Local Highlights at Trib Fest
Mayor Steve Adler, Lance Armstrong among those representing Austin
Failed presidential hopeful John Kasich. Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post. Genesis drummer Phil Collins. Trib Fest (Sept. 23-25) attracts some high-profile names from all across the political and media fields. Yet it's also an opportunity to hear from some of Austin's leading figures, who will be appearing throughout Saturday's programming on the UT-Austin campus.
8:30am: Race and Law Enforcement APD Chief Art Acevedo represents law enforcement, while lawmakers and representatives from Right on Crime and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition present conservative and liberal takes on criminal justice reform. AT&T Conference Center, Amphitheater 204.
8:30am: A Cure for Cancer Rarely sighted in these parts since his fall from grace, Lance Armstrong sits down with James Willson of the Austin-based Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (also rebuilding its reputation after its own scandal). Hogg Auditorium.
9:50am: Immigration and the Cities With Donald Trump's border scheme front-and-center in the election, and sanctuary cities inevitably part of the next legislative session, Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton sits down with his Dallas County counterpart Lupe Valdez. AT&T CC, Amphitheater 204.
9:50am: Rideshare's Road Forward Mayor Steve Adler and Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez will represent local control over rideshare policy, while conservative legislators set out the path to state regulation. AT&T CC, Classroom 203.
11:10am: The Best Budget for Texas Expect a progressive take on how to balance the state's books from House Appropriations Committee Member Donna Howard, D-Austin. AT&T CC, Classroom 203.
1:45pm: Latinos and the Presidential Race The Hispanic vote has long been called the sleeping giant of American politics; this will be a chance to hear Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, weigh in on waking that giant. Texas Union Theater.
1:45pm: Texas vs. the Feds Expect the dreaded s-word (secession) to come up when the Travis County House delegation's lone Republican, Paul Workman, sits on this panel about what some see as a Cold Civil War. AT&T CC, Amphitheater 204.
3:05pm: Lessons From Urban Public Ed AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz and his peers from some of the state's biggest and most diverse districts – Dallas, Houston, El Paso, and San Antonio – on what does and doesn't work. Flawn Academic Center, Auditorium 21.
4:25pm: Voting Rights and Wrongs The state is still fighting to keep one of the nation's toughest photo ID rules in place, and Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, will represent the Democratic and democratic case against it. AT&T CC, Amphitheater 204.
4:35pm: Campus Carry Is the Law. Now What? Featuring two UT-Austin academics with a vested interest in the debate over the perils of armed students – Steven Goode, who chaired the Campus Carry Working Group, and associate professor Mia Carter, who is suing to block the law's implementation. FAC, Auditorium 21.