October 2010

Oct 01, 2010

Hello Future Forum members and friends. Welcome to another season of Future Forum events, festivities, and activies. We are on our way! We loved seeing so many of you at our kickoff event last week. Thanks again to Humanities Texas for hosting us at the newly renovated Byrne-Reed House. For those of you who could not make it, we hope you will renew your membership (or sign up) if you haven't already done so. We have some great events planned - starting with a terribly interesting and charming speaker in October, Charles Robb (OK, perhaps there is a bit of daughterly bias), on the topic of Iran and the nuclear threat. In November we are again helping to host the Issues Forum with Leadership Austin and will also have an opportunity (or two) to hear from the Ambassador to Mexico. We are also planning our next installment of "The Future of Texas" - as well as other cluster events, Future Forum events, and opportunities to attend events with the Friends and other groups. And, just to keep you all on your toes, we may throw in a early 2011 Re-gift party or display some photos from the Halloween (costume) party a few years ago in a newsletter. Please come join us - and go get involved.

We can't wait to see you.

Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

On October 27, Senator Charles Robb will join us to discuss the threat of Iran. Senator Robb recently co-authored the Bipartisan Policy Center report Meeting the Challenge: When Time Runs Out, an update to an earlier report on Iranian nuclear development.

Charles Robb served as a United States Senator from 1989 to 2001 and during this tenure he became the only member of Congress ever to serve simultaneously on all three national security committees (Intelligence, Armed Services, and Foreign Relations). Since then, he has served as a Professor of Law and Public Policy at George Mason University, a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board, the FBI Director's Advisory Board, and the Iraq Study Group. More details will be emailed in the coming weeks - please save the date!

Mark your calendars for the Second Annual FastForward Issues Forum with Leadership Austin. Rising from Recession: Central Texas Strong and Sustainable will be the topic for a full day, deep dive into the issue of economic recovery, to be held on Friday, November 12 at the LBJ Library - registration will be available soon!
Cluster Activity

The Public Policy Cluster just met and had a great time! Please email Rico Reyes for information about the next cluster meeting or to be added to the distribution list.

The Film Cluster will meet to watch and discuss a movie on Monday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. One of our cluster members is graciously offering up her home for a film screening this month. We will be watching 9500 Liberty, a documentary about immigration policy, at Joanne Richards' home. Snacks will be provided.To learn more about the film, please visit the film's website. If you plan to attend, please email Nina Hess for the address. See you at the movies!

For information on the Book Cluster, please email Taline Manassian.

Recent Events

Thanks to all of you who joined us for the kick-off reception last week, September 23, at the beautifully-restored Byrne-Reed House, home to Humanities Texas. It was wonderful to see familiar faces and meet some new friends too!

Please continue to spread the word about Future Forum to your friends and colleagues.

A Passel of Other Information

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 LBJ 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 runs 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

October's Doers & Builders - Austin Children's Shelter
Austin Children's Shelter protects and heals children, young adults and families in need. Since 1984, the Austin Children's Shelter has provided emergency shelter and high quality care for abused and neglected children. Now with expanded programming offering long-term care and transitional living services, ACS can have a sustaining, positive effect on young lives. The Shelter provides a variety of critical services and programs to lay a foundation of hope for the future of children, teens and young adults in need of a safe haven as well as services for families. Each child is assessed to ensure they receive the services they need, including: medical and dental care, group and individual therapy, formal testing and evaluation as well as full assessments. Through these programs, ACS lays a foundation of hope for the future of the children in its care.

To learn more about the Shelter or to volunteer, please visit our website.

Other Community Events

This year's Texas Book Festival will be held on October 16 and 17. Featured authors include Jonathan Alter, Laura Bush, H.W. Brands, Jake SIlverstein, Rebecca Skloot, and many, many more. Visit the TBF website for the full schedule. Happy reading!

The Austin Children's Shelter Guild's (ACSG) annual Poinsettia and Holiday Card Sale benefitting the Austin Children's Shelter has begun! ACSG sells florist quality poinsettias in pink, white or red and charming one-of-a-kind holiday cards through pre-orders that will be available in time for the holiday season. Poinsettias are $15 and can be ordered through November 19th and will be available for pick up or delivery by December 3rd. Cards are offered in packages of 16 cards for $15 or in bulk orders with custom imprinting - perfect for businesses. Custom imprinted cards must be ordered by November 1st. The Austin Children's Shelter (ACS) provides emergency shelter, long-term residential care and services for children and youth in foster care. Order online now! For more information visit the website, send an email to [email protected] or call (512) 499-0090.

Have some fun while giving back to the Trail - dust off your shovels and work gloves and volunteer! On October 23, the Trail Foundation is planting trees as part of an Arbor Day celebration and we need volunteers! We'd love your help from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. as we plant nearly 200 trees on the east side of the Trail. Please pre-register by emailing [email protected] On October 30, the Trail Foundation will be hosting another Trash & Treasure Cleanup as part of the next Lake Cleanup. Gather your friends and help us clean up debris from MoPac to Longhorn Dam from 9 to 11 a.m. Please pre-register online for the east or west shoreline.

Join Inherit Austin for an 1840's-inspired dinner on the lawn at Boggy Creek Farm, one of the most popular organic farms and oldest existing homesteads in Austin. Inherit Austin is an offshoot of the Heritage Society of Austin which works to preserve 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. Somewhere in Time will be held at Boggy Creek Farms on Sunday, November 7 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Savor locally produced food and wine prepared by Gina's Kitchen. Learn more about the organic farming movement and the history of this magical place. $75 tickets are available on the Heritage Society website. For $250 sponsorship information, contact Bergan Casey via email or at (512) 656-2515.

Contact Us

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

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