October 2012

Oct 01, 2012

Hello Members!  As you might have noticed, we are now using our new logo and have a new eNewsletter.  Yes, big things are in store.  (And not just The Store at LBJ, which, by the way, is open and better than ever.)  As we encounter cooler weather and ever-increasing reminders of the upcoming election, come join us for two election-related events: a debate-watching party on October 3rd and an evening with Sasha Issenberg on October 24th.  In the upcoming months, we will also host an after hours party to see the newly-renovated Library exhibits and other fun and informative events.  So, please go enjoy this (slightly) cooler weather and then come join us for fun, learning, and good company.  We look forward to seeing you this month.

Presidential Debate-Watching Party

Join us Wednesday, October 3 to watch Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off in the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign.  The debate will be hosted by the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, and moderated by Jim Lehrer, host of NewsHour on PBS.  The topic is domestic policy.  We'll gather at the LBJ Library in the 10th floor Atrium at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. debate. 

There will be plenty of refreshments and an opportunity for live polling and comments. Attendees must be 21 to attend.  Space is limited for non-members.

Future Forum Presents: Sasha Issenberg

On Wednesday, October 24, Slate correspondent Sasha Issenberg will speak on modern campaign tactics and how candidates use data on individual voters to tailor their message.  Copies of his new book, The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns, will be available for sale and signing.

Please plan to join us at 6:15 p.m. for a 6:30 p.m. program start.  A reception and book-signing will follow. This program will be held in the 10th floor Atrium of the LBJ Library.

Future Forum members: Free
Non-members: $10, to be collected at the door

Future Forum Presents: Dr. Ricardo Ainslie on the State of Affairs in Mexico

On September 6, University of Texas Professor Ricardo Ainslie and Texas Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar gave a compelling presentation on the drug violence in Mexico.  Ainslie, whose book The Fight to Save Juarez: Life in the Heart of Mexico's Drug War will be published this spring, cited the latest data as well as documenting the effects of changes in Mexican and U.S. government policies.  Aguilar introduced the program by sharing his personal and professional experiences reporting from Mexico.

Austin Film Society

The Austin Film Society is a non-profit organization that promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative media production by: showing great films and premieres, managing a 100,000 square foot film production facility in central Austin, awarding grants and supporting filmmakers, teaching kids & adults about filmmaking, and presenting the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame awards to raise funds for all the above.

Upcoming programs include a screening of George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire on October 10, and a Conversation with Al Reinert on October 15.  Visit the AFS website to learn more, register for an event, or to become a member.

The Enduring Legacies of America’s First Ladies

Join us on November 15 for an intimate look at the role of First Ladies in a one-day conference at the LBJ Library. Afternoon panel discussions featuring historians and former First Lady staff, presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly, and members of the First Families are free and open to the public.  The full schedule, list of panelists, and registration form is available online.

A special evening presentation, Reflections of First Ladies Mrs. Barbara Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, is open only to members of the Friends of the LBJ Library. Learn more or join Friends of the LBJ Library.

Community happenings

On Monday, October 1, at 5:00 p.m., Yale Law Professor will present the Annual Sealy Lecture at the UT School of Law, entitled Lincoln in Afghanistan: The Laws of War and Emancipation's Global Legacy.  The program will be held in the Eidman Courtroom.

On Tuesday, October 2, at 7:00 p.m., join KLRU, KUT, and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life for a conversation with young Texans - those who are engaged and those who aren't - about the causes of low civic participation and how to boost it.  Why Bother? Voices of a New Generation will be held in KLRU's historic Austin City Limits Studio 6A.

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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