Evening With Robert M. Gates

Friends of the LBJ Library | Nov, 14 2023 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Evening With Robert M. Gates

Friends members are invited to join us for a conversation with former Secretary of Defense for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and CIA Director for George H.W. Bush, Dr. Robert M. Gates, speaking on subjects ranging from the Israel-Hamas war, the expansion of NATO, war in Ukraine, China’s increased aggression, and the state of democracy in the U.S. This event will be hosted in partnership with the George and Barbara Bush Foundation and the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin.

Members are invited to a reception in the Great Hall, on the 4th floor of the LBJ Library, following the program.


About the Author

Robert Gates served as the 22nd Secretary of Defense from  2006 to 2011 -- the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in office by a newly elected president. A member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations, he served eight presidents of both political parties, and served in the CIA for nearly 27 years. He served as Director of the CIA from 1991 to 1993.

On Gates’s last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Before becoming secretary of defense in 2006, Gates was the President of Texas A&M University. Gates currently is a principal at the consulting firm, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel, LLC, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. Additionally, he is Chancellor of William & Mary, his alma mater. Gates has authored four books, covering his experiences at CIA and at the Pentagon, leadership, and US nonmilitary instruments of power.  


Location and Parking

The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River St. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Free parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitors' lot (#38), and lots #37 and #39 after 5:30 p.m.

Please note that Red River Street is closed between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Clyde Littlefield Drive. Red River Street is open and accessible from E. Dean Keeton Street; please plan your route accordingly. The intersection at Manor and Red River will be closed for westbound traffic this evening. Please allow plenty of time to arrive and find parking.

The doors will open at 5:00 p.m. to allow plenty of time for guests to enter the LBJ Auditorium.



Please register using the form below. You must be a current member of the Friends at the Individual level or above to register as a Friends member. Museum and Family Museum members do not receive admission to the programming series as part of their membership benefits.


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