Executive Communication Training

DMC 5.208 (Dean’s Briefing Room)

The Annette Strauss Institute’s Executive Communication Training is officially scheduled for January 12-13, 2022, at the University of Texas at Austin. This two-day program equips community members with the necessary tools to design and articulate their message to effectively reach target audiences. Hands-on workshops support executives and public-facing staff in meeting their communication goals with a specific focus on media ...

Speak Up Speak Out State Civics Fair

Texas State Capitol 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX

Serving students and educators since 2002, Speak Up Speak Out is an innovative civic education program designed to teach third grade through high school students about their communities and equip them with the tools to make a difference. Speak Up Speak Out  participants work together as teams to identify community problems, craft innovative solutions that address them, and compete for the chance to present their findings ...

Careers in Politics

DMC 1.202

This one-day conference offers the next generation of civic leaders the insiders' perspective about what it's like to have a career in public service and encourages participants to consider leadership roles in their community. Participants have the opportunity to connect with and learn from elected officials, political staff, government leaders, communication strategists, and nonprofit executives from across the Lone Star ...

An Evening with Austin City Council

LBJ School of Public Affairs 2315 Red River St, Austin

Join Meebs Aslam and the New Politics Forum as they welcome some of Austin's biggest names in local politics. This event will leave attendees with a better understanding of how their local government works, how they can work with/within local government, and how nonpartisan political campaigns for local government work. Guests include CM Natasha Harper-Madison, CM Jose "Chito" Vela, CM ...

2022 Lebermann Forum: Transportation and Affordability

DMC 2.106 300 W. Dean Keeton, Austin, TX

Traffic. Gridlock. Delays. We hear these words every day when we think about getting around Austin. As more people come to Austin and people move to more affordable places farther from downtown, some fear that this is only the beginning. There are many new initiatives to improve transportation in Austin, but what are the implications? Join KUT News transportation reporter ...

Texas Civic Ambassador Leadership Summit 2022

DMC 5.208 (Dean’s Briefing Room)

The Texas Civic Ambassador Leadership Summit (TCALS) will facilitate civic learning and skill-building opportunities that cultivate individual and collective civic capacities, expose students to a range of different political viewpoints, and expand professional networks. This four-day-long Summit hosts various panels, workshops, speakers, and sessions that support and train this year's Texas Civic Ambassadors (TCAs). In brief, the TCAs will learn ...

TX Votes 1st Meeting

DMC 1.202

TX Votes, sponsored by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, is a non-partisan, non-advocacy student organization dedicated to voter registration, education, and outreach. Join us for nachos, tote bag decorating, and to learn more about what we do.

Students @ the Fest


Students @ the Fest is the New Politics Forum's unique student experience at the Texas Tribune Festival, a three-day event of debate and dialogue with Texas politicians, journalists, and active politicos. Students gain full access to the festival, networking opportunities, and the ability to engage in civic dialogue with peers and speakers. Students @ the Fest provides a home base ...

Great Conversations

AT&T Conference Center Zlotnik Ballroom 1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX

Great Conversations is the Annette Strauss Institute’s signature, annual fundraising event to benefit our education, outreach, and research programs. At the event, we celebrate a commitment to civic involvement with a panel conversation among distinguished speakers, special recognitions, the presentation of the Shirley Bird Perry Longhorn Citizenship Award, and table conversations led by prominent statewide and community leaders. Over the ...

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