LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series

Honoring the legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States and Texas State alumnus, by fulfilling his promise to bring important leaders to the university to share their philosophies and experiences.

President Lyndon B. Johnson's signature
John Quiñones smiling on a TV news set


November 9, 2020 via YouTube Live

Emmy Award-winning ABC News veteran and creator/host of "What Would You Do?"

Speakers in the Series

The Common Experience at Texas State has hosted some of the world's most iconic and distinguished voices, from poet Maya Angelou to astronaut José Hernández. Pictured here: environmental activist Erin Brockovich addresses a massive crowd in 2007.

Erin Brockovich speaks to a massive crowd outside the LBJ Student Center, 2007
Lyndon B. Johnson speaks to students in a classroom at Texas State University


Initiated in 1982, the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series advances President Johnson's plans to invite the world's most exceptional voices to his alma mater.

Common Experience

Since 2005, the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series has been aligned with Texas State's Common Experience, the nation's #1 initiative of its kind.

Supporting the Series

Texas State presents this speaker series at no cost to students or the community. Funding is made possible by donations to the LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series Endowment.

For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest sleeping in the unplowed ground. Is our world gone? We say ‘Farewell.’ Is a new world coming? We welcome it — and we will bend it to the hopes of man.

36th President of the United States
Inaugural Address, January 20, 1965