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OCTOBER 2014

Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage READING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, NOON

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Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage


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

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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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NOVEMBER 2014

Member Monday MEMBER EVENT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 5–8 P.M.

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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.

Film Curatorial Assistant Albert Palacios discusses fan mail in the David O. Selznick collection. Over the course of the production, Selznick's company received thousands of letters, as individuals sought auditions, solicited employment, and protested the production. Selected correspondence is featured in the galleries, as well as in the complementary web exhibition.

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Views & Brews: The Legacy of Gone With The Wind DISCUSSION TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 6 P.M. CACTUS CAFE, TEXAS UNION

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Join Ransom Center Curator of Film Steve Wilson, University of Texas faculty Daina Ramey Berry and Coleman Hutchison, and KUT Producer Rebecca McInroy for a "Views and Brews" discussion of Gone With The Wind and the film's legacy.


Idiot's Delight (1939) FILMS OF 1939 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7 P.M.

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In Idiot's Delight, their third film together, Clark Gable and Norma Shearer are stranded at an Alpine hotel with war imminent. MGM hoped to reunite Gable and Shearer as Rhett and Scarlett, but the negative public response to rumors of Shearer's casting ensured that it would not happen. 107 minutes.


New Member Open House MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 7 P.M.

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Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center with behind-the-scenes presentations from curators, light bites and wine, and welcoming remarks with a champagne toast by Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss. The galleries will be open for a private viewing of The Making of Gone With The Wind.

Members will have the opportunity to view literary materials relating to the Vietnam War alongside works by significant photographers of the era and visit the Director's Suite with Dr. Enniss for a conversation about the Ransom Center's future plans.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, November 5 to 512-232-3666 or rsvp@hrc.utexas.edu. Space is limited. This event is open to new members.

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Rebecca Solnit LECTURE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7 P.M.

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Writer Rebecca Solnit speaks about her new book, The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness, a collection of iconic and little-known essays that characteristically travel across disciplines and around the world to discuss issues of place, family, the environment, revolution, and the power of stories. Presented by the University's Department of American Studies and co-sponsored by the Harry Ransom Center, the Department of English, the Department of Art and Art History, the Humanities Institute, and Austin Center for Photography. Books will be for sale before and after the event with a book signing to follow.


Behind-the-Scenes Building Tour MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 11 A.M.

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Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions, and James Stroud, Associate Director for Conservation and Building Management, lead a behind-the-scenes, top-to-bottom tour of the Ransom Center, including collection storage and the cataloging, technology, and conservation departments, discussing the past and future of collection development and stewardship. Open to Guild-level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required.

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Molly Haskell LECTURE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 7 P.M.

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Molly Haskell, film critic and author of Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited, explores the popularity and influence of both the book and film, from their first appearance to the present. Haskell's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Esquire, and The Nation.


LaToya Ruby Frazier LECTURE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 7 P.M.

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Award-winning artist LaToya Ruby Frazier speaks about her ongoing documentation of the impact of deindustrialization on her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania. Best known for her black-and-white photographic series Notion of Family, Frazier's work explores identity, place, legacies of industrialization, complex familial relationships, and illness. Co-sponsored by the University's Visual Arts Center, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, CAAD: Center for Art of Africa and its Diasporas, and the Humanities Institute.


DECEMBER 2014

Member Monday MEMBER EVENT MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 5–8 P.M.

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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.

Professor Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, from the University's Department of Radio-Television-Film, discusses Gone With The Wind and its influence on American film and media history. Fuller-Seeley is the author of At the Picture Show: Small Town Audiences and the Creation of Movie Fan Culture and One Thousand Nights at the Movies: An Illustrated History of Motion Pictures 1895–1915.

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Caring for the Gone With The Wind Costumes DISCUSSION TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 7 P.M.

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How do you care for some of the most iconic costumes in film history? Ransom Center Curator of Film Steve Wilson leads a discussion on the preservation of Gone With The Wind costumes, including the green curtain dress and burgundy ball gown, with independent textile conservator Cara Varnell, Ransom Center Assistant Curator of Costumes and Personal Effects Jill Morena, and independent scholar Nicole Villarreal. Enjoy a closer look at the Gone With The Wind costumes with extended gallery hours until 9 p.m.


Poetry on the Plaza: Fantasy READING DECEMBER 3, NOON

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Poetry on the Plaza: Fantasy


The Wizard of Oz (1939) FILMS OF 1939 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 7 P.M.

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Judy Garland stars in The Wizard of Oz, an early Technicolor classic directed by Victor Fleming. Having completed color photography on The Wizard of Oz, Fleming took over as director of Gone With The Wind after George Cukor left the production. 102 minutes.


Gone With The Wind (1939) SCREENING MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 7 P.M.

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THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 713 CONGRESS AVENUE

The Paramount Theatre commemorates the 75th anniversary of the December 15, 1939, premiere of Gone With The Wind. Tickets required and may be purchased online, by phone at 512-474-1221, or at the Paramount's box office.


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