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The Texas Tribune Festival returns to the University of Texas at Austin on Sept. 23-25, 2016!

The annual Festival brings together some of the biggest names in politics to explore and discuss the state’s and nation’s most pressing issues.

Registration for the Festival is now open. Get your tickets and check out the 100+ speakers we have confirmed thus far — we hope to see you at the Fest!

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Educators Save Big at Festival

Shaping the future of Texas is no minor task — We invite all faculty, staff and school administrators to register for the Texas Tribune Festival for just $50 (that’s nearly 85% off the walk-up price!).

Registration grants you access to the Fest’s big-name speakers — including top national and state lawmakers, scholars and journalists — as well as networking opportunities and lively receptions. Continuing education units will be available at select panels, courtesy of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

Highlights from our growing list of speakers in education include superintendents Paul Cruz of Austin ISD and Juan Cabrera of El Paso ISD; Gregory Fenves, president of the University of Texas at Austin; Robert Duncan, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System; Sara Cotner, founder and CEO of Montessori For All; and Mike Feinberg, Co-Founder of the KIPP Foundation. Check out our list of nearly 200 speakers here.

To learn more and secure your spot, click here.

New Speakers added to Festival Lineup

Former New Mexico governor and 2016 Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson and Grammy Award-winning musician and Alamo enthusiast Phil Collins top the list of newly added speakers to this year’s already-packed Texas Tribune Festival lineup.

The last chance to register for the Festival at the early-bird rate ends this Thursday, July 14, at 11:59 p.m., so get your tickets today to attend the Fest at the best price. Discounts are available for students, educators and Texas Tribune members — or volunteer and attend for free.

The full list of newly added Festival speakers includes:

  • Gary Johnson, 2016 Libertarian Candidate for President

  • Phil Collins, Musician and Alamo Enthusiast

  • Dan Patrick, Texas Lieutenant Governor

  • Julianne Smith, Former Deputy Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden

  • George P. Bush, Texas Land Commissioner

  • U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan

  • Bill Kristol, Founder and Editor of The Weekly Standard

  • State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston

  • State Rep. Helen Giddings, D-DeSoto

  • Madeline McClure, Founder and CEO of TexProtects

  • Yasmin Bhatia, CEO of Uplift Education

  • Stephen Harrigan, Author

  • Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President of Texas A&M University-San Antonio

  • Daniel Garza, Founder of the Libre Initiative and Libre Institute

  • Jake Silverstein, Editor in Chief of The New York Times Magazine

You can check out the full lineup of the Festival’s nearly 200 speakers to date here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fest!

TribFeast: A Dinner To Support Nonprofit Journalism

The Texas Tribune is excited to announce its first-ever TribFeast, an evening gala following the Texas Tribune Festival’s full day of panels and programming on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The dinner will feature New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who will talk about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the state of the 2016 election in conversation with Tribune Co-Founder and CEO Evan Smith. Taking place at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the evening will also include remarks by Larry R. Faulkner, former president of The University of Texas at Austin and Houston Endowment. Copies of Dowd’s new book, The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics, will be available at the event.

TribFeast will bring together thought leaders and philanthropists from around the state, including elected officials and policymakers who are confirmed as part of the Festival’s three-day program. Join us for what will be one of the best events of the year!

More Speakers Confirmed

We’re thrilled to announce an updated list of lawmakers, industry leaders and journalists to our lineup of confirmed speakers at this year’s Texas Tribune Festival.

Recently added talent includes:

    • John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado

    • U.S. Rep. Gene Green, D-Houston

    • Ronald DePinho, President of the MD Anderson Cancer Center

    • Tom DeLay, Former U.S. House Majority Leader

    • State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown

    • Katharine Hayhoe, Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University

    • Alex Wagner, Senior Editor at The Atlantic

    • Charles Smith, Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission

    • Antonia Okafor, Southwest Regional Director of Students for Concealed Carry

    • John Specia, Former Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

    • Robert Draper, Contributing Writer for The New York Times Magazine

    • Kenneth Cooper, Chairman Emeritus of the Cooper Institute Board of Trustees and Founder of the Cooper Aerobics Center

    • Lawrence Wright, Staff Writer at The New Yorker

    • Susan Combs, Former Texas Comptroller

    • Erick Erickson, Conservative Blogger and Radio Host

    • Andy Doyle, Episcopal Bishop of Texas

    • Tom Torkelson, Founder and CEO of IDEA Public Schools

    • Sara Cotner, Founder and CEO of Montessori For All

    • Jackie Schlegel-Polvado, Director of Texans for Vaccine Choice

    • Amber Mostyn, Political Donor

    • Jarvis Parsons, Brazos County District Attorney

    • Dawn Buckingham, Republican Candidate for Texas Senate District 24

    • Bryan Hughes, Republican Candidate for Texas Senate District 1

Check out the complete list of 150+ confirmed speakers here.

Registration for the Festival is open, and you can enjoy savings with our limited-time early bird rate. Students and educators interested in attending will be happy to know that there are discounts available just for them. We can’t wait to see you at the Festival!

Festival 101

Though the spring semester is coming to an end, students and educators will want to make sure the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival is on their calendars before summer kicks off.

From Sept. 23-25, you’ll have the chance to engage with some of the biggest names and brains in politics and public policy at the University of Texas at Austin campus. Join more than 150 exciting speakers at compelling panels, as discussions take on issues near and dear to Texas and the U.S.

Highlights from our speaker list so far include:

  • Former state Sen. Wendy Davis

  • Lance Armstrong, former professional cyclist and cancer survivor

  • Henry Louis Gates Jr., historian and filmmaker

  • Steve Kornacki, MSNBC host

  • Sarah Isgur Flores, deputy manager for Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign

  • and many, many more!

Also at the Festival, there will be opportunities to network, lively receptions and an array of award-winning food trucks. Students can enjoy added perks, including a Pre-Festival Student Summit, a live TribCast recording and the dedicated Student Lounge.

Of course, playing a part in shaping the future of Texas is no minor task. That’s why The Texas Tribune is offering a special registration rate of $50 for students and educators. Click here to secure your tickets and learn more.

Franklin Barbecue Feast

Join us Thursday, Sept. 22, for a pre-Festival exclusive you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy world-class barbecue, cold beer, sweet tea and a compelling conversation about journalism and politics between Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron and Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. Baron led The Boston Globe during its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Catholic Church’s molestation scandal, which inspired the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight.”

Pick up your ticket to this special dinner, which includes all-you-can-eat barbecue and beer, with your registration for the Festival. Tickets are very limited, so don’t miss out!

Presented by the Monument Group

New Speakers Announced

We’ve just added some exciting new speakers to the Festival line-up, including:

    • Lance Armstrong, Former Professional Cyclist and Cancer Survivor

    • Tom Davis, Former U.S. Representative, R-Virginia

    • Mike Morath, Texas Education Commissioner

    • Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta

    • State Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park

    • Donna Bahorich, Chairwoman of the Texas State Board of Education

    • Paul Cruz, Superintendent of the Austin Independent School District

    • Mike Feinberg, Co-Founder of KIPP

    • Jeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent for The Atlantic

    • Steven Goode, Professor and Chair of Campus Carry Working Group at the University of Texas at Austin

    • Sarah Isgur Flores, Deputy Campaign Manager, Carly for America

    • Jason Johnson, Chief Strategist, Cruz for President

    • Rob Johnson, Senior Adviser, Perry for President

    • John Weaver, Senior Strategist, Kasich for America

    • Doug Deason, Political Donor

    • Aimee Boone Cunningham, Political Donor

    • Toby Neugebauer, Political Donor

In addition to the above, we have 150+ confirmed speakers, including former Mexican President Vicente Fox; Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post (whom you can join at a special event at Franklin Barbecue); former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis; energy magnate T. Boone Pickens; and historian and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates Jr. and more.

Take advantage of our early-bird rate and attend for less! Plus, students and educators can enjoy additional savings —  or volunteer and attend for free. We can’t wait to see you at the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival!

SPECIAL OFFER FOR TEXAS TRIBUNE MEMBERS

Members of The Texas Tribune not only help fund our nonpartisan, nonprofit newsroom, they also make possible events like the annual Texas Tribune Festival!

Texas Tribune members receive a special discount of $50 off the Festival registration price. To receive your discount code, complete this form or email membership@texastribune.org if you have any questions.

Want to become a member? To get the most out of the Festival and receive a year's worth of enticing benefits, visit our membership page here and help support our Spring Member Drive, happening now through Friday, May 5.

REGISTER NOW

The registration desk for the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival is now open and we’re proud to announce the first 100+ confirmed speakers, with many more to come as we lead up to the Fest!

Speakers at the 2016 Festival will include historian and filmmaker Henry Louis Gates, Jr., former President of Mexico Vicente Fox, energy magnate T. Boone Pickens, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, along with more than 100 other thought-leaders from around the state and across the nation. Check out the full list of speakers here.

And don’t miss out on the special Thursday night feast at Franklin Barbecue, featuring a conversation with Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post and one of the subjects of Spotlight, the 2016 Oscar winner for Best Picture. An extra $250 ticket is required for the event, which includes all-you-can-eat barbecue and beer. Purchase your ticket when you register for the Festival.

Featured speakers confirmed for the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival include:

  • Allen West, Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis and former U.S. Representative, R-Florida

  • Bill Richardson, Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Former New Mexico Governor

  • Martin Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post

  • U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston

  • Eva Guzman, Texas Supreme Court Justice

  • U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio

  • Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin

  • U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville

  • John Cassidy, Staff Writer for The New Yorker

  • Ryan Crocker, Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan

  • U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo

  • Gregory Fenves, President of the University of Texas at Austin

  • Antonio Garza, Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

  • Nathan Hecht, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court

  • Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller

  • Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District

  • U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio

  • Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas

  • Bob Inman, Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs

  • Renu Khator, Chancellor for the University of Houston System and President of the University of Houston

  • Steve Kornacki, Host of MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki

  • Oscar Leeser, Mayor of El Paso

  • Nelda Martinez, Mayor of Corpus Christi

  • Susan McDowell, Executive Director of LifeWorks

  • Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner

  • Jay Newton-Small, Washington Correspondent for Time

  • U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble

  • Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth

  • Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas

  • Ivy Taylor, Mayor of San Antonio

  • Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston

And more than 100 others. Check out all the speakers for the 2016 Texas Tribune Festival here.

Save the Date: Sept. 23-25, 2016!

Mark your calendars! The sixth-annual Texas Tribune Festival will be held Sept. 23-25, 2016 on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

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Stay tuned for more exciting announcements on all we have in store for TTF 2016!

A Look Back at #TTF 2015

From lively political discussions in each Festival panel to exciting special events throughout the weekend, the fifth-annual Texas Tribune Festival was undoubtedly our best yet! Relive all the action with video, audio and photos from the many Festival highlights and events.

Video

You can now watch videos from numerous featured keynote sessions, including our opening keynote with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, our closing keynote with the Honorable Julián Castro, an interview with U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and many other panel discussions listed below.

One on One with Dan Patrick
Featuring Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

Big Cities, Big Challenges
Featuring mayors Steve Adler, Nelda Martinez, Annise Parker and Ivy Taylor in conversation with Texas Standard host David Brown 

Can the Center Hold?
Featuring former U.S. Sens. Evan Bayh and Kay Bailey Hutchison; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros; and John H. Sununu, a former Governor of New Hampshire and White House chief of staff, in conversation with Sirius XM’s Julie Mason

One on One with Joe Straus
Featuring Texas House Speaker Joe Straus in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

Homeland Security Begins at Home
Featuring U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar, Blake Farenthold, Beto O’Rourke and John Ratcliffe in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Julián Aguilar

One on One with Nancy Pelosi
Featuring U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Abby Livingston

Their Last Sine Die
Featuring state Reps. Joe Farias, Patricia Harless and Jim Keffer in conversation with The Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg

America’s Place in the World
Featuring U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul in conversation with The New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright 

You’re Welcome, America: Texas in 2050
A presentation by Steve Murdock, former state demographer and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau

One on One with Lawrence Lessig
Featuring 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig in conversation with The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty 

Really, How Conservative Was the 84th Session?
Featuring state Sens. Paul Bettencourt and Konni Burton and state Reps. Stephanie Klick, Matt Rinaldi and Jonathan Stickland in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

Make 2016 Great Again
Featuring The New York TimesAmy Chozick, Snapchat’s Peter Hamby, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and The Washington Post’s David Weigel in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

One on One with Julián Castro
Featuring the honorable Julián Castro in conversation with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith

Audio

Listen back to nearly all the 2015 Texas Tribune Festival sessions via Soundcloud and relive your favorite moments from each panel!

Photos

Browse through photos from all four days of the Festival, available now on Flickr.

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