August 2012

Aug 02, 2012

Can you believe we are ten years old?  Yes, it has been 10 years since we launched the Future Forum.  We hope you will join us on August 23rd for our 10th Anniversary Party at Scholz Garten.  It will be a fun time to reminisce about all the fun we've had, the things we've learned, and the people we've met!  And, there will be drinks. appetizers, and music by one of my favorite musicians (and one of the best songwriters and nicest musicians around).  We hope you can join us.  We will also have more information about our upcoming events.  Along those lines, we have some great programs scheduled, including a program on Mexico, programs on the upcoming elections, and an after hours viewing of the renovated LBJ Library exhibits. 

We hope to see you soon.

Upcoming Events

10th Anniversary Bash
Thursday, August 23, 2012
6:30-8:30 p.m.

In July 2002, a group of dedicated young professionals met at the LBJ Ranch and launched the Future Forum with a barbeque, live music, and lots of ideas.  Ten years and over 150 programs later, it's time to celebrate!

On Thursday, August 23, the Future Forum plans to celebrate its accomplishments and look to the future with a 10th Anniversary Party at Scholz Garten.  Join us at the bier garten in back for drinks, appetizers, and live music by Bruce Robison.

Free for members plus 1 guest
Non-members $10

Please register online if you plan to attend.  Non-member ticket fees will be collected at the door.

Host Committee
Melissa and Joey Alcorta - Dianne and Shannon Bangle - Marcie and John Barr - Bergan and Stan Casey - Betty Sue Flowers - Steve Foster - Mari Allan and Todd Hanna - Mary and Tim Herman - Taline Manassian - Sarah and Brewster McCracken - Carsi Mitzner - Ellen and Michael Navarre - Heather and James Parsons - Natalie and Rico Reyes - Catherine Robb - Patrick Rose - Mary and Jake Silverstein - Julia and Evan Smith - Evie and Mark Updegrove - Corbin Van Arsdale

Future Forum Presents: Dr. Ricardo Ainslie on the State of Affairs in Mexico
Thursday, September 6, 2012
6:30 p.m. 

Save the date for a special presentation by Dr. Ricardo Ainslie on the current state of affairs in our neighboring country.  Dr. Ainslie is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies, the Center for Mexican American Studies, and the American Studies programs at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is also a professor and fellow in the Charles H. Spence Centennial Professorship in Education in the department of Educational Psychology.  Dr. Ainslie has spent the past several years focused on what is taking place in Mexico and testified before Congress on this topic last year.  His new book, The Fight to Save Juarez: Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War, will be published this spring.

More details will be emailed soon.  In the meantime, you may register online if you plan to attend.  A reception will follow the program.

Cluster Activity

The Book Cluster will meet next month to discuss Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein's book It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.  Start reading now and we'll announce the meeting date in the next eNewsletter.  For information on the Book Cluster or to be added to the email list, please email Hamilton Richards.

Thanks to those who came out for our Public Policy Cluster meeting on May 3.  We had a wide-ranging discussion of women's contraception.  Please email Rico Reyes to be added to the distribution list for future announcements.

The Film Cluster met late last month to watch and discuss Beasts of the Southern Wild.  Please email Nina Hess to be added to the distribution list for future announcements.  See you at the movies!

Recent Events

Though the Future Forum has been quiet this summer, there's still plenty of content available on the web.  Did you miss "Daily Show" writer Kevin Bleyer talk about his "me-search" on the Constitution?  A webcast of his talk is available on the Future Forum site now.

You can find webcasts of a number of our events, including highlights such as the late atheist author Christopher Hitchens debating WORLD magazine editor Marvin Olasky on religion in society and Anthony Graves speaking about his exoneration from Texas death row.

Doers & Builders

August's Doers & Builders - Habitat for Humanity

Austin Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1985 to finance and build homes that low-income residents could afford through zero-interest, no profit mortgages. Since that time, they have built more than 300 homes for low-income, hardworking families. Austin Habitat for Humanity has grown to be the largest provider of homeownership to low income residents in Central Texas, building up to 25 homes per year.  In addition, they have completed more than 80 home repair projects, increasing quality of life for the homeowners as well as revitalizing the communities in which they live.

For information on how to become involved or to learn more, please visit the Habitat website.

At the LBJ Library and Museum

A New Look: Renovation Update

The LBJ Library and Museum is in the midst of a major redesign that will give visitors a contemporary, engaging experience relating to one of the most significant presidents and eras in our country's history. In the coming months, new exhibits will be installed on the three public exhibit floors of the Library, giving the interior a completely new look and feel.

The LBJ Library will remain open throughout the construction.  However, the permanent and special exhibits on the 3rd and 4th floors are now closed, and the First Ladies Gallery on the 10th floor is also closed.  Please visit the renovation project webpage for a timeline, video from the Director about the project, behind the scenes pictures, a link to our Tumblr site, and updates on construction.

The new exhibits will open to the public on Saturday, December 22, on what would have been Mrs. Johnson's 100th birthday.

Other Community Events

BookSpring and the Austin Public Library are partnering to recruit volunteers for a new volunteer opportunity to read to children.  Join us for a Storytime Connection Early Literacy training session on August 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Windsor Park Branch (5833 Westminster Drive, 78723) to learn more. Reserve a place today and find out more about the importance of reading, early literacy development, and the joy of changing lives one story at a time!  Please reserve a place by emailing [email protected] or calling (512) 472-1791 ext. 101.

On August 27, the LBJ Library will celebrate LBJ's birthday with cake and refreshments from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  We'll also be serving cake on the U.T. campus from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Join us to honor our 36th President!

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park will also celebrate the anniversary of President Johnson's birth on August 27.  Each year the sitting president sends military representatives to lay a wreath at President Johnson's grave.  This year Brig. General Theresa C. Carter, Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing from San Antonio, will lead the military contingent. There will be special music and our guest speaker will be Nolan Oldham, who recently graduated from The University of Texas with degrees in history and government.  Members of the Future Forum are invited to attend as special guests of the Park and Friends of LBJ National Historical Park.  Future Forum members are welcome to join us on the grounds of the Texas White House for light refreshments preceding the 10 a.m. ceremony.  If you plan to attend the reception please email [email protected] by August 20. 

Registration for the 14th annual Komen Austin Race for the Cure is officially OPEN!  We will turn downtown Austin PINK on Sunday, November 4, 2012, but can't do it without you.  It's never too early to join in our commitment to being the voice for those we've lost, to honor those we call survivors and to serve those in need right here in Central Texas.  Register now!

Thanks to our Founding Sponsor:

and our Sponsors:

Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP
Joe Cooks! Catering
James G. Kaighin, Jr. CFP (r)
Ratliff Law Firm
Richards, Rodriguez & Skeith, LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

Thank you for your continued involvement in, and support of, the Future Forum.

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.


Founding Sponsor: Texas Monthly
Sponsors: Austin Wine Merchant
Joe Cooks
Karbach Brewing Company