January 2010

Jan 01, 2010

Happy New Year to you all!  We hope that your new year is off to a great start - and that you are keeping your New Year's resolutions.  As we enter a new year, we hope that you all are excited about a multitude of new and fun events at the Future Forum and at the LBJ Library and Museum.   

As we at the Future Forum think of our own New Year's resolutions and our goal for the Future Forum and its members of greater community engagement, we are reminded of our December Film Cluster event, Turk Pipkin's wonderfully inspiring film One Peace at a Time.  In it, he discusses a number of wonderful organizations involved in making the world better, including the Nobelity Project and the Mahiga Hope High School.  In that vein, we hope that in the new year, you will all consider getting (more) involved in your community (however you define it).  For a few ideas, check out the Future Forum's Doers and Builders page or http://nobelity.org/httpwwwfreericecom.  Whatever you do in the coming year, we hope it brings you and your community great joy.

We are looking forward to the Re-Gift event later this month.  Bring your "treasured" goodies (fruitcake lights, anyone?) and your sense of humor and come join us.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Re-Gift party or another Future Forum event soon.
Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

Our annual re-gift party will be held on Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Joe's Place.  Bring that lovely re-gift and enjoy seeing old friends and meeting new ones!  Joe's Place is the new cafe operated by one of our generous sponsors, Joe Cooks! Catering.  It is located at 1814 East MLK Jr. Blvd. (at the corner of Chicon Street and E. MLK Jr. Blvd.)  Bring those fruitcakes, singing Santas, or day-glo accessories to share.  Please register in advance.

On January 20, Future Forum members are invited to Behind the Lens: White House Photography from LBJ to Obama, featuring the White House photographers from the administrations of Presidents Ford, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush.  This special event will be held in the LBJ Auditorium.  Invitations have been mailed to current members; please rsvp to [email protected] if you plan to attend.  If you're not up-to-date on your membership but still want to attend, a limited number of tickets will be available to the public beginning January 11.  For more details on the event and ticketing, please visit the event webpage.

Also, on February 17, new Library Director Mark Updegrove will be speaking on his book Baptism By Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis and discussing President Obama's first year in office in celebration of Presidents' Day.  After the lecture, Future Forum members will have an opportunity to meet Updegrove.  I hope you will save the date and plan to join us to welcome him.

Cluster Activity

For information on the Film Cluster or to be added to the distribution list, please email Catherine Robb.

The Book Club has chosen its next book, Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis, penned by LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove.  We plan to meet February 3 to discuss the book.  A location and time will be announced soon.  Please email Taline Manassian for more information about the Book Club. 

We will also be re-launching the Public Policy Group soon, so get ready!

Recent Events

The New Age of Journalism

On November 9, we hosted two of Austin's most important journalistic voices in conversation on their craft.  Evan Smith, CEO and Editor in Chief of the Texas Tribune, and Fred Zipp, Editor of the Austin American-Statesman, discussed the trends in traditional and digital media, including some surprising takes on what the future has in store.

If you missed the evening or just want to experience it again, please view our webcast 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!

Join a committe and become more involved in the Future Forum!  In addition to our regular events and clusters, we now have two volunteer committees for those that are willing and able to help.  The membership committee will focus on marketing, recruiting new members, and assisting current members.  The events committee is looking for volunteers to help greet, check in members and guests, and assist our speakers at events.  This group will also brainstorm new event ideas.  Please contact Sarah McCracken if you are interested in joining a committee.

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!

Now Showing at the LBJ Library and Museum

School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents

Our modern Presidents received educations and participated in school activities in ways as diverse as their backgrounds and political philosophies.  Through the records of the presidential libraries - archival material, museum objects, photographs, and audio-visual recordings - School House to White House gives visitors a new perspective on the presidency. 

The exhibit, prepared by the National Archives and Records Administration, charts the educational experiences of our Presidents from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton.  Visitors will learn which sports the presidents played, what kind of homework and grades the presidents were given, how classrooms were organized, and family involvement in their learning experiences.  The exhibit closes on Presidents' Day, February 15, 2010.

Doers & Builders

January's Doers & Builders - GENaustin

GENaustin (the Girls Empowerment Network) was created in 1996 by 12 concerned mothers raising adolescent girls in Austin, Texas. These mothers met after reading Reviving Ophelia, a book by Dr. Mary Pipher, to address an increasing trend among middle school aged girls - a systematic decline and sometimes permanent loss of self-esteem, the outcome of which can be devastating: epidemic levels of anorexia/bulimia, selfmutilation, depression, low academic achievement, teen pregnancy, and drug abuse.  GEN's mission is to foster healthy self-esteem in girls by engaging them to explore and define their personal values and to build skills that empower them with confidence and courage to make wise choices.

For more information about how to become involved, please visit the GENaustin website.

Other Community Events

BookSpring is preparing for the annual Read-a-Thon in early 2010. Please contact Junie Parish to find out how to help.

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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