Events and News

Upcoming Events


Executive Communications Training

January 9 - January 10, 2020 - Austin, TX

Are you an association executive? A business leader? A community advocate? A nonprofit director? Our mission is to empower individuals from nonprofits, political organizations, and NGOs to use strategic communication on behalf of the interests of their consumers and their communities. Our workshops are designed to support professionals already working in advocacy-related jobs, as well as those interested in pursuing a career in public leadership, by showing them how to cut through the noise of the 24-hour news cycle, online blogosphere, and crowded issue fields, by crafting a message that is sharp, disciplined, and resonates with the audience you need most.


Recent Events


National Conference on Citizenship (Civvy Awards)

October 29 -  October 30, 2019 - College Park, MD

The Civvys celebrate best practices in civic collaboration that put community and nation before party, ideology and narrow interests. Since its inaugural year, the Civvys have highlighted outstanding efforts of civic collaboration making impacts in National, Local and Youth communities. 

Denius Symposium

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - Austin, TX

A panel of journalists and scholars will convene Oct. 10 at the Denius Symposium on News Integrity, a new series launched by the School of Journalism and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, to stir conversation in the media about ethical values in the press.

TCA Led: Houston Youth Voters Conference 

Friday, October 4, 2019 - Houstin, TX

The Houston Youth Voters Conference is a summit dedicated to the empowerment of Houston
youth as it concerns four pillars of civic engagement: voter registration, voter turnout, non-
partisan dialogue, and volunteering. This year, it took place on October 4th from 3-8pm
on the University of Houston Downtown campus.

Texas Tribune Festival

September 26-28, 2019 - Austin, TX
The Texas Tribune Festival is an innovative and engaging three-day event at The University of Texas at Austin for people who are passionate about the issues that affect all Texans. The Strauss Institute helps to create a student-focused experience to help them get the most out of the Festival.

National Voter Registration Day

September 24, 2019

All around the country, volunteers and organizations like UT Votes will be registering, mobilizing, and educating voters. 


Recent News


The Student Vote Is Surging. So Are Efforts to Suppress It.

Annette Strauss Institute Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant to Fund Speak Up! Speak Out! for Elementary Schools

CityLab: When Local Newsrooms Shrink, Fewer Candidates Run for Mayor