March 2013

March line-up

This month will bring a series of important programs to keep you informed, entertained, and involved:  

This Thursday, renowned photojournalists Lucian Perkins and Diana Walker join us to celebrate the opening of our new exhibit, News to History, and dive a little deeper into the stories behind the photos. On March 18, we've added an extra program with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to be co-hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, for which we will have limited seating. The following day, March 19, we honor Harry Middleton with the annual lecture bearing his name. Bestselling author Jodi Picoult will speak about her new book The Storyteller, which delves into the Holocaust from two different perspectives. And finally, on March 24 we honor the many Texans who gave their lives in the Vietnam War with a special reading of the names in the LBJ Auditorium.  

More detail on each of these programs is available below and on our site at I hope to see you soon.

Mark Updegrove


Photojournalism and the Presidency
Condoleezza Rice to Speak on March 18
Harry Middleton Lecture: Novelist Jodi Picoult
Remembering Texas Vietnam Veterans
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Photojournalism and the Presidency

On Thursday, March 7, Diana Walker and Lucian Perkins, two internationally acclaimed photojournalists, will join us for an Evening With program celebrating the new exhibit News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency. Walker and Kennerly will discuss their favorite photographs in the exhibit, as well as comment on their own experiences covering politics and the presidency.

The program will be held in the LBJ Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the Great Hall, during which the News to History exhibit and The Store at LBJ will be open on the third floor. If you have not yet responded and plan to attend, please let us know by emailing [email protected]

Condoleezza Rice to Speak on March 18

A special program has just been added to our calendar!   On Monday, March 18, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will deliver remarks on leadership in a changing world.  The event is co-hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Please note the start time is later than normal: the program will begin at7:00 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

Condoleezza Rice is currently a professor in the Graduate School of Business and the Political Science Department and a Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. From January 2005 to 2009, she served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush. Previously she served as President George W. Bush's National Security Advisor, as Provost of Stanford University, and on President George H. W. Bush's National Security Council staff.  

Invitations have been mailed; a response is required to attend. Please return the postcard enclosed with your invitation or email your response to [email protected] by March 11. If we receive more responses than we can accommodate, we will decide by lottery which members may attend. Tickets will be mailed for this program; your membership card will not gain your admittance.  

Harry Middleton Lecture: Novelist Jodi Picoult

The Harry Middleton Lectureship will present bestselling author Jodi Picoult on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium. Ms. Picoult will discuss her new novel The Storyteller, which will be available for sale and signing in the upper Auditorium lobby that evening from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. Ms. Picoult is the author of 19 novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister's Keeper.

Fellow, Legacy, and Lifetime members have received invitations and will be mailed tickets by request. Other members of the Friends will not receive a mailed invitation and cannot request tickets by email or phone, but may participate in the public ticket distribution. A limited number of public tickets are available at the LBJ Library's Information Desk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day while they last.  Limit two per person. Tickets are required for entry to the lecture; your Friends membership card will not admit you to this lecture.

The lecture is not part of our Evening With speaker series. More information about Jodi Picoult, the book signing, and ticketing is available on our website.

Remembering Texas Vietnam Veterans

On March 24 and 25, The Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will celebrate the beginning of monument construction and honor the 3,417 Texans who died in the Vietnam War.  Before her passing, Lady Bird Johnson was honorary chair of the monument committee.

An historic Reading of the Names of all Texas Vietnam War heroes will be held on March 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium. Visitors are welcome to come witness this first-ever official state recognition of the Texas Veterans who died or remain missing in action.

Also on that day, a new exhibit, Texas Vietnam Heroes, will open at the LBJ Library in the Great Hall. The Monument Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place at the monument site on the northeast side of the Capitol Grounds at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 25. More details are available here.