February 2012

Feb 01, 2012

Hello!  I will confess; I completely missed what the groundhog determined concerning our upcoming weather and seasonal change.  But, I do know that come rain or shine (and regardless of when our season of early summer starts), we have some great opportunities coming up for Future Forum members.  For starters, no offense to that groundhog, but we have something better - The Lorax. We will  be offering Future Forum members an opportunity to go see a sneak preview of The Lorax and to see our very own (The LBJ Library's, that is) original drawings from the Lorax.  If you haven't seen them yet - there is no time like the present (or, actually, some time between February 25th and March 25th) to come on over and check them out at the Library.   
On February 16th, we are doing an event on The State of Austin Entrepreneurs.  Come join us to hear more about one more reason that we are lucky to live in Austin and be surrounded by such interesting and innovative people and companies.  We will also be announcing a few more programs very soon.  Additionally, the Book Cluster is meeting in March.  And, for some good time in the great outdoors - and the Hill County - come join the LBJ 100 bike ride (starting at the LBJ Ranch) on March 24th.  

Finally, if you missed the wonderful program last month on Guilt, Innocence, and the Death Penalty, you can (and should) watch it online now.     
Whatever you find yourself up to these days, we hope to you soon!


Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store         
State of Austin: Entrepreneurs
Thursday, February 16 

Last year, Austin was ranked the third best city for young entrepreneurs by Under30CEO.com, coming in just behind New York and San Francisco.  In 2009, Fortune named Austin the #8 city for good entrepreneurship opportunities, and Entrepreneur magazine listed Austin as one of the top ten start-up cities in the nation.

Please join us on Thursday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. for State of Austin: Entrepreneurs, a panel discussion on how and why Austin is friendly to entrepreneurs.  Panelists include Clayton Christopher, Founder of Sweet Leaf Tea and Deep Eddy Vodka, and Josh Baer, Founder of OtherInBox and Capital Factory.  More to be named soon!  A reception will follow.

Due to renovations at the LBJ Library, this program will be held in the President's Room at the University of Texas Club, located on the east side of the football stadium on Robert Dedman Drive  Parking is available in Manor Garage (across the street) for a fee of $3 per hour, or you may park in the LBJ Library visitors' lot and walk.  Please click here for a map of the area.

More details will be emailed soon. Please register online to attend.  We hope to see you there! 

Sneak Preview of The Lorax
Wednesday, February 29

In 1970, Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss) gave sixty-four original drawings from his book The Lorax to the LBJ Library.  On March 2, Universal Pictures will release a 3-D movie version of The Lorax featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White, Ed Helms, and Danny DeVito. 

Because of the the Library's special connection to The Lorax, current Future Forum members and their families are invited to a special sneak preview of the movie on Wednesday, February 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the Regal Gateway on Stonelake Blvd.  Seating is limited and you must register in advance.  Please email Sarah McCracken to request tickets.  Tickets will be mailed about a week prior.

Even if you can't make the screening, come see The Lorax at the Library!  To coincide with the movie release, ten of Geisel's original drawings will be on display from February 25 to March 25 in the Great Hall. 

Cluster Activity

The Book Cluster is reading Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson's Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer -- And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class, which Bill Moyers recommended in his compelling speech at the Library last fall.  Our next meeting will be in March.  For information on the Book Cluster or to be added to the email list, please email Hamilton Richards.

Please email Rico Reyes for information about the next Public Policy Cluster meeting or to be added to the distribution list.
The Film Cluster recently enjoyed Meryl Streep's new movie The Iron Lady.  Please email Nina Hess to be added to the distribution list for future announcements.  See you at the movies!

Recent Events  

Guilt, Innocence, and the Death Penalty: Why do mistakes happen?  
In 1994, Anthony Graves was convicted of a brutal multiple murder and sent to Texas's death row. After eighteen years behind bars - during which the only witness against him recanted and it became apparent that Graves himself was the victim of a single-minded prosecutor - he was finally freed. 
On January 24, Future Forum and Texas Monthly partnered to host Antony Graves, his lawyer Nicole Cásarez, special prosecutor Kelly Siegler, and Texas Monthly writers Pamela Colloff and Michael Hall to tell the story of his case. 

Doers & Builders

February's Doers & Builders - Austin Film Society    
The Austin Film Society is a non-profit organization that promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative media production by:

  • Showing great films and premieres
  • Managing a 100,000 square foot film production facility in central Austin
  • Awarding grants and supporting filmmakers
  • Teaching kids & adults about filmmaking
  • Presenting the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards to raise funds for all the above

The Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards are March 8, 2012, at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.  Individual tickets are available starting at $75.

At the LBJ Library and Museum 

A New Look: Renovation Update
The LBJ Library and Museum has begun work on 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 year, new exhibits will be installed on the three public exhibit floors of the Library, giving the interior a completely new look and feel.

"This is a new day for LBJ," says Mark Updegrove, LBJ Library Director. "President Johnson insisted that the LBJ Library present an unvarnished look at his presidency, along with the triumphs and turmoil of the times. Now is our opportunity to present this story using 21st century technology with state-of-the art interactive elements."

The last major renovation of the LBJ Library was in 1984. This redesign will take about one year to complete, with a grand opening scheduled for December 2012, in celebration of what would have been Lady Bird Johnson's 100th birthday.
The LBJ Library will remain open throughout the construction; however, parts of the Library will be closed at times.  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. You may also sign up for email progress reports which will feature new photos and videos.

Other Community Events

Leadership Austin will host the next Engage breakfast program, Festival Fever: Major Events and their Impact, on Tuesday, February 7, at The Long Center for Performing Arts.  Breakfast and networking starts at 7:30 a.m., and the panel will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Please visit the Leadership Austin website for more details or to register.  

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Contact Us

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

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