South By Southwest Announces Conversations About America’s Future

February 25, 2019
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South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 8–17, 2019) has announced a two-day series of conversations in collaboration with The Texas Tribune. Conversations About America’s Future will bring together some of the nation’s top political leaders, whose ideas and visions for the future will shape our country through 2020 and beyond. The event will take place on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater as part of the Cities, Government & Politics Track.

Speakers to participate in this series of conversations include Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Governor Bill Weld, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Governor John Hickenlooper, former Governor John Kasich, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and more to be announced.

“There is no better place to have these important conversations about the future of our country and the many issues facing it than SXSW,” said SXSW Chief Programming Officer Hugh Forrest. “Our audience is made up of a young and diverse group of people, who are savvy, smart early adopters from the creative industries and beyond. I couldn’t think of a better group to have participate in helping solve these complex problems.”

“Our mission is to raise the level of civic engagement in and out of Texas through serious conversations about the future, so we’re thrilled to be working with South by Southwest to do just that — and in front of the biggest possible audience,” said The Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith.

Conversations About America’s Future Sessions

Senator Amy Klobuchar, with Recode co-founder and editor-at-large Kara Swisher.
Former Governor Bill Weld, with WIRED contributing editor Garrett M. Graff.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, with Time Magazine contributor Anand Giridharadas.
Former Governor John Hickenlooper, with Buzzfeed News editor-in-chief Ben Smith.
Former Governor John Kasich, with Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss.
Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro with HuffPost editor in chief Lydia Polgreen.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, with Politico senior writer Jake Sherman and senior Washington correspondent Anna Palmer.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with host of Crooked Media’s With Friends Like These, Ana Marie Cox.

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