March 2012

Mar 01, 2012

Happy Leap Day and almost spring.  March will be a busy month.  The LBJ Library continues to undergo renovation, we are planning more events (to be announced soon), The Lorax (the prints) and Game Change (the film and discussion) are at the Library, Leadership Austin's fastforward Issues Forum on education is just around the corner, and the LBJ 100 bike ride at the LBJ Ranch is coming up at the end of the month.  In fact, if you decide to join us for the LBJ 100, let us know! There may be a rendezvous out in the Hill Country. 
We hope to see you soon.


Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store
Game Change Screening and Discussion
Sunday, March 11, 6:00 p.m.  

Future Forum members are invited to a special screening of Game Change and discussion with bestselling authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann presented by the Texas Tribune and the LBJ Library & Museum.  The HBO film, directed by Jay Roach, documents the Republican side of the 2008 presidential election, including the introduction of then-Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as the vice presidential nominee. The film stars Julianne Moore as Palin, Ed Harris as John McCain and Woody Harrelson as Steve Schmidt, McCain's senior campaign strategist.

The movie screening will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium followed by a Q&A with Halperin and Heilemann moderated by Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune. 

Advance registration is required and space is limited.  You must be a current member.

Please RSVP online.

Mark Halperin is the editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time magazine. He is the author of The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President and the coauthor of The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008. He has covered six presidential elections and served for a decade as the political director for ABC News.

John Heilemann is the national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine. An award-winning journalist and the author of Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era, he is a former staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired and The Economist.

The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River Street. Access to the Auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Handicapped access will be through the LBJ Library's main entrance. Free parking is available in the Library visitors¹ lot (#38) and lot #39 after 4:00 p.m. Overflow parking will be in Manor Garage on a self-pay, space available basis.

The event is presented by the Texas Tribune and the LBJ Library & Museum. Promotional sponsors include the Austin Film Society, the Texas Book Festival, KLRU, and KUT News.

fastforward Issues Forum
Tuesday, March 27, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Our annual fastforward Issues Forum with Leadership Austin is next month!  Please plan to join us at the LBJ Library for the full day on Tuesday, March 27.  This year's forum Whatever it Takes: Central Texas Education Now and Prospects for the Future promises to deliver a highly interactive experience to increase your awareness of our community's education system and connect you with others passionate about finding solutions. Join us to help inspire the social change we need for the future of our education system.   
Future Forum members will receive a discounted registration rate of $100, which includes breakfast, lunch, and a cocktail reception.  To see a list of panelists and to register, please visit the fastforward website.   

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 on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Monkey Nest Organic Coffee and Bakery, located at 5353 Burnet Road.  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

State of Austin Entrepreneurship

Many thanks to local entrepreneurs Josh Baer, Clayton Christopher, and Adam Dell for sharing their time and insights with us on February 16.  It was an interesting discussion on Austin's strengths and weaknesses for entrepreneurs, advice, mentoring opportunities, and much more.  Austin is well-positioned to recruit talented professionals in the years to come.

Doers & Builders

March's Doers & Builders - Explore Austin 
Founded in 2006, Explore Austin's mission is to "change the lives of underserved youth through the combination of mentoring and outdoor adventure." To accomplish this mission, we match adult mentors with underserved sixth grade youth, provide monthly outdoor adventures for mentors and mentees to experience together, and culminate every year with a weeklong wilderness trip in the mountains of Colorado.
Explore Austin invites you on our Quest for the Summit, and we hope you will join us for an evening celebrating lives changed through leadership, mentoring, and adventure.  Our 3rd annual Quest for the Summit takes place on Thursday, March 29 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Contigo Austin (recently named one of the "Ten Best New Restaurants in Texas" by Texas Monthly).  Enjoy five star food and live music under that stars while supporting Austin's premier outdoor mentoring organization. Tickets and more information on this "must attend" event are available at  We'll see you at the summit!

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.

Until March 25, visitors will be able to enjoy the Great Hall of the LBJ Library and its features:

Presidents and First Ladies Portraits

Animatronic LBJ - a life size figure of LBJ telling tall Texas tales

Head of State gifts display
Three special exhibits, including ten of the original drawings from The Lorax©.
The LBJ Library will remain open throughout the construction.  The LBJ Museum Store will re-open in its new, expanded space in mid-April.  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

On Wednesday, March 7 the LBJ Library and the Texas Program in Sports and Media will host a panel discussion with Sharon Robinson (Jackie Robinson's daughter) and Branch Rickey III (Branch Rickey's grandson) on the cultural legacies that Branch Rickey Sr. and Jackie Robinson left to subsequent generations.  The forum will be moderated by Sports Illustrated Senior Editor Kostya Kennedy.  The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the LBJ Library Atrium.  Please email Sarah McCracken if you plan to attend. 
The fifth annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour will be Saturday, March 24.  Come join us in the Hill Country for a ride already touted as "an iconic Texas ride."  We've seen rapid growth: 1130 riders enjoyed the ride and post-ride festivities in 2011.  As President Johnson often told visitors to his beloved Hill Country ranch - "All the World is Welcome Here!"  Registration, maps, and more details are available online. 
Save the date for the annual Barbeque at the LBJ Ranch on May 5.  Riders in the Sky will provide a 90 minute show, and The Salt Lick will cater.  Tickets are $100.  For more information, please visit the events webpage for the Friends of the LBJ National Park. 
Thanks to our Founding Sponsor:
and our Sponsors:
Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP
Joe Cooks! Catering
James G. Kaighin, Jr. CFP (r)
Ratliff Law Firm
Richards, Rodriguez & Skeith, LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Thank you for your continued involvement in, and support of, the Future Forum.
LBJ Future Forum
email: [email protected] 
phone: (512) 721-0176

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.


Founding Sponsor: Texas Monthly
Sponsors: Austin Wine Merchant
Joe Cooks
Karbach Brewing Company