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About a month ago, when tickets for the Texas Tribune Festival 2021 finally went on sale, we told you that our annual Ideas Conference would be a hybrid event – some programs would be virtual, some in person – but the details were not final. They are now. Here’s what you can expect over the six days where we bring together some of the biggest names and brains in politics and public policy.
The dates of # TribFest21 are unchanged: September 20 to 25.
The first four days, from September 20 to 23, will be virtual. All the programs will be available for viewing not only in the time slots allocated to them, but for a certain time on demand. We’ve got some amazing things planned: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole hannah jones on the attacks against his âProject 1619â; former governor of New Jersey. Chris Christie on the state of the GOP and 2024; retired world No. 1 tennis player Andy Roddick and NBA Hall of Fame member Chris Bosh talk about sport and social responsibility; professor at Harvard University Annette Gordon-Reed on the legacy of slavery; Samantha Power, the former US Ambassador to the United Nations on her new role as Director of the US Agency for International Development; Representatives of the United States. Michael mccaul, R-Austin, and Henri cuellar, D-Laredo, on the tense situation at the border; and more.
The final two days of the festival, September 24 and 25, will take place in person – in downtown Austin – with no less than 30 sessions spread across multiple venues. The first day, Friday the 24th, will be largely focused on Texas and legislative issues such as criminal justice reform, the state power grid, public policy and higher education, firearms and , of course, voting and elections. Day two, Saturday 25, will be more country focused, with figures like US Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota; the lieutenant colonel Alexandre vindman; former Secretary of Housing and Town Planning Julien castro; author and political commentator Matthew Dowd; GOP wise Karl Rove; New York Times columnist Kara swisher;and climatologist Katharine Hayhoe. Everything about our in-person days will also be broadcast and available thereafter on request.
We will be releasing the full program and full list of speakers on August 17th.
Speaking of our speakers: today we unveiled 20 more big names including Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan; Chancellor of the University of Houston Renou Khator; Rep. the United States Kevin brady, R-Les Bois; Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Ashley parker; longtime author and host of “Hardball” Chris Matthews; and Emmy Ruiz, the director of political strategy and outreach at the White House.
Tickets remain on sale here, with discounts for Texas Tribune members, educators, and students. Get yours today! Appointment, online or in IRL, in September.
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