Rational Middle Live Events

We are more than a video series. Rational Middle is a place where we can all meet and have meaningful dialogue about important issues before all of us. We pair real world discussion and social media awareness to create a constant flow of information and continuing dialogue which works to break the stasis and bring together all sides of the challenges we face so that, together, we can manifest meaningful progress without forgetting the urgency of these important issues.

Upcoming Events

Screening and Discussion at Bullock Texas State History Museum

March 26, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum

Join us for a short film screening and discussion about the current state of immigration in the United States and how seemingly disparate sides of the issue can come together on common ground to find solutions.

Featuring a film screening of Rational Middle of Immigration’s short documentary film and a panel discussion.

Panelists include:
– Mary Gonzalez, Texas House of Representatives District 75
– Denise Gilman, The University of Texas School of Law
– Jim Baron, Chief Executive Officer, Mesa SW Restaurants
– Byron Cook, former chairman, State Affairs committee of the Texas House of Representatives

6:00pm – Check-In and Cocktail Reception
7:00pm – Event Begins, Welcome and Introduction
7:15pm – Rational Middle Short Film Screening
7:25pm – Introduction of Panel
8:00pm – Event Adjourns

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Past Events

The Future of Immigration in Houston Conference

March 7, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy

As a border state with a large and growing immigrant population, Texas is disproportionately affected by federal immigration policies and is ground zero for the national immigration debate. The Houston region, home to 1.6 million immigrants, is key to understanding the importance of immigrants to local economic growth and community stability.

At this conference, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and representatives from local and national organizations will address how Houston can take a lead role in the immigration discussion. The event will also include a panel of experts who will share current research and data on immigration in the Greater Houston region, a screening of a short film from the “Rational Middle of Immigration” series, and breakout sessions on addressing workforce, policy and social support issues.

his event is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Mexico Center, New American Economy and the Center for Houston’s Future.

This event was created in collaboration with The Rational Middle, the Anti-Defamation League, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and National Immigration Forum. Special thanks also to the City of Houston’s Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities.

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University of Houston Law Center

March 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Bates Law Building, Room 109

Featuring a screening of two Rational Middle: Immigration documentaries and a panel discussion with Geoffrey Hoffman, Director, University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic; Mike Holland, COO, Marek Brothers Systems; and Gordon Quan, Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Quan Law Group.

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Baker Institute at Rice University

March 7, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

James A. Baker III Hall

Featuring a screening of two Rational Middle: Immigration documentaries and a panel discussion with Tony Payan, Ph.D., Director, Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Stephen Klineberg, Ph.D., Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research; and Charles Foster, Chairman, Foster Global Immigration Solutions.

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