September 2011

Sep 01, 2011

Thanks to those of you who joined us this morning for a breakfast conversation with John Avlon in remembrance of 9/11. Avlon was the chief speechwriter for NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and, in the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, was responsible for writing eulogies for the firefighters, police officers, and other emergency personnel who perished in the World Trade Center. He is now a Senior Columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

At the Future Forum we hope to create programs like today's breakfast discussion that are unique, thought-provoking, and provide "up close" engagement with speakers. We often send announcements about these opportunities to current members only. If you did not receive the recent email about today's breakfast discussion and want to be sure your membership is current, please email Sarah McCracken. This monthly eNewsletter will continue to be sent to members past, present, and (hopefully) future.

Other fall programs will be announced in the coming weeks.

See you soon!


Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

On Sunday, September 25, join us at the LBJ Library for fun tunes and eats in celebration of Austin Museum Day. From 1 to 3 p.m., the Beatles tribute band The Eggmen will be playing on the lawn. Visit the special exhibit Left to Right: Radical Movements of the 1960s. This will be a family-friendly afternoon.
For information on Museum Day activities at other local venues, please visit the Austin Museum Partnership website.
Eggmen drawing courtesy of Brian Jepson.

Cluster Activity

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

Please email Rico Reyes for information about the next Public Policy Cluster meeting or to be added to the distribution list.

The Film Cluster met last week to watch and discuss Gasland. Please email Nina Hess to be added to the distribution list for future Film Cluster announcements. See you at the movies!

Recent Events

Webcast Archive
As a reminder, we have a selection of our "greatest hits" available on the Future Forum website.

If you miss a program or want to watch it again, visit us online to see the webcast. Currently we have Richard Florida's speech on economic recovery, our biennial "Future of Texas" panel with state legislators from this past February, Senator Charles Robb speaking on the threat of a nuclear Iran, a discussion of Austin's clean energy efforts, Christopher Hitchens and Marvin Olasky debating religion and politics, and more.

A Passel of Other Information

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The LBJ Library is now on Facebook and Twitter too! Become a fan of the LBJ Library or follow our Twitter feed to learn more about who we are and what we do in the Austin community and beyond.

Not sure if your membership is current?Email Sarah McCracken.Renew online today!

Doers & Builders

September's Doers & Builders - Capital Area Food Bank of Texas
The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. CAFB currently provides food and grocery products to more than 350 partner agencies in 21 Central Texas counties, covering 19,064 square miles. In addition to weekly food distribution, CAFB conducts several programs including Fresh Food for Families, Kids Cafe, Healthy Options Program for the Elderly (HOPE) and CHOICES Nutrition Education Program. With every $5 donated, the Food Bank can provide $25 worth of nutritious food. meals. That's because almost 90 percent of the food they distribute is donated, and because more than 5,000 volunteer hours are donated every month.

September is Hunger Action Month. Join the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and food banks across the nation rallying their communities to help end hunger. Visit the CAFB website to learn more.

Now Showing at the LBJ Library and Museum

Left to Right: Radical Movements of the 1960sthrough January 2, 2012

The upheavals and social disturbances that characterized the 1960s - clashes of generations, races, genders, cultural values, and political beliefs appeared to have no end. Were they necessary? Were they inevitable? How did they influence our society, and what is their legacy? Left to Right: Radical Movements of the 1960s examines the impact both then and now.

Other Community Events

Leadership Austin's Experience Austin is a community leadership development program for high-level business professionals throughout Central Texas. It consists of 5 sessions, and is a must for anyone who values networking and a deep understanding of their community as critical for success. Meet the movers and shakers in the business and civic community and form connections that will make both a personal and professional impact.

Go behind the scenes to hear from decision makers on topics such as Austin's growth and changing demographics, the achievement gap in Texas education, economic development, transportation, and the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the city. The fall program will begin October 14 and consists of one full Friday and four consecutive Tuesday evenings. For more information, please visit the Leadership Austin website.

Save the date! On October 13, the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School will welcome New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins. Collins will speak in the 10th floor Atrium at the LBJ Library from noon to 2 p.m. Please visit the CPG website for more details and to register.

Registration is now open for the Race for the Cure on November 13, 2011. For more information, please visit the Komen Austin website.

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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