May 2013

May 02, 2013

Happy May Day (and Happy May)!  It is a new month and we have another great program planned.

"Ms. Grieder, a onetime correspondent for The Economist who now works for Texas Monthly, and a Texan herself, has written a smart little book that counters much of this silliness, and explains why the Texas economy is thriving....This is a promising debut from a promising young author." 
                             -  Bryan Burrough, The New York Times

"Ms. Grieder's work is a well-timed plea for the rest of the country to wake up and learn from (Texas's) example."
                     -  Charles Dameron, The Wall Street Journal

These are just two reviews of Erica Grieder's new book Big, Hot, Cheap and Right: What America Can Learn from the Strange Genius of Texas. Erica will debate political consultant and writer Jason Stanford on May 20 in what promises to be a lively evening.

Also, read below for more going on at the Library and in the community!

Thank you,

Catherine Robb

Recent Events

Admiral Bobby R. Inman joined us March 26 to identify the top three overarching threats in today's world and take a geographic spin around the world. He provided a fascinating peek at world politics and economics in just under an hour - the webcast is worth watching.

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.  A webcast and photos are available online.

At the LBJ Library

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

  • News to History: Photojournalism and the Presidency 
  • Texas Vietnam Heroes
  • Acts of Congress (opening May 6)

Community Happenings

Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! On Saturday, May 11, meet at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop at 9:00 a.m.  Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny's and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. We'll visit museums that are part of Austin's Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, Ransom Center, LBJ Presidential Library,  Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center.  Ride size is limited, so please RSVP by emailing [email protected].

The Future Forum Book Cluster is reading After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead by Alan Blinder and will meet in late May to discuss.  Watch your email for more details.

Greenlights for Nonprofit Success is hosting their annual Board Summit on Thursday, June 6 from 6-8:45 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet executive leaders of 55+ local nonprofits looking for new board members.  Registration is $35 and includes a reception.  Learn more or register at

Contact Us

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

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