NEW DAY RISING: Changing Demographics and Changing Politics and Policy in Texas

  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    A complementary lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m.
  • Bass Lecture Hall
    2315 Red River Street , Austin, TX 78712 (map)
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8 a.m.  

Doors open; coffee will be served.

9 - 10 a.m.               

Steve H. Murdock, former state demographer and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, now the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology at Rice University. 

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.  

A panel discussion on the demographic changes affecting the 2012 and 2014 elections with consultants James Aldrete, Allen Blakemore, Beth Hernandez, and Mari Woodlief. Moderated by James Henson, Director of the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin.

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.  (A complementary lunch will be provided.)

Lunchtime Keynote with Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock; Veronica Gonzales, D-McAllen; Aaron Peña, R-Edinburg; and Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio. Moderated by Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune's C.E.O. and editor-in-chief.

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.  

A panel discussion on the changing public policy landscape with Talmadge Heflin (Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Fiscal Policy), Eva DeLune Castro (senior budget analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities), Jerel Booker (executive director of Stand for Children Texas), and Rebecca Bernhardt (policy consultant at the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition). Moderated by Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune's managing editor.

2:45 - 3:45 pm

Henry Cisneros, who was elected as the first Hispanic mayor of a major American city 30 years ago and is now executive chairman of CityView, a real estate management firm.

This symposium is free and open to the public and is presented by BP.

Disclosure: though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite our events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.