Great Conversations 2020

people talking to each other

A celebration of 20 years of the Annette Strauss Institute

Please join the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin and Honorary Event Co-Chairs, Janie Strauss McGarr and Nancy Strauss Halbreich for Great Conversations 2020: Fixing American Politics on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm CDT.

Featuring panelists:

The 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 an awards presentation to Admiral B.R. Inman and The Honorable Kirk Watson.

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2020 Great Conversation Leaders

Scott Braddock Headshot

Scott Braddock

The Quorum Report

Matthew Dowd Headshot

Matthew Dowd

ABC News Political Analyst & Author

Angela Evans Headshot

Dean Angela Evans

LBJ School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin

Larry Faulkner Headshot

Dr. Larry Faulkner

President Emeritus
The University of Texas at Austin

Roderick P. Hart Headshot

Roderick P. Hart

Shivers Chair in Communication, Professor of Government
Founding Director, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
The University of Texas at Austin

Donna Howard Headshot

The Honorable Donna Howard

Representative District 48
Texas House of Representatives

Representative Todd Hunter

The Honorable Todd Hunter

Representative District 32
Texas House of Representatives

Nelson Linder Headshot

Nelson Linder

President, Austin Chapter

Commissioner Emily Lindley Headshot

Emily Lindley

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Ross Ramsey

Ross Ramsey

Executive Editor and Co-Founder
Texas Tribune

Brandon Rottinghaus Headshot

Brandon Rottinghaus

Professor of Political Science & Author
The University of Houston

Dr. Daron Shaw Headshot

Dr. Daron Shaw

Professor, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts
The University of Texas at Austin

Representative James Talarico

The Honorable James Talarico

Representative District 52
Texas House of Representatives

Karen Tumulty

Karen Tumulty

Washington Post

Chris Turner Headshot

The Honorable Chris Turner

Representative District 101
Texas House of Representatives