Aarón Baca

Aarón Baca

 Director of Outreach 

baca@texasmillennialinstitute.org 

Aarón is a young person with a passion for expanding human freedom. Growing up in the Texas panhandle they saw first hand the travesties that sexual, gender, ethnic and racial minorities face on a daily basis. A student of economics at the University of North Texas, Aarón dreams of someday attending grad school and studying under one of the great modern economists. They have been politically active since 2010 and they plan to continue fighting to build a freer future not just for Texas, but for the entire world.

On most days, Aarón is either reading literature or cooking traditional Mexican food. By night, they are usually watching some band perform in a musty garage somewhere.

As Director of Outreach for the Texas Millennial Institute, they are responsible for developing our Regional Organizing Forums on Leadership (ROFL) program. ROFLs are local meetings that bring together passionate activists and leaders in key areas of the Lone Star State to discuss ways to approach issues that directly effect their respective communities.

Personal influences: Jorge Luis Borges, George Orwell, Bob Lawson, and Deidre McCloskey

Favorite acronym: IDK, because admitting you lack knowledge shows modesty

Most important issues: LGBT and immigration reform

Favorite quote about Texas: “I just want Texas to be number one in something other than executions, toll roads and property taxes.” – Kinky Friedman

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Austin! Have you been looking for an opportunity to get together with a group to critically examine philosophical texts? Well, here's your chance. We are hosting Socratic Happy Hours to discuss readings that relate to your life.

Join us over drinks and casual discussion over George Orwell's essay, "Politics and the English Language." This essay, dating back to 1946, will likely give some insight into problems we're still facing today.

Sable will be leading us through the essay, socratic seminar style. Participants will join for an hour long discussion where we address open-ended questions based on the text, listen to each others comments and respond thoughtfully, and walk away with a better understanding of the topic at hand as well as connecting more with those who attend.

Is political speech and writing the "defense of the indefensible"? Does it make lies sound truthful and murder respectable? How can we counter what's going on and help strive for sincerity in language? We'll find out together on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30pm. (Brew and Brew is particularly busy this month, so we shifted our date from the normaly first Thursday meeting). Your first drink will be on us! Please help us spread the word.

*This event is open to anyone interested in having conducive dialogue about the essay at hand and those that agree to come prepared to engage on the text. Please read the text beforehand; there's a link to it in the "discussion" section, and we'll provide hard copies in person.
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Socratic Happy Hour: Politics & the English Language

November 15, 2017, 7:30pm - November 15, 2017, 9:30pm

Austin! Have you been looking for an opportunity to get together with a group to critically examine philosophical texts? Well, here's your chance. We are hosting Socratic Happy Hours to discuss readings that relate to your life. Join us over drinks and casual discussion over George Orwell's essay, "Politics and the English Language." This essay, dating back to 1946, will likely give some insight into problems we're still facing today. Sable will be leading us through the essay, socratic seminar style. Participants will join for an hour long discussion where we address open-ended questions based on the text, listen to each others comments and respond thoughtfully, and walk away with a better understanding of the topic at hand as well as connecting more with those who attend. Is political speech and writing the "defense of the indefensible"? Does it make lies sound truthful and murder respectable? How can we counter what's going on and help strive for sincerity in language? We'll find out together on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30pm. (Brew and Brew is particularly busy this month, so we shifted our date from the normaly first Thursday meeting). Your first drink will be on us! Please help us spread the word. *This event is open to anyone interested in having conducive dialogue about the essay at hand and those that agree to come prepared to engage on the text. Please read the text beforehand; there's a link to it in the "discussion" section, and we'll provide hard copies in person.

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