CPL, Jill and I will all be at Netroots Nation starting today. It’s a pretty hot conference as far as bringing the political blogosphere together. Below is a selection of panels, workshops, parties and more where you’re likely to find at least one of us or should just check out cause we think it’s cool.

For those who cannot be in Austin, Ustream.TV will be providing a lot of live video

All times listed are Central Time Zone


Markos Moulitas and Harold Ford: Keynote Discussion on Party Infrastructure
Friday, July 18th 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Keynote, Exhibit Hall 4
Time: Friday, July 18th, 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Room: Exhibit Hall 4

This discussion between Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos, and Harold Ford, the current chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, will give attendees a chance to hear a range of views on questions such as where and how should we build infrastructure in order to create positive change in Washington DC.

Viral Video Comedy Workshop
Friday, July 18th 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Screening Series, Room 16
Time: Friday, July 18th, 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Room: Room 16
with: Laughing Liberally comedians Lee Camp, Katie Halper, Baratunde Thurston

How can humor help your video message go viral? Clearly, laughter plays a role in promoting progressive values—on TV and on the web. Comedians and online activists from The Onion, 236.com and Comedy Central discuss what makes humor work online, showcase their examples of successful video and offer feedback on videos brought by attendees.

“Crawford,” The Movie
Friday, July 18th 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Screening Series, Room 16
Time: Friday, July 18th, 3:00pm – 4:15pm
Room: Room 16

What happens to the 705 people of Crawford, Texas when George W. Bush moves to town? This award-winning documentary takes on the town the President “claims” as home and looks inside the lives of the residents and their mixed feelings toward their presidential neighbor. With Austin-based director David Modigliani.

See movie site


Hot Topic Panel
Saturday, July 19th 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Panel, Ballroom E
Time: Saturday, July 19th, 10:30am – 11:45am
Room: Ballroom E
With: Kevin Drum, Jeffrey Feldman, Michael “Hunter” Lazzaro, Pam Spaulding, Baratunde Thurston

Five leading pundits/bloggers connect to discuss a late-breaking issue of universal relevance. Topic will be announced at Netroots Nation.

Using Online Social Techniques To Build Your Blog’s Community
Saturday, July 19th 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Workshop, Room 18D
Time: Saturday, July 19th, 10:30am – 11:45am
Room: Room 18D
With: Josh Nelson, Matt Browner Hamlin, Jason Rosenbaum, Cherly Contee

Getting your blog in front of new visitors can be a challenge. Using new online social techniques as well as old-fashioned outreach can help! Discover hands-on techniques that allow you to join the blogosphere conversation, leverage traffic from social news sites like Digg and Reddit and put your blog in front of thousands of potential visitors. Learn how to build your own online community from a panel of bloggers who have worked on their own blogs; for non-profits; and for state, congressional and presidential campaigns.

Keynote: Lawrence Lessig
Saturday, July 19th 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Keynote, Exhibit Hall 4
Time: Saturday, July 19th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room: Exhibit Hall 4

Technology pioneer and professor Lawrence Lessig will address his current focus: a non-partisan reform initiative to fight corruption.

Saturday, July 19th 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Panel, Exhibit Hall 4
Time: Saturday, July 19th, 4:30pm – 5:45pm
Room: Exhibit Hall 4
With: Chris Bowers, Cherly Contee, Raf Noboa, David Waldman, James Rucker

In this blogosphere-focused panel, moderator Chris Bowers will pose two questions—one about the Obama/Clinton conflict in the blogosphere community and the second looking at how blogs compare with other forms of social media. After a panel discussion, audience members will be given a chance to ask additional questions.

Black Blogging Beyond Obama
Saturday, July 19th 4:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Panel, Ballroom G
Time: Saturday, July 19th, 4:30pm – 5:45pm
Room: Ballroom G
with: Brandon White (Super Spade), Leutisha Stills (CPL), Andre Banks, Kevin Myles, Gina McCauley

Black bloggers voice will be paid close attention given Obama’s candidacy and while the increased attention and addition of new voices are welcome; our collective voice is just as pertinent for issues unrelated to Obama’s campaign. As such, what steps should we be taking now to make sure that this message is not lost on each other and the larger blogosphere/media infrastructure?

A book party sponsored by AlterNet, Jim Hightower & Living Liberally
Sat., 7/19: 5-8pm
Black & Tan: 405 E. 7th St @ Trinity St
just 3 blocks from the Convention Center
Hosted by: Don Hazen, AlterNet * Atrios * Joshua Holland, AlterNet * Digby * Justin Krebs, LivingLiberally * Deanna Zandt * Wendy Cohen, Participant Media * Amanda Marcotte, Pandagon * Baratunde /Jack and Cheryl/Jill, Jack ‘n’ Jill Politics * Jeffrey Feldman, Frameshop * Calitics * Square State * Blue Jersey * The Albany Project * Jason Rosenbaum, Josh Nelson, Nimral Mankani, The Seminal
Free local brew, blue margaritas and light snacks to be served. Meet Jim Hightower, Rory O’Connor and Steven Rosenfeld — with special guest, Donna Edwards! Plus, it’ll be a big schmooze-fest!

Keynote: Rep. Donna Edwards
Saturday, July 19th 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Keynote, Exhibit Hall 4
Time: Saturday, July 19th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Room: Exhibit Hall 4

The evening keynote will feature Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD). The location for Netroots Nation 2009 will also be announced.


Keynote: Van Jones
Sunday, July 20th 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Keynote, Exhibit Hall 4
Time: Sunday, July 20th, 10:00am – 11:00am
Room: Exhibit Hall 4

This morning plenary on eco-equality will be given by one of the country’s leading advocates for social justice and shared green prosperity. Mayor Gavin Newsom will provide an introduction.

Bloggers Brunch
Sunday, July 20th 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Special Event, Exhibit Hall 4
Time: Sunday, July 20th, 11:15am – 12:45pm
Room: Exhibit Hall 4
with: Adam Bonin, Josh Orton, Nolan Treadway, Cheryl Contee, John Aravosis, Mary Rickles

This informal brunch gives attendees a chance to dialog with a panel of bloggers and Netroots Nation staff members and talk about actions they can take from Austin to their hometowns. Breakfast will be served.

This should keep you busy. If you know of other things going down, rep it!

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