2016 Schedule

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Thursday | 6:30 PM

Special Events

Franklin Barbecue

Franklin Barbecue Feast

Skip the line and join us at the legendary Franklin Barbecue for an intimate dinner and lively discussion with Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron and Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. Tickets to this event are sold out and will not be available at the door.

Presented by The Monument Group

Friday | 4:00 PM

Special Events

Cactus Cafe

Pre-Festival 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 AT&T, Okay to Say, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the New Politics Forum and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation 

Friday | 5:00 PM

Special Events

Texas Union Theater

Live TribCast Recording

Before the opening keynote, Festival attendees are invited to join us for a special pre-Festival live recording of the Texas Tribune TribCast and The Ticket 2016, featuring Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; state Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall; Sarah Isgur Flores, deputy manager for Carly Fiorina's presidential campaign; and Erick Erickson, conservative blogger and radio host, with music from the Bad Precedents. After the recording, walk over to the Hogg Memorial Auditorium for the opening keynote with Gov. John Kasich.

Supported by Pearson 

Friday | 7:00 PM

Keynote North

Hogg Memorial Auditorium

One on One with John Kasich

Supported by Emerus 

Friday | 8:00 PM

Special Events

Main Mall

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 provided by an array of restaurants.

Bites provided by Capra Lamb, Liberty Kitchen, Natural Epicurean, Hillside Farmacy, Uchiko, Freedmen's and Maudies. Beverages provided by Messina Hof Winery, the Beer Alliance and Tito's Vodka.

Presented by Toyota 

Saturday | 7:45 AM

Saturday | 8:00 AM

Special Events

Texas Union, Lone Star Lounge

Lone Star Lounge — Student Headquarters

The Lone Star Lounge is your Festival headquarters. Network with other students, meet Festival speakers or sit back and enjoy refreshments before heading to the next panel.

Learn more about the Festival student experience here.

Presented by AT&T, Okay to Say, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation 

Saturday | 8:30 AM

Transportation & the Economy

AT&T Conference Center, Classroom 203

One on One with Glenn Hegar

Supported by IBC Bank

The 85th Legislature

Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium

One on One with Dan Patrick

Supported by Toyota

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Texas Union Theater

One on One with Gary Johnson

Saturday | 9:25 AM

Saturday | 9:30 AM

Saturday | 9:50 AM

Diversity & the Law

AT&T Conference Center, Amphitheater 204

Immigration and the Cities

Keynote South

AT&T Conference Center, Ballroom

One on One with Ken Starr

Transportation & the Economy

AT&T Conference Center, Classroom 203

Rideshare's Road Forward

Supported by The Monument Group

Public & Higher Education

Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 21

Best Practices from the Best Charters

Supported by the Walton Family Foundation

Keynote North

Hogg Memorial Auditorium

Big Cities, Big Challenges

Supported by Houston First, Texas Central and United Healthcare

The Texas Tribune Presents

Texas Union, Quadrangle Room

The Price of Admission: Higher Ed for a Diverse Texas

Supported by Pearson

Saturday | 10:45 AM

Saturday | 10:50 AM

Saturday | 11:10 AM

Keynote South

AT&T Conference Center, Ballroom

Is Texas Good for Women?

Transportation & the Economy

AT&T Conference Center, Classroom 203

The Best Budget for Texas

Supported by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)

Energy & the Environment

Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100

One on One with Boone Pickens

Supported by Oncor

Keynote North

Hogg Memorial Auditorium

Can the Center Hold?

Supported by the LBJ School of Public Affairs

Health & Human Services

Texas Union, Santa Rita Room

Getting Out Ahead of Your Health

Supported by Texas A&M Healthy Texas and The Texas A&M University System

Saturday | 12:00 PM

Saturday | 12:15 PM

Special Events

Main Mall

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 Texas Tribune 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.

During the lunch, check out hands-on demonstrations of the latest research and technology on campus at the UT Innovation Showcase, happening on the Tower plaza!

Presented by The University of Texas at Austin

Saturday | 1:45 PM

Keynote South

AT&T Conference Center, Ballroom

What's the Matter with Congress?

Supported by Emerus

The 85th Legislature

Rainey Hall, Jessen Auditorium

One on One with Tim Dunn

Public & Higher Education

Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 21

Community College Pathways

Supported by ETS HiSET and the Gulf Coast Community Colleges Consortium

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Texas Union Theater

Latinos and the Presidential Race

Supported by Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

The Texas Tribune Presents

Texas Union, Quadrangle Room

The Politics of Prevention: The Abortion Battle, Cont’d

Saturday | 2:40 PM

Saturday | 2:45 PM

Saturday | 3:05 PM

Diversity & the Law

AT&T Conference Center, Amphitheater 204

Supreme Court Confidential

Keynote South

AT&T Conference Center, Ballroom

The LGBTQ Agenda

Transportation & the Economy

AT&T Conference Center, Classroom 203

Taking Care of Our Veterans

Supported by Lockheed Martin and Walmart

Energy & the Environment

Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100

One on One with Katharine Hayhoe

Public & Higher Education

Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 21

Lessons from Urban Public Ed

Supported by Raise Your Hand Texas

Keynote North

Hogg Memorial Auditorium

One on One with Ted Cruz

The Texas Tribune Presents

Texas Union, Quadrangle Room

Mental Health Matters: What More Should We Do?

Supported by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas

Health & Human Services

Texas Union, Santa Rita Room

Obamacare After Obama

Supported by Legacy Community Health

Saturday | 3:10 PM

Saturday | 4:00 PM

Saturday | 4:05 PM

Saturday | 4:25 PM

Transportation & the Economy

AT&T Conference Center, Classroom 203

A Plan for Congestion

Supported by General Motors

Energy & the Environment

Calhoun Hall, Classroom 100

What's Next on Water?

Supported by the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

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Texas Union Theater

A National Security Agenda for the 45th President

Supported by The Texas A&M University System

Health & Human Services

Texas Union, Santa Rita Room

Texas and Zika

Supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Quest Diagnostics

Saturday | 5:30 PM

Special Events

AT&T Center Courtyard

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 | 7:30 PM

Special Events

Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

TribFeast: A Dinner To Support Nonprofit Journalism

We’re excited to announce our first-ever TribFeast, headlined by Pulitzer Prize winner Maureen Dowd! 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. There will not be tickets available for purchase at the door. 

Special Events

Scholz Garten

The Washington Post's Politics & Pints with Chris Cillizza: TTF Edition

After a full day of programming at the Festival, you are invited to join The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza as he hosts the wildly popular trivia night Politics & Pints. Bring your friends and test your knowledge on everything from current events to politics. Teams of up to six will compete for first- and second-place prizes, as well as special prizes for best team names.

Doors to the event will open at 7:30 p.m. at Scholz Garten on Saturday, September 24. Tickets are free with a Texas Tribune Festival pass and $10 at the door for the public.

Politics & Pints is supported by the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Prizes are generously provided by The W Hotel, Uchi, Freedmen's, Independence Brewing Company and SXSW Eco.

Sunday | 9:00 AM

Sunday | 10:15 AM

Keynote North

Hogg Memorial Auditorium

One on One with Evan McMullin