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Impressive SXSW Speaker Lineup to Include Buzz Aldrin, Seth Rogen, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, More

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Impressive SXSW Speaker Lineup to Include Buzz Aldrin, Seth Rogen, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, More

SXSW Conference and Festivals has announced an updated list of keynote and featured speakers, and the lineup is as creatively diverse as ever. Jessica Shortall, advocate of equality, fairness and human rights, will be one of the festival’s keynote speakers. Shortall is the managing director of Texas Competes, a coalition of Texas companies “making the date-driven case for Texas to be welcoming to LGBTQ people.” Enlisting Shortall as the keynote speaker signals a definite move toward an open and inclusive SXSW conference. Previously announced keynote speakers include producer/director Lee Daniels (Empire, Precious), photographer Cory Richards, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nile Rodgers and Transparent creator Jill Soloway.

They will be joined by an impressive gathering of featured speakers ranging from actors and producers to entrepreneurs and government officials. Some featured speakers worth noting include Apollo 11 astronaut and recent N.Y. fashionista Buzz Aldrin, Veep actress and Emmy Award winner Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, Seth Rogen and Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. Other notables include Senator Cory Booker, Frank Oz and Kesha.

SXSW’s upcoming registration deadline is Feb. 10, with early registrants saving $100 on the walk-up rate and having access to better hotel options. You can see the full list of announced featured and keynote speakers on the SXSW website, as well as the schedule of conference programming. See below for the entire list of newly added speakers.

Keynote
Jessica Shortall

Featured
Buzz Aldrin
Jeff Kluger
Sen. Cory Booker
John Cena
Julia Louis-Dreyfus 
Anna Chlumsky
Tony Hale
Matt Walsh
Timothy Simons
Reid Scott
Gary Cole
Sam Richardson
David Mandel
Andrew Coy
Sonya M. Pryor-Jones
Nick Denton
Jeff Goodby
Amy Farley
Tim Ferriss
Cheryl Strayed
Mick Fleetwood
Sammy Hagar
Elliot Tebele
Jessica Tebele
James Ohliger
Mick Purzycki
Brad Jakeman
Bryan Johnson
Adam Chever
Reshma Shetty
Chris Shipley
Kesha
Amy Emmerich
Brian Knappenberger
Julie Bush
Michael Farrell
Walter Parkes
Loic Le Meur
Lili Cheng
Eugenia Kuyda
Stan Chudnovsky
Mike Luciano
Phil Matarese
Jen Roskind
Krist Novoselic
Bob Odenkirk 
Frank Oz
Leonard Maltin
Sean Rad
Sarah Kate Ellis
Nick Adams
Zackary Drucker
Cecile Richards
David Karp
Seth Rogen 
Evan Goldberg
Sam Catlin
Garth Ennis
Kerry Rupp
Chris Sacca
Bruce Sterling
Jake Tapper
Cindy Wilson

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