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.

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.

The Honorable Trent Ashby
Texas State Representative
District 57

The Honorable Sarah Davis
Texas State Representative
District 134

The Honorable Todd Hunter
Texas State Representative
District 32

Ross Ramsey
Executive Editor and Co-Founder
The Texas Tribune

Mark Updegrove
President and CEO
LBJ Foundation

Hector De Leon
De Leon Washburn & Ward, PC

The Honorable Michelle Beckley
Texas State Representative
District 65

The Honorable John Turner
Texas State Representative
District 114

Christi Craddick
Railroad Commission of Texas