Past Events

Past Events


2018

Great Conversations 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - Austin, TX
Prominent business, political, and community leaders joined authors and commentators to facilitate conversations on diverse issues and stimulating topics for a table of 10. Sponsors were able to treat their guests to a unique, unforgettable experience and support a legacy of civic engagement. 


2017

Executive Communication Training
January 19-20, 2017 - Austin, TX
The Annette Strauss Institute Executive Communication Training helps professionals - driven by a passion to improve their community and country - to more effectively articulate their message, rise above the noise, and be heard.

Texas Legislative Intern Seminar
January 21, 2017 - Austin, TX
Produced in partnership of the Texas Politics Project and the New Politics Forum and made possible by the generous support of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, the Texas Legislative Intern Seminar is a one-day, nonpartisan training for interns working at the Capitol, in district offices, or for lobbyist or advocacy organizations during the 85th Texas Legislative Session.

Hatton W. Sumners Careers in Politics Conference
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - Austin, TX
This one-day, statewide event offers the next generation of civic leaders the insiders' perspective about what it's like to have a career in public service and encourages participants to consider leadership roles in their community. 
 

2017 Campaign Bootcamp
May 26-28, 2017 - Austin, TX
An initiative of the New Politics Forum, Campaign Bootcamp gives students a non-partisan, practical, hands-on introduction to political campaigns. Workshops are taught by active and experienced political professionals.

 


2016

January 14-15, 2016 - Austin, TX
The Annette Strauss Institute Executive Communication Training helps professionals - driven by a passion to improve their community and country - to more effectively articulate their message, rise above the noise, and be heard.
 
Hatton W. Sumners Careers in Politics Seminar
March 5, 2016 - San Antonio, TX
Join the New Politics Forum for this annual event to hear the insiders' perspective about what it's like to have a career in public service. Attend the event in Austin or consider hosting a watch party with your friends or student organization. Pre-registration required for this free event. 
 
Explore UT: The Biggest Open House in Texas 
March 5, 2016 - Austin, TX
A day-long celebration during which The University of Texas opens the doors of its campus to the state. We once again welcome you to explore one of America's great teaching and research universities.
 
March 14, 2016 - Austin, TX
In this interactive SXSW session, leaders from The Coral Project and the Engaging News Project gave tips on improving your interactive spaces — comments and beyond — based on the latest research.
 
Great Conversations 2016
April 12, 2016 - Austin, TX
Prominent business, political, and community leaders joined authors and commentators to facilitate conversations on diverse issues and stimulating topics for a table of 10. Sponsors were able to treat their guests to a unique, unforgettable experience and support a legacy of civic engagement. 
 
ASI Advisory Council Meeting
April 13, 2016 - Austin, TX
The Annette Strauss Institute envisions a democracy where all citizens are informed, vote, and are actively involved in improving their communities.
 
May 17, 2016 - Dallas, TX
Speak Up! Speak Out! is an innovative civic education program for middle and high school students designed to teach young people about their communities and help them discover the many ways they can make a difference. 
 
May 27 - 29, 2016 - Austin, TX
An initiative of the New Politics Forum, Campaign Bootcamp gives students a non-partisan, practical, hands-on introduction to political campaigns. Workshops are taught by active and experienced political professionals.
 
September 23, 2016 - Austin, TX
The Annette Strauss Institute’s Texas Civic Ambassador program (TCA) seeks to identify and cultivate student leaders around the State that will work toward reversing trends of disengagement and encourage more young people to get involved in the civic life of their communities and on their college campuses.
 
Civic Life in the Cyber Age
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Austin, TX
The New Politics Forum and Annette Strauss Institute's annual thought conference dedicated to exploring the ways in which technology is being leveraged to enhance civic participation and the issues surrounding the new avenues of engagement.
 
 

2015

Executive Communication Training
January 15-17, 2015 - Austin, TX
The Annette Strauss Institute Executive Communication Training helps professionals - driven by a passion to improve their community and country - to more effectively articulate their message, rise above the noise, and be heard.

Texas Legislative Intern Seminar
January 24, 2015 - Austin, TX
Produced in partnership of the Texas Politics Project and the New Politics Forum and made possible by the generous support of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, the Texas Legislative Intern Seminar is a one-day, nonpartisan training for interns working at the Capitol, in district offices, or for lobbyist or advocacy organizations during the 84th Texas Legislative Session.

Project Vote Smart (PVS) Spring Internship Begins
January 26, 2015 - Austin, TX
Project Vote Smart’s Key Votes Interns research bills and compile legislators’ voting records to gain experience in political research, the U.S. political system, and the election process.

UT  Spring Student Organization Fair
January 26, 2015 - Austin, TX
UT Votes attends the spring student organization fair  at the Student Activity Center (SAC) along with over 100 other student organizations. UT Votes officers will not only promote the org and recruit new members, but also sign students up for TurboVote.

Encountering Texas History Conference
February 12-13, 2015 - Houston, TX
The Annette Strauss Institute presents "Citizenship Texas-Style." In this workshop, we will use learning centers to explore exciting resources for teaching about the branches, function, structure and financing of government, active individual participation, leadership, and civic engagement.

Public Engagement Training
February 25-27, 2015 - Austin, TX
The Annette Strauss Institute is launching a new series of training seminars designed to help governments and other organizations who want to engage with the public to be more effective—and efficient—in doing so. This seminar will focus on "Facilitating Civic Dialogue and Consensus".

Great Conversations 2015
March 3, 2015 - Austin, TX
Prominent business, political, and community leaders join authors and commentators to facilitate conversations on diverse issues and stimulating topics for a table of 10. Sponsors are able to treat their guests to a unique, unforgettable experience and support a legacy of civic engagement. Don't miss the event everyone will be talking about!

Explore UT: The Biggest Open House in Texas
March 7, 2015 - Austin, TX
A day-long celebration during which The University of Texas opens the doors of its campus to the state. We once again welcome you to explore one of America's great teaching and research universities.

Ted Strauss Civic Internship Award Deadline
May 4, 2015 - Austin, TX
University of Texas undergraduates can receive support for their summer internship awards through the Ted Strauss Civic Internship Award.  These awards may be used to supplement paid or unpaid internship in the fields of public policy, public service, government, or politics for the summer.

Patricia Witherspoon Research Award Deadline
May 4, 2015 - Austin, TX
University of Texas graduate students can receive support to offset costs associated with conducting original research in the areas of public service, government, community service, civic life, or politics.

Speak Up! Speak Out! Civics Fair
May 19, 2015 - Dallas, TX
The civics fair is the culminating event for Speak Up! Speak Out!, a program that works with middle and high school students to identify, research, and present solutions about pressing community issues.

Campaign Bootcamp
May 29-31, 2015 - Austin, TX
An initiative of the New Politics Forum, Campaign Bootcamp gives students a non-partisan, practical, hands-on introduction to political campaigns. Workshops are taught by active and experienced political professionals.

Project Vote Smart (PVS) Summer Internship Begins
June 8, 2015 - Austin, TX
Student interns from across the state come together to produce Project Vote Smart’s Key Votes database. Interns research bills and compile legislators’ voting records and gain valuable experience in political research, the U.S. political system, and the election process.

Breaking Through: Increasing civic engagement before, during, and after elections
July 22, 2015 - Austin, TX
Join us for a gathering of experts in technology, journalism, civics, and elections to share stories and ideas on how to get people involved in shaping their communities and participate in the political process.

Rock the Vote Live Concert with MAGIC GIANT
July 22, 2015 - Austin, TX
Rock the Vote has teamed up with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and the Democracy Fund to put on a live concert with MAGIC GIANT in honor of the Knight News Challenge on Elections.

Executive Communication Training
August 20-21, 2015 - Austin, TX
Executive Communication Training helps professionals - driven by a passion to improve their community and country - to more effectively articulate their message, rise above the noise, and be heard.

Project Vote Smart (PVS) Fall Internship Begins
August 31, 2015 - Austin, TX
Student interns come together to produce Project Vote Smart’s Key Votes database. Interns research bills and compile legislators’ voting records and gain valuable experience in political research, the U.S. political system, and the election process.

National Voter Registration Day
September 22, 2015 - Austin, TX
Around the country, volunteers and organizations like UT Votes and Texas Votes will be registering, mobilizing, and educating voters. Watch for their table on The University of Texas at Austin’s West Mall.

Texas Tribune Festival
October 16-18, 2015 - Austin, TX
The Texas Tribune Festival is an innovative and engaging three-day event 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.

The Denius Symposium on News Integrity
October 21, 2015 - Austin, TX
Co-sponsored by the School of Journalism and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the Denius Symposium aims to stir conversation across various players in the media environment about the future of journalistic content and values.

Hatton W. Sumners Distinguished Dialogue Series
November 6, 2015 - Austin, TX
A new dialogue series that will invite nationally and internationally renowned speakers to participate in a bipartisan conversation on topics related to civic life, self-governance, and our democracy.

Lowell H. Lebermann Forum
November 12, 2015 - Austin, TX
In partnership with KUT and KLRU, the newly established Lebermann Forum seeks to address the civic engagement crisis through dialogue, outreach, and media.

Speak Up! Speak Out! Civics Fair
December 15, 2015 - Austin, TX
The civics fair is the culminating event for Speak Up! Speak Out!, a program that works with middle and high school students to identify, research, and present solutions about pressing community issues.


2014

Project Vote Smart (PVS) Spring Internship Begins
January 21, 2014 - Austin, TX
Project Vote Smart’s Key Votes Interns research bills and compile legislators’ voting records to gain experience in political research, the U.S. political system, and the election process.

Discovering Texas History Conference
January 23-24, 2014 - Austin, TX
The Annette Strauss Institute presents, "Citizenship Texas-Style." In this workshop, we will use learning centers to explore exciting resources for teaching about the branches, function, structure and financing of government, active individual participation, leadership, and civic engagement.

Survey Basics & Questionnaire Design Seminar for Students
February 3, 2014 - Austin, TX
The Office of Survey Research (OSR) offers a two-hour seminar on basic survey research and questionnaire design concepts. Open to all University of Texas at Austin undergraduate and graduate students. Pre-registration required. Cost is $25.00.

Executive Communication Training
February 7-9, 2014 - Austin, TX
The Annette Strauss Institute Executive Communication Training helps professionals, driven by a passion to improve their community and country, more effectively articulate their message, rise above the noise, and be heard.

Why Bother? Austin City Government 101
February 8 and February 22, 2014 - Austin, TX
The Annette Strauss Institute, partnering with KLRU, KUT 90.5, and the League of Women Voters Austin Area, brings you the latest Why Bother? initiative. Austin City Government 101 will provide an overview of the new 10-1 city government system and will encourage participants to be active citizens in the new system.

First Spring 2014 UT Votes Meeting
February 17, 2014 - Austin, TX
UT Votes holds their first meeting of the Spring 2014 semester at 6:00 PM in BUR 220. See you there!

Understanding the Federal Government
February 20, 2014 - Austin, TX
Humanities Texas hosts a one-day teacher workshop in Ausitn focusing on civics and American government. The workshop is open to all middle and high school social studies teachers.

Explore UT
March 1, 2014 - Austin, TX
A day-long celebration during which The University of Texas opens the doors of its campus to the state. We once again welcome you to explore one of America's great teaching and research universities.

Survey Research and Questionnaire Design Basics Seminar
March 24, 2014 - Austin, TX
The Office of Survey Research (OSR) will be conducting a seminar on basic survey research and questionnaire design concepts. The seminar is open to all current UT Austin undergraduate and graduate students. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25.00.

Hatton W. Sumners Careers in Politics Seminar
April 16, 2014 - Austin, TX
Join the New Politics Forum for this annual event to hear the insiders perspective about what it's like to have a career in public service. Attend the event in Austin or consider hosting a watch party with your friends or student organization. Pre-registration required for this free event. 

Great Conversations 2014
April 22, 2014 - Austin, TX
Prominent business, political, and community leaders join authors and commentators to faciliate conversations on diverse issues and stimulating topics for a table of 10. Sponsors are able to treat their guests to a unique, unforgettable experience and support a legacy of civic engagement. Don't miss the event everyone will be talking about!

Speak Up! Speak Out! Civics Fair
May 20, 2014 - Dallas, TX
The Institute’s biannual civics fair is the culminating event for Speak Up! Speak Out!, a program that works with middle and high school students to identify, research, and present solutions about pressing community issues.

Campaign Bootcamp
May 30-June 1, 2014 - Austin, TX
An initiative of the New Politics Forum, Campaign Bootcamp gives students a non-partisan, practical, hands-on introduction to political campaigns. Workshops will be taught by active and experienced political professionals. Campaign Bootcamp is application-based and will be limited to 45 particpants.

Imagine One Austin Information Series
Aug. 4 & Aug. 11, 2014

Project Vote Smart Legislative Internship Fall Program Begins
Sept. 2, 2014
Project Vote Smart’s Key Votes Interns research bills and compile legislators’ voting records to gain experience in political research, the U.S. political system, and the election process.

National Voter Registration Day
September 23, 2014 All around the country, volunteers and organizations like UT Votes and Texas Votes will be registering, mobilizing, and educating voters. Watch for their table at the West Mall.

Texas Tribune Festival - Student Experience
Sept. 19-21, 2014
Students who attend the Texas Tribune Festival are the future leaders of Texas. The Texas Tribune, the Strauss Institute, and Educate Texas have created an enhanced experience to help you get the most out of the Festival. Whether you are passionate about policy issues or are an aspiring politician, journalist, or scholar, we've created a community just for you!

2014-15 Leadership Austin Engage Breakfast Series Launch
October 1, 2014
The series, led by Leadership Austin, sets out to tackle issues facing the Austin community by informing and empowering particpants to get involved. The first Breakfast will feature a panel discussing Austin's leadership landscape.

Getting Your First "In" with a Political Internship
October 2, 2014 and October 21, 2014
The Institute, partnering with Project Vote Smart and The Archer Center, is giving an information session and discussion exploring various political internship opportunities available to UT Austin Students. They will also be providing tips and tricks on how to stand out as a professional.

A Texas Sized Showdown: University Democrats/College Republicans debate w/ UT Votes
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - UT Austin

Texas Council for the Social Studies Conference
October 31-November 2, 2014 - Galveston, TX
The conference brings together educators, administrators, and educational organizations throughout the state of Texas for presentations and exhibits on social studies education.  Drop by and visit our exhibit booth #222!

National Council for the Social Studies Conference
November 21-23, 2014 - Boston, MA
The NCSS Annual Conference is the world's largest social studies professional development conference.

New Politics Forum Post-Election Debriefing
November 5, 2014

UT Votes Semester Celebration
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Public Engagement Training

December 2-4, 2014

Speak Up! Speak Out! Civics Fair
December 16, 2014 - Dallas, TX
The Institute’s biannual civics fair is the culminating event for Speak Up! Speak Out!, a program that works with middle and high school students to identify, research, and present solutions about pressing community issues.


2013

Speak Up! Speak Out! Civics Fair

December 10, 2013 – Austin, TX
The Institute’s bi-annual civics fair is the culminating event for Speak Up! Speak Out!, a program that works with middle and high school students to identify, research, and present solutions about pressing community issues.

Strauss Institute Presents at the National Council for the Social Studies

November 22-24, 2013- St. Louis, MO
The NCSS Annual Conference is the world's largest social studies professional development conference. The Institute will present to social studies educators on best practices for engaging students in dialogue about constitutional issues, rights, and responsibilities. The presentation will include an overview of the Institute's Turning Points video series as well as key findings from the Texas Civic Health Index.

Annette Strauss Institute / Project Vote Smart / UT in DC Archer Fellowship Joint Info Session

November 12, 2013 – Austin, TX
This session introduces UT Austin students to internship and other educational opportunities with the Annette Strauss Institute, Project Vote Smart, and the Archer Fellowship program.

Texas Conference on Civic Life

November 9, 2013 – Austin, TX
There are many obstacles that have shown to negatively affect people’s willingness and ability to be politically and civically involved.  With only 31.4% of residents voting in the 2010 national election, the state of Texas was ranked 51st among the 50 states and Washington D.C. This conference will highlight this important discussion and will give citizens the knowledge and tools they need to reverse the forces of incivility, misinformation, and disaffection.

Strauss Institute Presents at the Texas Council for the Social Studies

October 24-26, 2013 – San Antonio, TX
The Institute will present the Texas Civic Health Index to educators and school administrators who are dedicated to improving the instruction of social studies in Texas. The presentation will explore using civic health data as an innovative tool to cultivate research skills and empower students to become more civically active and engaged. Presenters will also overview various civic health data resources and demonstrate how to use these resources to build research skills and apply civic data to solving community problems.

Strauss Institute Co-Sponsors Writer Luis Alberto Urrea Event

October 15, 2013 – Austin, TX
Award-winning writer Luis Alberto Urrea will share his story of transformation from his beginnings on a dirt road in Tijuana to becoming a beloved storyteller in his talk, “Universal Border: From Tijuana to the World.”

UT Votes Attends Harvard’s Institute of Politics National Campaign Conference

October 5-6, 2013 – Cambridge, MA
The National Campaign Conference focuses on skills for leadership in advocacy. UT Votes members will attend workshops on networking, negotiation, and public speaking and will participate in facilitated discussions with other attendees.

Annette Strauss Institute / Project Vote Smart / UT in DC Archer Fellowship Joint Info Session

October 1, 2013 – Austin, TX
This session introduces UT Austin students to internship and other educational opportunities with the Annette Strauss Institute, Project Vote Smart, and the Archer Fellowship program.

Texas Tribune Festival Student Lounge

September 27-29, 2013 – Austin, TX
Students who attend the Texas Tribune Festival are the future leaders of Texas. The Texas Tribune, the Strauss Institute, and Educate Texas have created an enhanced experience to help you get the most out of the Festival. Whether you are passionate about policy issues or are an aspiring politician, journalist, or scholar, we've created a community just for you!

National Voter Registration Day

September 24, 2013
All around the country, volunteers and organizations like UT Votes and Texas Votes will be registering, mobilizing, and educating voters. Watch for their table at the West Mall.

New Politics Forum, 2013 Hatton W. Sumners Careers in Politics Conference

September 21, 2013 – Dallas, TX
In partnership with the John G. Tower Center at Southern Methodist University, the Institute presents a statewide, one-day political education event offering the next generation the insiders' perspective about what it is like to have a career in public service.

Strauss Institute Attends the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)

September 19-20, 2013 – Washington, DC
NCoC celebrates the 60th anniversary of its Congressional charter, which charged us to explore the meaning of and find ways to increase active citizenship in America. Dr. Lawrence is a featured expert.

Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Sean Theriault

September 16, 2013 – Austin, TX
Professor Theriault of the UT-Austin Department of Government is a nationally-recognized expert on Congressional politics. He will present on his new book, "The Gingrich Senators."

Texas Nonprofit Summit Presentation on Civic Life

September 13, 2013 – Austin, TX
The Texas Nonsprofit Summit brings together more than 700 nonprofit professionals to faciliate an exchange of smart strategies and ideas. Institute Director, Dr. Regina Lawrence, will present the Texas Civic Health Index to attendees of the conference.

Project Vote Smart (PVS) Fall Internship Begins

September 3, 2013 – Austin, TX
Project Vote Smart’s Key Votes Interns research bills and compile legislators’ voting records to gain experience in political research, the U.S. political system, and the election process.

Campaign Bootcamp

June 14-16, 2013 - Austin, TX
An initiative of the New Politics Forum, Campaign Bootcamp gives students a non-partisan, practical, hands-on introduction to political campaigns. Workshops will be taught by active and experienced political professionals.

Texas Civic Health Report Release

June 4, 2013 - Austin, TX
A report that elevates the discussion of our nation’s civic health by measuring a wide variety of civic indicators, America’s Civic Health Assessment is in an effort to educate Americans about our civic life and to motivate citizens, leaders and policymakers to strengthen it.

Speak Up! Speak Out! Civics Fair

May 22, 2013 - Dallas, TX
Speak Up! Speak Out! gives students the chance to present their work at the Dallas Civics Fair. Students have worked this past semester to identify problems in their community, and craft innovative solutions. The students will present speeches and and posters highlighting their work to community leaders. The winning teams will receive prize money to use to implement their ideas.

Fact, Fallacy and Fantasy in Political Advertising

April 15, 2013 - Austin, TX
The College of Communication presents a lecture by Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson. Dr. Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Formerly, she served as chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin (1988 - 1991).

What's the Matter with 'Our' Federalism

March 18, 2013 - Austin, TX
The Government Department presents a talk by Dr. Lisa L. Miller, an Associate Professor at Rutgers University and a Visiting Scholar in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. This event is co-sponsored by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.

Explore UT

March 2, 2013 - Austin, TX
A day-long celebration during which the University of Texas opens the doors of its campus to the state. We once again welcome you to explore one of America's great teaching and research universities.

Texas Leadership Award honoring Speaker Joe Strauss

February 26, 2013 - Austin, TX
Speaker Straus was presented the Texas Leadership Award by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.  The Texas Leadership Award honors public service to the State of Texas.

Why Bother? Your State Legislature, Your Voice

January 29, 2013 - Austin, TX
Many voters assume their job is done on Election Day, but citizens need to stay engaged to hold elected leaders accountable. What does it take to get your voice heard in the Texas Legislature?  Join us for a discussion with state legislators, community advocates, and the public about how to engage your representatives on issues you care about.

Executive Communication Training

January 25-27, 2013 - Austin, TX
Are you an association executive? A business leader? A community advocate? A nonprofit director? No matter your communications objective, the Annette Strauss Institute Executive Communications Training will help professionals, driven by a passion to improve their community and country, more effectively articulate their message, rise above the noise and be heard.