Texas Tribune Festival
Downtown Austin, September 27–29
by Neal Baker
The responsibilities of being a U.S. citizen sure can be exhausting. It’s often difficult to follow along with the flurry of politics or to feel at all involved in what goes on on Capitol Hill. Fortunately, with the arrival of this month’s Texas Tribune Festival, Austinites are being handed a playbill. From September 27 to 29 the event will occupy numerous downtown venues, creating space for conversation on some of the biggest questions our state and country face right now. The festival’s all-star guest list goes on and on: Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Jeff Flake, Christine Todd Whitman, and Beto O’Rourke, to name a few. But the event is also full of breakfasts and luncheons, live recordings of podcasts, and panels talking about everything from energy issues to public health. These can be accessed with a conference pass covering all three days of the festival, with special rates for students and educators.
The spirit of the Texas Tribune has always been one of meaningful civic engagement, and this festival is the best possible example. With midterm elections coming not long after, it’s an opportunity to take part in the fullest way possible and be engaged with those who occupy and pass through our Statehouse.