QUARTERLY MEETINGS - Open to Lyceum Members and Guests


  • The date for the 2020 Public Conference will be announced in fall 2019.


    • Friday, May 03, 2019
    • Various communities across Texas
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    Forty years ago, a group of young Texans from the business, professional and academic communities came together at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas to discuss an idea. The idea: that Texas was at a turning point in its history and had an opportunity—indeed, a responsibility—to become a great state. These leaders concluded there was a need to bring together the various segments of state in a nonpartisan, nonpolitical and non-adversarial setting to solve the problems facing Texas.

    The result: The Texas Lyceum.

    Forty years later, the “Lyceum concept” endures. Among its alumni, the Lyceum counts those who have served our state and our nation at its highest echelons. In celebration of the founding of The Texas Lyceum and the continued contributions of its Directors and Alumni, we are excited to invite you to participate in our Founder's Day Celebration. The celebration encompasses many events, in an effort to maximize participation, including a Founder's Day Brunch at Bent Tree Country Club and Celebrations Across Texas (happy hour events) throughout our great state. See below for the various events, RSVP information, and other details.

    The Texas Lyceum Founder's Day Brunch

    Friday, May 3, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Bent Tree Club
    5201 West Grove Drive
    Dallas, Tx 75248

    RSVP: Founders and Former Chairmen are invited as guests of The Texas Lyceum and should RSVP by email to Directors and Alumni may register and attend by registering here ($50). This event is limited to 100 seats.
    RSVP to Celebrations Across Texas should be made per instructions below.

    Founder's Day Celebrations Across Texas

    Austin | Dallas | Fort WorthEl Paso | Houston | Lubbock | Rio Grande Valley | San Antonio
    *Review each event carefully as dates, times, and special instructions vary. 


    4-6 p.m. May 3
    The Texas Tribune
    919 Congress Ave., 6th Floor
    Austin, TX 78701
    RSVP to Jennifer Ransom Rice,
    Parking is on your own.


    5:30-7:30 p.m. May 3
    Cedar Crest House
    2223 W. Jefferson Blvd.
    Dallas, TX 75208
    RSVP to Michell Barchlay,
    Valet parking provided.

    El Paso

    5-7 p.m. May 2
    Franklin View Apartments
    617 West Franklin Ave.
    El Paso, TX 79912
    RSVP to Monica C. Vargas,
    Street parking available.

    Fort Worth

    5:30-7:30 p.m. May 1
    Grace Restaurant
    777 Main St.
    Fort Worth, TX 76102
    RSVP to Michael Crain,


    5:30-7:30 p.m. May 3
    The John Palmer Art Gallery & Studio
    1218 Heights Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77008
    RSVP to
    Dressy casual. Drinks and lite bites. Valet provided.


    5:30-7 p.m. May 3
    Brady & Hamilton, LLP
    1602 13th St.
    Lubbock, TX 79401
    RSVP to

    Rio Grande Valley

    6-8 p.m. May 3
    Bodega Tavern & Kitchen
    2901 N. 10th St.
    McAllen, TX 78501
    RSVP to Amanda Saldaña,

    San Antonio

    5:30-7:30 p.m. May 3
    Hacienda del Morado
    214 Regent
    San Antonio, TX 78204
    RSVP by April 30 to C. LeRoy Cavazos-Reyna,
    Guests are welcome. Parking limited; rideshare recommended.

    • Thursday, July 25, 2019
    • Saturday, July 27, 2019
    • Montreal, Canada (optional meeting)

    This conference will explore topics on global relations and trade between the United States and Canada, with a specific focus on Texas’ place in that trade environment. The United States and Canada have long had strong ties that span military, economic, and cultural relationships, as well as the largest trading relationship of any two nations in the world. Trade with the United States’ closest neighbors in Canada and Mexico is an important economic driver for our country and for Texas. Texas sells $27 billion in goods and services to Canada alone, and 460,000 jobs in Texas depend on trade and investment with Canada. Maintaining this important trading relationship is vital to economic growth and job creation for both Texas and Canada.

    For more than 25 years, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) drove the strong trading relationship between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. NAFTA was renegotiated last fall into the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). This updated trade deal was the result of nearly two years of tumultuous negotiations and political debate about the benefits and costs of the original NAFTA Agreement and trade overall. While the USMCA was signed by leaders from all three countries, it must still be ratified by legislative bodies in each country.

    Conference attendees will hear discussions on topics of global relations and leadership, the latest developments in trade, and the impact this issue has on our communities and economies back home.

    • Thursday, September 12, 2019
    • Saturday, September 14, 2019
    • College Station, Texas

    Are we taking our democracy for granted? The Texas Lyceum will explore this question at our quarterly meeting Friday, September 13, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. It’s been said that democracy is the worst form of government … until you consider the other options. At this meeting, the Lyceum will examine how we define democracy in America, investigate alternatives forms of governance, work to understand who participates in our system—and who doesn’t—and discuss ways we can improve U.S. civil society and ensure better access and participation for all.

    • Thursday, November 07, 2019
    • Saturday, November 09, 2019
    • Big Bend, Texas

Past Events

Thursday, April 04, 2019 Moving Texas Forward: How Infrastructure Drives Commerce
Thursday, January 31, 2019 2019 Public Conference: Will the Texas Workforce Be Prepared for 2036?
Thursday, October 25, 2018 A Look at Texas Agriculture
Thursday, August 23, 2018 Lyceum Happy Hour: Permian Basin
Friday, August 17, 2018 Code Blue! The State of Texas Healthcare: The Texas Lyceum's 32nd Public Conference
Thursday, August 02, 2018 Webinar: 2018 Lyceum Poll Results
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 A Global Perspective: The US Role on the World Stage
Thursday, April 26, 2018 Race Relations in Texas
Thursday, February 22, 2018 Webinar: North Korea Situational Briefing
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Texas: State of Innovation
Thursday, October 26, 2017 Human Trafficking......Demystifying the Taboo
Thursday, June 22, 2017 Is Civility Lost? When Did Compromise Become a Dirty Word? Finding Common Ground in a Fractured Society
Thursday, March 23, 2017 Two Americas: Guns' Polarizing Effect on American Culture
Friday, January 27, 2017 What is the Proper Role of Government? Exploring the Tension Between Federal, State and Local Authority
Thursday, October 27, 2016 Buyer's Market: Supercharging Texas' Automotive REVolution
Thursday, August 04, 2016 Beyond the Hype: Immigration and Border Security in Texas
Thursday, June 23, 2016 The Texas Lyceum in Cuba
Friday, April 01, 2016 The Big Business of Football in Texas
Thursday, January 21, 2016 Facing the Storm: Preserving a Resilient Texas
Thursday, October 22, 2015 The Storied Relationship Between the U.S. Military and Texas
Thursday, August 13, 2015 Have We Lost the War on Drugs?
Thursday, June 11, 2015 Hope Floats - The Panama Canal's Impact on the Texas Economy
Saturday, March 07, 2015 The Texas Lyceum's 35th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, March 05, 2015 Keeping the Miracle Alive: Ensuring Texas' Competitiveness
Thursday, January 29, 2015 Protecting the Texas Environment in the Midst of Economic Growth
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Money and Banking in Texas
Thursday, August 14, 2014 The Changing Face of Texas: The Growing Number of Latinos in Education and the Workforce
Thursday, April 24, 2014 The Tribalization of Politics: How Factions Impact Politics and Life in Texas
Thursday, January 30, 2014 A Foodie Focus: How Laws and Regulation Affect Food Production, Safety and Sales
Thursday, April 11, 2013 Texas Infrastructure: Building the Future

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