The lecture series will be a joint initiative betweenthe LBJ Museum of San Marcos, the LBJ PresidentialLibrary in Austin, and Southwest Texas State
University. The series will be devoted to exploratory discussions of the American Presidency. It will present leading scholars who will discuss modern
views of both the Constitution, constitutional interpretation and the public policy framework implied by this document. The series will examine 1) the ways in which the presidency as an institution has changed in response to our evolving institutional goals and 2) the public policy issues which undergo inevitable change as a consequence of their association with different presidential administrations. The series will be geared to the adult lay public. We view this initiative as being the keystone of the museum adult community outreach programming. The Officers of the museum have already received a commitment of support from Mr. Larry Reed (Director, LBJ Foundation) and Dr. Kenneth Grasso (Director, SWT Political Science Department’s Program in American Constitutionalism). The Officers of the museum, from its inception, have viewed such a public lecture series as an essential part of the museum mission. The museum can not merely create an interesting environment and then wait for the public to come to it. The museum must generate programs of sufficient interest to both adults and children (by other initiatives) to cause the public to seek it out. Our museumís location between two large Texas cities with a number of major universities, and in a town which contains a large university, would substantially facilitate its ability to gain access to nationally known scholars in the areas of American government and politics. In the distant future we hope that we might even gain access to C-SPAN for the broader dissemination of such a lecture series.