#TribFest19: LBJ faculty, alumni and students hit the stage, audience and social media | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Congressional candidate MJ Hegar met with second-year MPAff student Sarah Gonzalez Claytor at TribFest 2019
Congressional candidate MJ Hegar met second-year MPAff student Sarah Gonzalez Claytor at the
Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo: Sarah Gonzalez Claytor)

 

The LBJ School is proud to have been a sponsor of the 2019 Texas Tribune Festival, an annual buzzworthy event on politics and public policy in the heart of downtown Austin. The 2019 festival, which took place in downtown Austin Sept. 26–28, included panels and keynotes with leading policymakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

A team of 30 LBJ School students formed the heart of the festival's social media coverage, live-tweeting and commenting on events throughout the weekend. Scroll through the hundreds of posts on Twitter and check out a sampling of some of the team's work below.

The LBJ School partnered with TribFest to create special Urban Lab programming in addition to co-sponsoring breakfasts that gave students the opportunity to talk to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and former White House Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri. The school also once again presented a special #TribFest19 edition of political Trivia Night at Scholz Garten with MSNBC and NBC News national political correspondent Steve Kornacki, and a fantastic collection of LBJ faculty and alumni appeared as experts on panels:

  • Robert Chesney, director of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law; co-founder of Lawfare; Charles I. Francis Professor in Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas School of Law.
    Speaker: From Within
    Moderator: Dying to be Here
  • Michele Deitch, senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin's LBJ School and School of Law and a Soros Senior Justice Fellow. Deitch also served as a federal court-appointed monitor of conditions in the Texas prison system.
    SpeakerGendered Justice
  • Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, lecturer and director of civic engagement at the LBJ School; faculty affiliate of the Department of Mexican-American and Latino Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies
    Moderator: Why Migrants Come
  • Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County judge; LBJ alumna (MPAff '98)
    Speaker: Civic Enragement
  • Rodney Ellis, Harris County commissioner; former Texas state senator; former Houston city councilman; LBJ alumnus (MPAff '77)
    Speaker: Taking Heat
  • Ed Emmett, former Harris County Judge and Senior Fellow at Rice University and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research (MPAff '74)
    Speaker: After Harvey
  • Laura Huffman, regional state director, Texas, of The Nature Conservancy; LBJ alumna (MPAff '91)
    Speaker: Taking Heat
  • Stephanie Leutert, director of the Mexico Security Initiative at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin
    Speaker: Dying to be Here
  • Steven Pedigo, director of the LBJ Urban Lab
    Moderator: No Man's Land
    Moderator: Doing Our Share
  • Stacey Pogue, senior policy analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities; LBJ alumna (MPAff '05)
    Speaker: No Thanks, Obamacare
  • Ruth Wasem, clinical professor of public policy practice at the LBJ School
    Speaker: Both Sides Now

Programmed in partnership with the LBJ Urban Lab:

A team of 30 LBJ School students formed the heart of the festival's social media coverage, live-tweeting and commenting on events throughout the weekend. Scroll through the hundreds of posts on Twitter and check out a sampling of some of the team's work below. The LBJ student social team was everywhere during the festival, soaking up the discussions and offering up their takes: