September 2010

Sep 01, 2010

Hello Future Forum members and friends.  We are starting another season of fun, interesting, and thought-provoking events at the Future Forum, so please make sure your membership is up to date.  We'd hate for you to miss a thing.  We are planning a kick-off event for September 23, so please mark your calendar and save the date now!  More details to come soon on the kick-off event and other Future Forum events.
The Public Policy Cluster is meeting on September 8th for another intellectually stimulating discussion over dinner. For more information, please email Rico Reyes.  Also, next week, Future Forum members are invited to join the Friends of the LBJ Library for a screening of The Fence (more details later in the newsletter).  Tickets are limited, so RSVP early!   
There are also lots of other good things going on in September - LBJ Library family-related, and not.  Come on out for the last Movies Under the Stars for the season - Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Or, make a day of it in the Hill Country and go see the new (old) JetStar used during LBJ's vice presidential days, recently installed and dedicated at the Ranch (fondly referred to by my grandfather as "Air Force One Half" because of its size).  Or, sign up for (or support) the Mamma Jamma Ride or Superhero 5K or volunteer for BookSpring (you can't imagine how fun it is to see those kids' faces when they receive new books - try it!).   Or, come by the Library to check out the exhibit on Walter Cronkite or attend one of the many wonderful programs happening at the Library in September. 
The Future Forum continues to look for members who would like to get more involved. If that sounds interesting, please consider joining the Events Committee or Membership Committee.  Or, just send us an email and let us know your thoughts on the Future Forum or any way you would like to be involved.  We love our members. 
We hope to see you soon.
Thank you,

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

Please save the date for our kick-off event at Humanities Texas (at the corner of 15th and Rio Grande Street) on Thursday, September 23!  More details will be emailed next week. 

On Thursday, September 9, Future Forum members are invited to a screening and discussion of The Fence.  The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium.  Advance registration is required as tickets are limited; please email Sarah McCracken to request a ticket.

In October 2006, the United States government decided to build a 700-mile fence along its Mexican border. Three years and $3.1 billion later, The Fence investigates the impact of the project, revealing how its stated goals - containing illegal immigration, cracking down on drug trafficking, and protecting America from terrorists - have given way to unforeseen consequences. The film premiered on the opening night of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

In conjunction with HBO Documentary Films, Austin Film Festival, and The Texas Observer, the LBJ Library will present the thirty-five minute documentary, followed by a discussion with Producer and Director Rory Kennedy and Producer Keven McAlester.  Professor, historian, and bestselling author Douglas Brinkley will moderate the discussion. 

On Sunday, September 19, join in the Austin Museum Day fun!  Area museums will celebrate Museum Day with special activities across the city.  Join us at the LBJ Library from 1-3 p.m. for live music by The WhoDo, free gelato courtesy of Teo's, and an opportunity to tour CRONKITE: Eyewitness to a Century.

Cluster Activity

The Public Policy Cluster will meet Wednesday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss a range of issues - from the need for immigration reform and the Arizona approach to the international community, government and media's lackluster response to the devastating floods in Pakistan, and the "ground zero mosque" and Islamaphobia.  The purpose is to help create a culture of conversation and understanding, learn from your neighbor, and share your perspective.  Please email Rico Reyes for location details or to RSVP.
For information on the Film Cluster or to be added to the distribution list, please email Catherine Robb. 
For information on the Book Club, please email Taline Manassian. 

A Passel of Other Information

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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

September's Doers & Builders - BookSpring

BookSpring is the non-profit organization created from the merger of Reading is Fundamental of Austin and Capital Area Reach Out and Read. 

BookSpring instills children with a love of reading and promotes books as a means to success. By offering a range of programs that support early literacy, BookSpring champions the value of reading and encourages parents to read to their children from birth on, resulting in stronger families and increased life-long opportunities for every child.

Last year, over 140,000 books were given to over 45,500 of the neediest children and their families in Greater Austin through the literacy intervention programs of either RIF or CAROR. 

As students head back to school, consider how you can help support BookSpring!  For more information about BookSpring, please visit the website.

Other Community Events

Join the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law for our upcoming events!  For location or more details, please visit the Strauss

Center website:

September 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Climate Change and Energy:  21st Century Global Security Challenges.  Presented by Admiral Dennis McGinn, USN, Ret., Chairman and CEO, Remote Reality and Admiral Neil Morrisetti, UK, Climate and Energy Security Envoy for the Ministry of Defense. September 15, 5:00-6:30 p.m.: International Security Speaker Series: The Domestic Sources of Irrational Intelligence Oversight.  Presented by Amy Zegart, Fellow, UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations & Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

On Sunday, September 19, join us for the 2010 CASA Superhero Run!  The 5K run/walk and kids' 1K will take place at the Domain and are open for registration now.  Please visit the Superhero Foundation website for more details or to register.

We're gearing up for the 2010 Mamma Jamma Ride on Saturday, September 25 and we want YOU there!  Register to ride today.  Be sure to tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors - EVERYONE - about this Ride and invite them to join you. Breast cancer affects all of us and it is going to take all of us to make sure we reach our goal to provide the care and services our neighbors coping with breast cancer need 365 days a year.  We need you!

Also on September 25, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park will present the final Movies Under the Stars of the season.  Come and watch Raiders of the Lost Ark at 7:00 p.m. at the LBJ Ranch.  For more details, please visit the Park website.

Contact Us

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

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