April 2010

Apr 01, 2010

Happy April Fool's Day to you! No jokes or April Fool's Day pranks here, but we do hope there is much laughterin your life today and always. While we aren't planning any events with a mirthful bent, we do have a few interesting events in the works, which we will tell you more about soon. In the meantime, the clusters are busy this month. The Book Cluster is meeting on April15th to discuss Game Change and the Film Cluster will meet on April 6th to watch and discuss The Hurt Locker (which recently won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director). And, the Public Policy Cluster is up and running again and meeting on April 13th.

With this beautiful spring weather, there is also a lot to do indoors and outdoors in the community - like the Shoes For Austin 5k and Kids 1K on April 17th (see our featured Doer and Builder). Or, check out some of the other events taking place at the LBJ Library this month. We hope you will join us.

As always, we are busy planning, so keep your eyes peeled for more soon! We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

Future Forum clusters are in full swing! Read below for several upcoming cluster activities.
We're working on our May events, which will include an after-hours tour of the new special exhibit CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century.

On April 8-10, Future Forum members are invited to join us for a symposium on Executive Power co-hosted by The University of Texas School of Law and the LBJ Library. The keynote address will be given by Jack Goldsmith, Harvard Law School professor who wrote The Terror Presidency and served in George W. Bush's administration. The keynote will be held in the LBJ Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. on April 8. Please RSVP to [email protected] if you would like to attend. The sessions on April 9 and 10 will be held in the Jeffers Courtroom at the Law School. For a detailed schedule and more information, please visit the events page on the Library website.

On April 16, Future Forum members are invited to attend a symposium co-hosted by the CIA and the LBJ Library titled Strategic Warning and the Role of Intelligence: Lessons Learned from the 1968 Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia. Speakers include Admiral Bobby Inman, former CIA Deputy Director; CIA Deputy Director of Intelligence Peter Clement; Ambassador Robert Hutchings (who is also the new Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs); and experts from The University of Texas and the Bush School at Texas A&M University. The symposium is scheduled from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the LBJ Library's Atrium, with a reception to follow. A schedule, list of panelists, and RSVP instructions will be posted on the Library's website shortly.

Cluster Activity

The Film Cluster will meet on Tuesday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. at a private residence to watch and discuss The Hurt Locker, which recently won Oscars for "Best Picture," "Best Director," and "Best Screenplay" among others. For information on this viewing, to RSVP, or to be added to the distribution list, please email Catherine Robb. The address will be emailed to those who respond.

The Public Policy Cluster has been reinvigorated under the leadership of Rico Reyes, and will meet on Tuesday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss current issues-- the significance of health care reform, the motivation behind the Tea Party movement, the "God Particle" and the Hadron collider, and anything else that comes up! Please contact Rico directly to RSVP or for location details; space is limited.

The Book Club will convene on Thursday, April 15 at 6:15 p.m. at Mozart's to discuss the New York Times bestseller Game Change. Please email Taline Manassian for more information about the Book Club or to RSVP.

Recent Events

Texas Monthly Editor Jake Silverstein on Marfa

On March 25, Texas Monthly Editor and author Jake Silverstein spoke about the west Texas town of Marfa and how it influenced his new book, Nothing Happened and Then it Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction. Attendees were treated to short readings from the book and were able to purchase advance copies.

A webcast of the program is available online. We now have webcasts of eleven Future Forum programs available online!

A Passel of Other Information

The Future Forum is now on Twitter! You may follow us at https://twitter.com/LBJFutureForum to stay up to date on events and news!

The Future Forum has recently moved from a FaceBook group to a FaceBook page. Become a fan and stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest from the Future Forum, in between newsletters!

Not sure if your membership is current? Email Sarah McCracken. Renew online today!

Now Showing at the LBJ Library and Museum

CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century

On May 15, the Library will open a new exhibit on the life and legacy of Walter Cronkite. CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century will run though January 3, 2011.

Doers & Builders

April's Doers & Builders - Shoes for Austin

Shoes for Austin provides new, brand name athletic shoes and socks to disadvantaged youth through an incentive program. Shoes for Austin gives shoe grants to more than 40 Austin area health and human services nonprofits and schools, which in turn provide new athletic shoes to youth involved in their programs. These include children from elementary through high school who are from low-income families and could not otherwise afford to buy new athletic shoes. Each partner agency works with children who set self-improvement goals such as improving school grades, learning new sport skills, and learning about nutrition and fitness. To help these individuals complete their goals, they are rewarded with new, name brand athletic shoes and socks from Shoes for Austin.
Join Shoes for Austin for the 10th Annual 5K and Kids 1K on Saturday morning, April 17. Read below for more details, or visit SFA online.

Other Community Events

On April 6, Leadership Austin will host the April Engage Speaker Series on Affordability: All kinds of homes, in all parts of town from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Chez Zee Restaurant. Please visit the Leadership Austin website to register or for more details.
Shoes for Austin will host the 10th Annual 5K and Kids 1K on Saturday, April 17 at The Austin State School, located at 2203 W. 35th Street. Every $25 entry fee buys a new, brand name pair of athletic shoes for a deserving child. Please visit the SFA website to register or learn more.

Contact Us

Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]

Please be aware that LBJ Presidential Library events may be filmed and/or photographed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the LBJ Library to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the Library, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.


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