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The Trump Administration: Year Two [clear filter]
Friday, September 28
 

8:30am CDT

The Threat Assessment
How vulnerable are we to terrorism today?

Supported by the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas Bankers Association

Moderators
avatar for William Inboden

William Inboden

Executive Director of the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin
Inboden has served as executive director of the Clements Center since 2015. He previously served as senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council and as a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. State Department. Inboden is also a distinguished scholar... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Brennan

John Brennan

Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Brennan served as director of the CIA under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017. Prior to his appointment, he served as the assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. Brennan worked at the CIA from 1980 to 2005, serving as chief of staff to former... Read More →
avatar for Richard Engel

Richard Engel

Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC News
Engel has served as chief foreign correspondent for NBC News since 2008. He joined NBC News in 2003, serving as the network’s primary Iraq correspondent and later as senior Middle East correspondent and Beirut bureau chief. Engel previously served as a freelance journalist for ABC... Read More →
avatar for William McRaven

William McRaven

Former Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command
McRaven served for 37 years as a Navy SEAL and was commander of U.S. Special Operations. He is the primary author of the government’s 2006 National Strategy for Combating Terrorism and has advised the secretary of defense, secretary of state and secretary of homeland security. Most... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Rasmussen

Nicholas Rasmussen

Former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center
Rasmussen serves as senior director for counterterrorism programs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. He previously served as director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 2014 to 2017. Rasmussen has also served on the National Security Council staff under... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am CDT
The Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

1:30pm CDT

Faith in the System
These are challenging times for politically engaged members of the clergy.

Moderators
avatar for Ana Marie Cox

Ana Marie Cox

Host of the "With Friends Like These" Podcast
Cox is a political columnist and culture critic. She previously conducted the “Talk” interviews featured in The New York Times Magazine. Since starting the political blog Wonkette in 2004, she has contributed to a variety of outlets, including Time magazine, GQ and The Guardian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Doyle

Andrew Doyle

Episcopal Bishop of Texas
Doyle was elected bishop in 2008. He has served churches in Temple and College Station and was elected deputy to several General Conventions. He is currently president of the Compass Rose Society. His writings include “Unabashedly Episcopalian: The Good News of the Episcopal Church... Read More →
avatar for Mara Nathan

Mara Nathan

Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth-El in San Antonio
Nathan has served as senior rabbi at Temple Beth-El since 2014 and is the first woman to serve as senior rabbi of a major congregation in Texas. She previously served as associate rabbi and director of congregational learning at Larchmont Temple in New York. Nathan is also a former... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Nieli

Bruce Nieli

Nieli is an evangelist and missionary based at St. Austin Church in Austin. He was ordained in 1973, and was named by Pope Francis part of a select corps of priests to serve as missionaries of mercy. Previously, he served as director of evangelization of the United States Conference... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Capital Factory, Voltron Space

1:30pm CDT

Making Mr. Right
Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan and the fate of conservatism.

Moderators
avatar for Susan Glasser

Susan Glasser

Staff Writer at The New Yorker
Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes the weekly column “Trump’s Washington.” Prior to joining The New Yorker, she served as editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy, editor of Politico and founder of Politico Magazine. Glasser also worked as a foreign correspondent... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Carpenter

Amanda Carpenter

Author and Contributor for CNN
Carpenter is a contributor for CNN, covering politics as a commentator. She is the author of “Gaslighting America: Why We Love it When Trump Lies to Us.” Carpenter previously worked as communications adviser for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and as a senior adviser for former U.S. Sen. Jim... Read More →
avatar for Ben Domenech

Ben Domenech

Publisher of The Federalist
Domenech is publisher of The Federalist and hosts the Federalist Radio Hour. He also writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders. Domenech previously served as editor-in-chief of The City, an academic journal covering politics and culture, and as a media... Read More →
avatar for Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol

Founder and Editor-at-Large of The Weekly Standard
Kristol is the founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, as well as a political commentator for ABC. He appears on the network’s program "This Week" and contributes to special events and election coverage. Previously, Kristol was a columnist for The New York Times and... Read More →
avatar for Matt K. Lewis

Matt K. Lewis

Senior Columnist for The Daily Beast and Commentator for CNN
Lewis is a senior columnist at the Daily Beast and political commentator for CNN. He is also the author of “Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots).” Lewis is the host of his own podcast, Matt... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
The Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

3:15pm CDT

Have We Made the Economy Great Again?
Tax cuts, unemployment, the stock market, and what’s best for America.

Moderators
avatar for Ben White

Ben White

Chief Economic Correspondent for POLITICO
White is the chief economic correspondent for POLITICO and author of the Morning Money column, which covers finance and public policy. He previously served as a Wall Street reporter for The New York Times and U.S. Banking editor for the Financial Times. White has also worked at The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James K. Galbraith

James K. Galbraith

Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Former Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress
Galbraith is the former executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. He also served as chair of the board of Economists for Peace and Security and is director of the University of Texas Inequality Project. Galbraith is currently a government professor and... Read More →
avatar for Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist

President of Americans for Tax Reform
Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform, which he founded in 1985. He serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association and as president of the American Society for Competitiveness. Norquist previously served as an economist and chief speechwriter for the... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
Stateside at The Paramount

3:45pm CDT

Affairs of State
Does America still believe in diplomacy?

Supported by Texas A&M University

Moderators
avatar for Indira Lakshmanan

Indira Lakshmanan

Executive Editor of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting
Lakshmanan is executive editor at the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and a columnist for The Boston Globe. Previously she was Newmark Chair in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute. She covered the State Department and politics for Bloomberg News, traveling with Secretaries... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Crocker

Ryan Crocker

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq
Crocker served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan under President Barack Obama from 2011 to 2012. Before that, he had served as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. He is currently diplomat-in-residence at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of... Read More →
avatar for Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Former Governor of New Mexico
Richardson served as New Mexico's governor from 2003 to 2011. He has also served as a U.S. congressman, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and U.S. secretary of energy under President Bill Clinton. Richardson founded the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, which focuses on... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Sherman

Wendy Sherman

Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State
Sherman served as undersecretary of state for political affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2011-2015, where she oversaw the department’s multiple global bureaus. She led the U.S. negotiating team in the talks leading up to the Iran nuclear agreement and was awarded the... Read More →


Friday September 28, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
Central Presbyterian Church
 
Saturday, September 29
 

3:30pm CDT

Mulling Mueller
Where are we on the investigation into Russian meddling, and where are we headed?

Moderators
avatar for Virginia Heffernan

Virginia Heffernan

Cultural Critic and Co-Host of Slate’s Trumpcast
Heffernan is a journalist, critic and author. In addition to co-hosting Slate's Trumpcast, she serves as a contributing editor at Politico and a columnist at FastCompany. Heffernan wrote "The Medium," a weekly column about internet culture for The New York Times, from 2008 to 2012... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro

U.S. Representative, D-San Antonio
Castro, D-San Antonio, has represented Texas’ 20th Congressional District since 2013. He serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Previously, Castro served for 10 years in the Texas Legislature.
avatar for Mieke Eoyang

Mieke Eoyang

Vice President for the National Security Program at Third Way
Eoyang is vice president for the National Security Program at Third Way. She previously served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo and as defense policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. Eoyang is a contributor for Lawfare and has been featured in Politico, The Wall Street Journal... Read More →
avatar for Evan McMullin

Evan McMullin

Former CIA Officer and Co-Founder of Stand Up Republic
McMullin was an independent candidate for president in the 2016 election. In 2017, he co-founded Stand Up Republic, a nonpartisan political advocacy organization, with his former running mate Mindy Finn. McMullin previously served as a senior adviser for the House Committee on Foreign... Read More →
avatar for Adam Schiff

Adam Schiff

U.S. Representative, D-California
Schiff, D-California, has represented California’s 28th Congressional District since 2013. Previously, he represented the state’s 29th District from 2003 to 2013 and 27th District from 2001-2003. He currently serves as the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee... Read More →
avatar for Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt

Reporter for The New York Times
Schmidt covers national security and federal investigations for The New York Times. He was part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, one of which covered President Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia. While at the Times, Schmidt has covered the FBI, Department of Homeland... Read More →


Saturday September 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
The Paramount Theatre 713 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701

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
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Neal Katyal

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 →
avatar for Joyce White Vance

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 →
avatar for Sally Yates

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