Noelle Mandell

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 11.43.07 AMNoelle Mandell- Chief Executive Officer

n@texasmillennialinstitute.org

Noelle Mandell was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Philosophy. Noelle has worked tirelessly on and off campus to promote the ideas of social and economic freedom both in the Lone Star State and beyond. Under Noelle’s leadership, a bustling network of like-minded individuals came together in various capacities across the state to present these ideas in innovative formats, creating venues for conversations that know no common boundaries. Through these events, Noelle realized the need to continue cultivating this newfound platform. Thus, she co-founded the Texas Millennial Institute and serves as the CEO.

In addition to her work as an activist, Noelle is the Vice President and co-organizer of Deck the Halls, a non-profit organization that creates and produces an annual holiday parade to celebrate cultural diversity in Houston. Outside of trying to directly make the world a better place, Noelle enjoys ordering iced mochas with almond milk at local artisanal coffee shops, getting shellac manicures, making memories with friends and reminiscing about those memories later on, perusing social media like any other millennial, practicing with her roller derby team, reading and discussing philosophical texts or watching Netflix Originals with her girlfriend, and having dinner out with her family.

Personal Influences: Maria Montessori, Deidre McCloskey, Ayn Rand, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Tara Smith, Albert Camus, Lana Del Rey, as well as some people on our BOA, Angela Keaton, Dan D’Amico, and Marsha Enright.

Favorite Acronym: TMI, for obvious reasons!

Most important issues: LGBTQ awareness & liberation, criminal justice reform and ending the drug war, (as well as addressing the cultural stigmas connected with them), addressing problematic foreign policy and the subsequent erosion of civil liberties, protecting economic freedom in the Lone Star State specifically, popularizing artisanal coffee, and validating Philosophy degrees.

Favorite quote about Texas: “Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.” – Sam Houston

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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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