Annette Strauss Institute Calendar
Project Vote Smart’s Key Votes Interns research bills and compile legislators’ voting records to gain experience in political research, the U.S. political system, and the election process.
November 8-9, 2013 – Austin, TX
There are many obstacles that have shown to negatively affect people’s willingness and ability to be politically and civically involved. With only 31.4% of residents voting in the 2010 national election, the state of Texas was ranked 51st among the 50 states and Washington D.C. This conference will highlight this important discussion and will give citizens the knowledge and tools they need to reverse the forces of incivility, misinformation, and disaffection.
December 2013 – Austin, TX
September 21, 2013 Hatton W. Sumners Careers in Politics Conference. An initiative of the New Politics Forum, Careers in Politics, is sponsored by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation and is hosted in partnership with the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University. This statewide, one-day event offers the next generation of civic leaders the insiders' perspective about what is like to have a career in public service. Students will hear directly from active political professionals on topics such as "Stepping Up: What it Means to Choose Public Service", "Political Communication and the Media in Politics", and "Choosing Your Political Career Path." Participants and speakers will have an additional opportunity to mingle and network at an informal after-party immediately following the conference.
June 14-16, 2013: Campaign Bootcamp. An initiative of the New Politics Forum, Campaign Bootcamp gives students a non-partisan, practical, hands-on introduction to political campaigns. Workshops will be taught by active and experienced political professionals.
June 4, 2012: TX Civic Health Report Release. A report that elevates the discussion of our nation’s civic health by measuring a wide variety of civic indicators, America’s Civic Health Assessment is in an effort to educate Americans about our civic life and to motivate citizens, leaders and policymakers to strengthen it.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013: Dallas Civics Fair. Speak Up! Speak Out! will give students the chance to present their work at the Dallas Civics Fair. Students have worked this past semester to identify problems in their community, and craft innovative solutions. The students will present speeches and and posters highlighting their work to community leaders. The winning teams will receive prize money to use to implement their ideas.
Monday, April 15, 2013: Fact, Fallacy and Fantasy in Political Advertising. The College of Communication presents a lecture by Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Dr. Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Formerly, she served as chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin (1988 - 1991).
Monday, March 18, 2013: What's the Matter with 'Our' Federalism. The Government Department presents a talk by Dr. Lisa L. Miller, an Associate Professor at Rutgers University and a Visiting Scholar in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. This event is co-sponsored by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.
Saturday, March 2, 2013; Explore UT a day-long celebration during which the University of Texas opens the doors of its campus to the state. We once again welcome you to explore one of America’s great teaching and research universities.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013: Texas Leadership Award honoring Speaker Joe Straus was presented by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. The Texas Leadership Award honors public service to the State of Texas.
January 29, 2013: Why Bother? Your State Legislature, Your Voice. Many voters assume their job is done on Election Day, but citizens need to stay engaged to hold elected leaders accountable. What does it take to get your voice heard in the Texas Legislature? Join us for a discussion with state legislators, community advocates, and the public about how to engage your representatives on issues you care about.
January 25-27, 2013: Executive Communication Training. Are you an association executive? A business leader? A community advocate? A nonprofit director? No matter your communications objective, the Annette Strauss Institute Executive Communications Training will help professionals, driven by a passion to improve their community and country, more effectively articulate their message, rise above the noise and be heard.
Tuesday October 2, 7:00 p.m.: Why Bother? Voices of a New Generation. Presented by ASI, KUT, and KLRU, the first event in a news and public dialogue series is intended to get people talking about why Texas has one of the lowest rates of civic engagement in the world, and what we can do about it.
Wednesday-Friday, October 3-5, 2012: Hook the Vote Registration Round-Up and Rally, University of Texas at Austin. Hook the Vote, a coalition of University of Texas at Austin student organizations, will host an all-night rally to collect voter registration cards. Participating student organizations will compete to register voters. The rally will feature live music, food, speakers, and prizes.those who are keenly involved in their communities--often do not participate in politics.
Thursday October 18, 7:00 p.m.: Political Polarization: A Conversation Across the Divide. Featuring Mark McKinnon, co-founder of No Labels; Trey Greyson, director of Harvard's Institute of Politics, and Linda Moore Forbes, 25-year veteran of presidential campaigns, the White House, and Congress.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012: UT Votes, Results Watch Party
UT Votes student leaders will host an event on the University of Texas campus to watch the primary results. A faculty member will also be available to support student understanding, facilitate a conversation, and to take questions during the commercial breaks and after the results are in.
Friday November 9: New Politics Forum 2012 Post- Election Debriefing, featuring strategists and commetators Will Cain and Cornell Belcher, reporters Christina Bellantoni of PBS and Charlie Mahtesian of POLITICO, and Dr. Dhavan Shah of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012: Speak Up! Speak Out! Civics Fair. In late fall, the Institute will host its semi-annual civics fair at the University of Texas at Austin. The civics fair is the culminating event for Speak Up! Speak Out!, a program that works with middle and high school students to identify, research, and present solutions about pressing community issues.
Monday, December 10, 2012: Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today. The second event in a news and public dialogue series presented by ASI, KUT, and KLRU, intended to get regular people talking about why Texas has one of the lowest rates of civic engagement in the world, and what we can do about it.