March 2013

Apr 05, 2013

We are on a roll!  Since January 1st, we've already hosted an after-hours preview of the new Library exhibits, a timely panel on gun control, and  - just this past week -  a lively discussion of public education in Texas (and other issues) with four of our state legislators.  Later this month, LBJ School Professor and former National Security Agency Director Admiral Bobby R. Inman will join us to share his views on the world-- from China to Iran and more.  We hope to see you soon!

Thank you,

Catherine Robb


On Tuesday, March 26, Admiral Bobby R. Inman will join us to share his view of world affairs.

Admiral Inman served in the U.S. Navy from November 1951 to July 1982, when he retired with the permanent rank of Admiral. While on active duty he served as Director of the National Security Agency and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. He became an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1987, and was appointed as a tenured professor holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in August 2001.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the tenth floor Atrium of the LBJ Library.  A reception will follow.  Please register online if you plan to attend.  Free for Future Forum members; $10 for non-members.

Save the date!  We have a limited number of tickets for Future Forum members to attend an LBJ Library program with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and Representative Joaquín Castro on Tuesday, April 2.  The conversation will be moderated by Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune.


On February 27, Future Forum, Texas Monthly, and the Center for Politics and Governance hosted Future of Texas: A Conversation with State Legislators.  Representatives Cecil Bell, Jr.; Mary Gonzalez; Mark Strama; and Jason Villalba discussed our state's public education needs and various ways to address them.  Press coverage of the event is available online.  Photos and a webcast will be available soon.

On January 28 the Future Forum sponsored a panel discussion on Gun Control and the Second Amendment.  Panelists included State Representative Eddie Rodriguez, former U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, and Pflugerville Superintendent Charles Dupre. The discussion was moderated by Future Forum Board Member Rico Reyes and received press attention from a number of local media outlets.  Photos, a webcast, and some of the press coverage is available online.


When the Library was dedicated in 1971, LBJ promised that it would reveal "the story of our time with the bark off."  How could he have imagined that his most personal correspondence - love letters exchanged with his sweetheart in 1934 - would be made available to billions of people via the Internet? The courtship letters written by LBJ and Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor to one another were released on Valentine's Day.

The response was exceptional: national coverage by television and radio stations, articles in major newspapers in print and online, nearly 9,000 views on National Archives social media, and triple the traffic to the LBJ website! Future Forum Chair and Johnson granddaughter Catherine Robb appeared on NBC Nightly News and PBS NewsHour talking about the letters.  All of the courtship letters are available online and fully searchable.  View the online exhibit here.

In response to many requests, the Library staff has created a temporary exhibit of The 1934 Courtship Letters, which showcases several of the letters, photographs exchanged by the couple, and the gift LBJ gave Lady Bird Johnson on their first date. The exhibit will be on display through April 21.


In addition to our newly redesigned permanent exhibits, we have two special exhibits on display.  Future Forum members receive free admission to our exhibits year-round.

News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency showcases the Briscoe Center for American History's photojournalism archives as a rich resource for study of the U.S. Presidents, presented in the historical context of their tenures. Approximately 115 photographic prints will portray U.S. Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama and specific events that occurred during their administrations.
Texas Vietnam Heroes will open March 24 in honor of the groundbreaking of the Texas Vietnam Veterans Monument at the Texas Capitol the following day.

One out of eight women will have to fight breast cancer in her lifetime.  That's why, since 1999, the Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has been hard at work here in the Austin area raising money to provide breast cancer screening, education and medical services as well as financial and emotional support. In fact, up to 75 percent of the money we raise each year is put to work right here in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties to improve the lives of everyone affected by this deadly disease. The remaining funds go to national research to find a cure for breast cancer once and for all.

Learn about upcoming events and how to support our Austin affiliate.


Explore UT is this Saturday, March 2!  The UT open house offers a glimpse into university life in classrooms and laboratories, studios and performance halls, museums and library collections. With approximately 400 events and activities scheduled, there is something for everyone at Explore UT. Children can make liquid nitrogen ice cream, create a butterfly, build a popsicle catapult, design miniature solar cars or engage in dozens of other activities. High school students can meet with advisers, faculty and students to learn about everything from degree plans and financial aid to student organizations and dorm life. Parents and teachers can enjoy a variety of cultural events, exhibits, performances, museums and lectures. For details please visit the event webpage.

Also on Saturday, March 2, Explore Austin is partnering with Austin Parks Foundation on "It's My Park Day!" a city-wide effort to to help take care of our parks.  If you'd like to volunteer with Explore Austin between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., please email [email protected]

On Sunday, March 24, the LBJ Library will host a Vietnam Remembrance in the LBJ Auditorium.  Over the course of the day, the names of each of the 3,417 Texans who died in the Vietnam War will be read aloud.  More details are available online.

Contact Us

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

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