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The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life

donateCreated in 2000 to respond to growing political cynicism and disaffection in the United States, the Institute is named for Annette Greenfield Strauss: former Dallas mayor, community leader, and philanthropist. The Institute envisions a democracy where all citizens are informed, vote, and are actively involved in improving their communities. Through nonpartisan research, education, and outreach, the Institute seeks to understand and overcome obstacles to civic engagement.


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Engaging News Project

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Digital Media Research Program

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Vote Smart Releases 2014 Voter's Self-Defense Manual

Director Lawrence Speaks at Leadership Austin's Engage Breakfast Series Launch

Institute partners with Project Vote Smart and The Archer Center to give Political Internship Information Session

Institute partners with American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education to offer TurboVote

UT Votes heads to Harvard Institute of Politics Conference

VISTA, Courtney Arnold, Joins the Institute Team

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