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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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Diversity & Immigration [clear filter]
Friday, September 28
 

8:00am CDT

The Diversity of Diversity
Race, ethnicity, gender and ideology are many-splendored in Texas these days.

Supported by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas and Walmart

Moderators
avatar for Corrie MacLaggan

Corrie MacLaggan

Managing Editor of The Texas Tribune
MacLaggan is the Tribune’s managing editor. Previously she worked as a national correspondent for Reuters, writing and editing stories about Texas and nearby states and overseeing a network of freelance writers. Before joining Reuters, she covered Texas government and politics for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Salman Bhojani

Salman Bhojani

Euless City Councilman
Bhojani is a member of the Euless City Council, representing Place 6. He was elected in May 2018 and is the city’s first Muslim elected official. Bhojani also works as an attorney and entrepreneur, serving as managing partner of Bhojani Law, PLLC & Allegiance Title of Irving.
avatar for Theresa Chang

Theresa Chang

Harris County Court at Law Judge
Chang serves as the presiding judge of the Harris County Civil Court at Law. She previously worked as an assistant county attorney and division chief of revenue and compliance for the Harris County Attorney’s Office. Chang serves on the commission for lawyer discipline of the State... Read More →
avatar for Bruno

Bruno "Ralphy" Lozano

Mayor of Del Rio
Lozano was elected mayor of Del Rio in May 2018, becoming the city’s first openly gay official and youngest mayor. He previously served as a security forces patrolman in the U.S. military. Prior to his election, Lozano also worked as an activist in Del Rio helping to clean local... Read More →
avatar for James White

James White

State Representative, R-Hillister
White, R-Hillister, has represented House District 19 since 2010. He serves as chairman of the House Corrections Committee and sits on the International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. Previously, White served as a professor of government at Angelina College. He is an... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

10:30am CDT

Gender, Power and Leadership
Even though more than half the population of Texas is female, women haven’t come close to achieving parity in the upper ranks of politics, the law, advocacy and academia — yet.

Supported by BP, Lyft and The Panacea Collection

Moderators
avatar for Alexa Ura

Alexa Ura

Demographics Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Ura covers politics, demographics, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population, and voting rights issues at the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis

Former State Senator, D-Fort Worth
Davis founded Deeds Not Words, an online engagement initiative focused on women’s rights, in 2016. Previously, she served in the Texas Senate for six years, representing parts of Fort Worth, and on the Fort Worth City Council. In 2014, Davis unsuccessfully ran for Texas governor... Read More →
avatar for Eva Guzman

Eva Guzman

Texas Supreme Court Justice
Guzman was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2009 and elected to a full term in 2010. Previously, she served as an associate justice on the Houston-based 14th Court of Appeals and as a trial court judge on the 309th Family District Court. Guzman also... Read More →
avatar for Linda Livingstone

Linda Livingstone

President of Baylor University
Livingstone has served as president of Baylor University since 2017. She was previously a dean at the George Washington University School of Business and Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. Livingstone also served as a faculty member and associate... Read More →
avatar for Senfronia Thompson

Senfronia Thompson

State Representative, D-Houston
Thompson, D-Houston, has represented House District 141 since 1973 and is the longest-serving woman and African-American in Texas history. She serves as chairwoman of the House Local & Consent Calendars Committee and as vice chairwoman of the  Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Capital Factory, Voltron Space

11:30am CDT

Dreams of the Dreamers
DACA recipients on what they really want: to stay in this country; emerge from the shadows; work, go to school or serve in the military; and pay taxes. To be like us.

Supported by Lobby Days

Moderators
avatar for Dara Lind

Dara Lind

Senior Reporter for Vox
Lind covers immigration, criminal justice and politics for Vox, where she has worked since the site’s launch in 2014. She has worked as a reporting fellow for University of Southern California Center for Health Journalism and with John Jay College's Center for Media, Crime and Justice... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Edras Alvarado

Edras Alvarado

DACA Recipient and Student at the University of Houston
Alvarado is a first-generation student of the University of Houston. He moved to the United States from Honduras at the age of 5 and is a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — an Obama-era initiative that protects immigrants brought into the United States... Read More →
avatar for Emelin S. Hernandez Reyes

Emelin S. Hernandez Reyes

DACA recipient and Graduate Student at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
Hernandez is a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — an Obama-era initiative that protects immigrants brought into the United States as children from deportation. She has lived in the United States for nearly 13 years and recently completed a bachelor’s... Read More →
avatar for Maria Trevino-Rodriguez

Maria Trevino-Rodriguez

DACA Recipient and Student at the University of Houston
Trevino-Rodriguez is a student at the University of Houston and a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. She has worked on gubernatorial, congressional and city-wide political campaigns. In 2016, she co-led the Houston Beyond ICE campaign. Currently, Trevino-Rodriguez... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune
 
Saturday, September 29
 

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

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

2:15pm CDT

One on One with Juan Sanchez
The CEO of Southwest Key on the politics and economics of housing immigrant children.

Read more about the Tribune’s coverage on separated immigrant families.

Moderators
avatar for Jay Root

Jay Root

Investigative Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Root is an award-winning journalist and author of “Oops! A Diary from the 2012 Campaign Trail”, an insider’s account of Rick Perry’s gaffe-filled run for president. Since 2011, Root has been a senior political and investigative reporter at the Texas Tribune. In 2016, Root... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Juan Sanchez

Juan Sanchez

CEO of Southwest Key Programs
Sanchez is the founder and CEO of Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit hired by the U.S. government to operate shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors. He has served on the boards of the National Council of La Raza and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency. Sanchez is also... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Texas Public Policy Foundation, Auditorium

3:45pm CDT

Family Values
How did we come to separate children from their parents at the border, and how do we make sure it never happens again?

Read more about the Tribune’s coverage on separated immigrant families.

Presented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and supported by the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

Moderators
avatar for Julián Aguilar

Julián Aguilar

Immigration and Border Security Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Aguilar reports on politics, immigration and border security issues for The Texas Tribune from the Texas-Mexico border. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Previously, Aguilar was... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Garza

Daniel Garza

President of The LIBRE Initiative
Garza is the founder of the Libre Initiative and Libre Institute, two nonprofits that work to inform and empower the U.S. Hispanic community. He currently serves as executive director of the Libre Initiative and chairman of the Libre Institute. Previously, Garza served as associate... Read More →
avatar for Celina Moreno

Celina Moreno

Interim Southwest Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Moreno was appointed interim southwest regional counsel for MALDEF in 2017, where she leads the office’s litigation and policy work. She previously served as a staff attorney for MALDEF and co-leader of Texas Residents United for a Stronger Texas, an advocacy coalition co-founded... Read More →
avatar for Ali Noorani

Ali Noorani

Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum
Noorani has led the National Immigration Forum since 2008. Previously, he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. Noorani was named a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and, most recently, is the author of “There... Read More →
avatar for Filemon Vela

Filemon Vela

U.S. Representative, D-Brownsville
Vela, D-Brownsville, has represented Texas’ 34th Congressional District since 2013. He sits on the House Agriculture and Homeland Security committees and serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Border Caucus. Previously, Vela served as an attorney in both state and federal courts... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
Central Presbyterian Church

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
avatar for Neena Satija

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