May 2010

May 01, 2010

Hello Future Forum Members and Friends.  Do you miss us?  I am sure you have noticed we have been a little quiet recently, at least on the "Future Forum Presents" event front. But, our clusters have been busy.  Our Public Policy Group geared up again in April with a lively discussion, the Film Cluster watched and discussed The Hurt Locker, and the Book Cluster discussed Game Change.  If you haven't joined the email lists for these groups and want to do so, just check out the Future Forum website or below in the Cluster section for more information.  We are planning another event for this spring, but have been juggling schedules, so it has taken a little longer than expected.  We hope to have more information soon. In the meantime, come check out the new exhibit opening at the LBJ Library or attend a Texas Monthly Talks taping.  Or, check out some of the other events taking place at the LBJ Library this month.  We hope you will join us.  

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


Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store
We're working on our May events, which will include an after-hours tour of the new special exhibit CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century.  Stay tuned for a date announcement!
Future Forum members are invited to attend a Texas Monthly Talks taping with Arianna Huffington on Monday, May 3. 

Huffington works as an author, a nationally syndicated columnist and the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. The taping starts promptly at 4:00 p.m.; doors open at 3:30 p.m.  Please email Sarah McCracken by noon on Friday, April 30 to register.

On May 26, Future Forum members are invited to commemorate Memorial Day early by joining members of the LBJ Library and the Austin community for a screening and panel discussion of For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots. Ten years in the making, For Love of Liberty uses letters, diaries, speeches, journalistic accounts, historical text, and military records to document and acknowledge the sacrifices and accomplishments of African-American service men and women since the earliest days of our country. The story, introduced by Colin Powell and hosted by Halle Berry, spans the Revolution to the inauguration of President Obama and examines why these heroic men and women fought so valiantly for freedoms they themselves often did not enjoy.  The screening of a shortened version of the film will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium, followed by a brief panel discussion.  Please RSVP to Sarah McCracken if you are interested in attending.  More details are available on the LBJ Library website.

Cluster Activity

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

The Public Policy Cluster has been reinvigorated under the leadership of Rico Reyes. Please email Rico to be added to the distribution list for upcoming event notices.

Please email Taline Manassian for more information about the Book Club.  They are in the process of choosing the next selection!

Recent Events

Texas Monthly Editor Jake Silverstein on Marfa

On March 25, Texas Monthly Editor and author Jake Silverstein spoke about the west Texas town of Marfa and how it influenced his new book, Nothing Happened and Then it Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction.  Attendees were treated to short readings from the book and were able to purchase advance copies. 

A webcast of the program is available online.  We now have webcasts of eleven Future Forum programs 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!

Become a fan on Facebook and stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest from the Future Forum, in between newsletters!  The LBJ Library is now on Facebook too!  Become a fan of the Library to learn more about what we do in the Austin community and beyond.

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
Presented by the Briscoe Center for American History and the LBJ Library & Museum, CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century will open to the public on May 15 and run through January 3, 2011.

As one of the nation's preeminent journalists, Walter Cronkite's broadcasts brought virtually every major news story of the last half of the twentieth century to the American people, with the legendary integrity, accuracy, and devotion to the larger ideals of journalism that made him one of the most respected public figures in the country.  CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century is the first exhibit to explore his influence and perspective on some of the most crucial moments in history, including D-Day, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and the nascent and heady days of the space race. The exhibit brings Cronkite's personal and professional experiences to life, featuring never-before-seen items from the Briscoe Center's collections.

Doers & Builders

May's Doers & Builder - Inherit Austin
Inherit Austin is a membership arm of the Heritage Society of Austin and is committed to preserving Austin's architectural and cultural past by not only protecting the city's important landmarks and historical fabric, but safeguarding its unique character as well.  Inherit Austin's purpose is to cultivate a new generation of HSA members by hosting social, cultural and educational events that appeal to singles, married couples and families roughly ages 20-45.

For more information on membership and upcoming events, please visit the Inherit Austin website.

Other Community Events

Join us at a kick-off party for the 2010 Texas Mamma Jamma Ride, scheduled for September 25, 2010.  The 2010 Texas Mamma Jamma Ride aims to raise $600,000 for 10 local agencies that are out to change the odds for thousands of Central Texans in the fight against breast cancer.  The kick-off party is May 6, from 6-8 p.m., at the GSD&M Idea City offices, located at 828 West 6th Street.  Come eat, drink, and learn how you can help leave breast cancer in the dust.  Please visit to RSVP for the party, register to ride, or for more information.

Explore Austin needs your help!  We are having a Quest for the Summit fundraiser Thursday, May 6 from 6-9 p.m. at Shoreline Grill.  Please join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres overlooking Lady Bird Lake.  The goal is to raise money for the organization as well as continue to build awareness of our program throughout the community.  Help us meet our fundraising and awareness goal of 250 tickets sold!  Tickets are $100 each.  You can buy tickets or learn more by visiting our
Join more than 250 business and community leaders at the 2010 Board Summit, hosted by Greenlights for NonProfit Success and Leadership Austin on June 10.  This exciting event will introduce you to 40+ local nonprofits looking for talented people like you to serve on their boards. Hear how nonprofit board service helps build your professional skills and network from Doug Ulman, President and CEO of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, attend a special presentation to learn what to ask before joining a board, and meet the executive leadership of a variety of great local nonprofits.  Register at or call 477-5955.

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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