We’re pleased to once again partner with C-Span2/Book TV to live stream dynamic, engaging discussions about up-to-the-minute political and social topics from the Texas Book Festival all weekend long. This year the tent is packed with authors talking everything from Isis to advertising to the legacy of President Obama and the language we use to discuss social justice. Read up on what’s on deck and join us the weekend before the Presidential election to discuss the nation’s biggest issues with some of our most important authors.
Alberto Gonzales, former Attorney General of the United States and former Counsel to President George W. Bush, was an ultimate insider to some of the most tumultuous years in recent American history. He is also the only Hispanic to hold both of these positions. Today he shares his unique perspective and remarkable story as he discusses True Faith and Allegiance: A Story of Service and Sacrifice in War and Peace.
In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. Tim Wu, the writer and professor who coined the term “net neutrality”, sits down with Dave Shaw of branding and PR firm Arrow at Work to discuss how today’s “attention merchants” are the result of more than a century’s growth and expansion in the industries that feed on human attention.
When she was fourteen, Diane Guerrero came home from school to discover that her parents and brother had been deported. Now, the actress and Orange is the New Black star shares her personal story about the plight of undocumented immigrants in America and the fears that haunt the daily existence of families like hers.
Secret Service agent Clint Hill spent seventeen years protecting American Presidents, during a tumultuous era that included the Cold War, the assassination of JFK, Vietnam, and Watergate. Now, he shares never-before-revealed stories alongside Lisa McCubbin, award-winning journalist and co-author of Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.
Journalists Jessica Luther (Unsportsmanlike Conduct) and Dan Solomon broke the story of the Baylor football player on trial for sexual assault. Today they’re joined by Rick Gipprich and Rose Luna of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault to discuss how different institutions—the NCAA, athletic departments, universities, the media—respond to these stories and why nothing ever changes.
Just a few days before one of the most remarkable Presidential elections in American history, Josh King , former presidential events production director at the White House, and Mary Beth Rogers, the last person to run a successful campaign to put a Democrat, Ann Richards, in the Texas governor’s office, talk about the unprecedented style of the 2016 campaign: what we’ve seen, what it means, and what’s been going on behind the scenes of this or any other election.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright and author of The Looming Tower discusses his new book, The Terror Years, and the track of terrorism in the Middle East, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent violence persisted by ISIS, based on the in-depth articles collected in his new book, The Terror Years.
From the time she was brought to the U.S. by her parents as a child, Arce – the scholarship winner, the UT honors graduate, the young woman who climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs – lived in secret as an undocumented immigrant. Today she opens up about the story of her successes, her heartbreaks, and her long-fought journey to emerge from the shadows and become an American citizen.
Thomas Dolby rose to international fame with such hit songs as “She Blinded Me with Science” and “Hyperactive!” A pioneer of 80s New Wave, his love of electronics and passion for music eventually led him to Silicon Valley. The moderator talks with Dolby about success, fame, and, of course, music.
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston has spent thirty years investigating Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Drawing on decades of interviews, financial records, court documents, and public statements, Johnston sits down with Evan Smith for an in-depth conversation about Trump’s massive influence and extraordinary ascendancy.
What does it mean to be a responsible steward of Earth in 2016? Who are the scientists and unexpected environmentalists working for conservation and what can we learn from their efforts? Join activist and actress Jane Alexander (Wild Things, Wild Places) and Miriam Horn (Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman) of the Environmental Defense Fund as they discuss the crucial work we all must do to preserve our home.
When talking about issues of culture, race and social justice in America, we’re used to using words like “diversity” and “equality”. But what do those words really mean? And what does not just equality, but equity, mean across cultural experience? Jeff Chang (We Gon’ Be Alright), author and executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, sits down with Mark D. Cunningham, essayist and adjunct professor at Austin Community College, and Paul Saldaña, Vice President, AISD Board of Trustees, Trustee District 6,
to talk about how we achieve equity over equality and what the difference really means.
At a moment when we’re considering the long term legacy of President Barack Obama, Derek Chollet (who served in the White House, State Department, and Pentagon during the Obama years) takes us behind the scenes of intense struggles over consequential issues, including the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the meltdown of Syria and rise of ISIS, to offer his inside assessment of how the President has profoundly altered the course of American foreign policy and what future leaders can learn from his work.