TABLE TALKS

DINNER AND CONVERSATION

Austin Institute Table Talks exist as a forum for great conversations about engaging topics, all paired with good food. With presenters ranging from university professors to local business, religious, and civic leaders, each dinner is designed for an intimate and informal conversation.

Come and enjoy dinner while meeting new folks from across the city of Austin. Seats are limited to 20 persons for each dinner, so please RSVP today.

  • Table Talk: Radical Agenda - Sex Ed in Our Schools
    Mar 03, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    Join us and former Planned Parenthood educator Monica Cline for a dinner conversation about comprehensive sex ed programs in schools and what parents, church leaders, and educators can do about them. Space is limited to the first 20 who register, so sign up today!
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  • Table Talk: What We Know (and what we don't) about Mass Shootings
    Feb 17, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    Join us and editor of The New Atlantis, Mr. Ari Schulman, for dinner and discussion about the phenomenon of mass shootings: what causes them, where they occur, and how effective our efforts are to stop them. Space is limited to the first 20 people who register, so sign up today!
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CURRENT TABLE TALKS

"I like the AI table talks because like the legendary salons and clubs of past centuries they recognize that good conversation and good food is an unbeatable combination. My favorite of the talks was Alan Graham's talk about Mobile Loaves and Fishes and the problem of homelessness. His passion for what his organization does and his commitment to the kinds of solutions it offers was inspiring and thought provoking enough that I've since just started volunteering at the Community First Village."
-UT Graduate Student
PAST TABLE TALKS
  • Table Talk: "Books Not Bombs: Translating the Western Canon for the Islamic World" with Faisal al Mutar
    The Clay Pit
    Sep 12, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    The secret to a peaceful Middle East can be found in books, not bombs. Join us and Faisal al Mutar for a dinner discussion of his life under extremist Iraqi regimes, his work in the Middle East, and how Ideas Beyond Borders is igniting a movement of youth committed to critical thinking and humanism.
  • Table Talk: "The Political Economy of Housing Affordability" with Justin Golbabai
    The Clay Pit
    Apr 08, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    Nobody loves a commute, but many jobs are located in high-cost areas of the city. How can cities grow in ways that keep housing costs down but flourish economically? Join us for dinner and conversation at The Clay Pit to better understand these politics. Seating is limited to 20.
  • Table Talk: "Family, Policy, and Economics: How Do We Form a Coherent Strategy for the Future?" with Dr. Kevin Roberts
    The Clay Pit
    Feb 06, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    How can public policy help, or at least not harm, the family, the "first society"? Join us for dinner and conversation with Texas Public Policy Foundation Executive Director Dr. Kevin Roberts (History, UT-Austin). Please RSVP soon, as seating is limited to 20 people!
  • Table Talk: "Religion Behind Bars: Transformation, Rehabilitation, and Criminal Justice Reform" with Dr. Byron Johnson
    The Clay Pit
    Jan 30, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    What does it mean to "reform" the the prisoner? What effects does this endeavor have on our culture? Join us for an enlightening dinner and conversation with Dr. Byron Johnson (Criminology and Sociology, Baylor) to unpack this issue. Please RSVP soon, as seating is limited to 20 persons!
  • Table Talk with Dr. Mark Regnerus: "After Cheap Sex: Dating in the #MeToo Era"
    The Clay Pit
    Mar 01, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    Table Talk with Dr. Mark Regnerus Details coming soon!
  • Table Talk with Dr. Robert Buchanan: "Christianity in the Post-Human Era"
    The Clay Pit
    Feb 01, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    Dr. Robert Buchanan is an Associate Professor at UT and the Chief of Neurosurgery at Seton Hospital. Join us for an evening of stimulating conversation about some of his experiences as a neurosurgeon and psychiatrist. Join us for dinner at the Clay Pit. Seating is limited to 20 persons. RSVP here!
  • Table Talk: "Common Sense and Misconceptions about Moral Character" with J. Budziszewski
    The Clay Pit
    Nov 16, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    Considering how important moral character is, one would think we would all know all about it. Actually, there are certain things most people know; certain things that used to be common knowledge but no longer are; and certain things that almost all of us get wrong. Join us! Limited to 20 seats.
  • Table Talk with Alan Graham: "Homelessness: A Catastrophic Loss of Family"
    The Clay Pit
    Oct 19, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    Join us for a free dinner and conversation with Alan Graham, founder of Community First! Village, Austinite of 2016, and co-founder of Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
  • Table Talk: Texas and the Rule of Law
    The Clay Pit
    Sep 06, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    The Clay Pit, 1601 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701
    Join us us for our fall kickoff event, a free and informal dinner and conversation with Jeff Mateer, current First Assistant Attorney General of Texas, who will discuss the “Rule of Law” and prime legal issues facing the state of Texas.