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.

Early voting

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.

KLRU Civic Summit: Arts in Context

Video segments from the KLRU Civic Summit: Arts in Context are now posted.

Economic Impact of Austin’s Creative Sector from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

Living & Working as an Artist in Austin, Texas from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

The Future of Arts in Austin from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

Why do you think we should fund the arts?

How do *you* keep creativity alive in Austin?

There are countless ways to support Austin’s creative sector. Attending opening night at a theater, playing in a band, taking an improv class. Creativity is what makes Austin unique…so what do *you* do that keeps creativity alive?

Tell us how you keep creativity alive in Austin. Make a quick video and upload it to YouTube. Tag it “CivicSummitCreativity” and your comments may be used in our upcoming broadcast.

In the Studio: Civic Summit arts impact 8/22

Join KLRU and other arts organizations as we explore the economic and cultural importance of the arts in Austin. Civic Summit: Arts in Context examines the economic impact of Austin’s creative sector, what it takes to live and work as an artist, and the future of arts in Austin.

Date: Wednesday, August 22
Time: 7 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: event is free but RSVP is required. Please RSVP now

Leaders and art professionals representing a diverse range of Austin organizations will discuss the state of the arts in Austin. Hear perspectives from groups like Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and The Long Center for the Performing Arts, City of Austin  and learn about resources available for artists and plans for the future.

This Civic Summit taping will be broadcast on KLRU Thursday, August 23, at 7:30 pm. It will be available online after this date at klru.org/civicsummit

This is a co-production with Austin Creative Alliance.

In the Studio: Civic Summit 4/12

How can a community overcome damage from bigotry and hate?

On Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 pm, Civic Summit talks with community leaders and activists to show how Central Texans are working to create an atmosphere of respect through prevention, response and healing. Join us as part of the studio audience by RSVPing now

Moderator Tom Spencer, CEO of Interfaith Action of Central Texas, will host live television event. Panelists will include Art Acevedo, Chief of Police Austin Police Department; Muna Hussaini, Community Activist; and Karen Gross, Austin Community Director Anti-Defamation League. Civic Summit: Creating A Community of Respect is part of the citywide Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project.

Thursday, April 12th in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
6:30 pm Doors open
7:15 pm Everyone must be seated to get instructions about this live broadcast
7:30 pm Live broadcast begins airing on KLRU
8:30 pm event ends

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Civic Summit: 2012 Senate Race

Civic Summit: 2012 Senate Race airs tonight (6/23) at 7:30pm. This co-production with the Texas Tribune features the four leading GOP politicians who have announced their intentions to run for the Texas U.S. Senate seat being left by Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

If you’re unable to catch the broadcast the entire program can be viewed online.

Civic Summit: 2012 U.S. Senate Forum from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

We also recorded a web-only Q&A with questions submitted from the audience.

Civic Summit: 2012 U.S. Senate Forum Audience Q&A from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

Civic Summit: U.S. Senate Forum taping 6/8

Join KLRU as an audience member for Civic Summit: U.S. Senate Forum on Wednesday, June 8th in KLRU’s Studio 6A. The forum begins at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). The taping will take approximately one hour and will be followed by an audience question and answer with the participants. Attendance is free. Please RSVP here

Civic Summit: U.S. Senate Forum is a moderated conversation with the five leading G.O.P. politicians on the issues facing the 2012 U.S. Senate Race: Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Ames Jones, Tom Leppert, Michael Williams and Roger Williams. Discussions will include the failed Texas budget, foreign policy, health care reform and other issues.  As the campaign starts to heat up find out how do these potential candidates distinguish themselves from each other and how they view Texas versus the Feds. Moderated by Evan Smith, this is a co-production between KLRU and Texas Tribune.

Civic Summit is KLRU’s program for discourse on public affairs issues.

Civic Summit 2/28: Austin’s Future

KLRU-TV and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell invite you to a community forum on Austin’s future. Join us in KLRU’s Studio 6A as an audience member for Civic Summit: Planning the Future on Monday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 pm (doors open at 5:30).RSVP here.

Former mayors from across Texas reflect on their years in office as guidance for Austin’s transition into a major city. Topics will include governance, major infrastructure and what the city of Austin can learn from their experience. Guests include Bill White, former Mayor of Houston, Henry Cisneros, former Mayor of San Antonio, Laura Miller, former Mayor of Dallas and Kirk Watson, former Mayor of Austin.

Civic Summit is KLRU’s program for discourse on public affairs issues.

Originally published Feb 15, 2011 @ 17:55