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The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival is upon us! Join us Sept. 27-29 in downtown Austin for two days of unique perspectives, thoughtful conversation and networking — all in the shadow of the Texas Capitol. 

Saturday, September 29 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
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Two key members of Team Obama and a leading historian on building a post-presidency.

Moderators
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Mark Updegrove

President and CEO of the LBJ Foundation
Updegrove serves as president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation and is a presidential historian for ABC News. He previously served as director of the LBJ Presidential Library, where he hosted the library’s 2014 Civil Rights Summit featuring Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill... Read More →

Speakers
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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 →
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Valerie Jarrett

Former Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama
Jarrett served as senior adviser to President Obama and director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs from 2009 to 2017. She previously served as co-chairwoman of the Obama- Biden transition team and as chairwoman of the White House Council on Women and... Read More →
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David Simas

CEO of the Obama Foundation
Simas is CEO of the Obama Foundation. He previously served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and director of opinion research for President Obama’s re-election campaign. Simas also served as director of the Office of Political Strategy under President Obama and deputy... Read More →