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MARCH 2015

Mad Hatter Tea Party TEA PARTY SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2 P.M.-5 P.M. SOLD OUT

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Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Boulevard

The Four Seasons Hotel Austin hosts six Mad Hatter Tea Parties in conjunction with the Ransom Center's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland exhibition. The tea parties take place in the Four Seasons Hotel Austin's Lobby Lounge and bring the fun and frivolity of Alice's Wonderland to life with special décor, creative treats, and interactive elements. The teas are $42 per adult and $30 per child (ages 11 and under). Members and guests who bring their Alice's Adventures in Wonderland brochure from the Ransom Center will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Reservations no longer available.

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Michael Ondaatje HARRY RANSOM LECTURE TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 7 P.M.

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JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

Acclaimed novelist and poet Michael Ondaatje converses with writer Geoff Dyer in a Harry Ransom Lecture on Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium.

Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje's work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film. His Booker Prize–winning novel The English Patient was adapted into an Academy Award–winning film. His other works include his memoir Running in the Family, four collections of poetry, the non-fiction book The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film, and his novels In the Skin of a Lion, Anil's Ghost, Divisadero, and The Cat's Table.

Ondaatje discusses his novels and poetry and his book on film editing, as well as research, editing, adapting books to film, and film as an art itself. Audience members will be able to ask questions, and a reception and book signing follow at the Ransom Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Priority entry is available to Ransom Center members (one seat per membership card who arrive by 6:20 p.m. Members arriving after 6:30 p.m. will join the general queue. Complimentary parking for Ransom Center members is available at the University Co-op garage at 23rd and San Antonio streets.

This program is presented by the University Co-op.

Attendees may enter to win Michael Ondaatje's novel In the Skin of a Lion, as well as a copy of his book of poetry, Handwriting.

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APRIL 2015

Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters READING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, NOON

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Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters


Hermione Lee: "The Biographer's Quest" LECTURE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 4 P.M.

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Hermione Lee, biographer of Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Penelope Fitzgerald, and Tom Stoppard (currently underway), talks about her experiences pursuing her subjects through their archives on Wednesday, April 8, at 4 p.m.

Lee describes the accidents and surprises of a biographer's quest, from embargoed letters in a Nebraskan bank to water-stained books rescued from a sunken barge in the Thames, from the spell cast by Woolf's diaries to a Wharton deathbed discovery in an Italian villa.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Hermione Lee's Biography: A Very Short Introduction as well as a signed copy of Tom Stoppard's Hapgood: A Play.


Reception for New Members MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 7 P.M.

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

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Family Day TOUR SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 10 A.M.–5 P.M.

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Visit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart in the gallery and on the plaza.


Mad Hatter Tea Party TEA PARTY SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2 P.M.-5 P.M. SOLD OUT

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Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Boulevard

The Four Seasons Hotel Austin hosts six Mad Hatter Tea Parties in conjunction with the Ransom Center's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland exhibition. The tea parties take place in the Four Seasons Hotel Austin's Lobby Lounge and bring the fun and frivolity of Alice's Wonderland to life with special décor, creative treats, and interactive elements. The teas are $42 per adult and $30 per child (ages 11 and under). Members and guests who bring their Alice's Adventures in Wonderland brochure from the Ransom Center will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Reservations no longer available.

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Curator Tour of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland TOUR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 7 P.M.

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Join exhibition curator Danielle Brune Sigler for a tour of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

The Ransom Center celebrates 150 years of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with an exhibition for the curious and curiouser of all ages. Learn about Lewis Carroll and the real Alice who inspired his story. See one of the few surviving copies of the first edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Discover the rich array of personal and literary references that Carroll incorporated throughout Alice. Explore the surprising transformations of Alice and her story as they have traveled through time and across continents. Follow the White Rabbit's path through the exhibition, have a tea party, or watch a 1933 paper filmstrip that has been carefully treated by Ransom Center conservators. The Center's vast collections offer a new look at a story that has delighted generations and inspired artists from Salvador Dalí to Walt Disney.

To ensure the best experience for attendees, the tour is limited to 60 people. Free tickets for the program can be picked up from the Center's visitor desk starting at 6 p.m. on the day of the tour.

Free docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered every day at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Attendees may enter to a win a copy of Martin Gardner's The Annotated Alice and a box of Ginger Lemon Scone Mix.


MAY 2015

Family Day TOUR SATURDAY, MAY 9, 10 A.M.– 5 P.M.

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Visit Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart in the gallery and on the plaza.


Mad Hatter Tea Party TEA PARTY SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2 P.M.-5 P.M. SOLD OUT

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Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Boulevard

The Four Seasons Hotel Austin hosts six Mad Hatter Tea Parties in conjunction with the Ransom Center's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland exhibition. The tea parties take place in the Four Seasons Hotel Austin's Lobby Lounge and bring the fun and frivolity of Alice's Wonderland to life with special décor, creative treats, and interactive elements. The teas are $42 per adult and $30 per child (ages 11 and under). Members and guests who bring their Alice's Adventures in Wonderland brochure from the Ransom Center will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Reservations no longer available.

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JUNE 2015

Alice in Wonderland (1951) YOUNG ADVENTURERS FILM SERIES SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 3 P.M.

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The Harry Ransom Center's Young Adventurers Film Series kicks off on Saturday, June 6, at 3 p.m. with Disney's film Alice in Wonderland (1951).

Drawing on Lewis Carroll's books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, the film has become one of the most popular representations of the Alice stories.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 2:30 p.m. Run time is 75 minutes, and the film is rated G.

This series is held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, on view through July 6. Mark your calendar for the upcoming films James and the Giant Peach (June 13), Coraline (June 20), and Where the Wild Things Are (June 27.)

Attendees may enter to win a gift basket from Terra Toys, including sparklers, a stuffed rabbit, a glitter bracelet, an "Alice" coloring book, an "Alice" travel journal, and a $20 gift card to Terra Toys.

Special thanks to Terra Toys for their in-kind support.


James and the Giant Peach (1996) YOUNG ADVENTURERS FILM SERIES SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 3 P.M.

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The Harry Ransom Center's Young Adventurers Film Series continues on Saturday, June 13, at 3 p.m. with the stop-motion animated film James and the Giant Peach (1996).

Adapted from Roald Dahl's classic 1961 book, the film follows James on his journey in a giant peach with a group of insect friends.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 2:30 p.m. Run time is 80 minutes, and the film is rated PG.

This series is held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, on view through July 6. Mark your calendar for the upcoming films Coraline (June 20) and Where the Wild Things Are (June 27.)

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach as well as a copy of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass.


Coraline (2009) YOUNG ADVENTURERS FILM SERIES SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 3 P.M.

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The Harry Ransom Center's Young Adventurers Film Series continues on Saturday, June 20, at 3 p.m. with Henry Selick's Coraline (2009).

Based on Neil Gaiman's award-winning novella, the film tells the story of Coraline, who wishes for more perfect parents and finds an alternate world where she discovers that all that she wished for is not, in fact, what she wanted.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 2:30 p.m. Run time is 101 minutes, and the film is rated PG.

This series is held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, on view through July 6. Mark your calendar for the final film in the series: Where the Wild Things Are on June 27.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Neil Gaiman's Coraline and as well as a copy of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass.


Where the Wild Things Are (2009) YOUNG ADVENTURERS FILM SERIES SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 3 P.M.

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The Harry Ransom Center's Young Adventurers Film Series concludes on Saturday, June 27, at 3 p.m. with Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are (2009).

Adapted from Maurice Sendak's childhood tale, the film tells the story of Max, who sails to the island of the Wild Things and becomes their king.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 2:30 p.m. Run time is 101 minutes, and the film is rated PG.

This series is held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, on view through July 6.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and a gift basket from Terra Toys, which includes a kaleidoscope, an optical illusion jigsaw puzzle, Edgar Allen Poe bandages, and a $20 gift card to Terra Toys.

Special thanks to Terra Toys for their in-kind support.


Mad Hatter Tea Party TEA PARTY SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2 P.M.-5 P.M. SOLD OUT

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Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Boulevard

The Four Seasons Hotel Austin hosts six Mad Hatter Tea Parties in conjunction with the Ransom Center's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland exhibition. The tea parties take place in the Four Seasons Hotel Austin's Lobby Lounge and bring the fun and frivolity of Alice's Wonderland to life with special décor, creative treats, and interactive elements. The teas are $42 per adult and $30 per child (ages 11 and under). Members and guests who bring their Alice's Adventures in Wonderland brochure from the Ransom Center will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Reservations no longer available.

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JULY 2015

Mad Hatter Tea Party TEA PARTY SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2 P.M.-5 P.M. SOLD OUT

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Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Boulevard

The Four Seasons Hotel Austin hosts six Mad Hatter Tea Parties in conjunction with the Ransom Center's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland exhibition. The tea parties take place in the Four Seasons Hotel Austin's Lobby Lounge and bring the fun and frivolity of Alice's Wonderland to life with special décor, creative treats, and interactive elements. The teas are $42 per adult and $30 per child (ages 11 and under). Members and guests who bring their Alice's Adventures in Wonderland brochure from the Ransom Center will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Reservations no longer available.

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