An Evening With Kate Bennett and Julia Sweig*

Dec 03, 2020

Thursday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. CST
*Online event

“The First Lady is an unpaid public servant elected by one person,” Lady Bird Johnson once said, “her husband.” Join us for an evening with CNN White House correspondent Kate Bennett and Julia Sweig, author of the forthcoming book, Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight, who will reflect on Mrs. Johnson’s singular legacy as First Lady. The conversation will be moderated by Mark Lawrence, Director of the LBJ Presidential Library.

The program will premiere at 7:00 pm CST on Thursday, December 3. A link to view will be emailed to registrants earlier that day. We will not be taking comments or questions live— please submit your questions in advance, as part of the registration process, to help streamline the program. We welcome your comments on our Facebook and YouTube channels.

About the speakers:

Kate Bennett is a White House Correspondent for CNN, where her beat includes the Trump family, the first lady, the East Wing of the White House, and the mashup of style, society, and buzz in the nation's capital. Bennett's debut book, Free, Melania: The Unauthorized Biography, published in December 2019, offered the first behind-the-scenes look at the life of the most enigmatic first lady in U.S. history. A former magazine and fashion editor, Bennett worked for Politico, Independent Journal Review, and Washingtonian, among other outlets. She's been a lifestyle journalist for almost two decades, chronicling the intersection of people, pop culture, and politics.

Julia Sweig is an award-winning author of books on Cuba, Latin America, and American foreign policy, and an upcoming biography of Lady Bird Johnson: Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight (Random House, 3/16/2021). Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, the Nation, the National Interest, and in Brazil’s Folha de São Paulo, among other outlets. She served as senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations for fifteen years and concurrently led the Aspen Institute’s congressional seminar on Latin America for ten years. She is a non-resident senior research fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.


Please register and submit questions for Kate Bennett and Julia Sweig using the form below.

Please note: the LBJ Presidential Library remains closed; this is an online event.

This program is also co-sponsored by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare and the Moody Foundation.

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