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CPG Fall Forum 2007
The Future is Now: The Hispanic Impact on American Politics and Government

Fri September 21, 2007 at Thompson Conference Center

The Center for Politics in Governance celebrated its public launch by convening a conference on the changing impact of the Hispanic community on the American political landscape. The conference included some of the nation's most prominent political experts, academics, and community leaders and focused on recognizing, understanding, and expanding the role of Hispanic Americans in the political arena both in Texas and the nation.

10:00 - 11:00 - Center for Politics and Governance Launch Event
Thompson Conference Center James Steinberg, Dean, LBJ School of Public AffairsBill Powers, President, The University of Texas at Austin James W. Cicconi, Senior Vice President for External and Legislative Affairs, AT&TDr. Paul Stekler, George Christian Centennial Professor in CommunicationThe Honorable Veronica Vargas Stidvent, Director, Center for Politics and Governance

The Honorable Henry Bonilla, Partner, the Normandy Group
The Honorable Judith Zaffirini, Texas State Senator

11:15 - 12:30 - The State of Hispanic Politics: Understanding Hispanic Voters and their Electoral Impact
Thompson Conference Center
Moderator: Dr. Paul Stekler, Professor of Public Affairs and Radio-Television-Film, The University of Texas at Austin
James  Aldrete, President and Creative Director, Message Audience & Presentation
Michael Baselice, President, Baselice & Associates
Kelly Fero, Founder, Fero Hewitt Global
Frank Guerra, Marketing Communications Consultant, Guerra, DeBerry, Coody
Luis Saenz, Government Relations and Public Affairs Consultant and former Campaign Manager for Governor Rick Perry
Dr. Daron Shaw, Associate Professor of Government, The University of Texas at Austin

12:45 – 2:45 Lunch Colloquium The Immigration Debate - Past, Present, and Future
Thompson Conference Center
Moderator: Dr. Victoria Rodriguez, Dean of Graduate Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
The Honorable Pete Gallego, Texas State Representative and Chair, Mexican American Legislative Caucus
Eddie Aldrete, Senior Vice President, IBC Bank
Tamar Jacoby, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute

3:00 - 4:30   Impact of the Hispanic Community on Public Policy
Thompson Conference Center
Moderator: Ray Martinez, Adjunct Professor of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
The Honorable Victor Carrillo, Commissioner, Texas Railroad Commission
Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds, Acting Chief Deputy Commissioner, Texas Education Agency
Dr. Ricardo Romo, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio

5:00 - Conference Reception
LBJ Library Great Hall


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