Great Conversations 2019

Please join the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin and Honorary Event Co-Chairs, Rusty Kelley and Del Williams for Great Conversations 2019: The Renewal of Common Ground on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Student leaders from UT and other college campuses across Central Texas will figure prominently in the table conversations this year. Sponsors and other ticket holders will be seated with a student and a distinguished civic or political leader at tables of ten. Your table’s student leader will be equipped to moderate a spirited and civil conversation around civic engagement topics including how we re-establish common ground for civil discussions.

The dinner and discussion will call each of us—whether we hold the title of elected official, parent, teacher, student, volunteer, manager, leader, reporter, officer, artist, technologist, neighbor, or voter—to reflect on our role in defining, living, and spreading civic values such as education and participation in a public arena that is too often marred by incivility, gridlock, and distrust.

Additionally, the evening will feature the presentation of the Shirley Bird Perry Longhorn Citizenship Award to Dr. Larry Faulkner, former President of The University of Texas at Austin and the Houston Endowment, and most recently interim chancellor of The University of Texas System.

To purchase a table and become a named sponsor and financial supporter of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, click here

Individual tickets for $150 each are available for purchase here

All proceeds raised at the event directly support the education and research mission of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.

2019 Great Conversations Civic Leaders

The Honorable Trent Ashby
Texas State Representative
District 57

The Honorable Michelle Beckley
Texas State Representative
District 65

The Honorable Dawn Buckingham
Texas State Senator
District 24

The Honorable John Bucy III
Texas State Representative
District 136

The Honorable Sheryl Cole
Texas State Representative
District 46

Christi Craddick
Chair
Railroad Commission of Texas

Lisa Craven
Deputy Comptroller
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

The Honorable Sarah Davis
Texas State Representative
District 134

Hector De Leon
Founder
De Leon Washburn & Ward, PC

The Honorable Alex Dominguez
Texas State Representative
District 37

The Honorable Jessica González
Texas State Representative
District 104

The Honorable Vikki Goodwin
Texas State Representative
District 47

Debbie Hiott
General Manager
KUT Austin

The Honorable Todd Hunter
Texas State Representative
District 32

The Honorable Celia Israel
Texas State Representative
District 50

The Honorable Nathan Johnson
Texas State Senator
District 16

Gavin Massingill
Chief of Staff
Speaker Dennis Bonnen

The Honorable Jim Murphy
Texas State Representative
District 133

The Honorable Ana-Maria Ramos
Texas State Representative
District 102

Ross Ramsey
Executive Editor and Co-Founder
The Texas Tribune

Geronimo Rodriguez
President
AISD Board of Trustees

The Honorable Joe Straus
Former Speaker of Texas House 
of Representatives

The Honorable James Talarico
Texas State Representative
District 52

The Honorable Senfronia Thompson
Texas State Representative
District 141

The Honorable John Turner
Texas State Representative
District 114

Mark Updegrove
President and CEO
LBJ Foundation

The Honorable Judith Zaffirini
Texas State Senator
District 21

The Honorable Erin Zwiener
Texas State Representative
District 45