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Fall 2014

Jayne Anne Phillips HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 7 P.M.

Jayne Anne Phillips reads from Quiet Dell, a novel based on the true story of a murderous West Virginia con man who preyed on widows. Phillips is the author of Lark and Termite, a National Book Award finalist, and her papers reside at the Ransom Center. A reception and book signing follow. Presented by the University Co-op.

Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

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Brunch inspired by Gone With The Wind - SOLD OUT COOKING CLASS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 11 A.M.

Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Enjoy a Southern-style brunch inspired by Gone With The Wind. During the class, Central Market Chef Louis Ortiz demonstrates how to create each dish and provides recipes to take home.

The menu includes Aunt Pittypat's cream scones with lemon verbena-infused butter and madeira jelly, Charleston deviled crab cakes, Twelve Oaks barbecued pork ribs, field pea, ham hock, and mustard green soup with cornbread croutons and pickled radish, and Peachtree Street gingerbread cake. Representatives from the Ransom Center will be on hand to discuss the exhibition as you enjoy the cooking class.

After the class, join us for a docent-led public tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

The class is at capacity; pre-registration was required and no on-site registration will be available.

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Monthly Member Mondays MEMBER EVENT MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 5–8 P.M.

On the first Monday of each month, join us for a members-only program from 5–8 p.m. featuring extended gallery hours and engaging presentations about Gone With The Wind.

On Monday, October 6 at 6 p.m., Curator of Film Steve Wilson leads a private members-only tour of the exhibition The Making of Gone With The Wind, sharing surprising stories about the film's production that were discovered as he organized the exhibition. Space on the tour is limited.

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Deborah Willis LECTURE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 6:30 P.M.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

New York University professor Deborah Willis weaves together a narrative of the early years of American photography with a reading of iconic moments in Gone With The Wind and examines the role black history played in producing such a controversial and celebrated cultural phenomenon. Co-sponsored by the University's John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.

Registrants of the Flair Symposium, Cultural Life During Wartime, 1861-1865, will have reserved seating at this program, which serves as the symposium's keynote address.

Ransom Center members receive priority entry at this program. Doors open at 5:50 p.m. for members and at 6 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6 p.m. will join the general queue.


Ian McEwan READING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 7 P.M.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

Acclaimed writer Ian McEwan reads from his new novel, The Children Act. A reception and book signing with the Booker Prize–winning author of Atonement, On Chesil Beach, and Solar follow. McEwan's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Jointly presented with the Michener Center for Writers.

Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

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Members-only Preview Party MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 7 P.M.

The members-only preview party for The Making of Gone With The Wind has reached capacity. Space was limited; memberships and tickets will not be on sale at the door. Please join us at one of the many member events scheduled this fall in conjunction with the exhibition.

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Spring 2014

War Horse MEMBER EVENT TUESDAY, MAY 6, 7 P.M.

BASS CONCERT HALL

Join fellow members for the opening night of Broadway in Austin's presentation of War Horse, the 2011 Tony Award–winner for Best Play based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo. Ransom Center members receive a discount on tickets for any performance date, May 6 through 11. Members attending the May 6 performance are invited to a pre-show reception at 6:30 p.m. To receive the discount code or for more details, please contact mburke@austin.utexas.edu or 512-232-3669. Purchase tickets online or by phone at 1-877-275-3804.

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Matthew Hollis HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 7 P.M.

Award-winning poet, biographer, and editor Matthew Hollis speaks about the friendship between poets Robert Frost and Edward Thomas and its fatal consequences in the midst of the Great War on Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. Material related to Edward Thomas is featured in the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918.

Hollis's book Ground Water (Bloodaxe, 2004) was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He is co-editor of Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry (Bloodaxe, 2000) and 101 Poems Against War (Faber, 2003), and editor of Selected Poems of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011). Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas (Faber, 2011; Norton, 2012) won the Costa Biography Award and the H. W. Fisher Biography Prize and was Sunday Times Biography of the Year.

Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken and Other Poems and a copy of Matthew Hollis's book Now All Roads Lead to France: A Life of Edward Thomas.

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"World War I: An Inconsistent Memory?" LECTURE TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 7 P.M.

Pulitzer Prize–winning art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott presents "World War I: An Inconsistent Memory?" for the Amon Carter Lecture on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

The aesthetics, purpose, and politics of memorialization has changed radically since the First World War, when Americans deployed a wild diversity of monuments small and large to honor the more than 100,000 dead. From mass-produced statues to the reconfiguration of whole urban districts, the aftermath of the First World War introduced the basic conflicts that still dog the designers of memorials today, conflicts between representation and abstraction, individual memory and collective loss, and fundamental disagreements about the necessity and desirability of memorials in a fluid, democratic culture. This talk examines how those conflicts played out on the nation's most symbolically contested landscape, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where today the First World War is almost an afterthought, lost in the grandiose clutter of other wars, and other strategies for preserving memory.

Kennicott is the art and architecture critic for The Washington Post. He is also a contributing editor at The New Republic, a reviewer for Gramophone, and a regular contributor to Opera News.

The lecture is organized in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, on view through August 3.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Guild and Director's Circle members are invited to a private wine reception with Kennicott prior to the lecture. Invitation-only: RSVP required. Join or upgrade your membership.

Attendees may enter to win a signed copy of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a DVD of the documentary WWI: The War to End All Wars, and a set of exhibition postcards.

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Julia Alvarez HARRY RANSOM LECTURE MONDAY, MARCH 31, 7 P.M.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

Acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez speaks about her life and work with University of Texas at Austin professor Jennifer M. Wilks in a Harry Ransom Lecture on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium at Homer Rainey Hall. A book signing and reception follow at the Ransom Center.

Alvarez was born in New York City but raised in the Dominican Republic until she was 10. In 1960 her family was forced to flee the Dominican Republic when it was discovered that her father was involved in a plot to overthrow dictator Rafael Trujillo. Much of Alvarez's work is considered semi-autobiographical, drawing on her experiences as an immigrant and her bicultural identity. Alvarez's unique experiences have shaped and infused her writing—from such award-winning novels as How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies to her poetry. Alvarez's archive resides at the Ransom Center.

Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

This lecture is presented by the University Co-op and co-sponsored by the 2013–2014 Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) Symposia: Reading Race in Literature and Film.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win signed copies of T. C. Boyle's Tortilla Curtain and Russell Banks's Continental Drift, and Jayne Anne Phillips's Lark & Termite. The archives of Boyle, Banks, and Phillips reside at the Ransom Center.

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Reception for New Members MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 7 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this reception for new members. This exclusive evening features behind-the-scenes presentations from curators, welcoming remarks by Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss, and light bites and wine.

Archivist Amy Armstrong shares a sneak peek at materials from the archive of McSweeney's publishing house, one of the Ransom Center's newest acquisitions. Heather Hamilton, Head of Paper Conservation, discusses the conservation of World War I posters currently on display in the spring 2014 exhibition, The World at War, 1914–1918. Members will have the opportunity to view recent acquisitions to the photography collection, and Dr. Enniss holds a meet and greet in his office where members can join the conversation about the Ransom Center's future plans.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, March 21 to 512-232-3666 or rsvp@hrc.utexas.edu. Space is limited. This event is open to new and upgraded members.

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Cooking Demonstration COOKING CLASS SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 11 A.M.

Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Enjoy a brunch-themed cooking demonstrations inspired by the World War I era and Downton Abbey on Sunday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at Central Market at 4001 North Lamar, in conjunction with the exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918.

The menu includes figs in port wine reduction atop mixed field greens, baked oysters with champagne mignonette, poached salmon topped with poached egg & potato hash, and raspberry meringue pudding. Representatives from the Ransom Center will be on hand to discuss the exhibition as you enjoy the cooking class.

After the class, enjoy a docent-led public tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

Pre-payment and registration required online or by calling 512-206-1051. The cost of the class is $50, and Ransom Center members receive a 10 percent discount.

We recommend that you register early as the class size is limited. Attendees may enter to win a signed copy of James and Kay Salter's Life is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days, a copy of From Gutenberg to Gone With The Wind: Treasures of the Ransom Center, and a set of exhibition postcards.

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"Love and War" OPENING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 7 P.M.

Join us for "Love and War," the opening reception for the exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918.

Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members.

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Fall 2013

Reception for Members MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required.

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Behind the Scenes Tour MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 11 A.M.

Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions, and James Stroud, Associate Director for Conservation and Building Management, lead an exclusive tour of the Ransom Center, including collection storage and the cataloging, technology, and conservation departments. Open to Guild-level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required.

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"Boundless" OPENING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 7 P.M.

Join us for "Boundless" to celebrate the fall exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age.

Get a first look at the exhibition and enjoy a champagne cocktail and hors d'oeuvres. Pose in a photo booth and watch film clips and commercials inspired by the golden age of travel. Guests will also have the opportunity to enter to win an exclusive prize package that includes a dinner for two at Uchi, a two-night stay at Hotel San Jose, a handcrafted vintage suitcase, and more. DeeJay jLa will be playing records from the '50s and '60s, the era of Magnum Photo’s founding, on the plaza.

Become a member now to receive complimentary admission and valet parking at this event. If you are not yet a member, tickets are available for $20 (valet parking not included).

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Spring 2013

Harry Ransom Lecture: Don DeLillo LECTURE THURSDAY, JULY 25, 7 P.M.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

In conjunction with the Literature and Sport exhibition, Don DeLillo, author of Underworld, Pafko at the Wall, and End Zone, reads from his work. DeLillo's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Presented by the University Co-op.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

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Stop by the Ransom Center's visitor desk and sign up for eNews between 5 and 6:30 p.m.* on Thursday, July 25 to receive a copy of Don DeLillo's novel Underworld. Don DeLillo's reading follows at 7 p.m at Jessen Auditorium.

Materials from the novel are highlighted in the exhibition Literature and Sport, on view through August 4.

*While supplies last, one book per person.


"All-Star Evening" OPENING FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 7 P.M.

Join us for an "All-Star Evening," the opening celebration for the summer exhibitions Literature and Sport and Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive.

Get a first look at the exhibitions and enjoy ballpark-inspired snacks. Sip on a refreshing summertime cocktail from Dripping Springs Vodka, sangria from the Austin Wine Merchant, or locally brewed beer from the new Austin Beer Garden and Brewery. Guests will also have the opportunity to win a sports-inspired prize package and to pose as their favorite baseball player in our baseball card photo booth.

Become a member now to receive complimentary admission and valet parking at this event. If you are not yet a member, tickets are available for $20 (valet parking not included).

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Harry Ransom Lecture with Kevin Powers LECTURE TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 7 P.M.

Amphitheater, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

Kevin Powers, author of the critically acclaimed war novel The Yellow Birds, discusses his work. A book signing follows. Presented by the University Co-op.

Guild-level members and above are invited to a reception with Kevin Powers prior to the lecture. RSVP required.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

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Ransom Center Series: Arnold Newman Portraits DEMONSTRATION SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 11 A.M.–1:30 P.M.

Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Inspired by Arnold Newman's portraits, Central Market Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz created this menu drawn from some of the fine dining establishments popular in the 1950s and 1960s and the luminaries (such as Woody Allen, Marilyn Monroe, and Salvador Dalí) who frequented them. Representatives from the Ransom Center will be on hand to discuss the exhibition, as you enjoy this cooking class and demonstration. The menu includes Russian Tea Room Salad; Romanoff's Crab-stuffed Tomato; Louie's Poached Egg Tribute to Salvador Dalí; Russian Tea Room Beef Stroganoff; and Strawberries Romanoff.

Pre-payment and registration required.

The cost of the class is $50. Ransom Center members receive 10% discount off of registration; members, please call 512-232-3669 for the discount code. We recommend that you register early, as the class size is limited. The class takes place at the Central Market Cooking School, located at 4001 North Lamar Boulevard.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour and Reception MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 7 P.M.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Ransom Center at this curators' reception with tours, collection materials on display especially for members, and light bites. Open to new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required.

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"Face to Face" OPENING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 7 P.M.

Join us for "Face to Face," the opening reception for the exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members.

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Fall 2012

Curators' Welcome Reception and Open House for New Members MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this insiders' open house and reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required.


Members-only Building Tour MEMBER TOUR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 11 A.M.

Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions, and James Stroud, Associate Director for Conservation and Building Management, lead an exclusive tour of the building's restricted areas, including collection storage and the cataloging, technology, and conservation departments. Open to Guild-level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required.


Nathan Lyons HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center's Curator of Photography Jessica S. McDonald speaks with photographer, curator, and educator Nathan Lyons about his career and role in the expansion of American photography on Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m.

VIEW A LIVE WEBCAST of this event starting at approximately 7 p.m. CST on Thursday, November 8.

As a curator, theorist, educator, artist, and advocate, Nathan Lyons has played a central role in the expansion of photography over the last five decades. After producing seminal exhibitions and publications as curator at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, in the 1960s, he founded the Visual Studies Workshop, an independent arts organization where his innovative programs trained a new generation of photographers, critics, curators, and historians.

McDonald edited the anthology Nathan Lyons: Selected Essays, Lectures, and Interviews (UT Press, 2012), which provides the first comprehensive overview of Lyons's career as one of the most important voices in American photography. The book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

The Harry Ransom Lectures honor former University of Texas Chancellor Harry Huntt Ransom and highlight the Ransom Center's vital role in the University's intellectual and cultural life. The program brings internationally renowned writers, artists, and scholars to Austin for public events and conversations with University students. The lectures are made possible by the generous support of the University Co-op.


"Visions of the Future" FLAIR SYMPOSIUM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1–SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

"Visions of the Future" brings together historians, architects, industrial designers, and visionaries in the fields of science fiction, film, theater, and future studies to explore the ways the future has been imagined over time. Pre-payment and registration required.

Members of the Ransom Center receive a 20% discount on the $100 registration fee, which includes access to all symposium events. Please call 512-232-3669 for the discount code. Please note: the member discount cannot be applied to student registration.

For more information visit www.hrc.utexas.edu/flair.


Geoff Dyer HARRY RANSOM LECTURE MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 7 P.M.

Novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer, author of The Ongoing Moment and The Missing of the Somme, discusses the changes in war writing and war photography over time. Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.


Central Market Cooking Class COOKING CLASS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 11 A.M.

Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Enjoy brunch and cooking demonstrations by Central Market Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz as he creates dishes inspired by the exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America and the 1939 World's Fair. Ortiz will lead a lively discussion of Depression-era food innovations, such as the introduction of ethnic dishes and convenience foods into the mainstream, and Geddes's influence on the modern, electric kitchen. The menu features dishes from the era and includes fried chicken with a Lay's potato chip crust and lemon butter sauce; buttered carrots and mashed potatoes; spaghetti and meatballs; sweet and sour pork; Royal Fruit gelatin salad; and Toll House cookies. Pre-payment and registration required.

The cost of the class is $45. Ransom Center members receive 10% discount off of registration; members, please call 512-232-3669 for the discount code. We recommend that you register early, as the class size is limited. The class takes place at the Central Market Cooking School, located at 4001 North Lamar Boulevard.


"FutureLand" OPENING FRIDAY, SEPT 14, 7 P.M.

Join us for "FutureLand," a retro-futuristic celebration for the fall exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America.

Get a first look at the exhibition, enter our drawing for a Geddes-inspired prize package, bring your vision of the future to life with the Toy Joy’s interactive "City of the Future," or relax in the Design Within Reach outdoor lounge while enjoying refreshments from Austin Wine Merchant, Dripping Springs Vodka, and Coolhaus.

Become a member now to receive complimentary admission and valet parking at this event. If you are not yet a member, tickets are available for $20 (valet parking included).

Advance ticket sales have ended. Tickets will be available at the door, or you may call 512-232-3669 to order tickets over the phone.

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Spring 2012

Behind-the-Scenes Tour and Reception MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 7 P.M.

Co-curators Cathy Henderson, Ryan Hildebrand, Richard Oram, and Danielle Brune Sigler give behind-the-scenes insights into The King James Bible: Its History and Influence. A reception follows. Open to Alliance level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required.


Tom Smith HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 7 P.M.

Studio 6A, Communication Center Building B

Tom Smith, filmmaker and special effects pioneer, discusses his work on films including Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. (1982), Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and Return of the Jedi (1983). Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.


Director's Welcome Reception and Open House for New Members MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 6 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this insiders' open house and reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required.


Bonnie Nadell and Michael Pietsch HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 7 P.M.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

Literary agent Bonnie Nadell and Little, Brown editor Michael Pietsch speak with Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin about their work with David Foster Wallace. The David Foster Wallace archive resides at the Ransom Center. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.


Curator's Choice: Recent Film Acquisitions with Steve Wilson MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 6 P.M.

Curator of Film Steve Wilson offers a behind-the-scenes look at recent film acquisitions, including the archive of Nicholas Ray, director of Rebel Without a Cause (1955). A reception follows. Open to Guild level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required.


"Unravelling Shakespeare's Life" PFORZHEIMER LECTURE THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 7 P.M.

James Shapiro, Columbia University professor and author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare and 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, presents "Unravelling Shakespeare's Life."


"Kings & Creators" OPENING FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 6 P.M.

Eat, drink, and be merry (Luke 12:19) at this opening reception for the exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence.

Guests will enjoy a first look at the exhibition, light hors d'oeuvres, a royal photo booth, music, and screenings in the theater curated by filmmaker Tommy Swenson.

Become a member now to receive your complimentary ticket and valet parking at this event. If you are not yet a member, you may purchase tickets to the opening for $20 at the door.

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Central Market Cooking Class COOKING CLASS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 6:30 P.M.

Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Enjoy dinner and cooking demonstrations by Central Market Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz as he recreates dishes from the era of Shakespeare and the exhibition The King James Bible: Its History and Influence. Pre-payment and registration required at centralmarket.com. Ransom Center members receive a discount.


Fall 2011

New Member Open House and Reception MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 6 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this insiders' open house and reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required.


Members-only Building Tour MEMBER TOUR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 11 A.M.

Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Education, leads an exclusive tour of the building's restricted areas, including collection storage and the cataloging, technology, and conservation departments. Open to Guild level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required.


Central Market Cooking Class COOKING CLASS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 6:30 P.M.

Commemorate Banned Books Week with the Ransom Center and the Central Market (CM) Cooking School. Enjoy cooking demonstrations by CM Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz and food inspired by the exhibition Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored. The menu exemplifies the opulence of the 1920s at a time when the government waged war on "objectionable" literature, and larger-than-life personalities battled publicly over obscenity, "clean books," and freedom of expression. The menu includes salmon croquettes, Waldorf salad, roast duck with broiled potatoes, carrots, and peas, and pineapple upside-down cake.

The cost of the class is $45. Ransom Center members receive a $5 discount off of registration; members, please call 512-232-3669 for the discount code. We recommend that you register early, as the class size is limited. The class takes place at the Central Market Cooking School, located at 4001 North Lamar Boulevard.

Pre-payment and registration required.

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CENTRAL MARKET, 4001 NORTH LAMAR


Elliott Erwitt HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 7 P.M.

Legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt discusses his life and work. The Magnum Photos collection resides at the Ransom Center. Presented by the University Co-op.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

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Nicole Krauss HARRY RANSOM LECTURE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 7 P.M.

Nicole Krauss, author of Man Walks into a Room and The History of Love, reads from Great House and speaks with Michener Center Director James Magnuson about her work. A book signing follows. Presented by the University Co-op.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

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"Uncensored" OPENING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 6 P.M.

Join us for "Uncensored," the opening reception for the exhibitions Banned, Burned, Seized, and Censored and The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920–1925. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. Join, renew, and view details at hrc.utexas.edu/uncensored.


Spring 2011

Member Event SATURDAY, JUNE 25, NOON–5 P.M.

We'll be distributing free books by authors featured in the Ransom Center's current exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century to Ransom Center members. Join or present your membership card to receive your complimentary book. At 2 p.m., enjoy a thematic docent-led tour, "War in Contemporary Literature: Conflict and the Human Condition," of the current exhibitions Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century. (One book per person/membership card; must be present to claim your book; while supplies last).


United States Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin MONDAY, APRIL 25, 7 P.M.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, W. S. Merwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, essayist, translator, and current United States Poet Laureate, reads from his work on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center. A book signing follows.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

The Harry Ransom Lectures honor former University of Texas Chancellor Harry Huntt Ransom and highlight the Ransom Center's vital role in the University's intellectual and cultural life. The program brings internationally renowned writers, artists, and scholars to Austin for public events and conversations with University students. The lectures are made possible by the generous support of the University Co-op.


Mixology Class FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 7 P.M.

After a curator-led tour of the exhibition Becoming Tennessee Williams, enjoy educational demonstrations of how to make some of the iconic cocktails from the era and works of Tennessee Williams. Local mixologists David Alan of Tipsy Texan, Bill Norris of Haddington's, and Adam Bryan will share insights and recipes during the event. Light refreshments will be served.

Pre-registration and $20-per-person payment is required for this members-only event. To register, please call 512-232-3669.

Co-sponsored by  Austin Wine Merchant


Open House and Reception WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 6 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this insiders' open house and reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required.


Central Market Cooking Class FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 6:30 P.M.

Celebrate Tennessee Williams's birthday with the Ransom Center and the Central Market Cooking School. Enjoy CM Cooking School chef Louis Ortiz's menu of Southern comfort dishes, inspired by Williams's life and works. The menu includes Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, Blackened Redfish, and Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce.

The cost of the class is $50. Ransom Center members receive a $10 discount off of registration; members, please call 512-232-3669 for the discount code. We recommend that you register early, as the class size is limited. The class takes place at the Central Market Cooking School, located at 4001 North Lamar Boulevard.

Pre-payment and registration required.

CENTRAL MARKET, 4001 NORTH LAMAR


"Tennessee Williams and the Out-Crying Heart" THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 7 P.M.

John Lahr, Senior Drama Critic of The New Yorker, presents "Tennessee Williams and the Out-Crying Heart." Presented by the University Co-op. Additional support provided by the Michener Center. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM


Curator's Tour TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Megan Barnard, Deputy to the Director for Acquisitions and Administration at the Ransom Center, leads a private members-only tour of the exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century. A reception follows. Open to Alliance-level members and above; RSVP required.


Opening FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 6 P.M.

Join us for "Wild at Heart," the opening reception for the exhibitions Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members. Join or renew at www.hrc.utexas.edu/wildatheart.

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An Evening with Eli Reed WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 6 P.M.

Eli Reed, award-winning photojournalist and member of the Magnum Photos cooperative, will discuss his work in a private behind-the-scenes presentation. Open to Friends of Photography members and Guild-level members and above; RSVP required.


Fall 2010

Member Tour SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Education, leads an exclusive tour of restricted-access areas of the building, including the cataloging, technology, and conservation departments, and collection storage. Open to Guild level members and above. Invitation-only; limited capacity; RSVP required. Join, upgrade, or renew today.


"Civility in a Fractured Society" THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 7 P.M.

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach discusses the role of "Civility in a Fractured Society." Chairman Leach is visiting all 50 states and speaking on the importance of civility in public discourse. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this program. Doors open at 6:20 p.m. for members and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public. Members must present their membership cards for priority entrance; one seat per membership card. Members arriving after 6:30 will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.


New Member Welcome Night WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this insiders' open house and reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required.


Picture Perfect Evening FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 6 P.M.

Join us for a Picture Perfect Evening, the opening reception for the exhibition Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members.

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Spring 2010

Harry Ransom Center Member Night at the Paramount Theatre TUESDAY, JULY 13, 6 P.M.

Members are invited to a reception and screening of Sunset Boulevard, part of the Paramount Summer Classic Film Series.

At 6 p.m., enjoy a Ransom Center members-only pre-show reception, with a cash bar, on the second floor. Members receive free admission and reserved seating at the 7 p.m. screening of Sunset Boulevard, plus complimentary popcorn and soft drinks. Please bring your membership card to the event. Open to all Ransom Center members, but RSVP requested by Wednesday, July 7, 2010 to 512-232-3669 or rsvp@hrc.utexas.edu.

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Avenue


The Thrill of the Chase: An Evening with
Ransom Center Director Tom Staley WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 6:30 P.M.

At this members-only celebration, Tom Staley will discuss the history of the Ransom Center and share his adventures across Europe and the United States searching for manuscripts, archives, and books in the attics, basements, sheds, and leaky apartments of many of the greatest writers and artists of our time.

Lite bites and wine to follow.

Complimentary parking at the University Co-op Garage, 23rd and San Antonio Streets.


New Member Welcome Night WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 6-8 P.M.

Join us on Wednesday, May 12 as we welcome our newest members with a night of insider access to the Harry Ransom Center.

  • Enjoy a sneak peak of our upcoming exhibition on American theatrical and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes
  • Be among the first to see materials from the newly acquired David Foster Wallace archive during an after-hours viewing in the Reading Room
  • Meet curators and volunteers and learn how you can get involved
  • Browse the latest offering of Ransom Center tote bags before they are available to the public

Complimentary parking is available in the University Co-op garage, located at 23rd and San Antonio Streets.


Panel discussion and private reception with Nobel Prize-winning author J. M. Coetzee WEDNESDAY, MAY 5

This special opportunity is open to Guild and Director's Circle members. Upgrade today to receive your invitation. To upgrade your membership, please contact 512-232-3669 or membership@hrc.utexas.edu.


Private members-only tour of Making Movies with Associate Curator of Film Steve Wilson. Reception follows.

This special event is open to members at the Alliance, Guild, and Director's Circle levels. Upgrade today to receive your invitation. To upgrade your membership, please contact 512-232-3669 or membership@hrc.utexas.edu.


 

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