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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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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 →
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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 →
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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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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
 
Sunday, September 24
 

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