January 2012

Jan 01, 2012

Happy New Year!  Things are off to a great start in 2012.  Although the Library is undergoing renovations, there is still a lot happening.  Make a new year's resolution to visit more with your Future Forum friends - and help us make new friends.  
We are getting ready for a thought-provoking event with Texas Monthly on the criminal justice system in Texas - Guilt, Innocence and the Death Penalty: Why Do Mistakes Happen?  And, we'll have more great events to announce in the coming weeks.     
See you soon!


Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store         

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.  How did this happen?  How can we prevent it from happening again?  And what have we learned from Graves's ordeal?  
Future Forum, in partnership with Texas Monthly, is proud to bring you "Guilt, Innocence, and the Death Penalty: Why Do Mistakes Happen?" on Tuesday, January 24, at 6:00 p.m.  The program will be held in the LBJ Library Atrium.
Join us for a panel discussion with key individuals in the Anthony Graves case:

  • Moderator Michael Hall, a senior editor at Texas Monthly who has been writing about the death penalty and innocence issues since 1999.
  • Anthony Graves, imprisoned for eighteen years, twelve of them on death row, was released in 2010.
  • Nicole Cásarez, a lawyer and University of St. Thomas journalism professor who helped Graves win his freedom.
  • Kelly Siegler, formerly with the Harris County district attorney's office, was the special prosecutor who led the charge for Graves's release.
  • And Pamela Colloff, an executive editor at Texas Monthly whose investigation into the case was published in October 2010.

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.  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.

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

Recent Events

Holiday Gathering and Attorney General Eric Holder 
On December 10, Future Forum members gathered at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to enjoy Luminations, a holiday event for families with thousands of lights, crafts, refreshments, live music, and more.  It was wonderful to see everyone before the holidays!  
Later that week, on December 13, members enjoyed hearing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speak on voting rights.  Holder pledged to use the Voting Rights Act against any attacks to deny Americans access to the ballot box.  President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law in August 1965. To see the full webcast, more photos, or press from the event, please visit the LBJ Library website.

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 out come 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 support and guide girls to make wise choices as they navigate the unique pressures of girlhood.
To learn more or become involved, please visit the GENaustin website.

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

KLRU's Spark Speaker Series continues this spring with the stories of a Texas legend, a lifetime of inspired tolerance, and a look into the future of education.  Future Forum members will enjoy a special discount - you may purchase the 3-part series package for $75 per person (a $60 savings).  Join us for the remainder of the season, and purchase your tickets online today!  Lectures include:

  • January 31: Can Women Change Politics? The Life and Politics of Ann Richards 
  • March 20: Compassion, Community and Citizenship: An Evening with Gerda Weissmann Klein
  • April 24: How Do You Get To Sesame Street? Education in America 

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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