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Library Issues Forum: "Cowboys"

9/21/2017
7 p.m.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum's Orientation Theater
Evening, Films, Lectures & Discussions, Special Events

This event has reached capacity. Please stay tuned for information about a similar event that will take place on December 5.

 

Join us on Thursday, September 21, as we welcome filmmaker Bud Force and photographer John Langmore as they discuss the making of their documentary film, COWBOYS. Told in the cinematic tradition of classic westerns, COWBOYS offers the opportunity to ride alongside modern working cowboys on some of America's largest and most remote cattle ranches. COWBOYS documents the lives of the men and women working on "big outfit" cattle ranches - some of which are over one million acres - and still require a crew of horseback workers to tend large herds of cattle. Filmed on locations across the American West, COWBOYS features historic ranches in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada. Narrated through first-hand accounts from the cowboys themselves, the story explores the rewards and hardships of a celebrated but misunderstood way of life and the challenges that lie ahead for the cowboys and ranches critical to providing the world's supply of beef. COWBOYS is currently being filmed and is scheduled for release in 2018.

 

John Langmore will also be showing and discussing photographs from his five-year project documenting America’s working cowboys. John traveled to twelve big outfits to create this body of work which is set to be published as a book next year. A former working cowboy himself, he will be sharing his intimate knowledge of this unique American icon and the state of his existence at the outset of the 21st century.

 

Filmmaker Bud Force is a founder and partner at Ultralite Films, an award-winning production company based in Austin, Texas. John Langmore served as a founding member and president of the Austin Center for Photography and has completed long term projects on East Austin and Oaxaca, Mexico.

 


What's Next for National Security?

10/10/2017
5:00 p.m. Reception ● 5:30 p.m. Program
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
Evening, Lectures & Discussions, Special Events

The following distinguished speakers will address the broad concerns relating to US national security for the George H.W. Bush Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series by Wells Fargo:

  • Orrin Hatch, US Senator (UT) & Senate President Pro Tempore
  • Tom Ridge, 43rd Gov. of Penn. & 1st US Sec. of Homeland Security
  • Jason Perry, Dir. of the Hinckley Institute, University of Utah
  • Mark Welsh, Dean of the Bush School (moderator)

The “What’s Next for National Security?” event is co-sponsored by the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy and the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs, both at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. It is free but reservations are required.

More information about the event and speaker can be found at http://bush.tamu.edu/national_security/. 

 

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Sharing the Story: Researching the Bush Administration Panel

10/20/2017
1:00 p.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
Lectures & Discussions, Special Events

Kick off the 20th anniversary celebration at the George Bush Presidential Library Center with a video presentation and panel discussion entitled "Sharing The Story: Researching the Bush Administration." Panel moderator and Executive Producer of "41ON41," Mary Kate Cary will begin the session by showing a selection of outtakes from "41ON41" that did not make the final cut. At the conclusion of the video, she will join panelists Dr. Jeff Engel, Dr. Barbara Perry and Jon Meacham to discuss her work producing the video, their experiences researching at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the resources on President Bush and the Bush Administration available at the Bush Library and the Miller Center for Oral History.

Dr. Jeff Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU. He is an expert on the U.S. presidency and American diplomatic history. He has authored six books, including, "The China Diary of George H.W. Bush: The Making of a Global President." On November 7, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish his latest work, "When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War," an account of the end of the Cold War during the Bush Administration based on thousands of pages of declassified documents located at the Bush Library and Museum. 

Dr. Barbara Perry is the Director of Presidential Studies at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, and a political scientist who specializes in the presidency. As Co-Chair of the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program, she has participated in the George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush oral history projects.

Jon Meacham is a renowned presidential historian, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, contributing editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His latest book, "Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush," was a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Panel moderator, Mary Kate Cary, served as a White House speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to early 1992, authoring more than 100 of his presidential addresses. She also has ghostwritten several books related to President Bush’s life and career and served as Senior Writer for Communications for the 1988 Bush-Quayle presidential campaign.

This engaging and informative panel will take place in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, which is next door to the Bush Library and Museum. Parking is free. This is the first of several free public events held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center.

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Unlocking the Mystery: Declassifying the Bush Administration Documents Panel

10/20/2017
3:00 p.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
Lectures & Discussions, Special Events

Continue the 20th anniversary celebration at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center with a panel discussion entitled "Unlocking the Mystery: Declassifying the Bush Administration Documents." Consisting of Dr. Tom Zeiler (moderator), Dr. Stephen Randolph, Dr. Thomas Blanton, and Professor James Olson, the panel will discuss a wide range of topics related to classification and declassification of government information. Highlights will include explaining the declassification process, the fine line between public right to know and national safety/security and most importantly, the twenty-five year declassification rule described in E.O. 12958 and what that means for Bush Presidential records beginning in January 2018. A moderated question and answer session will follow.

Mr. James Olson is a is a Senior Lecturer at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, where he teaches courses on intelligence, national security, and international crisis management. He served for over 25 years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency and served as the Chief of Counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley. His book, "Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying" discusses his life as a CIA operative during the Cold War. 

Dr. Thomas S. Blanton is Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the author of numerous books. His most recent book, "Masterpieces of History: The Peaceful End of the Cold War in Europe, 1989" won the Arthur S. Link-Warren F. Kuehl Prize for Documentary Editing. A stalwart advocate for transparency in government since the 1970s, he received the American Library Association James Madison Award Citation for "defending the public's right to know" in 1996.

Dr. Stephen Randolph serves as The Historian of the U.S. Department of State. Appointed to that position in April 2012, Dr. Randolph is responsible for the "Foreign Relations of the United States" series, which contain documents from presidential libraries, Departments of State and Defense, National Security Council, Central Intelligence Agency, Agency for International Development, and other foreign affairs agencies.

Panel moderator, Dr. Tom Zeiler, is the Director of the Program on International Affairs and has been a professor of history and international affairs a the University of Colorado Boulder since 1993. Tom teaches and writes on American foreign relations, war and society, globalization, and baseball and sports in international relations.

This engaging and informative panel will take place in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, which is next door to the Bush Library and Museum. Parking is free. This is the second of several free public events held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center.

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Family Fest

10/21/2017
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Family Friendly

Join us at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum as we celebrate our 20th anniversary with "Family Fest." Open for free and to the public, the event will include carnival games, bounce houses and complimentary refreshments. Special thanks to Blue Bell Ice Cream and Pepsi for providing ice cream and drinks!

While the activities will take place at the pond, there will be free admission to the museum during museum business hours, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, email reservations.bush@nara.gov or call 979-691-4014.


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Chemistry Road Show by Dr. Jim Pennington

10/26/2017
10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center's Frymire Auditorium
Family Friendly, K-12 Education, Livestream

Join us to ignite imaginations and engage students using chemistry demonstrations with fire, explosions, weird polymers, and super cold materials! Dr. Jim Pennington will entertain students while he educates them through the Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show. 

These exciting displays will demonstrate to students how chemistry affects their lives every day. Chemistry contributes to medical education and is the foundation on which the human body functions. It is the key to life and the foundation for scientific research. President and Mrs. Bush have supported and encouraged medial research involving chemistry to find a cure for cancer.  

FREE. For all grades.

 

Due to limited seating in the onsite program, reservations are required. To make your reservations or for more information email bush.education@nara.gov or call (979) 691-4007. 

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Humorous Poetry by Poet Col. Wayne Edwards, The Family Poet

11/2/2017
10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center's Frymire Auditorium
Family Friendly, K-12 Education, Livestream

Col. Wayne Edwards is a comic poet who brings his humorous poetry to life. Through discussion of the three R's of rhyming verse - rhythm, repetition, and rhyme - he inspires interest in both reading and writing poetry. 

His humorous illustrations of poems engage and delight all ages. Join us for laughter and enjoyment of poetry!

Designed for grades 3-8 and adult learners of all ages, you can attend in-person or online! Register below for online reservations. The program is available by videoconference, live streaming or recording.

Due to limited seating in the onsite program, reservations are required. To make your reservations or for more information email bush.education@nara.gov or call (979) 691-4007. 

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AESOP Storytelling Fables by Barbara Hailey

11/16/2017
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center's Frymire Auditorium
Family Friendly, K-12 Education, Livestream

Consider the wisdom of the ages brought to life in these stories to inspire hearts and minds. Aesop was the champion of the underdog and sought to bring joy to the lives of all. 

This holiday time is a perfect time to reflect on the joy of storytelling by joining Master Storyteller Barbara Hailey. Aesop gives the gift of understanding and happiness. 

FREE. For grades Pre K-2 

Due to limited seating in the onsite program, reservations are required. To make your reservations or for more information email bush.education@nara.gov or call (979) 691-4007. 

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Original

12/6/2017
10:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center's Frymire Auditorium
Family Friendly, K-12 Education, Livestream

Bringing to life Dr. Benjamin Franklin, GregRobin Smith leads an unforgettably enriching visit to Colonial America, the American Revolution, and the life of this innovative, gregarious, original American. 

FREE. For grades 3-8.

Due to limited seating in the onsite program, reservations are required. To make your reservations or for more information email bush.education@nara.gov or call (979) 691-4007. 

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