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX, 78705

2:00pm

Signing of Chris Hayes’ "A Colony in a Nation"
Join us for a signing of Chris Hayes' newest book, A Colony in a Nation. The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople and the Texas Book Festival

Speakers
avatar for Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes

Host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes
Hayes has served as host of All In since 2013 and works as editor-at-large of The Nation. He has written on a variety of political and social issues, and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Time and The Guardian. Most recently, Hayes authored the New York Times... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
KLRU's Studio 6A 2504 Whitis Ave. B, Austin, TX 78712

3:00pm

Badge Grab Party
Anheuser Busch wants to welcome you to the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival. Come pick up your registration and grab a complimentary Texas-edition cold one.

Presented by Anheuser Busch

Friday September 22, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Tejas Dining Hall 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

4:00pm

Pre-Festival College Student Summit
Enjoy a kickoff session with your fellow classmates, meet Tribune staff and find out how to get the most out of your Festival experience.

Learn more about the Festival student experience here.

Presented by Pearson, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation

Friday September 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cactus Cafe 2247 Guadalupe St., Austin, Texas 78712

4:00pm

Pre-Festival High School Student Summit
Enjoy a kickoff session with your fellow classmates, meet Tribune staff and find out how to get the most out of your Festival experience.

Learn more about the Festival student experience here.

Presented by Pearson, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation. Supported by the Austin Community College District.

Friday September 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Texas Union, T-House 2308 Whitis Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

4:00pm

"Overheard" featuring Al Franken, U.S. Senator and best-selling author – SOLD OUT!
Please join KLRU's Overheard with Evan Smith and The Texas Tribune Festival for an interview with U.S. Sen. Al Franken on September 22 at 4 p.m. in KLRU's Studio 6A (map) to discuss his new book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate. Doors open at 3:45 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

This Overheard taping is co-presented with The Texas Tribune Festival.

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Al Franken

Al Franken

U.S. Senator
Franken is author of the best-selling memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate about his decision to run for office and his 2008 campaign. He is a Democratic senator from Minnesota, and was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. Before entering politics, he was an award-winning... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
KLRU's Studio 6A 2504 Whitis Ave. B, Austin, TX 78712

5:00pm

Live Recording of The Texas Tribune's "TribCast"
Before the opening keynote, Festival attendees are invited to join us for a special pre-Festival live recording of the Texas Tribune TribCast. After the recording, walk over to the Hogg Memorial Auditorium for the opening keynote with U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

Supported by Huston-Tillotson University and Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

Moderators
avatar for Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology, events and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors from the Online News Association. She is a member of the board of the... Read More →
avatar for Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey

Executive Editor at The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of the Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly and as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Don Huffines

Don Huffines

State Senator
Huffines, R-Dallas, has represented Senate District 16 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs & Border Security Committee and sits on the Administration, Education, Intergovernmental Relations, and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees... Read More →
avatar for Ron Nirenberg

Ron Nirenberg

Mayor of San Antonio
Nirenberg was elected mayor in June, defeating incumbent Ivy Taylor. Previously, he served on the San Antonio City Council, where he chaired the city’s Quality of Life and City Council Comprehensive Planning committees and served on the board of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning... Read More →
avatar for Karen Tumulty

Karen Tumulty

National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post
Tumulty covers national politics for The Washington Post, where she has been since 2010. She previously served as national political correspondent for TIME Magazine, where she spent 15 years writing or co-writing more than three-dozen cover stories. Tumulty also worked for the Los... Read More →
avatar for Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright

Staff Writer at The New Yorker
Wright is an author, screenwriter, and playwright who joined The New Yorker in 1992. He is the author of "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," which was translated into 24 languages and won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. He also co-produced HBO’s Emmy award-winning... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Texas Union Theater 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX, 78705

7:00pm

One on One with Al Franken
The Democratic Senator from Minnesota on his best-selling book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate

Presented by PepsiCo

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Al Franken

Al Franken

U.S. Senator
Franken is author of the best-selling memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate about his decision to run for office and his 2008 campaign. He is a Democratic senator from Minnesota, and was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. Before entering politics, he was an award-winning... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

8:00pm

Opening Night Party
Join us for a welcome reception under the tower lights on the UT Main Mall directly after Friday’s opening keynote. Mingle with the Festival’s speakers and moderators and the Tribune’s staff while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Bites provided by Austin Community College District - Fête Event Solutions. Beverages provided by Messina Hof Winery, the Beer Alliance of Texas and Tito's Vodka.

Friday September 22, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Main Mall 110 Inner Campus Dr., Austin, Texas 78705

8:30pm

Signing of Al Franken's "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate"
Join us for a signing of Sen. Franken's newest book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople and the Texas Book Festival

Speakers
avatar for Al Franken

Al Franken

U.S. Senator
Franken is author of the best-selling memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate about his decision to run for office and his 2008 campaign. He is a Democratic senator from Minnesota, and was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. Before entering politics, he was an award-winning... Read More →


Friday September 22, 2017 8:30pm - 9:00pm
Main Mall 110 Inner Campus Dr., Austin, Texas 78705
 
Saturday, September 23
 

8:00am

Breakfast & Coffee
Grab a cup of coffee ahead of the day's first panels.

Presented by the Texas Association of Realtors

Saturday September 23, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Jessen Lounge 200 W. 21st St.

8:00am

Breakfast & The Heart Gallery of Central Texas

Join us for breakfast, coffee and a portrait gallery from The Heart Gallery of Central Texas in the Community Hub before the day's first panels.

The Heart Gallery of Central Texas is a portrait exhibit and community education initiative featuring children in Central Texas who are waiting for adoption.

A larger Heart Gallery exhibition will be on display close by in the in the Union Ballroom on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8am-4pm.

Presented by The Central Texas Heart Gallery, a program of Partnerships for Children


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

8:00am

Coffee with The C1 Innovation Lab
Grab a cup of coffee ahead of the day's first panels.

Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Saturday September 23, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
AT&T Lounge 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

8:00am

Community Hub
Join us for a civic engagement fair at the Texas Union Ballroom where the Tribune and sponsors will play host to Festival panelist meet-and-greets, original programming on the Media Partner Stage, author book signings and more!

This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday September 23, 2017 8:00am - 4:30pm
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

8:00am

Quiet Room for Nursing Moms
The Festival offers a quiet room for mothers.

Room 109 is located on Level M1 of the AT&T Center. Festival staff, hotel staff or volunteers would be happy to assist you in locating the room. The room is equipped with a table, power outlet and refrigerator. A key will be available at the Festival Info Desk in the Tejas Dining Room at the AT&T Conference Center.

Saturday September 23, 2017 8:00am - 4:30pm
AT&T Center, Classroom 109 1900 University Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

8:00am

Texas Voter Stories – #TTFSTUDENTS

What was it like to cast your first ballot in a political race? We will be working with students at Texas Tribune Festival to document the experiences of Texas voters as part of our ongoing coverage of the electoral process.

Learn more about the Festival student experience here.

Presented by Pearson, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:00am - 4:30pm
Online

8:30am

One on One with Joe Straus

The Speaker of the House on the regular and special sessions, Republicans at war and the future of Texas

Supported by AT&T


Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Joe Straus

Joe Straus

Speaker of the Texas House
Straus, R-San Antonio, was elected in 2005 to represent House District 121 and has served as speaker since 2009. He is joint chairman of the Legislative Budget Board, the Legislative Audit Committee and the Texas Legislative Council. Prior to his election, Straus served on numerous... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

8:30am

Local Control vs. Local Liberty
Who gets to decide how cities and counties operate: mayors, council members and voters, or the state?

Supported by Texas Municipal League

Moderators
avatar for David Brown (mod.)

David Brown (mod.)

Host and Managing Editor of the Texas Standard
Brown is the host and managing editor of Texas Standard, a statewide public radio program produced at the studios of KUT News in Austin in association with KERA North Texas, Houston Public Media and San Antonio’s Texas Public Radio, along with media partners across Texas. He is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Eckhardt

Sarah Eckhardt

Travis County Judge
Eckhardt has served as judge since 2015. Prior to her election, she spent 8 years working as an assistant attorney for the county and was elected to the Commissioners Court in 2006. Eckhardt also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization... Read More →
avatar for Gina Hinojosa

Gina Hinojosa

State Representative
Hinojosa, D-Austin, is in her first term representing House District 49. She sits on the House Economic & Small Business Development, Homeland Security & Public Safety, and Administration committees. Previously, Hinojosa served on the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees... Read More →
avatar for Don Huffines

Don Huffines

State Senator
Huffines, R-Dallas, has represented Senate District 16 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Veteran Affairs & Border Security Committee and sits on the Administration, Education, Intergovernmental Relations, and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees... Read More →
avatar for Clay Jenkins

Clay Jenkins

Dallas County Judge
Jenkins has served as County Judge since 2011. Previously, he served as a lawyer on President Obama’s 2008 campaign and a former clerk with the Texas Supreme Court. Jenkins is the President of Jenkins & Jenkins, his Dallas-based law firm. Jenkins is also a member of the Dallas Criminal... Read More →
avatar for Chris Paddie

Chris Paddie

State Representative
Paddie, R-Marshall, has represented House District 9 since 2013. He sits on the House Calendars, Licensing & Administrative Procedures, and State Affairs committees. Paddie authored House Bill 100, which set statewide regulations on ridesharing services. He previously served on the... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

8:30am

Justice for All
Indigent defense, bail reform and other ways to ensure fair treatment for the poor

Moderators
avatar for Josh Hinkle (mod.)

Josh Hinkle (mod.)

Executive Producer of KXAN’s Investigative Team
Hinkle is the executive producer of KXAN’s duPont and IRE Award-winning investigative team. He also leads the station’s political coverage as an investigative reporter and as the executive producer and host of “State of Texas,” a Sunday morning program covering the Texas Legislature... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Fowler

Deborah Fowler

Executive Director of Texas Appleseed
Fowler heads Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit that focuses on promoting social and economic justice for all Texans. She is a nationally recognized expert in school discipline and juvenile justice issues, having authored three major reports on the school-to-prison pipeline in Texas. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Hecht

Nathan Hecht

Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
Hecht was appointed chief justice by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2013. First elected to the state high court in 1988, he is the longest-serving Texas Supreme Court member in history. He has led the court’s efforts to ensure Texans have access to basic civil legal services and serves... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Murr

Andrew Murr

State Representative
Murr, R-Junction, has represented House District 53 since 2014. He serves as vice chairman of the House Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility and sits on the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, Local & Consent Calendars, and Ways & Means committees. Murr is a member... Read More →
avatar for Valencia Nash

Valencia Nash

Dallas County Justice of the Peace
Nash has served as Dallas County’s justice of the peace since 2007. Previously, she served as assistant general counsel for the State of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection and as the Texas' solid waste enforcement attorney. Nash has also worked as in-house counsel... Read More →
avatar for Shakira Pumphrey

Shakira Pumphrey

Executive Director of Just Liberty
Pumphrey leads Just Liberty, a bipartisan coalition advocating for criminal justice reform. Previously, she served as the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition’s first-ever policy director, where she coordinated the organization’s research and policy work. Pumphrey also served as senior... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2247 Guadalupe., Austin, Texas 78705

8:30am

We Reformed Foster Care. Now What?
Progress was made on the 85th legislative session’s top priority, but there’s more work to be done

Supported by Upbring

Moderators
avatar for Edgar Walters (mod.)

Edgar Walters (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Walters is an investigative reporter for The Texas Tribune, where he started as an intern in 2013. Previously, he had a political reporting fellowship with the Berliner Zeitung, a daily newspaper in Berlin. He is a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at The University of Texas... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Burkett

Cindy Burkett

State Representative
Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, has represented House District 113 since 2011. She chairs the House Redistricting Committee and sits on the Transportation, Local & Consent Calendars, and Public Health committees. Burkett previously served as a legislative aide and deputy regional director to... Read More →
avatar for James Frank

James Frank

State Representative
Frank, R-Wichita Falls, has represented House District 69 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Local & Consent Calendars and Natural Resources committees. In the 85th legislative session, Frank sponsored House Bill 5 and House... Read More →
avatar for Ina Minjarez

Ina Minjarez

State Representative
Minjarez, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 124 since a 2015 special election. She sits on the House Human Services, Local & Consent, Calendars, and Transportation committees. She has her own private law practice where she represents child abuse victims in Child Protective... Read More →
avatar for Hank Whitman

Hank Whitman

Commissioner for the Department of Family and Protective Services
Whitman was appointed commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2016 to reform and repair the state’s foster care system. Previously, he spent 22 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety, serving as chief of the Texas Rangers. Whitman also served as president of Whitman Consulting... Read More →
avatar for Gene Wu

Gene Wu

State Representative
Wu, D-Houston, has represented House District 137 since 2013. He sits on the House Appropriations and Human Services committees. In the 85th legislative session, Wu co-authored and passed House Bill 7, a CPS overhaul bill reforming court processes and procedure for child welfare suits... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705

8:30am

One on One with Steny Hoyer
The House Minority Whip on Trump, Congress and the Democrats’ road forward

Supported by The Boeing Company

Moderators
avatar for Robert Draper (mod.)

Robert Draper (mod.)

Writer at Large for The New York Times Magazine
Draper is a writer and author who contributes to National Geographic, GQ magazine and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives and Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steny Hoyer

Steny Hoyer

Minority Whip of the U.S. House
Hoyer, D-Maryland, has represented Maryland’s 5th congressional district since 1981. He has served as House minority whip since 2011 after previously serving as minority leader from 2003 to 2007 and as majority leader from 2007 to 2011. As whip, Hoyer is charged with mobilizing... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
AT&T Center, Ballroom 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

8:30am

Live Recording of "Recode Decode"
Speakers
avatar for David Fahrenthold

David Fahrenthold

Reporter for The Washington Post
Fahrenthold has been with The Post since 2000. Most recently, he was awarded a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for his coverage of Donald Trump, the Trump family and their business interests. Previously, Fahrenthold served as the Post’s New England correspondent and covered... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Haberman

Maggie Haberman

White House Correspondent for The New York Times
Haberman first joined The New York Times in 2015, where she served as a presidential campaign correspondent covering the 2016 election, and was named White House correspondent in 2017. Prior to joining The Times, she worked as a senior political reporter for Politico and wrote for... Read More →
avatar for Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher

Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Recode and Host of the “Recode Decode” Podcast
Swisher is executive editor of Recode, a technology news site, and host of the weekly Recode Decode technology podcast. She co-founded Revere Digital, the previous owner of Recode, and co-produced and co-hosted D: All Things Digital, the Wall Street Journal’s high-tech conference... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Texas Union Theater 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX, 78705

8:30am

The White House and the Press
How the relationship between the two has evolved

Moderators
avatar for Karen Tumulty

Karen Tumulty

National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post
Tumulty covers national politics for The Washington Post, where she has been since 2010. She previously served as national political correspondent for TIME Magazine, where she spent 15 years writing or co-writing more than three-dozen cover stories. Tumulty also worked for the Los... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Josh Earnest

Josh Earnest

Former Press Secretary for President Barack Obama
Earnest served as President Obama’s press secretary from 2014 to 2017, after serving as principal deputy White House press secretary and chief of staff to Jay Carney. He joined the Obama presidential campaign in 2007 as Iowa communications director and later served as White House... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Madden

Kevin Madden

Former Senior Advisor and Spokesman for Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign
Madden is a CNN political commentator and a nationally recognized communications strategist, having served as a senior counselor to numerous top leaders in both the public and private sectors over the last 15 years. Most recently, Madden served as a senior adviser to and spokesman... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Palmieri

Jennifer Palmieri

Former White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama
Palmieri served as communications director for President Obama from 2011 to 2015. Previously, she served as president of the Center for American Progress Action fund. Palmieri also served as director of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and as national... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
AT&T Center, Amphitheater 204 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

8:30am

Higher Ed Funding and Spending
Is there enough money available to educate the next generation of Texans — and who should foot the bill?

Supported by Deloitte

Moderators
avatar for Matthew Watkins (mod.)

Matthew Watkins (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Watkins writes about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, he covered local government as the Dallas County government reporter at The Dallas Morning News and was a staff writer at the Bryan-College Station Eagle, covering a variety of topics... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Branch

Dan Branch

Former State Representative
Branch represented Texas House District 108 from 2003 to 2015. He ran for Texas attorney general in 2014. During his legislative tenure, Branch served as chairman of the House Higher Education Committee and was the author of the “Tier One Universities” bill, which incentivized... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Groves

Garrett Groves

Economic Opportunity Director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities
Groves leads a team of policy analysts at the CPPP specializing in education and economics. He is a former Senior Policy Analyst for the National Governors Association, focusing on workforce, post-secondary education and economic development policies. Groves also worked for the Office... Read More →
avatar for Brenda Hellyer

Brenda Hellyer

Chancellor of San Jacinto College
Hellyer was appointed chancellor of San Jacinto College in 2009. Since joining the college in 1996, she has served in a number of executive positions including director of the San Jacinto College Foundation, executive vice president for resource development and vice chancellor for... Read More →
avatar for Kel Seliger

Kel Seliger

State Senator
Seliger, R-Amarillo, has represented Senate District 31 since 2004. He serves as chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee and sits on the Finance, Education, and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees. Before joining the Legislature, Seliger served four terms... Read More →
avatar for Paula Short

Paula Short

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for the University of Houston
Short, who joined the University of Houston in 2012 as a distinguished professor and founding director of the Institute for Policy Research and Evaluation, was named senior vice president in 2013. Previously, she served as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Tennessee Board... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 2304 Whitis Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

8:30am

Is There an Oil Boom Around the Corner?

No state wants one more than the number one producer of crude oil in the U.S.


Moderators
avatar for Russell Gold (mod.)

Russell Gold (mod.)

Senior Energy Reporter at The Wall Street Journal
Gold has been a reporter in Texas for The Wall Street Journal since 2000. He covers fracking and the U.S. energy industry and is the author of the book The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World. Gold has previously worked for the San Antonio... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Allen Gilmer

Allen Gilmer

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Drillinginfo and Chairman of TIPRO
Gilmer co-founded Drillinginfo in 1999 and currently serves as executive chairman. In 2016, he was elected chairman of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association, one of the largest oil and natural gas groups in the United States. Previously, Gilmer worked as an... Read More →
avatar for Ken Morgan

Ken Morgan

Director of the Energy Institute at Texas Christian University
Morgan has served as founder and director of the TCU Energy Institute since 2008. As director, he has established an advisory board of 24 energy companies and started the Texas Metroplex Natural Gas Vehicle Consortium of over 160 companies. Morgan also serves on the board of the Texas... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Sitton

Ryan Sitton

Texas Railroad Commissioner
Sitton was elected to his first term on the Railroad Commission in 2014. He is the co-founder of Pinnacle Advanced Reliability Technologies, an engineering and technology company focused on programs for the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. Sitton has also served on the board of... Read More →
avatar for Todd Staples

Todd Staples

President of the Texas Oil & Gas Association
Staples has led the Texas and Oil & Gas Association, the state’s oldest and largest oil and gas trade association, since 2014. Previously, he served two terms as Texas agriculture commissioner. Staples was also a member of the Texas House and Senate and a member of the Palestine... Read More →
avatar for Melinda Taylor

Melinda Taylor

Executive Director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at the University of Texas Law School
Taylor is a senior lecturer and executive director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business. Taylor joined the faculty of the University of Texas Law School in January 2006. Previously, she served as director of the Ecosystem Restoration Program of Environmental... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

8:30am

Trump and the Presidency
How the institution has fared so far

Supported by Pearson

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Curtis (mod.)

Bryan Curtis (mod.)

Editor at Large for The Ringer
Curtis is editor at large for The Ringer, a website covering sports, technology and pop culture. Previously, he served as a national correspondent at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and was a columnist at Play, the New York Times’ sports magazine, as well as Slate and Texas Monthly... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for H.W. Brands

H.W. Brands

Presidential Historian and Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin
Brands joined the University of Texas at Austin in 2005, where he teaches history and writing. He is a bestselling author on American history and politics, including The General vs. the President, Reagan, and Andrew Jackson. Brands is a regular guest on national radio and television... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley

Professor of History at Rice University and CNN Presidential Historian
Brinkley is a professor of history and Baker Institute fellow at Rice University, presidential historian for CNN and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. He is the author of several award-winning books, including "The Great Deluge" and "Cronkite." Brinkley also served... Read More →
avatar for Mara Liasson

Mara Liasson

National Political Correspondent for NPR and Contributor for Fox News
Liasson covers national politics for NPR, reporting regularly on All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and later served as NPR’s White House correspondent during the Clinton administration. Liasson also joined FOX News... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

9:35am

A Conversation with Beto O’Rourke and the Austin American-Statesman’s Jonathan Tilove

Join the Austin American-Statesman’s chief political writer Jonathan Tilove and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, as they talk about Texas and national politics, including O’Rourke’s attempt to become the first Democrat elected as a U.S. senator from Texas since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.

Presented by the Austin American-Statesman


Speakers
avatar for Beto O'Rourke

Beto O'Rourke

U.S. Representative
O’Rourke, D-El Paso, has represented Texas’ Congressional District 16 since 2013. He is the vice ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee and is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. O’Rourke announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in March... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:35am - 9:55am
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

9:35am

Meet-and-Greet with Trump and the Presidency Panelists

Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of Trump and the Presidency in the Community Hub immediately following their panel.

Presented by Pearson


Moderators
avatar for Bryan Curtis (mod.)

Bryan Curtis (mod.)

Editor at Large for The Ringer
Curtis is editor at large for The Ringer, a website covering sports, technology and pop culture. Previously, he served as a national correspondent at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, and was a columnist at Play, the New York Times’ sports magazine, as well as Slate and Texas Monthly... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for H.W. Brands

H.W. Brands

Presidential Historian and Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin
Brands joined the University of Texas at Austin in 2005, where he teaches history and writing. He is a bestselling author on American history and politics, including The General vs. the President, Reagan, and Andrew Jackson. Brands is a regular guest on national radio and television... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley

Professor of History at Rice University and CNN Presidential Historian
Brinkley is a professor of history and Baker Institute fellow at Rice University, presidential historian for CNN and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. He is the author of several award-winning books, including "The Great Deluge" and "Cronkite." Brinkley also served... Read More →
avatar for Mara Liasson

Mara Liasson

National Political Correspondent for NPR and Contributor for Fox News
Liasson covers national politics for NPR, reporting regularly on All Things Considered and Morning Edition. She joined NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and later served as NPR’s White House correspondent during the Clinton administration. Liasson also joined FOX News... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:35am - 9:55am
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

9:35am

Signing of Ali Noorani's "There Goes the Neighborhood"
Join us for a signing of Ali Noorani's newest book, There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration. The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople and the Texas Book Festival

Speakers
avatar for Ali Noorani

Ali Noorani

Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum
Noorani has led the National Immigration Forum since 2008. Previously, he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Noorani was named a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and, most recently, is the author of There... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:35am - 10:05am
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

9:35am

Signing of Paula Lavigne's "Violated"
Join us for a signing of Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach's newest book, Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis. The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople and the Texas Book Festival

Speakers
avatar for Paula Lavigne

Paula Lavigne

Reporter & Data Analyst for ESPN’s Outside the Lines
Lavigne been with ESPN since 2008, working primarily for the investigative sports news show Outside the Lines. In this role, she has covered major sporting issues including Baylor University’s sexual assault case. Most recently, Lavigne is co-author of the upcoming book Violated... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:35am - 10:05am
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

The Grassroots Agenda
What the most conservative elected officials and activists in Texas want from the next election cycle and the 86th Legislative Session

Moderators
avatar for Jim Henson (mod.)

Jim Henson (mod.)

Director of the Texas Politics Project
Henson directs the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founder and co-director of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, the only open-source statewide survey of public opinion in Texas. Henson is also the co-author of a Texas politics web-based... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Biedermann

Kyle Biedermann

State Representative
Biedermann, R-Fredericksburg, has represented House District 73 since 2017. He sits on the House County Affairs and Juvenile Justice & Family Issues committees. In addition to serving in the Legislature, Biedermann also owns and operates Biedermann’s Ace Hardware in Fredericksb... Read More →
avatar for Matt Krause

Matt Krause

State Representative
Krause, R-Fort Worth, has represented House District 93 since 2013. He sits on the House Culture, Recreation & Tourism and Land & Resource Management committees. Krause is a constitutional attorney, professor of American history and government, and public speaker. Krause and his business... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Leach

Jeff Leach

State Representative
Leach, R-Plano, has represented House District 67 since 2012. He serves as vice chair of the House Urban Affairs Committee and sits on the Economic & Small Business Development Committee. Leach practices law with Gray Reed & McGraw P.C., where he specializes in general business, real... Read More →
avatar for Chip Roy

Chip Roy

Director of the Center for the Tenth Amendment Action at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Roy directs the Center for the Tenth Amendment Action, which researches the constitutional balance between states and the federal government. Previously, he served as the first assistant attorney general of Texas and as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Roy also worked as a special... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

9:50am

One on One with Mike Rawlings
The Dallas mayor on the challenges of running one the country’s biggest cities

Supported by Oncor

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Rawlings

Mike Rawlings

Mayor of Dallas
Rawlings was first elected Dallas' mayor in 2011. As mayor, he has led initiatives to increase economic development in southern Dallas and to increase the city’s international profile. Previously, Rawlings served as chairman and managing partner at CIC Partners, a private equity... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

9:50am

The Fight Over Sanctuary Cities Isn't Over
The combustible politics of the year’s most controversial new law

Moderators
avatar for Julián Aguilar (mod.)

Julián Aguilar (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Aguilar reports on politics, immigration and border security issues for The Texas Tribune. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Previously, Aguilar was a staff writer for the Laredo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Buckingham

Dawn Buckingham

State Senator
Buckingham, R-Lakeway, is currently serving her first term representing Senate District 24. She sits on the Senate Health and Human Services, Higher Education, and Veteran Affairs & Border Security committees. Buckingham is a practicing oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon and... Read More →
avatar for Ana Hernandez

Ana Hernandez

State Representative
Hernandez, D-Houston, has represented House District 143 since 2005. She sits on the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence, Licensing & Administrative Procedures, and Redistricting Committees. Hernandez works as an attorney at Soto & Hernandez, L.L.P., a Houston-based law firm specializing... Read More →
avatar for Raul Reyes

Raul Reyes

Mayor of El Cenizo
Reyes has served as head of the city of El Cenizo, located along the U.S.-Mexico border, since 2004. He is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed against the state of Texas’ Senate Bill 4, a 2017 law that seeks to penalize law enforcement officials who do not comply with federal... Read More →
avatar for Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer

State Representative
Schaefer, R-Tyler, has represented House District 6 since 2013. He sits on the House Corrections and Homeland Security & Public Safety committees and is chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. Previously, he served as director of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn's regional office in Tyler. Schaefer... Read More →
avatar for Charley Wilkison

Charley Wilkison

Executive Director of the Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas
Wilkison has served as executive director of CLEAT since 2014, where he oversees the largest law enforcement officers’ union and legal services provider in Texas. In this role, he manages the organization’s legislative efforts and serves as its chief lobbyist. Previously, Wilkison... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2247 Guadalupe., Austin, Texas 78705

9:50am

The Future of Medicaid
The prognosis for the half-century-old social safety net program matters in the state with the most uninsured citizens

Supported by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

Moderators
avatar for Mary Agnes Carey (mod.)

Mary Agnes Carey (mod.)

Partnerships Editor and Senior Correspondent for Kaiser Health News
Carey covers health reform and federal health policy for Kaiser Health News. Previously, she served as associate editor of QC HealthBeat, a daily report on health care policy for Congressional Quarterly. Carey has also covered budgets, economics and health care for Dow Jones News... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Avik Roy

Avik Roy

Opinion Editor for Forbes and Founder of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
Roy is the author of Transcending Obamacare. In 2016, he helped form The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, a think tank devoted to expanding economic opportunity to low-income individuals. Previously, he worked as a policy adviser for three presidential candidates: Florida... Read More →
avatar for Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt

Acting Administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services under President Barack Obama
Slavitt oversaw Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Health Insurance Marketplace programs under President Obama. He currently serves as senior adviser to the Bipartisan Policy Center, specializing in health policy. Previously, Slavitt spent 10 years... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705

9:50am

Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest
The CEO of PBS and the executive producer of FRONTLINE on the importance of their work 50 years after the act that enabled it

Moderators
avatar for Jim Rutenberg (mod.)

Jim Rutenberg (mod.)

Media Columnist for the New York Times
Rutenberg has served as The Times’ media columnist since 2016 after serving as the chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine. He has also worked as a media reporter, White House correspondent and City Hall bureau chief since joining The Times in 2000. Previously... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Raney Aronson-Rath

Raney Aronson-Rath

Executive Producer of FRONTLINE
Aronson-Rath has served as executive producer of FRONTLINE since 2015. She first joined FRONTLINE in 2007 as a senior producer and was later named deputy executive producer. Aronson-Rath has produced several FRONTLINE documentaries, including "News War," "Law & Disorder," and "Post... Read More →
avatar for Paula Kerger

Paula Kerger

President and CEO of PBS
Kerger has served as President and CEO of PBS since 2006, overseeing nearly 350 member stations. During her tenure, she has focused on expanding PBS’ audience across genres and digital platforms. Kerger is also president of the PBS Foundation, which raises private sector funding... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
AT&T Center, Ballroom 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

Live Recording of "Black on the Air"
Speakers
avatar for Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards

President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Richards joined Planned Parenthood in 2006, where she oversees more than 600 affiliate health centers and advocates for reproductive rights. In 2011, she led a nationwide campaign to preserve Planned Parenthood preventive care through federal programs. Previously, Richards served... Read More →
avatar for Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore

Comedian and Host of the “Black on the Air” Podcast
Wilmore has been a producer, actor, comedian and writer for more than 25 years. Previously, he hosted The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central and was an executive producer for ABC’s Black-ish. Wilmore currently serves as host of Black on the Air, a podcast premiering... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
Texas Union Theater 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX, 78705

9:50am

Accountability Journalism Now
Keeping an eye on powerful people — in office and out — has never been more necessary

Moderators
avatar for Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson

Former Executive Editor of The New York Times
Abramson is an author and senior lecturer at Harvard University. She served as executive editor of the Times from 2011 to 2015 and was the first woman to serve as executive editor, managing editor and Washington Bureau Chief. Previously, Abramson served as deputy Washington bureau... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Chozick

Amy Chozick

National Political Reporter for the New York Times
Chozick was the Times’ lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Clinton presidential campaign since 2013. Prior to joining the Times, she served as a political reporter for the Wall Street Journal and covered both the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns in 2008. Chozick... Read More →
avatar for David Fahrenthold

David Fahrenthold

Reporter for The Washington Post
Fahrenthold has been with The Post since 2000. Most recently, he was awarded a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for his coverage of Donald Trump, the Trump family and their business interests. Previously, Fahrenthold served as the Post’s New England correspondent and covered... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Green

Joshua Green

Senior National Correspondent at Bloomberg Business Week
Green covers politics for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and Bloomberg News. Previously, he served as senior editor of The Atlantic and as a political columnist for the Boston Globe. Green is also the author of The Devil’s Bargain, which details the relationship between President... Read More →
avatar for Eli Stokols

Eli Stokols

White House Reporter for The Wall Street Journal
Stokols joined The Wall Street Journal in April 2017, where he covers the Trump administration. Previously, he spent two years as a national political reporter for Politico, covering the 2016 Republican primaries. Stokols covered Colorado politics for KDVR-TV, a Fox affiliate based... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
AT&T Center, Amphitheater 204 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

Testing, Accountability and College Readiness
Five superintendents on how to put the greatest number of students on the best path forward

Moderators
avatar for Eva-Marie Ayala (mod.)

Eva-Marie Ayala (mod.)

Reporter for the Dallas Morning News
Ayala has been a reporter for the Dallas Morning News since 2012. She specializes in local, state, and national education news. Prior to joining the Dallas Morning News, Ayala covered education, economic development, and city government news for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for 11... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Art Cavazos

Art Cavazos

Superintendent of Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District
Cavazos has led Harlingen CISD since 2013. He currently serves on several boards and councils, including the Texas State Board for Educator Certification, the Future-Ready Superintendents Leadership Network and the University of Texas College of Education Advisory Council. In 2017... Read More →
avatar for HD Chambers

HD Chambers

Superintendent of the Alief Independent School District
Chambers has led Alief ISD since 2011. As superintendent, he has played an active role in education legislation, helping the Texas House develop House Bill 5 in 2013, which revamped the state’s curriculum and graduation requirements. Chambers also helped the House develop HB 22... Read More →
avatar for Paul Cruz

Paul Cruz

Superintendent of the Austin Independent School District
Cruz was named head of Austin ISD in 2015 after serving nine months as interim superintendent. He previously served as chief schools officer for AISD, supervising four associate superintendents and more than 120 campus principals. Cruz also served as the deputy commissioner for dropout... Read More →
avatar for Steve Flores

Steve Flores

Superintendent of the Round Rock Independent School District
Flores has led Round Rock ISD as superintendent since 2013. Previously, he served as superintendent of Harlingen CISD and as assistant superintendent for both Pflugerville ISD and Round Rock ISD. Flores also worked as executive assistant for special projects for the Texas Association... Read More →
avatar for Susan Simpson Hull

Susan Simpson Hull

Superintendent of the Grand Prairie Independent School District
Hull has led Grand Prairie ISD since 2007. She has been an educator for 37 years, serving as a superintendent for more than two decades and in five school districts. In 2005, she was named Texas Superintendent of the Year. Hull was appointed to the State Board of Educator Certification... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 2304 Whitis Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

9:50am

The Tyranny of the Commute
Getting from home to work and back in our biggest cities is harder than it needs to be. Here’s how to make it easier.

Supported by Chariot

Moderators
avatar for Ben Wear (mod.)

Ben Wear (mod.)

Transportation Reporter for the Austin American-Statesman
Wear covers transportation for the Statesman, where he has worked since 1994 and held the transportation beat since 2003. He also teaches journalism as an adjunct professor at Austin Community College.

Speakers
avatar for John-Michael V. Cortez

John-Michael V. Cortez

Special Assistant to the Mayor of Austin
Cortez advises Mayor Adler on transportation, land use and workforce development policy. He previously served as community involvement manager for Capital Metro and on the City of Austin Planning Commission. Cortez has served on the board for the Center for Public Policy Priorities... Read More →
avatar for Beth Van Duyne

Beth Van Duyne

Southwest Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Van Duyne was appointed by President Trump to serve as a HUD regional administrator in May 2017. Previously, she served as mayor of Irving. Van Duyne was a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board, the Texas Municipal League and the North Central Texas Council of Go... Read More →
avatar for Celia Israel

Celia Israel

State Representative
Israel, D-Austin, has represented House District 50 since 2014. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House Elections Committee and sits on the Transportation Committee. Previously, she served on the boards of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance for Public... Read More →
avatar for Philip Kingston

Philip Kingston

Dallas City Council Member
Kingston was first elected in 2013 to represent District 14 on the Dallas City Council. He was appointed by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings as chairman of the Ad Hoc Judicial Nominations Committee and is a member of the Police and Fire Pension Board. Kingston is also a founding member... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

9:50am

Trump and National Security
Is America’s place in the world stronger? And are we safer?

Supported by the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin

Moderators
avatar for Robert Chesney (mod.)

Robert Chesney (mod.)

Professor of Law at the University of Texas Law School
Chesney serves on the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law and is director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He is also a faculty member at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His work focuses on U.S. national security policies and institutions... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro

U.S. Representative
Castro, D-San Antonio, was first elected in 2012 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 20. He serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In 2013, Castro was elected president of the freshman Democratic class. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks

Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Hicks is a frequent writer and lecturer on U.S. foreign policy; national security strategy, forces and budget; and strategic futures. Previously, she served in the U.S. Department of Defense as principal deputy undersecretary for policy, where she assisted in the development and oversight... Read More →
avatar for Will Hurd

Will Hurd

U.S. Representative
Hurd, R-Helotes, has represented Texas’ 23rd Congressional District since 2015. He is a member of both the House Homeland Security Committee and the Oversight & Government Reform Committee as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence. He also serves as chairman of the Information... Read More →
avatar for Malcolm Nance

Malcolm Nance

Executive Director of the Terror Asymmetric Project and Counterterrorism & Intelligence Expert for MSNBC
Nance is executive director of the Terror Asymmetrics Project, a nonprofit virtual defense research institute. He is a career counterterrorism and intelligence officer with over 33 years of experience with the U.S. Navy, Special Operations, Homeland Security and Central Intelligence... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 9:50am - 10:50am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

10:50am

Morning Refreshments and a Healthy Start

Get a healthy start with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System. Enjoy breakfast at the Community Hub in the Union Ballroom immediately following "The Future of Medicaid" panel.

Presented by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance


Saturday September 23, 2017 10:50am - 11:10am
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

10:55am

Community Impact: Want local control? Start with local media.

Editors at two of Texas' top news sources — Community Impact Newspaper’s Joe Lanane and The Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey — on the role local and regional media plays in driving civic engagement.

Presented by Community Impact Newspaper


Speakers
avatar for Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey

Executive Editor at The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of the Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly and as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 10:55am - 11:15am
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

10:55am

Signing of Brooke Gladstone's "The Trouble with Reality"
Join us for a signing of Brooke Gladstone's newest book, The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time. The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople and the Texas Book Festival

Speakers
avatar for Brooke Gladstone

Brooke Gladstone

Co-Host and Editor of WNYC’s On the Media
Gladstone has been co-host and editor of On the Media since 2000. Previously, she served as a Moscow-based reporter for NPR and senior editor of NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Gladstone has received two Peabody Awards, a National Press Club Award and an Overseas... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 10:55am - 11:25am
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

10:55am

Signing of David Fahrenthold’s "Uncovering Trump"
Join us for a signing of David Fahrenthold's newest book, Uncovering Trump: The Truth Behind Donald Trump's Charitable Giving. The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople and the Texas Book Festival

Speakers
avatar for David Fahrenthold

David Fahrenthold

Reporter for The Washington Post
Fahrenthold has been with The Post since 2000. Most recently, he was awarded a 2017 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for his coverage of Donald Trump, the Trump family and their business interests. Previously, Fahrenthold served as the Post’s New England correspondent and covered... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 10:55am - 11:25am
AT&T Lounge 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

10:55am

Signing of Joshua Green's "Devil's Bargain"
Join us for a signing of Joshua Green's newest book, Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency. The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople and the Texas Book Festival

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Green

Joshua Green

Senior National Correspondent at Bloomberg Business Week
Green covers politics for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and Bloomberg News. Previously, he served as senior editor of The Atlantic and as a political columnist for the Boston Globe. Green is also the author of The Devil’s Bargain, which details the relationship between President... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 10:55am - 11:25am
AT&T Lounge 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

10:55am

Signing of Malcolm Nance's "The Plot to Hack America"
Join us for a signing of Malcolm Nance's newest book, The Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election. The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople and the Texas Book Festival

Speakers
avatar for Malcolm Nance

Malcolm Nance

Executive Director of the Terror Asymmetric Project and Counterterrorism & Intelligence Expert for MSNBC
Nance is executive director of the Terror Asymmetrics Project, a nonprofit virtual defense research institute. He is a career counterterrorism and intelligence officer with over 33 years of experience with the U.S. Navy, Special Operations, Homeland Security and Central Intelligence... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 10:55am - 11:25am
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

One on One with Beto O'Rourke
The Democratic congressman from El Paso on his longshot race for the Senate against Ted Cruz

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Beto O'Rourke

Beto O'Rourke

U.S. Representative
O’Rourke, D-El Paso, has represented Texas’ Congressional District 16 since 2013. He is the vice ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee and is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. O’Rourke announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in March... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

11:10am

How Cities are Tackling Climate Change
With the U.S. out of the Paris Accord, the fate of the world could be in the hands of mayors

Moderators
avatar for Kiah Collier (mod.)

Kiah Collier (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Collier reports on energy and environmental policy for the Tribune. Previously, she reported on government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Collier began her career in West Texas reporting for Reuters America Service and the San Angelo Standard-Times... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Adler

Steve Adler

Mayor of Austin
Adler has served as mayor since 2015. He has represented Austin in the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a network of 294 U.S. mayors focused on addressing climate change at the local level, and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a similar international effort by 90 major... Read More →
avatar for Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Buttigieg has served as mayor of South Bend since 2012. He is president of the Indiana Urban Mayors Caucus and was a candidate for chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2017. Buttigieg is also a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and took a leave of absence for a seven-month... Read More →
avatar for Ron Nirenberg

Ron Nirenberg

Mayor of San Antonio
Nirenberg was elected mayor in June, defeating incumbent Ivy Taylor. Previously, he served on the San Antonio City Council, where he chaired the city’s Quality of Life and City Council Comprehensive Planning committees and served on the board of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning... Read More →
avatar for Annise Parker

Annise Parker

Former Mayor of Houston
Parker served as mayor of Houston from 2010 to 2016. Previously, she served on the Houston City Council and was later elected city controller. Parker was one of the co-founders of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, a coalition of U.S. mayors committed to enacting local initiatives... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

11:10am

The Politics of Bathrooms
How the fight in Texas over transgender rights became the latest battlefront in the nation’s culture war

Moderators
avatar for Alexa Ura (mod.)

Alexa Ura (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Ura covers politics and demographics, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population. She also covers LGBT issues at the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hudgens

Nicole Hudgens

Policy Analyst for Texas Values
Hudgens has been a policy analyst for Texas Values, a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing a culture of family values in Texas, since the start of the 84th Legislative Session. Prior to joining the Texas Values team, Hudgens worked for the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Shortall

Jessica Shortall

Managing Director of Texas Competes
Shortall leads a coalition of more than 1,200 Texas employers and chambers of commerce advocating an economic case for Texas to adopt a more welcoming approach to LGBTQ issues. Previously, she co-founded The Campus Kitchens Project, a food rescue and hunger relief nonprofit, and served... Read More →
avatar for Ron Simmons

Ron Simmons

State Representative
Simmons, R-Carrollton, has represented House District 65 since 2012. He sits on the House Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars and Transportation committees. During the 85th legislative session, Simmons authored a bill to ban cities and school districts from enacting trans-inclusive... Read More →
avatar for Jason Villalba

Jason Villalba

State Representative
Villalba, R-Dallas, has represented House District 114 since 2013. He sits on the House Business & Industry and Economic & Small Business Development committees. He is founder of the Freshman Delegation, a bipartisan group dedicated to building relationships through the legislative... Read More →
avatar for Lou Weaver

Lou Weaver

Transgender Programs Coordinator for Equality Texas
Weaver is an advocate for transgender Texans and a prominent activist in Houston’s LGBTQ community. His advocacy has focused on trans health care issues and providing guidance to local law enforcement. Weaver joined Equality Texas in 2016 and is a part of the organization’s Texas... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2247 Guadalupe., Austin, Texas 78705

11:10am

Why are So Many New Mothers Dying?
The maternal mortality crisis in Texas: what caused it, what we can do about it, and why we haven’t addressed it already

Supported by Quest Diagnostics

Moderators
avatar for Marissa Evans (mod.)

Marissa Evans (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Evans reports on health and human service policy issues for the Tribune and has been in Austin since October 2016. Before the Tribune she reported for CQ Roll Call in D.C. where she covered state legislatures and health care issues. Evans’ reporting has appeared in Civil Eats, CityLab... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kami Geoffray

Kami Geoffray

CEO of the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas
Geoffray has served as head of the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas since 2016. She has served with nonprofit and governmental organizations at the state and national level. Most recently, Geoffray worked for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Hollier

Lisa Hollier

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force Chairwoman
Hollier is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases during pregnancy. She also serves as chairwoman of Texas’ Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, which studies cases... Read More →
avatar for Donna Howard

Donna Howard

State Representative
Howard, D-Austin, has represented House District 48 since 2006. She serves as vice chairwoman of the Calendars Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Budget Transparency & Reform. She also sits on the Administration, Higher Education and Appropriations committees... Read More →
avatar for Marsha Jones

Marsha Jones

Executive Director of the Afiya Center
Jones is co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, which focuses on reproductive health access for black women. She is a member of the Texas Equal Access Fund Board of Directors and serves on several national boards. Jones is also a steering member of the National Women... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705

11:10am

One on One with Susan Rice

The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former National Security Advisor on the increasingly complicated state of the world


Moderators
avatar for Indira Lakshmanan

Indira Lakshmanan

Columnist for The Boston Globe Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute
Lakshmanan writes columns on politics and foreign policy for The Boston Globe and is the Newmark Chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute. She covered the 2008 campaign and Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry for Bloomberg News, and previously wrote for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Susan Rice

Susan Rice

Former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama
Rice served as national security advisor to President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. Previously, she served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. From 2002-2009, Rice was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, specializing in foreign policy, transnational security... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
AT&T Center, Ballroom 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

Live Recording of "The Forward Podcast"
Speakers
avatar for Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

Former Professional Cyclist and Host of "The Forward" Podcast
Armstrong, a former professional cyclist, founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation, now called the Livestrong Foundation, in 1997 to provide support for people affected by cancer. Armstrong is a cancer survivor himself who has been in remission since 1997. He is currently the host of... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Colloff

Pamela Colloff

Senior Reporter at ProPublica and Writer-at-Large for the New York Times Magazine
Colloff joined ProPublica and the Times in March 2017 after serving as an executive editor and staff writer for Texas Monthly. At Texas Monthly, she earned a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing for her 2012 story, "The Innocent Man." Colloff was awarded the Louis M. Lyons Award... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Executive Editor of Texas Monthly
Hall joined Texas Monthly in 1997, where he has won two Texas Gavel Awards from the State Bar of Texas and three Stephen Philbin Awards from the Dallas Bar Association. He has written for Trouser Press, Third Coast Magazine, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Austin Chronicle... Read More →
avatar for Tony Plohetski

Tony Plohetski

Criminal Justice Reporter for the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV
Plohetski has served as a reporter for the Statesman, where he focuses on the Austin city government, law enforcement and criminal justice issues, since 2000. He has received honors from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, including for his coverage of the 2009 police shooting... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Texas Union Theater 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX, 78705

11:10am

The Family Business
Fathers and daughters talk political journalism through the generations

Moderators
avatar for Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology, events and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors from the Online News Association. She is a member of the board of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Maggie Haberman

Maggie Haberman

White House Correspondent for The New York Times
Haberman first joined The New York Times in 2015, where she served as a presidential campaign correspondent covering the 2016 election, and was named White House correspondent in 2017. Prior to joining The Times, she worked as a senior political reporter for Politico and wrote for... Read More →
avatar for Clyde Haberman

Clyde Haberman

Contributing Writer and Former Columnist for The New York Times
Haberman was a columnist and correspondent for The New York Times from 1977 to 2014. He served as The Times’ foreign correspondent for 13 years, reporting from Tokyo, Rome and Jerusalem. Haberman returned to New York in 1995, where he wrote the popular NYC Column until 2011... Read More →
avatar for Joe Nocera

Joe Nocera

Columnist for Bloomberg View
Nocera joined Bloomberg in January after serving as a sports business columnist for The New York Times. He has also written business columns for Esquire and GQ and was the former editorial director of Fortune. Nocera is author of Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against... Read More →
avatar for Kate Nocera

Kate Nocera

Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief for Buzzfeed News
Nocera rejoined Buzzfeed in 2016 after having served as its senior congressional reporter from 2013 to 2015. She briefly stepped away from journalism at SKDKnickerbocker, a strategic communications firm and later as a senior editor in Vox’s branded content department. She covered... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
AT&T Center, Amphitheater 204 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

The Right Response on Sexual Assault
What we learned from Baylor and where we go from here

Moderators
avatar for Morgan Smith (mod.)

Morgan Smith (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Smith is an investigative reporter at the Tribune, where she recently completed a multi-part series on child sex trafficking. Previously she covered public education, including school finance reform and accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Smith’s political coverage... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paula Lavigne

Paula Lavigne

Reporter & Data Analyst for ESPN’s Outside the Lines
Lavigne been with ESPN since 2008, working primarily for the investigative sports news show Outside the Lines. In this role, she has covered major sporting issues including Baylor University’s sexual assault case. Most recently, Lavigne is co-author of the upcoming book Violated... Read More →
avatar for J.M. Lozano

J.M. Lozano

State Representative
Lozano, R-Kingsville, has represented House District 43 since 2011. He serves as chairman of the House Higher Education Committee and sits on the Environmental Regulation Committee. Previously, he served on the House Republican Caucus Policy Committee and as vice chairman of the House... Read More →
avatar for Wanda Mercer

Wanda Mercer

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas System
Mercer oversees academic affairs for the University of Texas System. She previously served as vice president for student life at Tarleton State University and associate vice president and dean of students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Mercer has also served as president... Read More →
avatar for Sierra Smith

Sierra Smith

Baylor University Student and Advocate for Sexual Assault Survivors
Smith is a junior at Baylor University. She is an advocate for reforming the handling of sexual assault cases at Texas colleges and universities. In April, Smith shared her story as a sexual assault survivor before the House Higher Education Committee, testifying in favor a bill that... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Watson

Kirk Watson

State Senator
Watson has represented Senate District 14 since 2007. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and sits on the Finance, Health & Human Services and Higher Education committees. In the 85th legislative session, Watson authored multiple campus sexual assault protection... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 2304 Whitis Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

11:10am

Modernizing the Grid
How to think differently — and creatively — about a sustainable future for Texas electricity

Supported by NRG

Moderators
avatar for Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Malewitz is an investigative reporter for the Tribune, and he also covers voting rights. He previously covered energy and environmental issues. Before arriving in 2013, he reported for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C.  A native of Michigan, he has an undergraduate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Hebner

Robert Hebner

Director of the Center for Electromechanics at the University of Texas at Austin
Hebner leads the Center for Electromechanics at UT-Austin, which develops advanced technology in the areas of power and energy. Previously, he served as acting director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Hebner also... Read More →
avatar for Brandy Marty Marquez

Brandy Marty Marquez

Public Utility Commissioner
Marquez was appointed a public utility commissioner in 2013 by then-Gov. Rick Perry. Previously, she served as Gov. Perry’s chief of staff, director of the Budget, Planning and Policy Division and as deputy legislative director. Marquez also serves on the Nuclear Waste Storage Coalition... Read More →
avatar for José Rodríguez

José Rodríguez

State Senator
Rodríguez, D-El Paso, has represented Senate District 29, which includes more than 350 miles of the Texas-Mexico border, since 2011. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs Committee and sits on the Natural Resources & Economic Development, Transportation... Read More →
avatar for Ronny Sandoval

Ronny Sandoval

Director of Grid Modernization for the Environmental Defense Fund
Sandoval manages the Environmental Defense Fund’s grid modernization efforts and works with national and regional energy stakeholders to maximize opportunities for clean energy adoption. Previously, he worked for the energy firm Con Edison, where he led energy efficiency efforts... Read More →
avatar for Michael Webber

Michael Webber

Deputy Director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin
Webber is the Josey Centennial Fellow in Energy Resources and an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator. Webber’s research focuses on policy and... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

11:10am

Trump and Congress
Two members of the Texas delegation to the U.S. House on what it’s like to work with the administration so far

Supported by Vistra Energy

Moderators
avatar for Abby Livingston

Abby Livingston

Washington Bureau Chief for The Texas Tribune
Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the lead reporter in Washington, D.C. She has covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. Previously, Livingston pitched and produced political segments for CNN’s John King, USA, worked... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess

U.S. Representative
Burgess, R-Lewisville, has represented Texas’ 26th Congressional District since 2003. He serves on the House Energy & Commerce Committee and is chairman of the Subcommittee on Health. He is also a member of the House Digital Commerce & Consumer Protection and Oversight & Investigations... Read More →
avatar for Henry Cuellar

Henry Cuellar

U.S. Representative
Cuellar, D-Laredo, was first elected in 2005 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 28. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee and on the Subcommittees on Homeland Security and Transportation, Housing & Urban Development. Previously, Cuellar served as secretary of state... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 11:10am - 12:10pm
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

12:15pm

Meet-and-Greet with The Politics of Bathrooms Panelists

Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of The Politics of Bathrooms in the Community Hub immediately following their panel.

Presented by Equality Texas


Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hudgens

Nicole Hudgens

Policy Analyst for Texas Values
Hudgens has been a policy analyst for Texas Values, a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing a culture of family values in Texas, since the start of the 84th Legislative Session. Prior to joining the Texas Values team, Hudgens worked for the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Shortall

Jessica Shortall

Managing Director of Texas Competes
Shortall leads a coalition of more than 1,200 Texas employers and chambers of commerce advocating an economic case for Texas to adopt a more welcoming approach to LGBTQ issues. Previously, she co-founded The Campus Kitchens Project, a food rescue and hunger relief nonprofit, and served... Read More →
avatar for Jason Villalba

Jason Villalba

State Representative
Villalba, R-Dallas, has represented House District 114 since 2013. He sits on the House Business & Industry and Economic & Small Business Development committees. He is founder of the Freshman Delegation, a bipartisan group dedicated to building relationships through the legislative... Read More →
avatar for Lou Weaver

Lou Weaver

Transgender Programs Coordinator for Equality Texas
Weaver is an advocate for transgender Texans and a prominent activist in Houston’s LGBTQ community. His advocacy has focused on trans health care issues and providing guidance to local law enforcement. Weaver joined Equality Texas in 2016 and is a part of the organization’s Texas... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 12:15pm - 12:35pm
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

12:15pm

West Texas, Real & Imagined, with Marfa Public Radio

Marfa Public Radio hosts a conversation about old school and new school ideas of West Texas — from romantic notions about one of the most rural parts of our state to the realities of life on the Texas-Mexico border, ranching culture and economic disparity.

Presented by Marfa Public Radio


Saturday September 23, 2017 12:15pm - 12:35pm
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

12:15pm

Food Truck Lunch
Austin may be known as the live music capital of the world, but it’s also known for its diverse and gourmet food trucks. The Festival is providing the adventure of eating at a food truck court. Be sure to bring cash for lunch and dessert from some of Austin’s most iconic food trucks at this special lunch curated by Austin’s own Tiffany Harelik, author of the "Trailer Food Diaries" cookbook series.

Saturday September 23, 2017 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Main Mall 110 Inner Campus Dr., Austin, Texas 78705

1:45pm

A Different Kind of Service
How time in the military prepares you to run for office — and how it shapes your thinking about national security, veterans affairs and other issues in play

Supported by Lockheed Martin and Oldcastle Materials

Moderators
avatar for Chris Tomlinson (mod.)

Chris Tomlinson (mod.)

Business Columnist for the Houston Chronicle
Tomlinson has written commentary on business, energy and economics for the Houston Chronicle since 2014. Previously, he spent 20 years with The Associated Press reporting on politics, conflicts and economics from more than 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Tomlinson... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for César Blanco

César Blanco

State Representative
Blanco, D-El Paso, has represented House District 76 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the House Defense & Veterans’ Affairs committee and sits on the Land & Resource Management Committee. He also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning... Read More →
avatar for George P. Bush

George P. Bush

Texas Land Commissioner
Bush was elected Texas land commissioner in 2014. He is also chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board, where he oversees the administration of veterans benefits and housing loans. Previously, Bush served as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, co-founded an investment firm focused... Read More →
avatar for MJ Hegar

MJ Hegar

Retired Air Force Officer and Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative
Hegar is a retired Air Force officer and recipient of the Purple Heart. In 2012, she successfully sued the Department of Defense to repeal the Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which prevented women from serving in combat positions. Hegar is the author of the bestselling memoir Shoot... Read More →
avatar for Van Taylor

Van Taylor

State Senator
Taylor, R-Plano, has represented Senate District 8 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and sits on the Finance, Health & Human Services, Transportation and Education committees. Previously, he served in the Texas House. Taylor also works as the... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

1:45pm

The Limits of Annexation
When cities decide to expand, who gets a say?

Moderators
avatar for Robert Rivard (mod.)

Robert Rivard (mod.)

Director of The Rivard Report
Rivard founded the Rivard Report, a nonprofit, nonpartisan local news website based in San Antonio, in 2012. Previously, he served as editor and managing editor for the San Antonio Express-News. Rivard also served as a foreign correspondent in Central America for Newsweek magazine... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donna Campbell

Donna Campbell

State Senator
Campbell, R-San Antonio, has represented Senate District 25 since 2013. She serves as chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Border Security Committee and sits on the Business & Commerce, Education, and Intergovernmental Relations committees. In 2017, Campbell authored SB 715... Read More →
avatar for José Menéndez

José Menéndez

State Senator
Menéndez, D-San Antonio, has represented Senate District 26 since 2015. He sits on the Senate Criminal Justice, Higher Education, and Intergovernmental Relations committees. In May 2017, he filibustered and successfully killed SB 715, a bill limiting cities’ annexation powers... Read More →
avatar for Justin Rodriguez

Justin Rodriguez

State Representative
Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 125 since 2013. He sits on the House Appropriations, Pensions, and Texas Ports, Innovation & Infrastructure committees. Previously, he served on the San Antonio City Council and on the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees. Rodriguez... Read More →
avatar for Paul Workman

Paul Workman

State Representative
Workman, R-Austin, has represented House District 47 since 2011. He sits on the House Business & Industry and Natural Resources committees and the Subcommittee on Special Water Districts. Previously, he served 10 years in the U.S. Army Reserves. Workman is also the founder of Austin-based... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

1:45pm

Texas and the Refugee Crisis

Is America’s tradition of compassion for vulnerable populations a relic of the past, done in by concerns about public safety?


Moderators
avatar for Ayan Mittra (mod.)

Ayan Mittra (mod.)

Editor of The Texas Tribune
Mittra oversees the Tribune's newsroom, which includes more than 30 journalists who have won multiple state, regional and national awards. He joined the Tribune in 2012 after more than a decade at The Dallas Morning News, where he worked as a copy editor, assistant political editor... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for A.J. Louderback

A.J. Louderback

Jackson County Sheriff
Louderback is currently serving his third term as sheriff of Jackson County, located along the Texas Gulf Coast. He has served as president of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas, where he worked with the Texas Legislature on border security-related issues, and has spoken statewide... Read More →
avatar for Jo Anne Lyon

Jo Anne Lyon

Ambassador of The Wesleyan Church
Lyon was ordained as a minister in The Wesleyan Church in 1996, where she currently serves as ambassador. She has participated in several interfaith conferences on the refugee crisis and has advised Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama on humanitarian issues. Additionally, Lyon has... Read More →
avatar for Ali Noorani

Ali Noorani

Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum
Noorani has led the National Immigration Forum since 2008. Previously, he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Noorani was named a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and, most recently, is the author of There... Read More →
avatar for Mustafa Tameez

Mustafa Tameez

Founder & Managing Director at Outreach Strategists
Tameez currently serves as managing director for Outreach Strategists, a global communications and public affairs firm. Previously, he served as a consultant to the Department of Homeland Security, specializing in countering violent extremism. In 2014, Tameez partnered with local... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Vaughan

Jessica Vaughan

Director of Policy Studies at the Center for Immigration Studies
Vaughan has been with the Center for Immigration Studies since 1992, where she specializes in immigration policy and operations. She covers topics including visa programs, immigration benefits and immigration law enforcement, and advises state lawmakers and agencies on immigration... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2247 Guadalupe., Austin, Texas 78705

1:45pm

One on One with Glenn Hegar
The Texas comptroller on the health of our economy after Harvey, how we should think about the state’s Rainy Day Fund and the morphing definition of fiscal conservatism

Supported by the Beer Alliance of Texas

Moderators
avatar for Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey

Executive Editor at The Texas Tribune
Ramsey is the executive editor and co-founder of the Tribune, where he writes regular columns on politics, government and public policy. Before joining the Tribune, he served as editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly and as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Times Herald... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Glenn Hegar

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller
Hegar, who was elected comptroller in 2014,  serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator. Previously, he served as a member of the Texas Senate and House. Hegar also served as chairman of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705

1:45pm

Country Over Party
Are they merely words on a T-shirt — or at a time of deep polarization, is it the governing philosophy we need?

Moderators
avatar for Jon Ralston (mod.)

Jon Ralston (mod.)

Editor of The Nevada Independent
Ralston has covered Nevada politics for over 30 years. He has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Reno Gazette-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun, in addition to running his own political blog, Ralston Reports. Ralston is also a contributing editor at Politico Magazine and regularly... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Dowd

Matthew Dowd

Author, Entrepreneur and Chief Political Analyst for ABC News
Dowd serves as chief political analyst for ABC News and is the founder of Paradox Capital, a social impact venture fund. Previously, he served as chief political strategist to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and President George W. Bush in 2004. Most recently... Read More →
avatar for Mindy Finn

Mindy Finn

Co-Founder of Stand Up Republic and 2016 Independent Candidate for U.S. Vice President
Finn was the running mate of independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin in the 2016 election. In January, she co-founded Stand Up Republic, a nonpartisan political advocacy organization, with McMullin. In 2008, Finn founded Engage, a political digital media agency, and has led... Read More →
avatar for Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon

Founder of No Labels and Creator and Co-Host of Showtime's The Circus
McKinnon has served as a commentator and a media adviser for numerous companies and candidates including former Texas Gov. Ann Richards and former President George W. Bush. He is a cofounder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to promoting bipartisanship in politics. McKinnon... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Sykes

Charlie Sykes

Radio Talk Show Host and Host of the Indivisible Podcast
Sykes is a contributor at MSNBC and a prominent conservative political commentator. He hosted a daily talk radio show for 23 years, leaving to join Indivisible, a national radio show about America in a time of change produced by WNYC. Sykes is also founder and editor in chief of Right... Read More →
avatar for Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson

Republican Political Strategist and CEO of Intrepid Media
Wilson is a Republican political strategist and media consultant. He has produced television ads for several gubernatorial and Senate candidates, as well as superPACs and corporations. He is also a columnist for The Daily Beast, where he covers national politics. Wilson’s work has... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
AT&T Center, Ballroom 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

1:45pm

Live Recording of "On the Media"
Speakers
avatar for Amy Chozick

Amy Chozick

National Political Reporter for the New York Times
Chozick was the Times’ lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Clinton presidential campaign since 2013. Prior to joining the Times, she served as a political reporter for the Wall Street Journal and covered both the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns in 2008. Chozick... Read More →
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Brooke Gladstone

Co-Host and Editor of WNYC’s On the Media
Gladstone has been co-host and editor of On the Media since 2000. Previously, she served as a Moscow-based reporter for NPR and senior editor of NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Gladstone has received two Peabody Awards, a National Press Club Award and an Overseas... Read More →
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Will Hurd

U.S. Representative
Hurd, R-Helotes, has represented Texas’ 23rd Congressional District since 2015. He is a member of both the House Homeland Security Committee and the Oversight & Government Reform Committee as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence. He also serves as chairman of the Information... Read More →
avatar for Beto O'Rourke

Beto O'Rourke

U.S. Representative
O’Rourke, D-El Paso, has represented Texas’ Congressional District 16 since 2013. He is the vice ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee and is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. O’Rourke announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in March... Read More →
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Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Texas Union Theater 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX, 78705

1:45pm

Disrupting the News
Media innovators on reaching new audiences and raising the level of civic engagement

Supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Moderators
avatar for Amanda Zamora (mod.)

Amanda Zamora (mod.)

Chief Audience Officer for The Texas Tribune
Zamora leads the Tribune’s audience growth and engagement efforts. A native Texan, Amanda joined the Tribune in 2016 after spending 13 years on the East Coast working for news organizations including The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, The Washington Post and ProPublica. Zamora... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Bell

Melissa Bell

Publisher of Vox Media
Bell is the publisher of Vox Media and co-founder of Vox.com. She leads Vox Media's Growth and Development team, which is responsible for brand expansion, developing audience-focused content plans, and engaging in innovative storytelling. Previously, Bell oversaw digital platforms... Read More →
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Peter Hamby

Head of News at Snapchat
Hamby first joined Snapchat as head of news in 2015. He is the host of Good Luck America, Snapchat’s self-produced political news show, which launched in 2016. Before joining Snapchat, Hamby was a national political reporter for CNN and was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on... Read More →
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Sudeep Reddy

Managing Editor at POLITICO
Reddy joined POLITICO in January 2017 after a decade in The Wall Street Journal's Washington bureau, where he was an economics editor directing coverage of U.S. and international economic news. Previously, Reddy worked as a Washington correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
AT&T Center, Amphitheater 204 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

1:45pm

Why School Finance is So Hard
Forget about adequacy and equity. We can’t even agree on whether more money is a good idea.

Supported by the Texas Association of Realtors and Raise Your Hand Texas

Moderators
avatar for Aliyya Swaby (mod.)

Aliyya Swaby (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Swaby covers public education for the Tribune. She joined the Tribune in October 2016 from the hyperlocal nonprofit New Haven Independent, where she covered education, zoning and transit for two years. After graduating from Yale University in 2013, Swaby spent a year freelance reporting... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Diego Bernal

Diego Bernal

State Representative
Bernal, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 123 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the House Public Education Committee and sits on  the Administration and Urban Affairs committees. Previously, Bernal served as an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and... Read More →
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Mary González

State Representative
González, D-Clint, has represented House District 75 since 2013. She serves as vice chairwoman of the House Agriculture & Livestock Committee and sits on the Appropriations Committee. Previously, González worked for state Reps. Paul Moreno and Richard Peña Raymond, at the National... Read More →
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Donna Howard

State Representative
Howard, D-Austin, has represented House District 48 since 2006. She serves as vice chairwoman of the Calendars Committee and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Budget Transparency & Reform. She also sits on the Administration, Higher Education and Appropriations committees... Read More →
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Dan Huberty

State Representative
Huberty, R-Houston, has represented House District 127 since 2011. He serves as chairman of the House Public Education Committee and sits on the Pensions Committee. In the 85th regular legislative session, Huberty helped carry House Bill 21, which aimed to overhaul the state’s school... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 2304 Whitis Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

1:45pm

All About Flooding
Why it happens, and how to keep it from destroying our communities

Supported by Walmart and CenterPoint Energy

Moderators
avatar for Neena Satija (mod.)

Neena Satija (mod.)

Investigative Reporter and Producer for The Texas Tribune and Reveal
Satija works for the Tribune and Reveal, a public radio program from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was the environment reporter for the Tribune. Satija has also worked for a number of East Coast news outlets, including the New Haven Independent, the Connecticut... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Costello

Stephen Costello

Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Houston
Costello was named chief resilience officer by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in 2016. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to improve the city’s drainage and reduce flooding risks. Costello is a former at-large member of the Houston City Council and is a... Read More →
avatar for Sylvia Garcia

Sylvia Garcia

State Senator
Garcia, D-Houston, has represented Senate District 6 since 2013. She serves on the Senate Criminal Justice, Intergovernmental Relations, Natural Resources & Economic Development, and Transportation committees. Previously, Garcia served as director and presiding judge of the Houston... Read More →
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Mary Anne Piacentini

Executive Director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy
Piacentini oversees the conservancy’s operations and programs, including coordinating land protection initiatives and providing conservation assistance to private landowners. During her tenure, she has helped expand the conservancy from 1,300 acres to over 20,000. Piacentini is... Read More →
avatar for Hanadi Rifai

Hanadi Rifai

Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston
Rifai teaches civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston. She specializes in groundwater flow and transport modeling, hazardous waste, and urban storm water quality. Rifai is also the co-director of the UH-Rice Severe Storm Prediction, Education & Evacuation... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

1:45pm

Trump and the Resistance
The president’s opponents have taken to the streets, trying to turn a moment into a movement

Moderators
avatar for Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie

Chief Political Correspondent for Slate
Bouie is chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine and a political analyst for CBS News, where he covers elections, campaigns and national affairs. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Nation, and other national publications. Prior to joining... Read More →

Speakers
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Crisanta Duran

Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives
Duran has served in the Colorado House of Representatives since 2010 and was elected speaker in 2016. She represents House District 5 in Central Denver and served as the House Majority Leader in the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions. Duran is the recipient of the 2016 Emily’s List... Read More →
avatar for Ezra Levin

Ezra Levin

Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Indivisible Project
Levin co-founded the Indivisible Project, a grassroots progressive advocacy organization, following the 2016 election. Previously, he served as associate director of federal policy for Prosperity Now and worked on poverty policy at the Corporation for Enterprise Development. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist and Organizer
Mckesson is a prominent activist within the Black Lives Matter movement and an outspoken voice against police violence. He began speaking out against police violence during the August 2014 protests in Ferguson, Mo. and has since amassed a large online following. In 2015, Mckesson... Read More →
avatar for Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards

President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Richards joined Planned Parenthood in 2006, where she oversees more than 600 affiliate health centers and advocates for reproductive rights. In 2011, she led a nationwide campaign to preserve Planned Parenthood preventive care through federal programs. Previously, Richards served... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

2:45pm

Afternoon Refreshments

Refresh and recharge with light refreshments.

Presented by the Texas Association of Realtors


Saturday September 23, 2017 2:45pm - 3:05pm
FAC Lounge 2304 Whitis Ave.

2:45pm

Meet-and-Greet with A Different Kind of Service Panelists

Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of A Different Kind of Service in the Jessen Lounge immediately following their panel.

Presented by OldCastle Materials


Speakers
avatar for Chris Tomlinson (mod.)

Chris Tomlinson (mod.)

Business Columnist for the Houston Chronicle
Tomlinson has written commentary on business, energy and economics for the Houston Chronicle since 2014. Previously, he spent 20 years with The Associated Press reporting on politics, conflicts and economics from more than 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Tomlinson... Read More →
avatar for César Blanco

César Blanco

State Representative
Blanco, D-El Paso, has represented House District 76 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the House Defense & Veterans’ Affairs committee and sits on the Land & Resource Management Committee. He also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the El Paso Metropolitan Planning... Read More →
avatar for Van Taylor

Van Taylor

State Senator
Taylor, R-Plano, has represented Senate District 8 since 2015. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and sits on the Finance, Health & Human Services, Transportation and Education committees. Previously, he served in the Texas House. Taylor also works as the... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 2:45pm - 3:05pm
Jessen Lounge 200 W. 21st St.

2:50pm

A Conversation with Walter Shaub and Slate’s Jacob Weisberg

Join Slate’s Jacob Weisberg for a conversation with Walter Shaub, former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, on how ethics used to work in the White House, why this administration is different and what the discussion surrounding ethics sounds like in the Trump era.

Presented by Slate


Moderators
avatar for Jacob Weisberg

Jacob Weisberg

Chairman and Editor in Chief of The Slate Group and Co-Host of Trumpcast
Weisberg is chairman and editor in chief of The Slate Group, which includes Slate magazine and Panoply. He is also the creator and host of Slate’s Trumpcast. He joined Slate as chief political correspondent in 1996. Weisberg is the author of several books, including the 2008... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Walter Shaub

Walter Shaub

Senior Director of Ethics at the Campaign Legal Center and Former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics
Shaub was appointed director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics by President Obama in 2013. Previously, he served as the office’s deputy general counsel and also as a supervisory attorney. Shaub also worked as an attorney focusing on federal employment law for a private firm... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 2:50pm - 3:10pm
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

2:50pm

Meet-and-Greet with Dr. Andrew Sansom

Join us for refreshments & conversation with Dr. Andrew Sansom in the Community Hub.

Presented by the Meadows Center for Water & the Environment


Speakers
avatar for Andrew Sansom

Andrew Sansom

Executive Director of the The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Sansom is executive director of the Meadows Center at Texas State University. He oversees university policy and research related to freshwater resources and administers the Center’s freshwater environmental education program. Sansom is the founder of the Texas Parks and Wildlife... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 2:50pm - 3:10pm
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

2:50pm

Signing of Matthew Dowd’s "A New Way"
Join us for a signing of Matthew Dowd's newest book, A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve. The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople and the Texas Book Festival

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Dowd

Matthew Dowd

Author, Entrepreneur and Chief Political Analyst for ABC News
Dowd serves as chief political analyst for ABC News and is the founder of Paradox Capital, a social impact venture fund. Previously, he served as chief political strategist to former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and President George W. Bush in 2004. Most recently... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 2:50pm - 3:20pm
AT&T Lounge 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

2:50pm

Signing of MJ Hegar’s "Shoot Like a Girl"
Join us for a signing of MJ Hegar's newest book, Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front. The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

Presented by BookPeople and the Texas Book Festival

Speakers
avatar for MJ Hegar

MJ Hegar

Retired Air Force Officer and Democratic Candidate for U.S. Representative
Hegar is a retired Air Force officer and recipient of the Purple Heart. In 2012, she successfully sued the Department of Defense to repeal the Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which prevented women from serving in combat positions. Hegar is the author of the bestselling memoir Shoot... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 2:50pm - 3:20pm
AT&T Lounge 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

3:05pm

The Democratic Playbook
If there’s any chance at all of turning Texas blue in 2018, or of taking back the U.S. House or Senate, you have to start with a plan

Moderators
avatar for Patrick Svitek (mod.)

Patrick Svitek (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Svitek covers politics for the Tribune. Previously, he worked for the Houston Chronicle’s Austin bureau and interned at The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Huffington Post Politics and the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Svitek is a graduate of Northwestern University’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis

Former State Senator and Founder of Deeds Not Words
Davis lost in the 2014 general election to current Gov. Greg Abbott. In 2016, she founded Deeds Not Words, an online engagement initiative focused on women’s rights. Previously, Davis served in the Texas Senate for six years, representing parts of Fort Worth, and on the Fort Worth... Read More →
avatar for Gilberto Hinojosa

Gilberto Hinojosa

Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party
Hinojosa was first elected chairman of the Texas Democratic Party in 2012. Previously, he served as chairman of the Cameron County Democratic Party after serving 12 years as county judge. Hinojosa has also served as Justice of the 13th District Court of Appeals, a state district judge... Read More →
avatar for Jess O’Connell

Jess O’Connell

CEO of the Democratic National Committee
O’Connell was named CEO of the DNC in May 2017 and oversees the Committee’s day-to-day operations and political strategy. Previously, she served as executive director of EMILY’s List and as director of operations for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. O’Connell... Read More →
avatar for Chris Turner

Chris Turner

State Representative
Turner, D-Grand Prairie, has represented House District 101 since 2013. He also served as the district’s representative from 2009 to 2011. He sits on the House Higher Education, Insurance and General Investigating & Ethics committees, as well as the Select Committee on State & Federal... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

3:05pm

Big-City Economics
Pensions, property taxes and how to keep our communities from going belly up

Moderators
avatar for Brandon Formby (mod.)

Brandon Formby (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Formby writes about the challenges facing Texas’ largest metro areas as they experience unbridled growth. He joined the Tribune in October 2016 and is the organization’s first reporter based in Dallas. Previously, Formby spent more than 13 years at The Dallas Morning News, where... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Giovanni Capriglione

Giovanni Capriglione

State Representative
Capriglione, R-Southlake, has represented House District 98 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Government Transparency & Operation Committee and sits on the Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars, and General Investigating & Ethics committees. He also chairs the... Read More →
avatar for Dee Margo

Dee Margo

Mayor of El Paso
Margo was elected mayor in May 2017. Previously, he represented District 78 in the Texas House and served as chairman of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. Margo also helped found the Regional Economic Development Corporation and served as president of the El Paso ISD Board... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Price

Betsy Price

Mayor of Fort Worth
Price was first elected in 2011 to lead the city of Fort Worth. As mayor, she has led initiatives to promote fiscal sustainability and further develop the city’s urban city center. Previously, Price served as Tarrant County’s tax assessor for more than a decade and was a private... Read More →
avatar for Rey Saldaña

Rey Saldaña

San Antonio City Council Member
Saldaña has represented Council District 4 since 2011. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and as chief engagement officer for KIPP San Antonio. Saldaña has worked on several education initiatives, including organizing the Books... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

3:05pm

Criminal Justice Reform We Can All Agree On
Raise the age, the sealing of records and other policy changes that left and right can get behind

Moderators
avatar for Jolie McCullough (mod.)

Jolie McCullough (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
McCullough reports on Texas criminal justice issues and policy for the Tribune. Previously, she worked on the Tribune's data visuals team, and spent four years as a reporter and web developer at the Albuquerque Journal. McCullough also interned at the Arizona Republic before she graduated... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Gonzalez

Mark Gonzalez

Nueces County District Attorney
Gonzalez was elected district attorney in 2016. Prior to his election, he served as a criminal defense lawyer for eight years and was named 2011 Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year from the Corpus Christi Bar Association. Gonzalez is a graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi and St... Read More →
avatar for Marc Levin

Marc Levin

Director of the Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime at the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Levin works for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank. He is also an attorney and author on legal and public policy issues who has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The Texas Review of Law & Politics. Previously, Levin served as a law... Read More →
avatar for Joe Moody

Joe Moody

State Representative
Moody, D-El Paso, has represented House District 78 since 2009. He serves as chair of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, vice chair of the General Investigating & Ethics Committee and sits on the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee. Previously, Moody served as a prosecutor... Read More →
avatar for Kim Ogg

Kim Ogg

Harris County District Attorney
Ogg was elected Harris County District Attorney in 2016, serving as the department’s first Democratic top prosecutor in more than four decades. Previously, she served as chief felony prosecutor in the Harris County DA’s office, as head of Houston’s first Anti-Gang Task Force... Read More →
avatar for Vikrant Reddy

Vikrant Reddy

Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Koch Institute
Reddy specializes in criminal justice policy and research at the Koch Institute. Previously, he served as an analyst for the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and coordinated the Foundation’s national Right on Crime initiative. Reddy is an attorney... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2247 Guadalupe., Austin, Texas 78705

3:05pm

Next Steps on Mental Health
Each of the last two legislatures have finally paid attention to — and put dollars behind — the issue. How do we build on that good work?

Supported by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

Moderators
avatar for Alana Rocha (mod.)

Alana Rocha (mod.)

Multimedia Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Rocha joined the Tribune staff as the multimedia reporter after working eight years in television and radio news. She has covered politics for stations in Florida and Kansas, and was most recently YNN’s lead political reporter in Austin. Rocha received bachelor’s degrees in journalism... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Burruss

John Burruss

CEO of Metrocare Services
Burruss joined Metrocare Services, Dallas’ largest nonprofit provider of mental health and developmental disability services, in 2013. Prior to joining Metrocare, he served as executive medical director for affiliates and as associate professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Butterworth

Sharon Butterworth

Chairwoman of the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium
Butterworth is a veteran mental health activist and community leader. She serves as chairwoman of the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium, which facilitates collaboration among executives from healthcare, government and nonprofit organizations. Butterworth also served on the Texas... Read More →
avatar for Garnet Coleman

Garnet Coleman

State Representative
Coleman, D-Houston, has represented House District 147 since 1992. He serves as chairman of the House County Affairs Committee and sits on the Public Health Committee. In the 85th Legislative Session, Coleman authored the House version of the Sandra Bland Act, requiring more training... Read More →
avatar for Four Price

Four Price

State Representative
Price, R-Amarillo, has represented House District 87 since 2010. He serves as chairman of the House Public Health committee, where he oversees matters pertaining to mental health programs and the oversight of the state’s 22 health-related agencies. Price also sits on the General... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705

3:05pm

The Story of Harvey

Houston’s police chief on the before, during and after the state’s biggest-ever natural disaster


Moderators
avatar for Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Emily Ramshaw (mod.)

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology, events and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors from the Online News Association. She is a member of the board of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Art Acevedo

Art Acevedo

Chief of the Houston Police Department
Acevedo joined the Houston Police Department in 2016. Previously, he led the Austin Police Department for nearly 10 years, serving as the Department’s first Hispanic chief. Acevedo also serves as first vice president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and previously served as... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
AT&T Center, Ballroom 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

3:05pm

Live Recording of "The Federalist Radio Hour"
Speakers
avatar for Charles C.W. Cooke

Charles C.W. Cooke

Editor of the National Review Online
Cooke is the editor of National Review Online. His work focuses on Anglo-American history, British liberty, free speech, the Second Amendment and American exceptionalism. Cooke co-hosts the "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" podcast and is a regular guest on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher... Read More →
avatar for Ben Domenech

Ben Domenech

Publisher of The Federalist and Host of "The Federalist Radio Hour"
Domenech is publisher of The Federalist and hosts the Federalist Radio Hour. He also writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech previously served as editor in chief of The City, an academic journal covering politics and culture, and as a media... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Texas Union Theater 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX, 78705

3:05pm

Why Texas Newspapers Matter
What the dailies are doing to reassert their role in a digital age

Supported by IBC Bank

Moderators
avatar for R.B. Brenner (mod.)

R.B. Brenner (mod.)

Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin
Brenner has served as director of UT-Austin’s Journalism School since 2014 after previously serving as deputy director of Stanford University’s Journalism Program, where he taught courses in public issues reporting, digital journalism and narrative writing. Brenner has also served... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Gustus

Lauren Gustus

Executive Editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Gustus was named executive editor of the Star-Telegram in June 2017. Previously, she served as executive editor at the Fort Collins Coloradoan, where she helped lead efforts to modernize Colorado’s open records law. Gustus also spent seven years working as an editor for the Reno... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Hiott

Debbie Hiott

Editor of the Austin American-Statesman
Hiott has served as the Statesman’s editor since 2011. She began her career at the Statesman in 1990 as a reporter and covered transportation and City Hall. She became an editor in 1999. Hiott also serves on the board of directors of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas... Read More →
avatar for Robert Moore

Robert Moore

Editor of the El Paso Times
Moore has been with The El Paso Times since 1986, serving in various editing roles. He spent six years as executive editor of the Fort Collins Coloradoan before returning to The El Paso Times. Moore’s work has focused on investigating public corruption, particularly in public e... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Sanchez

Carlos Sanchez

Executive Editor of The McAllen Monitor
Sanchez joined The Monitor as editor in 2013 after serving as managing editor of the Baton Rouge bureau of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Previously, he worked as executive editor of the Waco Tribune-Herald for almost 10 years and also worked in the newsrooms of the Austin American-Statesman... Read More →
avatar for Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Editor of the Dallas Morning News
Wilson has served as editor of the Dallas Morning News since 2015. Previously he worked for ESPN, where he helped launch the data website FiveThirtyEight, the Tampa Bay Times, where he eventually became managing editor, and the Miami Herald.


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
AT&T Center, Amphitheater 204 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

3:05pm

What HBCUs Mean for Texas

By enabling educational attainment and opportunity, they strengthen communities and lift up students and families


Moderators
avatar for Corrie MacLaggan (mod.)

Corrie MacLaggan (mod.)

Managing Editor at The Texas Tribune
MacLaggan has previously worked as a national correspondent for Reuters, writing and editing stories about Texas and nearby states and overseeing a network of freelance writers. Before joining Reuters, she covered Texas government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman. She... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Colette Pierce Burnette

Colette Pierce Burnette

President and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University
Pierce Burnette has led Huston-Tillotson since 2015. She serves on numerous boards and committees, including the steering committee for My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative started by President Obama to provide intervention and mentorship to young men of color, and on the board of... Read More →
avatar for Austin Lane

Austin Lane

President of Texas Southern University
Lane has served as head of TSU since 2016. Previously, he served as executive vice chancellor of Lone Star College. He also served as vice president for student affairs at Tyler Junior College, where he directed a college-wide enrollment management team, and as the dean of students... Read More →
avatar for Michael Sorrell

Michael Sorrell

President of Paul Quinn College
Sorrell has served as president of Paul Quinn College since 2007. During his tenure, the college was named the historically black college or university (HBCU) of the year and Sorrell was recognized as HBCU Male President of the Year. Prior to his appointment, he was a member of the... Read More →
avatar for James White

James White

State Representative
White, R-Woodville, has represented House District 19 since 2010. He serves as chairman of the House Corrections Committee and sits on the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. Previously, White served as a professor of government at Angelina College. He is an... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 2304 Whitis Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

3:05pm

Population and Transportation
We’ll have twice as many people in Texas by 2050. Will we have the transportation infrastructure we’ll need?

Supported by The Texas A&M University System

Moderators
avatar for Aman Batheja (mod.)

Aman Batheja (mod.)

Political Editor for The Texas Tribune
Batheja currently oversees the Tribune's political coverage. He previously worked for more than a decade as a reporter covering politics and other issues, first at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and then at the Tribune. He has a master’s degree in economics from the University of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Bass

James Bass

Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation
Bass has served as executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation since 2016. Previously, he held numerous roles at TxDOT including chief financial officer, finance division director, budget analyst in the Budget and Forecasting Section and accounting clerk in the Finance... Read More →
avatar for Alan Clark

Alan Clark

Director of Transportation Planning for the Houston-Galveston Metropolitan Planning Organization
Clark oversees transportation planning for the Houston-Galveston MPO, which is responsible for developing the region’s long-range transportation plans. He has been a transportation planner for the Houston-Galveston Area Council since 1983, where he has managed transportation and... Read More →
avatar for Will Conley

Will Conley

Hays County Commissioner
Conley was first elected commissioner in 2004. He also serves as chairman of the Capitol Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization, which develops long-term transportation plans for the Central Texas Region. Additionally, Conley serves on the board of the Austin-San Antonio... Read More →
avatar for Geanie Morrison

Geanie Morrison

State Representative
Morrison, R-Victoria, has served House District 30 since 1999. She serves as chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee and sits on the Higher Education Committee and the Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation & Infrastructure. In the 85th legislative session, Morrison... Read More →
avatar for Robert Nichols

Robert Nichols

State Senator
Nichols, R-Jacksonville, has represented Senate District 3 since 2006. He serves as chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and sits on the Senate Administration, Business & Commerce, and Finance committees. Prior to joining the Senate, Nichols served as a transportation commissioner... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

3:05pm

Trump and Mexico
It’s about so much more than who pays for the wall

Moderators
avatar for Jay Root (mod.)

Jay Root (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Root is an award-winning journalist and author of Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail, an insider’s account of Rick Perry’s gaffe-filled run for president. Since 2011, Root has been a senior political and investigative reporter at the Texas Tribune. Last year Root oversaw... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Henry Cuellar

Henry Cuellar

U.S. Representative
Cuellar, D-Laredo, was first elected in 2005 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 28. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee and on the Subcommittees on Homeland Security and Transportation, Housing & Urban Development. Previously, Cuellar served as secretary of state... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Escobar

Veronica Escobar

El Paso County Judge
Escobar is currently serving her second term as El Paso County judge. Previously, she served as county commissioner for Precinct 2 and as a member of numerous boards and commissions in El Paso, where she focused on border policy, education and youth leadership development. In August... Read More →
avatar for Antonio Garza

Antonio Garza

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
Garza served as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 2002 to 2009. Before his appointment, he served as the Texas secretary of state and as chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. He is currently counsel in the Mexico City office of White and Case and chairman of Vianovo Ventures... Read More →
avatar for Sid Miller

Sid Miller

Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Miller has served as Agriculture Commissioner since 2014. Previously, he served six terms in the Texas House. During his tenure, Miller chaired the Agriculture & Livestock Committee and Homeland Security & Public Safety committees. Miller also served on the State Agriculture Policy... Read More →
avatar for Francisco Cabeza de Vaca

Francisco Cabeza de Vaca

Governor of Tamaulipas, Mexico
Cabeza de Vaca has served as the governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which borders Texas from Webb County to Brownsville, since 2016. He previously served as mayor of Reynosa, a border city across from Hidalgo, Texas, and as a federal senator. As governor, Cabeza de Vaca... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

4:10pm

A Conversation with Gov. Cabeza de Vaca and Univison’s Hugo Chávez Montes (En Español)

Univision Austin News Anchor Hugo Chávez Montes will interview Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco Cabeza de Vaca about how his state is responding to the influx of recently deported immigrants and relations between his state and Texas officials — and between Mexico and President Trump.

Hugo Chávez Montes entrevistará a Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, gobernador de Tamaulipas, sobre cómo el estado está respondiendo a la llegada de inmigrantes recientemente deportados, y tambien hablarán de las relaciones entre los oficiales de Tamaulipas y Texas, y entre México y el presidente Trump.

Presented by Univison


Speakers
avatar for Francisco Cabeza de Vaca

Francisco Cabeza de Vaca

Governor of Tamaulipas, Mexico
Cabeza de Vaca has served as the governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which borders Texas from Webb County to Brownsville, since 2016. He previously served as mayor of Reynosa, a border city across from Hidalgo, Texas, and as a federal senator. As governor, Cabeza de Vaca... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:10pm - 4:30pm
Community Hub at the Union Ballroom 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705

4:10pm

Meet-and-Greet with Big-City Economics Panelists

Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of Big-City Economics in the Jessen Lounge immediately following their panel.

Presented by the Texas Municipal League


Moderators
avatar for Brandon Formby (mod.)

Brandon Formby (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Formby writes about the challenges facing Texas’ largest metro areas as they experience unbridled growth. He joined the Tribune in October 2016 and is the organization’s first reporter based in Dallas. Previously, Formby spent more than 13 years at The Dallas Morning News, where... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Giovanni Capriglione

Giovanni Capriglione

State Representative
Capriglione, R-Southlake, has represented House District 98 since 2013. He serves as vice chairman of the House Government Transparency & Operation Committee and sits on the Appropriations, Local & Consent Calendars, and General Investigating & Ethics committees. He also chairs the... Read More →
avatar for Dee Margo

Dee Margo

Mayor of El Paso
Margo was elected mayor in May 2017. Previously, he represented District 78 in the Texas House and served as chairman of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce. Margo also helped found the Regional Economic Development Corporation and served as president of the El Paso ISD Board... Read More →
avatar for Rey Saldaña

Rey Saldaña

San Antonio City Council Member
Saldaña has represented Council District 4 since 2011. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and as chief engagement officer for KIPP San Antonio. Saldaña has worked on several education initiatives, including organizing the Books... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:10pm - 4:30pm
Jessen Lounge 200 W. 21st St.

4:10pm

Meet-and-Greet with TxDOT Executive Director James Bass

Join us for refreshments & conversation with TxDOT Executive Director James Bass in the AT&T Lounge immediately following his panel.

Presented by The Texas A&M University System


Speakers
avatar for James Bass

James Bass

Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation
Bass has served as executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation since 2016. Previously, he held numerous roles at TxDOT including chief financial officer, finance division director, budget analyst in the Budget and Forecasting Section and accounting clerk in the Finance... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:10pm - 4:30pm
AT&T Lounge 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

4:10pm

Meet-and-Greet with What HBCUs Mean to Texas Panelists

Join us for refreshments & conversation with the panelists of What HBCUs Mean to Texas in the FAC Lounge immediately following their panel.

Presented by Huston-Tillotson University


Speakers
avatar for Colette Pierce Burnette

Colette Pierce Burnette

President and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University
Pierce Burnette has led Huston-Tillotson since 2015. She serves on numerous boards and committees, including the steering committee for My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative started by President Obama to provide intervention and mentorship to young men of color, and on the board of... Read More →
avatar for Michael Sorrell

Michael Sorrell

President of Paul Quinn College
Sorrell has served as president of Paul Quinn College since 2007. During his tenure, the college was named the historically black college or university (HBCU) of the year and Sorrell was recognized as HBCU Male President of the Year. Prior to his appointment, he was a member of the... Read More →
avatar for James White

James White

State Representative
White, R-Woodville, has represented House District 19 since 2010. He serves as chairman of the House Corrections Committee and sits on the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. Previously, White served as a professor of government at Angelina College. He is an... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:10pm - 4:30pm
FAC Lounge 2304 Whitis Ave.

4:25pm

Race, Voting and the Courts
How the prolonged legal wrangling over redistricting and voter ID could literally redraw the state’s political map

Moderators
avatar for Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Jim Malewitz (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Malewitz is an investigative reporter for the Tribune, and he also covers voting rights. He previously covered energy and environmental issues. Before arriving in 2013, he reported for Stateline, a nonprofit news service in Washington, D.C.  A native of Michigan, he has an undergraduate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

State Representative
Johnson, D-Dallas, has represented House District 100 since 2010. He serves as vice chairman of the House Redistricting Committee and sits on the Investments & Financial Services and Ways & Means committees, as well as the Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility... Read More →
avatar for Michael Li

Michael Li

Senior Redistricting Counsel the New York University School of Law
Li serves as senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where he focuses on redistricting, voting rights and elections. He is also the author of txredistricting.org, a widely cited redistricting blog. Previously, he practiced law at Baker Botts LLP in Dallas and... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Narvaiz

Naomi Narvaiz

Member of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee
Narvaiz has served as the Texas State Republican Executive Committeewoman for Senate District 21 since 2012. She also serves as ethics review commissioner for the City of San Marcos. Narvaiz is the founder of the Hays County Republican Women's Club and the San Marcos Area Republican... Read More →
avatar for Eddie Rodriguez

Eddie Rodriguez

State Representative
Rodriguez, D-Austin, has represented House District 51 since 2003. He sits on the House Environmental Regulation, Redistricting, and State Affairs committees. He is also chairman of the House Farm-to-Table Caucus and vice chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for Burt Solomons

Burt Solomons

Former State Representative
Solomons is a real estate attorney and former member of the Texas House. While in the Legislature, he represented North Texas’ District 65 from 1995 to 2013 and served as chairman of the House Redistricting Committee. Solomons is also a former municipal judge for the cities of Carrollton... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium 200 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

4:25pm

One on One with U. Reneé Hall

The new top cop in Dallas on fighting crime, keeping the peace, and secrets of urban policing

Supported by Operation Blue Shield

Moderators
avatar for Krys Boyd

Krys Boyd

Host and Managing Editor of KERA’s “Think”
Boyd has served as host and managing editor of KERA's "Think" since 2006. She also hosted the weekly TV edition of Think from 2007 to 2011. Boyd joined KERA in 2001 and hosted the nightly radio talk show Conversations. She also wrote and produced the documentary JFK: Breaking the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for U. Reneé Hall

U. Reneé Hall

Chief of the Dallas Police Department
Hall was named the 29th chief of the Dallas Police Department in July 2017, the first woman in the department’s history to hold this position. She began her tenure as the head of the department in early September. She has more than 18 years of experience in law enforcement, and... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100 204 W. 21st St., Austin, Texas 78705

4:25pm

Can the Government Really Take Your Stuff?
Yes — thanks most recently to a directive by the U.S. Department of Justice. But the opposition to asset forfeiture rules is only getting stronger

Moderators
avatar for Maurice Chammah (mod.)

Maurice Chammah (mod.)

Staff Writer at The Marshall Project
Chammah joined The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focusing on the American criminal justice system, in 2014. He was a finalist for a 2014 Livingston Award for a story on the decline of the death penalty and his work has appeared in The New York Times and The Atlantic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Konni Burton

Konni Burton

State Senator
Burton, R-Colleyville, has represented Senate District 10 since 2014. She serves as vice chairwoman of the Senate Administration Committee and sits on the Criminal Justice, Health & Human Services, and Natural Resources & Economic Development committees. Prior to her election, Burton... Read More →
avatar for Harold Eavenson

Harold Eavenson

Rockwall County Sheriff
Eavenson has served as sheriff of Rockwall County since 2001. Prior to his election, he founded and managed Harold Eavenson & Associates, a consulting firm and investigative company. Eavenson also spent 8 years as director of security for InterFirst Bank Dallas, where he oversaw the... Read More →
avatar for Chuy Hinojosa

Chuy Hinojosa

State Senator
Hinojosa, D-McAllen, has represented Senate District 20 since 2003. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and is a member of the Sunset Advisory Commission. He also serves on the Transportation, Natural Resources & Economic Development, and Agriculture, Water... Read More →
avatar for William Lee Hon

William Lee Hon

Polk County Criminal District Attorney
Hon has served with the Polk County District Attorney’s office since 1996, when he was first appointed Assistant Criminal District Attorney for the felony division. He was previously a lead appellate counsel for the State and has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas District... Read More →
avatar for Arif Panju

Arif Panju

Managing Attorney – Texas Office at the Institute for Justice
Panju litigates economic liberty, First Amendment, property rights and school choice cases for the Institute of Justice. Previously, he served as an attorney at Cantilo & Bennett LLP and as a constitutional law fellow at the Institute of Justice. Panju’s work has been featured in... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room 2247 Guadalupe., Austin, Texas 78705

4:25pm

Fixing NAFTA
The president thinks it should be overhauled or scrapped, and he’s not the only one. Texas has a lot at stake.

Supported by Toyota and Gulf States Toyota

Moderators
avatar for Julián Aguilar (mod.)

Julián Aguilar (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Aguilar reports on politics, immigration and border security issues for The Texas Tribune. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Previously, Aguilar was a staff writer for the Laredo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Anchia

Rafael Anchia

State Representative
Anchia, D-Dallas, has represented House District 103 since 2005. He serves as chairman of the House International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and sits on the Pensions Committee and the House Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility. Anchia also serves... Read More →
avatar for Jon Barela

Jon Barela

CEO of the Borderplex Alliance
Barela joined the Borderplex Alliance in 2016, where he leads efforts to promote economic development in the El Paso, Ciudad Juárez and southern New Mexico region. Previously, he served as New Mexico’s economic development secretary under Gov. Susan Martinez. Barela also served... Read More →
avatar for Pia Orrenius

Pia Orrenius

Vice President and Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Orrenius is a labor economist and researcher focusing on the labor market impacts of immigration and U.S. immigration policy. She is also a senior fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. Orrenius previously served as senior economist on the... Read More →
avatar for Richard Peña Raymond

Richard Peña Raymond

State Representative
Raymond, D-Laredo, has represented House District 42 since 2001. He serves as chairman of the House Human Services Committee and sits on the Health & Human Services Transition Oversight and Ways & Means committees. Previously, he passed legislation that helped to create the Texas... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Texas Union, Santa Rita Room 2247 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas 78705

4:25pm

One on One with Steve Bullock
Montana’s governor on Big Sky values, succeeding as a red-state Democrat, and broadening his party’s appeal

Moderators
avatar for Dan Balz (mod.)

Dan Balz (mod.)

Chief Correspondent for The Washington Post
Balz has contributed to the Post’s political coverage as both a reporter and editor since joining the paper in 1978, receiving the Robin Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting and the Gerald R. Ford Award for coverage of the presidency. Balz is also a regular panelist... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Bullock

Steve Bullock

Governor of Montana
Bullock was first elected to serve as Montana’s governor in 2012, and was re-elected in 2016 after defeating Republican Greg Gianforte. Previously, he served as the state’s attorney general and as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School. Bullock also... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
AT&T Center, Ballroom 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

4:25pm

Live Recording of "With Friends Like These"
Speakers
avatar for Ana Marie Cox

Ana Marie Cox

Host of the "With Friends Like These" Podcast
Cox is a political columnist and culture critic. She conducts the “Talk” interviews featured in The New York Times Magazine. Since starting the political blog Wonkette in 2004, she has contributed to a variety of outlets, including Time magazine, GQ and The Guardian. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Michael Steele

Michael Steele

Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
Steele served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2009 to 2011, where he led the committee during the 2010 congressional elections in which Republicans picked up the greatest number of congressional seats since 1938. He also served as Maryland’s lieutenant governor... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Texas Union Theater 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX, 78705

4:25pm

Veep Imitates Life
The executive producer of HBO’s hit series on the stranger-than-fiction politics of the moment

Rich will be appearing at the Festival virtually

Moderators
avatar for Jacob Weisberg

Jacob Weisberg

Chairman and Editor in Chief of The Slate Group and Co-Host of Trumpcast
Weisberg is chairman and editor in chief of The Slate Group, which includes Slate magazine and Panoply. He is also the creator and host of Slate’s Trumpcast. He joined Slate as chief political correspondent in 1996. Weisberg is the author of several books, including the 2008... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Frank Rich

Frank Rich

Writer at Large for New York Magazine and Executive Producer of HBO’s Veep
Rich has been with New York Magazine since 2011, writing monthly essays on politics and culture. Prior to joining New York Magazine, he worked as an op-ed columnist at the New York Times since 1994 after serving as its chief drama critic. Rich has also worked as creative consultant... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
AT&T Center, Amphitheater 204 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

4:25pm

One on One with Mike Morath

The Texas Education Commissioner on what it will take to make our schools and school districts the best in the nation

Supported by Pearson


Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Morath

Mike Morath

Texas Education Commissioner
Morath was appointed education commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2016. In this role, he heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than five million Texas students. Morath previously served on the Dallas Independent School... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 2304 Whitis Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

4:25pm

Don't Forget About Water

Drought conditions are mostly behind us, so the Legislature has moved on to more pressing matters — but our long-term natural resources problem remains

Supported by Accenture


Moderators
avatar for Kiah Collier (mod.)

Kiah Collier (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Collier reports on energy and environmental policy for the Tribune. Previously, she reported on government and politics for the Austin American-Statesman and the Houston Chronicle. Collier began her career in West Texas reporting for Reuters America Service and the San Angelo Standard-Times... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bech Bruun

Bech Bruun

Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board
Bruun has served on the Texas Water Development board since 2013 and was named chairman in 2015 by Gov. Greg Abbott. He also serves as the board’s designated appointee to the Texas Environmental Flows Advisory Group and the Western States Water Council. Additionally, Bruun serves... Read More →
avatar for Laura Huffman

Laura Huffman

Texas State Director of the Nature Conservancy
At the Nature Conservancy, Huffman establishes conservation strategy, provides policy leadership and leads a statewide team of scientists and conservation experts to protect Texas’ natural resources and landscapes. Huffman has also worked with legislators on water conservation legislation... Read More →
avatar for Jason Isaac

Jason Isaac

State Representative
Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, has represented House District 45 since 2011. He sits on the House Energy Resources and Urban Affairs committees. Isaac has been active in water regulation legislation, sponsoring Senate Bill 1198 in the 85th Legislative Session, which converted the Hays... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Sansom

Andrew Sansom

Executive Director of the The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
Sansom is executive director of the Meadows Center at Texas State University. He oversees university policy and research related to freshwater resources and administers the Center’s freshwater environmental education program. Sansom is the founder of the Texas Parks and Wildlife... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
AT&T Center, Classroom 203 1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705

4:25pm

Trump, Ethics and the Law
Comey. Mueller. Russia. Emoluments. Are we making something out of nothing?

Moderators
avatar for Dave Levinthal (mod.)

Dave Levinthal (mod.)

Senior Political Reporter at the Center for Public Integrity
Levinthal joined the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit news organization, in 2013 and leads a reporting team investigating the influence of money in federal politics. Previously, he reported on campaign finance and lobbying issues for Politico. Levinthal... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller

Former Director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Department of Justice
Miller is currently a partner at Vianovo, a strategic advisory firm for brand, policy and crisis issues. He previously led the Department of Justice’s communications team under President Barack Obama and served as spokesman for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Miller also previously... Read More →
avatar for Richard Painter

Richard Painter

Chief Ethics Lawyer for President George W. Bush's Administration and Vice Chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Painter served as chief ethics lawyer for President Bush from 2005 to 2007. He serves as vice chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit organization of lawyers and researchers focused on campaign finance reform and ethics law. Painter is also a... Read More →
avatar for Walter Shaub

Walter Shaub

Senior Director of Ethics at the Campaign Legal Center and Former Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics
Shaub was appointed director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics by President Obama in 2013. Previously, he served as the office’s deputy general counsel and also as a supervisory attorney. Shaub also worked as an attorney focusing on federal employment law for a private firm... Read More →
avatar for Ken Starr

Ken Starr

Former Solicitor General of the United States
Starr is a lawyer and judge who served as solicitor general under President George H.W. Bush, where he supervised and conducted government litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court. In the 1990s, he was appointed independent counsel to investigate the Whitewater controversy during... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 4:25pm - 5:25pm
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

5:30pm

Courtyard Reception
Join your fellow Festival attendees directly after Saturday’s last session in the garden courtyard of the AT&T Center. Discuss the day and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. This special reception is open to all Festival attendees.

Presented by The Boeing Company

Saturday September 23, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
AT&T Center Courtyard 1900 University Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

7:30pm

Slate’s Trumpcast – Live in Austin
Join Slate’s Trumpcast for a live show in Austin, Texas! In collaboration with the Texas Tribune Festival, your favorite political podcasters for the Trump age, chairman of The Slate Group Jacob Weisberg, Slate chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie, and author Virginia Heffernan, will be joined by special guests U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio and Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times, for a bold and witty conversation on the latest from the Trump administration.

Tickets to the live Trumpcast are separate from Festival passes and are available for purchase here.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson

Former Executive Editor of The New York Times
Abramson is an author and senior lecturer at Harvard University. She served as executive editor of the Times from 2011 to 2015 and was the first woman to serve as executive editor, managing editor and Washington Bureau Chief. Previously, Abramson served as deputy Washington bureau... Read More →
avatar for Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie

Chief Political Correspondent for Slate
Bouie is chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine and a political analyst for CBS News, where he covers elections, campaigns and national affairs. His work has been featured in The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Nation, and other national publications. Prior to joining... Read More →
avatar for Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro

U.S. Representative
Castro, D-San Antonio, was first elected in 2012 to represent Texas’ Congressional District 20. He serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In 2013, Castro was elected president of the freshman Democratic class. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Virginia Heffernan

Virginia Heffernan

Cultural Critic and Co-Host of Slate's Trumpcast
Heffernan is a journalist, critic and author. In addition to co-hosting Slate's Trumpcast, she serves as a contributing editor at Politico and a columnist at FastCompany. Heffernan wrote "The Medium," a weekly column about internet culture for The New York Times, from 2008 to 2012... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Weisberg

Jacob Weisberg

Chairman and Editor in Chief of The Slate Group and Co-Host of Trumpcast
Weisberg is chairman and editor in chief of The Slate Group, which includes Slate magazine and Panoply. He is also the creator and host of Slate’s Trumpcast. He joined Slate as chief political correspondent in 1996. Weisberg is the author of several books, including the 2008... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Texas Union Theater 2247 Guadalupe, Austin TX, 78705

7:30pm

TribFeast: A Dinner To Support Nonprofit Journalism – SOLD OUT!
We’re pleased to announce that MSNBC’s Katy Tur will be our guest at this year’s TribFeast! This great evening will bring together thought leaders and philanthropists from around the state, including several of the elected officials, policymakers and big-brand journalists on the Festival program. Join us for what should be of one of the best parties of the year.

This event is not included in the regular Festival badge and requires an extra ticket, which can be purchased here in advance. There will not be tickets available for purchase at the door.

Media support is provided by CultureMap.

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Katy Tur

Katy Tur

NBC Correspondent and Anchor for MSNBC Live
Tur is a correspondent for NBC News and an anchor of MSNBC Live. She was assigned to cover Donald Trump during the 2016 election and spent more than 16 months reporting from across the country. Tur is the author of the upcoming book "Unbelievable," her first-hand account of covering... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center 2110 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas 78712

7:30pm

Trivia Night with CNN's Chris Cillizza – Special Festival Edition
After a full day of programming at the Festival, you are invited to join CNN Politics’ Chris Cillizza as he hosts a special #TribFest17 edition of The Texas Tribune’s Trivia Night. Bring your friends and test your knowledge on everything from current events to politics. Teams of up to six will compete for prizes, as well as special prizes for best team names.

Tickets for this event are not included with your Festival badge and a Festival badge is not required to attend. Pre-register here for $5 per person and then form your team at the event. Doors to the event will open at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Presented by Pearson, AT&T and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Media support is provided by the Austin American-Statesman. Prizes are generously provided by Spurs Sports and Entertainment, Pearson, Hai Hospitality Restaurants, The Tasty Spoon Gelateria, Fixe Southern House, Searsucker, Ride Austin, the Austin American-Statesman and Dancers Shape.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza

Reporter and Editor at Large for CNN Politics
Cillizza joined CNN in 2017, where he covers national politics including the White House and Congress and is founder of CNN Politics’ daily news analysis, The Point with Chris Cillizza. Previously, Cillizza spent a decade at The Washington Post, where he founded The Fix, a daily... Read More →


Saturday September 23, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Scholz Garten 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas 78701
 
Sunday, September 24
 

9:00am

A Conversation with John Cornyn and Ted Cruz
A rare joint sit-down with our senior and junior senators: How Texas is faring in Washington, rebuilding after Harvey, the state of conservatism and more.

Supported by Southwest Airlines and Google

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for John Cornyn

John Cornyn

U.S. Senator
Cornyn, R-Texas, has represented Texas in the U.S. Senate since 2003. He is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as well as the Finance and Judiciary committees. Cornyn also serves as the chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Border Security and... Read More →
avatar for Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator
Cruz, R-Texas, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012 and ran as a Republican candidate for president in 2016. He serves on the Senate Judiciary, Rules & Administration, Armed Services, and Commerce, Science & Transportation committees. Previously, Cruz served as solicitor general... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 9:00am - 10:15am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

10:30am

The New Abnormal
Our much-anticipated annual roundtable: Five of the nation’s best political commentators try to make sense of 2017 and look ahead to 2018 and beyond. 

Moderators
avatar for Evan Smith

Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza

Reporter and Editor at Large for CNN Politics
Cillizza joined CNN in 2017, where he covers national politics including the White House and Congress and is founder of CNN Politics’ daily news analysis, The Point with Chris Cillizza. Previously, Cillizza spent a decade at The Washington Post, where he founded The Fix, a daily... Read More →
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Ben Domenech

Publisher of The Federalist and Host of "The Federalist Radio Hour"
Domenech is publisher of The Federalist and hosts the Federalist Radio Hour. He also writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech previously served as editor in chief of The City, an academic journal covering politics and culture, and as a media... Read More →
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Virginia Heffernan

Cultural Critic and Co-Host of Slate's Trumpcast
Heffernan is a journalist, critic and author. In addition to co-hosting Slate's Trumpcast, she serves as a contributing editor at Politico and a columnist at FastCompany. Heffernan wrote "The Medium," a weekly column about internet culture for The New York Times, from 2008 to 2012... Read More →
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Indira Lakshmanan

Columnist for The Boston Globe Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics at the Poynter Institute
Lakshmanan writes columns on politics and foreign policy for The Boston Globe and is the Newmark Chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute. She covered the 2008 campaign and Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry for Bloomberg News, and previously wrote for... Read More →
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Charles P. Pierce

Writer at Large for Esquire Magazine
Pierce covers politics for Esquire, where he has worked since 2011. His work covering sports and politics has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and The Chicago Tribune. Pierce is also a regular panelist on NPR’s game show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell M... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Hogg Memorial Auditorium 2300 Whitis Ave., Austin, TX 78705

12:15pm

"Overheard" featuring The Federalist's Ben Domenech & MSNBC's Katy Tur
Please join KLRU's Overheard with Evan Smith and The Texas Tribune Festival for back-to-back interviews with The Federalist's Ben Domenech and MSNBC's Katy Tur on September 24 at 12:15 p.m. in KLRU's Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 11:45 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

This Overheard taping is co-presented with The Texas Tribune Festival.

Moderators
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Evan Smith

CEO of The Texas Tribune
Smith is the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Previously Smith spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, including eight years as editor and a year as president and editor-in-chief. He also hosts Overheard with Evan Smith, airing on PBS stations nationally.

Speakers
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Ben Domenech

Publisher of The Federalist and Host of "The Federalist Radio Hour"
Domenech is publisher of The Federalist and hosts the Federalist Radio Hour. He also writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech previously served as editor in chief of The City, an academic journal covering politics and culture, and as a media... Read More →
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Katy Tur

NBC Correspondent and Anchor for MSNBC Live
Tur is a correspondent for NBC News and an anchor of MSNBC Live. She was assigned to cover Donald Trump during the 2016 election and spent more than 16 months reporting from across the country. Tur is the author of the upcoming book "Unbelievable," her first-hand account of covering... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 12:15pm - 1:30pm
KLRU's Studio 6A 2504 Whitis Ave. B, Austin, TX 78712

3:00pm

"Overheard" featuring Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Please join KLRU's Overheard with Evan Smith and The Texas Tribune Festival for an interview with Pete Buttigieg on September 24 at 3 p.m. in KLRU's Studio 6A (map). 
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

This Overheard taping is co-presented with The Texas Tribune Festival.

Speakers
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Pete Buttigieg

Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Buttigieg has served as mayor of South Bend since 2012. He is president of the Indiana Urban Mayors Caucus and was a candidate for chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2017. Buttigieg is also a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and took a leave of absence for a seven-month... Read More →


Sunday September 24, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
KLRU's Studio 6A 2504 Whitis Ave. B, Austin, TX 78712