In the Studio: Civic Summit East Austin Revealed 4/3

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Please join us for KLRU’s Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed!

DATE: April 3
TIME: 7pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A, 2504-B Whitis at the corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed is a community discussion examining East Austin’s race issues, past and present. African Americans in Austin have historically formed communities east of I-35, originally by law. As our city grows these communities are threatened, leading to the dissolution of close-knit relationships built over time. Dr. Kevin Michael Foster, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at UT will moderate a panel discussion including opportunity for audience comments and questions.

Guests include:

  • Lee Leffingwell, Austin Mayor
  • Dawnna Dukes, State Representative
  • Wilhelmina Delco, Former State Representative
  • John-Michael Cortez, Community Involvement Manager, Capital Metro
  • Natalie Cofield, President and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

The discussion will follow a screening of Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories, a documentary featuring interviews with prominent citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city. Watch the Austin Revealed videos

Civic Summit discussions are made possible in part by:
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New Austin documentary All of Me airs 3/24

All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts will air nationally on Independent Lens March 24th at 8 pm. KLRU is the presenting PBS station for this documentary, which explores the relationships between a group of women from Austin who have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. But now, having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship and love.

KLRU produced, and is distributing to PBS stations nation-wide, a townhall-style show called Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Acceptance. The Civic Summit explores the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. This panel discussion will raise questions and provide information and insights related to the physical and emotional challenges confronting those in our society who are obese. Experts in the field of weight loss surgery, mental health, wellness and body acceptance discuss the struggles, stigma and prejudices faced by members of the obese community and the many options available to them.

All Of Me focuses on the journeys of three of these Austin women: Judy, who is determined to succeed while her husband is conflicted; Dawn, who had an early career as a fat model and calendar girl, and struggles with both her weight and identity; and the heaviest of the Girls, Zsalynn, who, at over 500 pounds, desperately tries to save enough money for surgery, for her young daughter’s sake.

Through their stories, All of Me shines light on our attitudes and prejudices about obesity — its causes, challenges, and the intense psychological struggle so many have with food that no surgery or diet can cure. The Girls take us through their food addiction and emotional eating with a searing honesty. For a group so often vilified, joked about, or ignored, All of Me provides a platform for their stories and encourages viewers to take a fresh look at our own prejudices and complicated relationships with food, fat, and our bodies.

KLRU worked with filmmaker Alexandra Lescaze on both the documentary and the Civic Summit. Lescaze is a NY-based documentary filmmaker and the Executive Director of the Sidney Hillman Foundation, home of the annual Hillman Prizes in Journalism and monthly Sidney Awards, honoring excellence in journalism in service of the common good. Her first film, Where Do You Stand? stories from an American mill, documented the 25-year effort of North Carolina textile workers to organize a union in the face of modernization and globalization.

In the Studio: Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Acceptance 11/19

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

KLRU invites you to Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Acceptance. This Civic Summit explores the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. This panel discussion will raise questions and provide information and insights related to the physical and emotional challenges confronting those in our society who are obese.

DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 19
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: Event is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP now

This event builds on the stories in a moving new documentary – All of Me – that humanizes a group of Austin-area women grappling with obesity, body image, friendships, relationships and the journey of surgery. KLRU is the presenting station for this film to PBS Independent Lens and has consulted with the director on the film.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Connie Stapleton, PhD, psychologist and author of Eat it Up! and Thriving! Triumph after Trauma. Augusta, GA
  • Joe Nadglowski, President/CEO of Obesity Action Coalition, Tampa, FL
  • Abby Lentz, founder of HeavyWeight Yoga, Austin, TX
  • John Archibeque, MSN, MBA, CBSGL, RN, Bariatric Surgery Program Coordinator, The Bariatric Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

Moderator:

  • Seema Mathur, Founder, Global Voice Productions and award-winning health reporter

Those with accessibility needs, please contact KLRU in advance at 512-471-4811.

Civic Summit: Healthcare Reform and You

Open enrollment in the nation’s new health insurance Marketplace started two weeks ago, and many are still confused by what is offered, who is covered and how they can sign up. Civic Summit: Healthcare Reform & You is aimed at clearing up some of that confusion. Watch Thursday night at 9pm on KLRU for an in depth discussion about the law with our panel of experts. Panelists will answer viewer questions and explain some of the misconceptions about how the law is being implemented in Texas.

Our discussion is moderated by Dr. James Rohack, Chief Health Policy Officer at Baylor Scott & White Health. Our panel is comprised of Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Tom Banning, Executive Director of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, which is the state’s largest medical specialty organization, with close to 6-thousand member doctors, and Mimi Garcia, Texas State director for Enroll America, a non-partisan, non-profit group which has been working to educate and enroll uninsured Americans.

Civic Summit: Healthcare Reform & You airs Thursday, October 17 at 9pm on KLRU. 

Online discussion on Austin after 10-1

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Watch on KLRU or join our online community discussion starting at 9 pm May 16th. Take part in the online screening now

KLRU’s ongoing dialogue on civic engagement, Why Bother? takes an in-depth look at how the change to Austin City Council’s governing structure will impact voters. Experts and community members from across the city meet to discuss issues that are most important to them, to try to figure out how 10 separate districts will reconcile their differences once the new council is elected.

 

 

In the Studio: Civic Summit Austin After 10-1

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Civic Summit: Why Bother? Austin After 10-1
Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: taping begins promptly at 7:00pm (Doors at 6:30pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (2504-B Whitis Austin, TX 78712 map)
RSVP: Attendance is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Why Bother? an ongoing dialogue on civic engagement, takes an in-depth look at how the change to Austin City Council’s governing structure will impact voters. Experts and community members from across the city meet to discuss issues that are most important to them, to try to figure out how 10 separate districts will reconcile their differences once the new council is elected.

Sponsored by the Strauss Institute for Civic Life, KLRU, and KUT, this event is part of Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today, a news and public dialogue series intended to provoke a conversation among regular people about why Texas has one of the lowest rates of civic engagement in the world, and what we can do about it.

Why Bother?

 

 

In the Studio: Your State Legislature, Your Voice 1/29

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Join KLRU for a Civic Summit taping on how best to voice your opinion to elected officials.

Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time:  taping begins promptly at 7:30pm (doors open at 7 pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A 2504-B Whitis
RSVP Now: Civic Summit: Your State Legislature, Your Voice

When was the last time you reached out to your elected lawmaker? Are you even sure how?

On January 29th, KLRU continues the civic engagement series “Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today” with a Civic Summit taping in KLRU studio 6A. The conversation will revolve around the challenges and obstacles (for both the public and lawmakers) with putting an issue in front of the people that need to hear. Do we have a suitable system for public engagement? What could we do better?

We’ll hear from elected lawmakers along with folks involved in grassroots lobbying organizations about their experiences. Audience members are encouraged to tell their stories of success, or failures. Confirmed panelists include Senator Wendy Davis and State Representative Larry Gonzales. RSVP now to be part of the studio audience.

Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today is a news and public dialogue series intended to provoke a conversation among regular people – the skeptics and the true believers – about why they participate and why they don’t. Developed jointly by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, KLRU, and KUT.

Why Bother: Engaging our Changing City

Tonight, join KLRU, KUT and the Annette Strauss Institute for a community conversation to explore the effects of changing demographics on civic participation in Central Texas.

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KUT News Reporter Joy Diaz will host the event. Juan Castillo, senior reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, will share recent demographic trends in Austin from the 2010 census. Chantel Bottoms, senior research analyst at Community Action Network, will present voter turnout data for Travis County. Participants will then join small roundtable discussions to explore how to expand community engagement as the city
continues to grow and change.

This community event is organized in partnership with Austin Community College’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies.

When: 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10
Where: Austin Community College’s Eastview campus, Multipurpose Hall (Room 8500), 3401 Webberville Road.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

In the Studio: Civic Summit What it Takes for Texas Families 12/6

Civic Summit

KLRU and the Center for Public Policy Priorities present an evening focusing on families and the economy

DATE: Thursday, December 6th
TIMES: 6:30 pm doors; 7pm documentary screening; 7:30 pm townhall discussion/taping
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: Event is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP now

First watch the documentary “Fighting Chance” and then participate in a community discussion about families and poverty to be broadcast on KLRU Decmeber 13 at 8:30 pm.

What does it take for a family to survive and thrive in Texas? “Fighting Chance” follows the lives of five families and shows the tough choices they must make — sacrifices that most Texans could not imagine. Their journeys are chronicled as they fight to meet their most basic needs. The realities of poverty are exposed and common assumptions are challenged as to what it takes to survive.

Immediately after the screening, community members and leaders join in conversation to discuss the challenges and barriers families in Texas face in order to get by. Hear how different cities address issues and provide solutions for their communities. Learn also about tools and resources available to help families get ahead.  Discussion guests include:

  • Walter Moreau, Executive Director, Foundation Communities
  • Frances Deviney, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate, Center for Public Policy Priorities
  • Moderated by Sherri Greenberg Director, Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Garnet Coleman, State Representative from Houston and Chairman of the County Affairs Committee

Civic Summit: What it Takes for Texas Families will be broadcast on KLRU and be available online at the Civic Summit website

In The Studio: Civic Summit "Why Bother? Voices of a New Generation" 10/2

Young Texans Gather to Explore Causes and Solutions for Low Civic Engagement
When: 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2
Where: KLRU’s Studio 6A, 2504-B Whitis Ave. (map)
RSVP: Please RSVP to be part of the studio audience/discussion. RSVP now

The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, KLRU and KUT News 90.5 are hosting an interactive dialogue among young Texans — those who are engaged and those who aren’t — about the causes of low civic participation in Central Texas and how to boost it. “Why Bother? Voices of a New Generation” will explore:

  • Why some young people are passionate community volunteers but disengaged voters,
  • Why others are opting out of a presidential election that offers radically different visions for the future of the country
  • What it will take to magnify the influence of the largest potential voting bloc in America in the political process.

Featured panelists include: Jeanne Goka, principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders; Paulina Sosa, University of Texas student and ONE Campaign Austin leader; Ann Beeson, Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life; and other young leaders and community members.

This episode will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, on KLRU  and KUT 90.5, and again on KLRU at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. KUT News is producing a series of reports on the crisis of civic engagement, which will air leading up to and following the Oct. 2 forum. Listen to the stories at KUT.org

Sponsored by the Strauss Institute for Civic Life, KLRU and KUT, this event is part of “Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today,” a news and public dialogue series intended to get people talking about why Texas has one of the lowest rates of civic engagement in the world, and what we can do about it.

Future public dialogues this fall and next spring will address the impact of changing demographics on civic participation in Central Texas, how to get your voice heard by the Texas Legislature and what it will take to get more citizens involved in Austin city government and planning. For more information about the series and the civic engagement crisis in Central Texas, visit whybothertexas.org.