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#Conne
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Developing Global Leadership for the Networked Information Age
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ABOUT #CONNEXIONS

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#Connexions is a Texas-based platform housed at one of the premiere R1 research institutions in the world. We drive multisector, interdisciplinary, and international partnerships that encourage creative and diverse solutions for the information space. In an era defined by rapid information evolution, our mission is to educate leaders and foster a dynamic community that explores critical issues, innovates unique solutions, and challenges current narratives shaping our hyper-connected world.

Our yearly conference is dedicated to unraveling the complexities of information disorder, civil (dis)engagement, and the digital (r)evolution. We invite thought leaders, scholars, and professionals from diverse fields to engage in a multifaceted exploration of how these phenomena affect social dynamics, governance, political movements, regional conflicts, and everyday life.

Next conference: March 18-20, 2024

Registration now open!

Our vision

For the network age, we need networked leaders. At #Connexions, we aim to both nurture up-and-coming leaders and bring together experts globally who are already effectively leading and innovating in the information space. Through collaborative discourse, cultural education, technical skills development, innovative and interdisciplinary exchange, #Connexions endeavors to empower individuals and organizations to develop expertise, growth mindset, and strategic vision for our volatile and highly complex international environment.

Goals
Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • #Connexions serves as a collaboration network, bringing together diverse minds to address global challenges from multiple perspectives.

Global Mindset
  • We strive to encourage critical thinking and develop globally minded leaders, recognizing the interconnectedness of our world and preparing individuals to navigate the complexities of a networked society.

Innovative Solutions
  • We embrace the opportunities and challenges the information revolution presents and seek to harness the technologies and products of the digital age for the purpose of improving the health and security of our information environment.

Leadership Development
  • Through conferences, workshops, and collaborative initiatives, #Connexions is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of world leaders equipped to address the inescapable chaos of the network age.

Our programs

#Connexions Experts: From Grozny to Mariupol
Martin Klus - Slovakia episode on SlavX
#Connexions Experts: Anton Shingarev
SlavX hosts interviewing Robert Freedman
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Public Programming

We've developed a variety of programming designed to increase public scholarship and make foreign policy accessible to a broader audience. Our Experts speaker series, launched in Fall 2023, is one example of our aim to offer substantive programming by experts in their field and region. We are always adding more, so check back for announcements throughout the year!

Bravehearts: The Story of the Chechen Fight for Independence#Connexions Experts
00:00 / 01:04
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Workshops

For all our exchange programs, we offer workshops on a variety of topics from design thinking to social media marketing to tools for tracking disinformation.

State Department exchange fellows at UT Austin
State Dept exchange fellows at KLRU studios
State Dept exchange fellows at KLRU studios
EXPERIENCE
Vision-building opportunities

We are driven by the conviction that cross-cultural experiences and connections positively impact leadership development. In any exchange programs that we run or contribute to, we do our best to provide inspiring experiences that encourage creative thinking and both personal and professional growth.

EXCHANGE
From the Forty Acres to the World

We partner locally with Texas Global, the College of Liberal Arts, and institutions around Austin to create opportunities for real-time exchange between UT students and faculty and individuals in other countries. (Fun fact: we were using Zoom for virtual exchange before Zoom became globally popular.)

Participants at the American Center in Moscow/US Embassy taking part in a virtual exchange with UT Austin students for the Diplomacy at Texas series
Graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin in the studio talking with the American Center in Moscow for the Diplomacy at Texas series
Students in the American Center in Moscow participating in a a virtual exchange with students at The University of Texas at Austin
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OUR EVENTS

  • A Multipolar Future?: Democracy & the Authoritarian Challenge with Jeremi Suri
    A Multipolar Future?: Democracy & the Authoritarian Challenge with Jeremi Suri
    Fri, Mar 01
    Patton Hall (RLP) 1.302B
    Mar 01, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM CST
    Patton Hall (RLP) 1.302B, 305 E 23rd St, Austin, TX 78712, USA
    The #Connexions Experts speaker series is dedicated to providing accessible and engaging discussions for a general audience on critical issues pertaining to media, technology, and information globally. Featured guest(s) for Spring 2024 to be announced soon!
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  • Ballots & Battlegrounds: Ukraine and the 2024 US Presidential Election (Terrell Jermaine Starr)
    Ballots & Battlegrounds: Ukraine and the 2024 US Presidential Election (Terrell Jermaine Starr)
    Wed, Mar 06
    Patton Hall (RLP) 1.302B
    Mar 06, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM CST
    Patton Hall (RLP) 1.302B, 305 E 23rd St, Austin, TX 78712, USA
    The #Connexions Experts speaker series is dedicated to providing accessible and engaging discussions for a general audience on critical issues pertaining to media, technology, and information globally. Featured guest(s) for Spring 2024 to be announced soon!
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  • Building a Healthy & Resilient Info Space with Under Secretary of State Liz Allen
    Building a Healthy & Resilient Info Space with Under Secretary of State Liz Allen
    Mon, Mar 11
    Bass Lecture Hall
    Mar 11, 2024, 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM CDT
    Bass Lecture Hall, 2315 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712, USA
    Join the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs Liz Allen as she engages with tech leaders in Austin and at The University of Texas at Austin on emerging technologies and information integrity. #TexasAI
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  • #Connexions24: Extreme in the Mainstream
    #Connexions24: Extreme in the Mainstream
    Mon, Mar 18
    The University of Texas at Austin
    Mar 18, 2024, 9:00 AM CDT – Mar 20, 2024, 4:00 PM CDT
    The University of Texas at Austin, 2315 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712, USA
    The 2nd annual networking conference at UT Austin for leaders and critical thinkers in the information and technology space.
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  • #Connexions Experts (speaker series): Taras Fedirko
    #Connexions Experts (speaker series): Taras Fedirko
    Mon, Apr 15
    Student Activity Center (WCP) 1.106
    Apr 15, 2024, 12:00 PM CDT – Apr 16, 2024, 1:15 PM CDT
    Student Activity Center (WCP) 1.106, 2201 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712, USA
    The #Connexions Experts speaker series is dedicated to providing accessible and engaging discussions for a general audience on critical issues pertaining to media, technology, and information globally.
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