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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
 

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

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

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

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
 
Saturday, September 23
 

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

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

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

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