Next weekend, Sept. 19-21, The Texas Tribune and The University of Texas at Austin will partner for the fourth time in presenting The Texas Tribune Festival — a gathering on the UT campus of some of the biggest names in politics and public policy to examine some of the most pressing issues affecting our state.
UT students, faculty, and staff can attend for a discounted rate of just $50, or volunteer for one shift and receive a complimentary Festival badge. Students (high school and college) also have access to several exclusive events in coordination with Pearson and UT’s Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. Full details are available online.
The list of confirmed participants at the festival includes: U.S. senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz; Gov. Rick Perry; state senators Wendy Davis, Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte; U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro; former U.S. senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Bill Bradley; and Land Commissioner nominee George P. Bush.
Student program highlights include:
• Friday, Sept. 19 – Kickoff pizza party for students at the Cactus Cafe with networking tips and advice on how to get the most out of the festival
• Saturday, Sept. 20 – A private student lounge in the Student Activity Center will feature valuable networking opportunities and exclusive meet-and-greets with festival speakers and special guests — including state Sen. Wendy Davis, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, and Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht. Students can stop by throughout the day for snacks, drinks, and fun activities.
• Sunday, Sept. 21 – Following the festival’s closing session, students can attend a live TribCast podcast recording in KUT’s Studio 1A featuring free lunch, appearances by festival speakers and a special performance by The Jason Roberts Band.
On Saturday morning, I will be participating in a panel with five other leaders to discuss college completion rates.
For more information, visit the #TTFstudents site at trib.it/ttfstudents, or view the full program at texastribune.org/festival.