March 2010

Mar 01, 2010

February really flew by - but that just means we are ready for all that March in Austin has to offer, which is a lot. Enjoy the beautiful weather, numerous events at the LBJ Library and around town, SXSW, a bike ride in the hill country, and a trip (well, sort of) out to Marfa in late March. The Future Forum will "travel" to Marfa on March 25th as we welcome Jake Silverstein to the LBJ Library to discuss Marfa and his soon-to-be-released book. If you want to travel a little closer to home, come join us for the LBJ 100 bike ride out in the Hill Country on March 27th.

As always, we are busy planning even more, so keep your eyes peeled for more soon! We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

Join us on Thursday, March 25 for a talk by Texas Monthly Editor and author Jake Silverstein. Silverstein will talk about Marfa, Texas, which is the setting for his new book, Nothing Happened and Then it Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction, to be released next month. Advance copies of the book will be available for sale and signing by the author. Come and hear him speak about the book, how the vast and bewildering emptiness of Far West Texas inspired the unusual format, which blends fact and fiction, as well as on the recent history of the town, his history there, and some of the colonial history of the region. A reception will follow the program. Please RSVP online if you plan to attend. Non-members will be charged a $10 guest fee.
For Future Forum members registered for the March 4 program with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, please note the parking directions that have been emailed to you. Our normal parking lots are not available that evening. Please visit the event webpage for more details.

As an extra benefit of membership, Future Forum members are occasionally invited to tapings of Texas Monthly Talks with Evan Smith. On March 5, Future Forum members are invited to attend a conversation with political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Halperin and Heilemann know as much about American politics as anyone. They share their insights and inside knowledge with a wide audience through Heilemann's work for New York magazine and Halperin's with Time and the political blog, The Page. They've co-authored the bestselling book, Game Change, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 presidential election. Doors will open at 9:45 a.m. and the taping will begin at 10:15 a.m. Please email Sarah McCracken by March 3 if you wish to attend.

Cluster Activity

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

Mark Updegrove on the Presidency

Thanks to those of you who joined us on February 17 for a dialogue on the presidency and Obama's first year in office led by new Library Director Mark Updegrove.

A webcast of the discussion is now available online.

A Passel of Other Information

The Future Forum is now on Twitter! You may follow us at to stay up to date on events and news!

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!

Not sure if your membership is current? Email Sarah McCracken. Renew online today!

Now Showing at the LBJ Library and Museum

CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century

On May 15, the Library will open a new exhibit on the life and legacy of Walter Cronkite. CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century will run though January 3, 2011.

Doers & Builders

March's Doers & Builders - Austin Film Society

The Austin Film Society is a non-profit organization that promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative filmmaking 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 2010 Texas Film Hall of Fame will be held on Thursday, March 11 at Austin Studios. Join us for cocktails, dinner, and the awards show. For ticket information or general information about how to become involved, please visit the Austin Film Society's webpage.

Other Community Events

On March 1, the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law welcomes Aaron Williams, U.S. Peace Corps director, who will speak at The University of Texas at Austin, a top producer of volunteers for the federal agency devoted to world peace and friendship. As the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Peace Corps approaches, Williams will discuss the role of the organization in the world and his vision for the future with Ambassador Gregory W. Engle (Ret.), associate director of the Strauss Center and a former Peace Corps volunteer. The program will be held in the Connally Ballroom at the U.T. Alumni Center at 5:00 p.m. on March 1. Please email Christian Clarke Casarez as soon as possible for a ticket.The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. For more details, please visit the event webpage.

Leadership Austin invites you to join the March 2 Engage Speaker Series event which discusses Texas Politics in 2010. At our December 2008 Engage breakfast, Dallas Morning News writer Wayne Slater commented that "Texas always does worse under a Democratic president." Is this proving true? What are we seeing in the gubernatorial race and what do we have to look forward to in November 2010? Join us as we discuss the political forecast for Central Texas and beyond. Speakers include Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-chief, Texas Tribune, and Matthew Dowd, Founding Partner, Via Novo. Please visit the Leadership Austin website to register.

The 3rd Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour on March 27 will signal the beginning of the spring cycling season in the gorgeous Hill Country. Beginning and ending on the air strip of the historic LBJ Ranch, with routes of 10, 30, 44, and 65 miles, the venue is one of scenic, quiet country lanes and hilly, low-traffic, smooth-surface ranch roads. As an added feature, Luci Baines Johnson will lead a "Historical Tour of the LBJ Ranch." This narrated tour of the ranch landmarks is a not-to-be-missed event included in the registration price. For more information, please visit

Contact Us

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

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