The Tom Johnson Lectureship presents Justice Neil Gorsuch

Sep 19, 2019

Thursday, Sept. 19
6 p.m.
LBJ Auditorium

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Justice Neil Gorsuch will serve as the sixth annual Tom Johnson lecturer. The lecture will be held in the LBJ Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. Copies of Justice Gorsuch's new book, A Republic, If You Can Keep It, will be available for sale before the program.

Neil M. Gorsuch is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. A Colorado native, he served as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which is based in Colorado and hears appeals from six western states, before his appointment to the Supreme Court in April 2017. He has also worked as a senior official at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he helped oversee its civil litigating divisions; as a partner at a law firm; as a law professor; and as a law clerk for Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.

About the Book

In his new release, A Republic, If You Can Keep It, Justice Neil Gorsuch reflects on his journey to the Supreme Court, the role of the judge under our Constitution, and the vital responsibility of each American to keep our republic strong.

As Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention, he was reportedly asked what kind of government the founders would propose. He replied, "A republic, if you can keep it." In this book, Justice Neil Gorsuch shares personal reflections, speeches, and essays that focus on the remarkable gift the framers left us in the Constitution.

He also reveals some of the events that have shaped his life and outlook, from his upbringing in Colorado to his Supreme Court confirmation process. And he emphasizes the pivotal roles of civic education, civil discourse, and mutual respect in maintaining a healthy republic.

Book Sales

The Store at LBJ will sell pre-signed copies of A Republic, If You Can Keep It (to be released on Sept. 10, 2019) in the upper auditorium lobby from 5-6 p.m. prior to the lecture, as well as after the lecture.


Seating is limited, and tickets are required for entry. We will update this page once all tickets have been claimed.

1. PUBLIC: General public tickets are now sold out. Free tickets are available for pick up at the front desk of the LBJ Presidential Library (2313 Red River St.). Tickets will be available every day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. while supplies last. Limit two per person.

2. UT STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY: A limited number of free tickets are available with a UT student, staff, or faculty ID at the Student Activities Center (SAC) ticket office located on the main floor beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. Limit one per ID.

Security and Bag Policy

All guests must pass through a security checkpoint, including a bag check, prior to entering the venue.

Backpacks, tote bags, or any bag larger than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed into the LBJ Auditorium. All bags are subject to search by security personnel, including purses, camera cases, and diaper bags. Those with larger prohibited bags will be turned away. Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected.

Note: We do not have storage or locker facilities to store bags that exceed the size limit. Please plan accordingly.

Campus Carry
Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun. For more information, visit

Open Carry
The Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium is part of The University of Texas at Austin. Pursuant to Texas Penal Code Section 46.035, it is illegal to openly carry a handgun on campus, including at the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium.

Location and Parking

The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River St. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs or through the south auditorium doors by the LBJ Fountain.

Free parking will be available in the library’s visitor parking lot (#38), accessible from Red River Street and entrance flanked by LBJ banners. There is additional parking available in the lot adjacent to the north (lot #39) and to the south (lot #37) starting at 5 p.m. If all lots are full, overflow parking is available in UT's Manor Garage on a self-pay, space available basis.

About the Lecture

The Tom Johnson Lectureship was established in 2010 in recognition of and appreciation for Mr. Tom Johnson's 30 years of distinguished service as chairman of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Johnson served as executive assistant to President Johnson and, later, as president and then chairman of CNN. The lectures made possible by the Tom Johnson Lectureship are open to the student body of The University of Texas at Austin and the general public free of charge. Recent lecturers have included baseball great Hank Aaron, civil rights leader Andrew Young, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
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