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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. 

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Open Congress – Free Program [clear filter]
Saturday, September 29
 

7:00am CDT

Yoga on the Lawn
Join Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas for morning yoga on the southwest corner of the Texas State Capitol lawn. And come early! A free Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas yoga mat will be given to the first 25 attendees.

Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Major Sponsor
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is the only statewide, customer-owned health insurer in Texas, serving 5 million members in all 254 counties. BCBSTX is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am CDT
Texas State Capitol Lawn 1100 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

9:00am CDT

The Political Rhetoric of Donald Trump and Alex Jones: On Fake News and Weaponized Communications
Charlie Warzel, senior technology writer at BuzzFeed and Jennifer Mercieca, historian of American political discourse and author of the forthcoming book, “Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Brilliance of Donald Trump,” will speak with Austin American-Statesman chief political writer Jonathan Tilove about the limits of fake news in the age of Trump.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by the Austin American-Statesman

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Austin American-Statesman

Media Partner
The Austin American-Statesman reaches more than 804,065 print readers each week and draws more than 5 million visitors accessing more than 26 million pages online each month. Named Newspaper of the Year in 2013 and 2014 by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, the Statesman... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Walmart Partner Tent, Open Congress

9:00am CDT

One on One with Julián Castro
The former U.S. secretary of housing and urban development on the challenges we face today and his vision for the future of the country.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by H+K Strategies

Moderators
avatar for Emily Ramshaw

Emily Ramshaw

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology, events and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors from the Online News Association. She is a member of the board of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Julián Castro

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Former San Antonio Mayor
Castro served as housing secretary under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. Prior to his appointment, he served as mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014 and as a member of the San Antonio City Council. Since leaving HUD, Castro has launched a political action committee, Opportunity... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
H+K Strategies North Tent, Open Congress

9:00am CDT

NAMIWalks Austin
Join the 2018 NAMIWalks Austin to Change the Mental Health Conversation on September 29 at the Long Center. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and walk at 9. For more information visit namiwalks.org/austin.

Presented by NAMI Austin

Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 12:00pm CDT
The Long Center for the Performing Arts

9:00am CDT

AT&T Mobile Retail Store on Wheels
This new approach allows the AT&T mobile team to be nimble and quick to adapt in how they serve their customers. AT&T is out in the community to personally connect people with their world; everywhere they live and work, especially the nation's First Responders.

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AT&T

Major Sponsor
AT&T brings it all together, from an industry leading smartphone portfolio to next-generation home automation services and sophisticated solutions for multi-national businesses. For more than a century, AT&T has provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services and... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

9:00am CDT

Bumble Profile Doctoring
Bumble Bizz is all about helping you build out your professional network on your own terms. Developing Bizz connections is more important than ever before, because one connection can change the course of your entire career. You never know where you’ll find your next business partner, mentor, side hustle or capital raise. Come by the Bumble Bizz booth at Open Congress to have our experts make sure you have the best profile you can and start to network like a boss.

Presented by Bumble BIzz

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Bumble Bizz

Major Sponsor
Bumble Bizz is the brand new section of the Bumble app all about improving your professional life. We consider this an app of FOMO, or “Fear of Missed Opportunity” because you never know where you’ll find your next side hustle, mentor, business partner or ways to make more money... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

9:00am CDT

Engage with the Arts: An Interactive Exhibition
Join the Texas Cultural Trust for an interactive fine arts extravaganza, featuring hands-on visual arts displays and live music, dance, and theatre performances.

Performance Schedule: 
  • 8:30-6:00 Live Mural Painting by Big Medium's Co-Founder Jana Swec
  • 10:15-10:30 Texas Young Master Behnam Arzaghi
  • 12:00-12:15 Dancers from Oaxaca Arte en Movimiento
  • 12:15-12:30 Ensemble Performance from The Adderley School
  • 1:45-2:00 Texas Young Master Behnam Arzaghi
  • 3:15-3:30 Student Ensemble from The Adderley School
  • 3:30-3:45 Texas Young Master Behnam Arzaghi
  • 5:30-5:45 Student Ensemble from The Adderley School

Presented by Texas Cultural Trust

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Texas Cultural Trust

The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the leading voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state. Taking a holistic approach to raising awareness and advancing... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

9:00am CDT

Healthy Texas, Active for Life
Talk with a fitness trainer about ways to stay active, even at the office. Texas A&M Healthy Texas will have demonstrations and tips for incorporating activity into your daily routine. Plus, snag some free swag to help you move more every day.

Presented by Texas A&M Healthy Texas

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The Texas A&M University System

Supporting Sponsor
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

9:00am CDT

Meet Walmart’s Texas Suppliers
Come visit with some of Walmart’s Texas-based suppliers, sample free products, and learn about how these Texans got their products onto the retailer’s shelves!

Presented by Walmart

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Walmart

Presenting Sponsor
Celebrating over 40 years of doing business in Texas, Walmart is proud to be the state's largest private employer with nearly 170,000 Texas associates and 596 stores. Walmart spent more than $52.4 billion with Texas-based suppliers in FY 2018, supporting an additional 285,000 Texas... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

9:00am CDT

Texas A&M AgriLife Water Education Bus
This graphic-wrapped recreation vehicle tours the Lone Star State giving Texans D.I.Y instructions on projects that naturally protect water quality and conserve water resources. The “Water University Team” conducts free public events on harvesting rainwater; landscaping with food plants; using resource-efficient ornamental plants; designing water-efficient landscapes and much more.  

Presented by The Texas A&M University System

Sponsors
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The Texas A&M University System

Supporting Sponsor
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

9:00am CDT

Texas REALTORS® Working for You
Texas REALTORS® advocate for you as a real estate consumer and protect your private-property rights at all levels of government. Swing by the tent at 8th and Congress to grab some free items and enter to win a $500 gift card.

Presented by Texas REALTORS®

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Texas Association of Realtors

Supporting Sponsor
With more than 118,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

9:00am CDT

Texas Secretary of State – Bring it to the Booth
Bring it to the Booth is a campaign created by the Office of the Texas Secretary of State to educate Texas on the form IDs they need to bring to the voting booth to cast their ballot and make their voice heard.

Presented by the Texas Secretary of State

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Texas Secretary of State

Supporting Sponsor
Powered by the Office of the Texas Secretary of State, VoteTexas.gov is the official online source for voting information in the state. VoteTexas.gov provides Texans with information about what they need to register to vote, what they need to bring to the polls when they vote and... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

9:00am CDT

Texas Task Force 1: Urban Search and Rescue Canines
Meet the canines of Texas Task Force 1! These urban search and rescue dogs and their handlers are available to answer your questions about the Texas Task Force and search dogs. 

Presented by The Texas A&M University System

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The Texas A&M University System

Supporting Sponsor
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

9:00am CDT

Walmart Health & Wellness
Walmart’s Health & Wellness team will be offering free blood pressure, blood glucose and total cholesterol screenings for Texas Tribune Festival attendees.

Presented by Walmart

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Walmart

Presenting Sponsor
Celebrating over 40 years of doing business in Texas, Walmart is proud to be the state's largest private employer with nearly 170,000 Texas associates and 596 stores. Walmart spent more than $52.4 billion with Texas-based suppliers in FY 2018, supporting an additional 285,000 Texas... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

9:15am CDT

One on One with Bill Bradley
The onetime college phenom, NBA star and U.S. senator on the latest convergence of sports, politics and activism.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki

National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
Steve Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. A former host of Up with Steve Kornacki and a co-host of The Cycle, Steve is now a regular substitute for Chris Matthews on Hardball and a mainstay of election night coverage. His first book, “The Red and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley

Former U.S. Senator, D-New Jersey
Bradley represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1997. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was a professional basketball player for the New York Knicks and an Olympic gold medalist. Since leaving office, Bradley has authored seven books and currently serves as managing... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress

10:00am CDT

The Art of Covering Trump: How the Press Covers Trump Visually
Join TIME Creative Director D.W. Pine for a conversation about the delicate politics of creating the magazine's cover each week and how a single image is often the most effective way to distill historic moments. He’ll also discuss how he works with artists like Edel Rodriguez and Tim O’Brien and why some covers have an outsized impact on the national conversation.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by TIME magazine

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TIME Magazine

Media Partner
With an audience of more than 100 million people, TIME is one of the most trusted and recognized sources of news and information in the world.@TIME


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am CDT
Walmart Partner Tent, Open Congress

10:00am CDT

Healthy Texas Tailgating Cooking Demo
Don’t skip the tailgate party just because you’re trying to eat healthier! Visit Texas A&M Healthy Texas at the Festival Hub to see how a registered dietitian does tailgating with healthy alternatives to barbecue, snacks and drinks. Sample the food and pick up the recipes to make your next sports-related gathering full of flavor and light on the waistline.

Cooking demonstrations will take place at 10am and noon.

Presented by Texas A&M Healthy Texas

Sponsors
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The Texas A&M University System

Supporting Sponsor
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

10:15am CDT

Book Signing of Henry Cisneros' "Building Equitable Cities"
Join us for a signing of Henry Cisneros' book, "Building Equitable Cities: How to Drive Economic Mobility and Regional Growth." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Henry Cisneros

Former Mayor of San Antonio and Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Cisneros served as housing secretary under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997 and as mayor of San Antonio from 1981 to 1989. He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Univision, president of the National League of Cities and deputy chairman of the Federal... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:15am - 10:45am CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

10:45am CDT

Book Signing of Mitch Landrieu's "In the Shadow of Statues"
Join us for a signing of Mitch Landrieu's book, "In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Mitch Landrieu

Former Mayor of New Orleans
Landrieu served as mayor of New Orleans from 2010 through May 2018. He also served as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Prior to being elected mayor, Landrieu served as lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010 and as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:15am CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

10:45am CDT

One on One with Amy Klobuchar
The U.S. senator from Minnesota on the challenges we face today and her vision for the future of the country.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by H+K Strategies

Moderators
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Abby Livingston

Washington Bureau Chief for The Texas Tribune
Livingston joined the Tribune in 2014 as the lead reporter in Washington, D.C., and won the 2017 National Press Club Award for Washington Regional Reporting for her work. She has covered political campaigns, House leadership and Congress for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator, D-Minnesota
Klobuchar has represented Minnesota in the U.S. Senate since 2007 and is the state’s first female senator. She is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, ranking member of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee and chair of the Senate Democratic Steering Committee. Klobuchar... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
H+K Strategies North Tent, Open Congress

11:00am CDT

The State of Music in Texas
Hear from Brendon Anthony, director of the Texas Music Office, about the state of Texas' music industry and what officials are doing to help Texas-based musicians. Moderated by Joe Lanane, executive editor for Community Impact Newspaper.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by Community Impact Newspaper

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Community Impact

Media Partner
Since Community Impact Newspaper launched in 2005, the hyperlocal monthly print publication has restructured an antiquated model—the community newspaper—and turned it into an essential tool by providing readers with useful, informative news. Community Impact Newspaper reports... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Walmart Partner Tent, Open Congress

11:00am CDT

One on One with Steve Kornacki
The NBC News and MSNBC national political correspondent on his new book about the roots of polarization (spoiler: blame the ‘90s) and what the devil is happening in the 2018 elections.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Moderators
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Evan Smith

CEO and Co-Founder 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 Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki

National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
Steve Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. A former host of Up with Steve Kornacki and a co-host of The Cycle, Steve is now a regular substitute for Chris Matthews on Hardball and a mainstay of election night coverage. His first book, “The Red and... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress

12:00pm CDT

Book Signing of Steve Kornacki’s “The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism”
Join NBC News & MSNBC for a signing of Steve Kornacki's book, "The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism." Limited copies of the book will be given away onsite at the NBC News & MSNBC South Tent.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by NBC News & MSNBC

Speakers
avatar for Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki

National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
Steve Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. A former host of Up with Steve Kornacki and a co-host of The Cycle, Steve is now a regular substitute for Chris Matthews on Hardball and a mainstay of election night coverage. His first book, “The Red and... Read More →

Sponsors
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NBC News and MSNBC

Media Partner
More Americans watch NBC News and MSNBC than any news organization in the world. NBC News is a global leader in news across all broadcast and digital platforms. Its leading and award-winning television news broadcasts include "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," "TODAY," "Meet the... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress

12:00pm CDT

Texas Sized Games and Prizes from the National Magazine of Texas
Make a stop at Texas Monthly for Texas-sized Plinko and prizes! Enter and play for your chance to win Texas Monthly prizes from 1-year subscriptions to tickets to our 2018 TM BBQ Festival!

Presented by Texas Monthly

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Texas Monthly

Media Partner
Since 1973, Texas Monthly has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry and education. As a leisure guide, Texas Monthly continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Open Congress Street Festival

12:30pm CDT

Book Signing of Bethany McLean's "Saudi America"
Join us for a signing of Bethany McLean's book, "Saudi America: The Truth about Fracking and How It's Changing the World." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Bethany McLean

Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair
McLean has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 2008. She was previously a reporter and editor-at-large for Fortune Magazine. She is the co-author of “Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron” and the author of “Saudi America: The Truth... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

12:30pm CDT

Book Signing of Cecile Richards' "Make Trouble"
Join us for a signing of Cecile Richards' book, "Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Cecile Richards

Former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Richards served as president of Planned Parenthood from 2006 to April 2018, where she oversaw more than 600 affiliate health centers and advocates for reproductive rights. She previously served as deputy chief of staff for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and is the founder of... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

12:30pm CDT

Book Signing of Eliza Griswold's "Amity and Prosperity"
Join us for a signing of Eliza Griswold's book, "Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Eliza Griswold

Author and Contributor for The New Yorker
Griswold is a poet and journalist whose reporting focuses on the Middle East. She is the author of the “The Tenth Parallel,” a book about the intersection of Islam and Christianity in Africa and Asia, and “Amity and Prosperity,” which covers fracking and the energy boom in... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

12:45pm CDT

Book Signing of Chris Matthews’ “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit”
Join NBC News & MSNBC for a signing of Chris Matthews' book, "Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit." Limited copies of the book will be given away onsite at the NBC News & MSNBC South Tent.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by NBC News & MSNBC

Speakers
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Chris Matthews

Author and Host of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews”
Matthews is an American political commentator, talk show host and best-selling author. Matthews began hosting his own talk show, “Hardball,” in 1997. Previously, he worked as a congressional aide, a presidential speechwriter and as the Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco... Read More →

Sponsors
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NBC News and MSNBC

Media Partner
More Americans watch NBC News and MSNBC than any news organization in the world. NBC News is a global leader in news across all broadcast and digital platforms. Its leading and award-winning television news broadcasts include "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," "TODAY," "Meet the... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:45pm - 1:30pm CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress

12:45pm CDT

Chasing Madam President
Two best-selling authors on the Hillary Clinton years — from within and without.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Ramshaw

Emily Ramshaw

Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune
Ramshaw oversees The Texas Tribune’s editorial, technology, events and audience-building operations. Under her leadership, the Tribune has won a Peabody Award, 10 national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors from the Online News Association. She is a member of the board of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Chozick

Amy Chozick

Writer-at-Large for The New York Times
Chozick was the Times’ lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Clinton presidential campaign, beginning in 2013. Prior to joining the Times, she served as a political reporter for The Wall Street Journal and covered both the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns in 2008... Read More →
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Jennifer Palmieri

Former Director of Communications at the White House
Palmieri served as communications director for President Barack Obama from 2011 to 2015. Previously, she served as president of the Center for American Progress Action fund. Palmieri also served as director of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and as... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
H+K Strategies North Tent, Open Congress

1:00pm CDT

Texas Standard: Politics, Social Media and the Lone Star State
Join Texas Standard associate managing producer Laura Rice and social media producer Wells Dunbar, along with the LBJ School of Public Affairs' Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, as they explore how changes in our modern media landscape influence civic discourse.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by Texas Standard

Speakers
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Victoria DeFrancesco Soto

Lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin
Soto specializes in immigration, race and gender in politics, and campaigns as a lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where she was selected as one of the University’s Game Changing faculty. Her research on political behavior has been featured in The New York Times, the... Read More →

Sponsors
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Texas Standard

Media Partner
“Texas Standard,” the national daily news show of Texas, sets the bar for broadcast news coverage, offering crisp, expansive coverage of politics, lifestyle and culture, the environment, technology, business and the economy — from a distinctly Texas perspective. Hosted by journalist... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm CDT
Walmart Partner Tent, Open Congress

1:30pm CDT

Will Congress Ever Come Together on Immigration?
If a Republican from Texas and a Democrat from California can, maybe there’s hope.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Supported by IBC Bank

Moderators
avatar for Steve Kornacki

Steve Kornacki

National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
Steve Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. A former host of Up with Steve Kornacki and a co-host of The Cycle, Steve is now a regular substitute for Chris Matthews on Hardball and a mainstay of election night coverage. His first book, “The Red and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pete Aguilar

Pete Aguilar

U.S. Representative, D-California
Aguilar, D-California, has represented California’s 31st Congressional District since 2015. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the Subcommittee on Energy, Water & Development, and the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, & Urban Development. Aguilar serves... Read More →
avatar for Will Hurd

Will Hurd

U.S. Representative, R-Helotes
Hurd, R-Helotes, has represented Texas’ 23rd Congressional District since 2015. He is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and the Oversight & Government Reform Committee, as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence. He also serves as chairman of the Information... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress

2:00pm CDT

Book Signing of Amy Chozick's "Chasing Hillary"
Join us for a signing of Amy Chozick's book, "Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Amy Chozick

Writer-at-Large for The New York Times
Chozick was the Times’ lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Clinton presidential campaign, beginning in 2013. Prior to joining the Times, she served as a political reporter for The Wall Street Journal and covered both the Clinton and Obama presidential campaigns in 2008... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

2:00pm CDT

Book Signing of Charlie Sykes' "How the Right Lost Its Mind"
Join us for a signing of Charlie Sykes' book, "How the Right Lost Its Mind." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Charlie Sykes

Contributing Editor for The Weekly Standard and Contributor for MSNBC
Sykes is a prominent conservative political commentator. He hosted a daily talk radio show for 23 years, leaving to join “Indivisible,” a national radio show about America in a time of change produced by WNYC. Sykes is also founder and editor-in-chief of Right Wisconsin, a conservative... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

2:00pm CDT

Book Signing of Jennifer Palmieri's "Dear Madam President"
Join us for a signing of Jennifer Palmieri's book, "Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Jennifer Palmieri

Former Director of Communications at the White House
Palmieri served as communications director for President Barack Obama from 2011 to 2015. Previously, she served as president of the Center for American Progress Action fund. Palmieri also served as director of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and as... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

2:00pm CDT

Book Signing of Rick Wilson's "Everything Trump Touches Dies"
Join us for a signing of Rick Wilson's book, "Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real about the Worst President Ever." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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Rick Wilson

Republican Political Strategist and CEO of Intrepid Media
Wilson is a Republican political strategist and media consultant. He has produced television ads for several gubernatorial and Senate candidates as well as super PACs and corporations. He is also a columnist for The Daily Beast, where he covers national politics. Wilson’s work has... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

2:15pm CDT

Is Texas Really the Future?
The best-selling author of “God Save Texas” and one of the state’s leading historians on the Lone Star bellwether.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Supported by The University of Texas at Austin

Moderators
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Stephen Harrigan

Author
Harrigan is an author and longtime writer for Texas Monthly. He has written 10 books, including the New York Times bestseller “The Gates of the Alamo,” a novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo in 1836. Harrigan was a finalist for the 2015 National Magazine Awards. Most recently... Read More →

Speakers
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Lawrence Wright

Author and Staff Writer for The New Yorker
Wright is an author, screenwriter and playwright who joined The New Yorker in 1992. He is most recently the author of “ God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State.” Wright is also the author of “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” and co-produced... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
H+K Strategies North Tent, Open Congress

3:00pm CDT

POSiBLE ATX: A Conversation on Latino Entrepreneurs and Wealth Initiatives (en Español)
Unase con nosotros para un conversación con expertos locales y expertos de pequeñas empresas en la área de Austin y empresarios sobre POSIBLE ATX, un iniciativa de emprendedores Latinos y riqueza.

Join Univision for a conversation with Austin-area small- business experts and entrepreneurs on POSiBLE ATX, a Latino entrepreneur and wealth initiative. Moderated by Marina Veraza, co-anchor for Univision Austin Media.

This conversation will be conducted in Spanish.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by Univision

Sponsors
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Univision 62

Media Partner
Univision Communications Inc. is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., has 16 broadcast, cable and digital networks; 62 television stations; 68 radio stations; and an array of online and mobile apps and products.@U... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Walmart Partner Tent, Open Congress

3:00pm CDT

Book Signing of DeRay Mckesson's "On the Other Side of Freedom"
Join us for a signing of DeRay Mckesson's book, "On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
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DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist and Organizer
Mckesson is a prominent activist with the Black Lives Matter movement and an outspoken voice against police violence. He began speaking out against police violence during the August 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and has since amassed a large online following. In 2015, Mckesson... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

3:00pm CDT

Is There Nothing We Should Do About Gun Policy?
The congressmen who represent Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas, on the tragedies back home and how to prevent the next one.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Moderators
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Garrett Haake

Washington Correspondent for MSNBC
Haake covers national politics and breaking news for MSNBC, where he is a two-time regional Emmy winner for environmental and documentary reporting. Previously, he worked as a television reporter for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., and was an embedded reporter on the 2012 presidential... Read More →

Speakers
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Ted Deutch

U.S. Representative, D-Florida
Deutch has represented Florida’s 22nd Congressional District since 2010. He serves as the ranking Democrat on the House Ethics Committee and as a senior member of the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees. Deutch has been a prominent proponent of gun reform legislation in the... Read More →
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Randy Weber

U.S. Representative, R-Friendswood
Weber, R-Friendswood, has represented Texas' 14th Congressional District since 2009. He is a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure and Science, Space & Technology committees and chairman of the Energy Subcommittee. Weber previously served in the Texas House.


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress

3:30pm CDT

Book Signing of Lawrence Wright's "God Save Texas"
Join us for a signing of Lawrence Wright's book, "God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State." The book will be available for advance purchase through BookPeople in the online book store or on-site at the event.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by BookPeople

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright

Author and Staff Writer for The New Yorker
Wright is an author, screenwriter and playwright who joined The New Yorker in 1992. He is most recently the author of “ God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State.” Wright is also the author of “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief” and co-produced... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Festival Hub at 800 Congress

4:00pm CDT

A Conversation with Annise Parker, Victory Fund CEO and Former Houston Mayor
The nation's first openly gay big-city mayor discusses the record slate of LGBTQ candidates in Texas and nationwide in 2018, President Trump and LGBTQ rights, what's at stake in the midterm elections, the changing Texas political landscape and more. Moderated by OutSmart Editor John Wright.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by OutSmart Magazine

Speakers
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Annise Parker

President and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund & Institute and Former Mayor of Houston
Parker served as mayor of Houston from 2010 to 2016 — the first openly LGBTQ mayor of a major American city. Previously, she served on the Houston City Council and was later elected city controller. Parker currently serves as president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Victory Institute... Read More →

Sponsors
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OutSmart Magazine

Media Partner
Established in 1994, OutSmart is an award-winning monthly magazine and website serving Houston’s LGBTQ community. Each month, our news and entertainment coverage reaches 200,000-plus readers. OutSmart was voted “Nation’s Best Local Magazine” by the Vice Versa Gay Press Awards... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
Walmart Partner Tent, Open Congress

4:00pm CDT

Meet-and-Greet with MSNBC's Garrett Haake
Join NBC News & MSNBC for a meet-and-greet with Garrett Haake, Washington Correspondent for MSNBC, immediately following his panel.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by NBC News & MSNBC

Speakers
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Garrett Haake

Washington Correspondent for MSNBC
Haake covers national politics and breaking news for MSNBC, where he is a two-time regional Emmy winner for environmental and documentary reporting. Previously, he worked as a television reporter for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., and was an embedded reporter on the 2012 presidential... Read More →

Sponsors
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NBC News and MSNBC

Media Partner
More Americans watch NBC News and MSNBC than any news organization in the world. NBC News is a global leader in news across all broadcast and digital platforms. Its leading and award-winning television news broadcasts include "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," "TODAY," "Meet the... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress

4:00pm CDT

One on One with DeRay Mckesson
The author, organizer, educator and agitator on his new book about the legacy of racism, the power of resistance and why optimism trumps oppression.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Supported by Texas Southern University – Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs

Moderators
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Neena Satija

Investigative Reporter and Producer for The Texas Tribune and Reveal
Satija works for the Tribune and Reveal, a public radio program from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was the environment reporter for the Tribune. Satija has also worked for a number of East Coast news outlets, including the New Haven Independent, The Connecticut... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson

Civil Rights Activist and Organizer
Mckesson is a prominent activist with the Black Lives Matter movement and an outspoken voice against police violence. He began speaking out against police violence during the August 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and has since amassed a large online following. In 2015, Mckesson... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
H+K Strategies North Tent, Open Congress

4:30pm CDT

Is Justice Done?
Why federal law enforcement is under fire like never before.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Moderators
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Lawrence O’Donnell

Author and Host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell”
O’Donnell is an American television pundit, actor and host of “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.” Previously, he worked on staff for the U.S. Senate and as an executive producer and writer for the TV series “The West Wing,” for which he won an Emmy Award. O’Donnell... Read More →

Speakers
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Neal Katyal

Former Acting U.S. Solicitor General
Katyal served as acting solicitor general of the United States from 2010 to 2011. He is currently a partner at the law firm of Hogan Lovells and law professor at Georgetown University. In 2017, Katyal led the state of Hawaii’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s executive... Read More →
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Joyce White Vance

Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama
Vance served as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama during the Obama administration. She currently serves as a distinguished professor from practice at the University of Alabama School of Law and is a contributor for MSNBC and NBC News. Vance previously served as assistant... Read More →
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Sally Yates

Former Acting U.S. Attorney General
Yates is the former acting U.S. attorney general and deputy attorney general from 2015 to 2017. She worked at the Department of Justice for 27 years, beginning as an assistant U.S. attorney and later becoming the first woman U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.  Yates... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress

5:00pm CDT

How Did You Get That? A Behind-the-Scenes Look at What Freedom of Information Act Requests are and How Journalists Wrest Information from Governments
Join GateHouse Media to learn how journalists get public records, what a Freedom of Information Act request is and how to get government officials to talk — especially when they don't want to.
Panelists include: David McSwane, investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News; Sean Walsh, investigative reporter for the Austin American-Statesman; and Elizabeth Findell, city hall reporter for the Austin American-Statesman.


This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by GateHouse Media

Speakers
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David McSwane

Reporter for The Dallas Morning News
McSwane has worked as an investigative reporter for The Dallas Morning News since 2015. He was previously a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where he covered the environment and city hall. McSwane was the author of the award-winning investigative... Read More →

Sponsors
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Gatehouse Media

Media Partner
GateHouse Media delivers journalism with impact, nationally-recognized products and trusted services that enrich our communities. With a weekly reach of more than 21 million, GateHouse is one of the largest publishers of locally-based media in the U.S. — and still growing. We’re... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Walmart Partner Tent, Open Congress

5:30pm CDT

Book Signing of Lawrence O’Donnell’s “Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics”
Join NBC News & MSNBC for a signing of Lawrence O'Donnell's book, "Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics." Limited copies of the book will be given away onsite at the NBC News & MSNBC South Tent.

This event is part of Open Congress, a free, open-to-the-public street festival held on Austin's historic Congress Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 29. RSVP to attend Open Congress here.

Presented by NBC News & MSNBC

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence O’Donnell

Lawrence O’Donnell

Author and Host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell”
O’Donnell is an American television pundit, actor and host of “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.” Previously, he worked on staff for the U.S. Senate and as an executive producer and writer for the TV series “The West Wing,” for which he won an Emmy Award. O’Donnell... Read More →

Sponsors
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NBC News and MSNBC

Media Partner
More Americans watch NBC News and MSNBC than any news organization in the world. NBC News is a global leader in news across all broadcast and digital platforms. Its leading and award-winning television news broadcasts include "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt," "TODAY," "Meet the... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 5:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
NBC News & MSNBC South Tent, Open Congress