While there are many political education programs designed for seasoned professionals or partisans, the New Politics Forum remains unique. Established in 2003 at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the New Politics Forum is the only program of its kind in Texas offering conferences, trainings, and events that are: (1) strictly nonpartisan; (2) primarily youth-focused; and (3) taught by active political professionals.
The New Politics Forum offers:
hands-on skill development that combines job relevance with cutting-edge academic research;
networking and mentorship opportunities for students and alumni;
rotating topics appropriate to the political environment and changes in new media;
conferences and trainings that incorporate a more critical approach focusing on ethics, political values, and culture; and
a stepping stone to careers in politics and life-long, sustained civic engagement.
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September 10 - 23, 2020
Moody Civic Engagement Seminar Series: In partnership with Moody's Career Center, we will host weekly discussions on how Moody School students can explore careers in the world of public service, political campaigns, political communications, and policy.
September 22, 2020
Texas Tribune Watch Party - Our Texas Civic Ambassadors and Campaign Bootcampers will come together to round out the Texas Tribune Fest with a watch party. This closed event will focus on Ted Cruz's and Stacy Abram's Tribune Fest tapings. For your earliest chance to join in on this civil dialogue from student attendees keep an eye out for next year's Campaign Bootcamp announcement.
September 26 - November 7, 2020
Houston Youth Voters Conference - a student-led, non-partisan, four-part civic education webinar series dedicated to empowering Houston youth coordinated by a coalition of students from Rice University, Texas Southern University, the University of Houston-Downtown, the University of Houston, and Houston Community College.
October 7, 2020
Judicial Selection Forum - Join a bipartisan panel of leaders in Texas law and politics as they discuss Texas' current system of selecting judges. Panelists include Rep. Ina Minjarez, The Texas Tribune's Emma Platoff, and Criminal Court of Appeals Judge Bert Richardson. Our speakers will discuss legislation from the 86th Legislative Session, the latent issues in judicial elections, and their work in relation to the judiciary system