February 2011

Feb 01, 2011

Happy (almost) Groundhog Day!  Yes, February is quite an exciting month - always starts off with a bang.  smile Well, maybe that is an overstatement, but the month will be ending with a great event - our next incarnation of our biennial "The Future of Texas" event.  It will be held on February 23rd and will feature another round of our wonderful public servants talking to us about the Legislative session, the big issues facing Texas, and the ones that make them glad to be involved in the process (or not).  Regardless of which side of the aisle you identify with, we should all be glad there are so many dedicated public servants willing to serve - and, in this instance, willing to spend the evening speaking with us.   Paul Burka will moderate, so it promises to be a lively and interesting discussion. 

Our Doer and Builder featured organization this month is the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, in honor of dear Sarge Shriver who passed away recently.  Sarge was the first Director (and creator) of the Peace Corps and directed the War on Poverty for my grandfather (in addition to many, many, many other great deeds during his lifetime, including his involvement with the Special Olympics, Foster Grandparents, etc.).  He was a wonderful man and a GREAT Doer and Builder (and a big part of the reason I have served on the Board of the Shriver Center for many years).  My family and I loved Sarge and loved what he stood for - service.   So, while February may be a short month,  there is plenty of time to get involved.  Go be a Doer and Builder - and come spend the evening with us on February 23rd.  We look forward to seeing y'all.  

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store
Join us on February 23 at 6:30 p.m. for our biennial Future of Texas discussion with a panel of state legislators addressing the most pressing issues of the session.  Paul Burka of Texas Monthly will moderate the discussion. Look for more information and your invitation in the coming weeks.  
Mark your calendars for our Doers and Builders Fair on the evening of April 14.  We will partner with the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce to feature information about area non-profits and charities. 

Cluster Activity

Film Cluster: "The King's Speech"
Our first movie of the year will be an outing to see "The King's Speech" at Regal Westgate on Tuesday, February 1.  The movie starts at 7 p.m., but we can meet in the lobby around 6:45 p.m. to visit and select seats together.  Please email Nina Hess  if you plan to join us.


Please email Rico Reyes for information about the next Public Policy Cluster meeting or to be added to the distribution list.

Please email Nina Hess to be added to the distribution list for Film Cluster announcements. See you at the movies!

For information on the Book Cluster, please email Taline Manassian. 

Recent Events

On January 13, we kicked off 2011 with the Annual Re-Gift party where we enjoyed food, fellowship and wacky presents.  Highlights from the gift exchange included fake noses, kites, puppets, eyelash curlers, board games and tea sets.  Strategic swaps and sneaky steals made for an evening full of laughs.  

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Doers & Builders

February's Doers & Builders - The Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law 
Sargent Shriver's reputation was rooted in his tireless pursuit of social and economic justice, his striving for innovation, professionalism, and collective goodness. He was a visionary who takes action, who sees opportunity where others see limits.   
For over a decade, the nation and states have been in the midst of a multifaceted debate involving public policy, government funding, and the tax system as they relate to the complex issues of poverty. The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law chooses to view this era as one of wide-ranging opportunity.
It serves as a foundation for critical thinking, planning, and action for advocates working to achieve economic opportunity and social justice. It  provides leadership in finding opportunities where others may not while also competitively and passionately working for a humane and realistic safety net for low-income people. Its goal is to help enable our clients live in dignity and benefit from laws and policies that assist them in their efforts to permanently escape poverty.
For more information on the Shriver Center, please visit their website. 

Other Community Events

A very limited number of tickets are available for Future Forum members to the 2011 Harry Middleton Lecture featuring President Jimmy Carter on February 15 at 5:30 p.m.  If you'd like a ticket, please email Raine Pipkin to reserve one while supplies last.  Public ticket distribution will begin tomorrow, February 1 at 9:00 a.m. in the LBJ Library lobby.  More information on the institution of the Lecture and ticketing information can be found on the LBJ Foundation website.

The 2011 Texas Politics Speaker Series will feature State Representative Dan Branch on Thursday, February 3, at 3:30 PM. Representative Branch's service as Chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education in the 81st Legislature makes him uniquely well-suited to talk about the prospects for higher education in the recently convened 82nd Legislature, as well as the host of other challenges facing the legislature and the state.  The event will be held at the University of Texas in the Dean's Conference Room (Gebauer 3.312), adjacent to the UT Tower. As always, seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the event will be captured on video for later use at the Texas Politics website. 
On Friday, February 4th, Mathew Burrows of the National Intelligence Council will speak on Predicting the Future:  Global Trends and Challenges at 12:15 p.m. at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  Dr. Burrows will discuss the process of strategic forecasting and producing the intelligence community's landmark "Global Trends" studies on the future of the world, how academic research can be of use to policy-makers and intelligence analysts and personal reflections on the late Richard Holbrooke.  A 25-year veteran of the CIA, Dr. Burrows is responsible for managing a staff of senior analysts and production technicians who guide and shepherd all NIC products from inception to
dissemination. Lunch will be served.  For more information, visit the  Strauss Center website.

As part of the International Security Speaker Series at the Strauss Center, Parag Khanna will discuss his new book, How to Run the World, which provides a bold account of the current global chaos and a roadmap for creating a stable and self-correcting world for future generations.  The program will be held on February 7 in the LBJ Library Atrium at 5:00 p.m.  Following the talk, Dr. Khanna will be available for a book signing.  Copies of How to Run the World will be available to purchase. Dr. Khanna is a Senior Research Fellow in the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. He is a best-selling author and was recently named one of Esquire's "75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century," as well as one of fifteen individuals featured in WIRED magazine's "Smart List." He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  For more information, visit the Strauss Center website.

The Honorable Dr. Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the United States will speak on The U.S. - Israel Alliance:  A Historical Perspective on Tuesday, February 8, 3:00 p. m. Ambassador Oren was named Israel's Ambassador to the United States in 2009.  He has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. His two most recent books, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East and Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present, were both New York Times bestsellers. Space is limited, RSVP here.  For more information, visit the Strauss Center website.

On February 28 at 6 p.m. Professor Lawrence Lessig will make a presentation on the corrupting influence of money and politics.  A panel discussion moderated by the Qurom Report's Harvey Kronberg and featuring Hon. Sherri Greenberg, Brian Robers and Mark McKinnon will follow Lessig's presentation.  A few tickets have been set aside for Future Forum members, please email Raine Pipkin to reserve a ticket by February 21.  And, thank you to Future Forum member Joanne Richards for reserving some tickets for Future Forum members.  More information is available at the Coffee Party website.


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