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FEBRUARY 2015

Poetry on the Plaza: Love and Romance READING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, NOON

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Poetry on the Plaza: Love and Romance


Join us for "Curiouser & Curiouser!" to celebrate
the exhibition Alice's Adventures in Wonderland MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 7-10 P.M.

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Free for members; $20 for non-members

Get a first look at the exhibition, which draws on the Ransom Center's extensive collections to explore the surprising transformations of Alice and her story as they have traveled through time and across continents.

Pose with your date in the photo booth and sample "Drink Me" signature cocktails and tea party light bites. Enjoy custom poetry crafted just for you on vintage typewriters by Typewriter Rodeo, and join the Mad Hatter for a tea party hosted by Wright Bros. Brew & Brew.

Enter to win an exclusive prize package that includes a stay at the Inn at Pearl Street, afternoon tea for two at the Four Seasons Austin, Alice-inspired tunes from Waterloo Records, and more.

Ransom Center members enjoy free admission and priority reservations for this event on Friday, February 13 at 7 p.m. If you are not yet a member, join today or on February 2, $20 tickets will be available to the general public. Valet parking is available for $10 along 21st Street.

Become a member online through the link below or by calling 512-232-3669.

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Members of the Harry Ransom Center enjoy behind-the-scenes access to the cultural wonders that the Center keeps secure for the future. In addition to exhibition openings, member benefits include invitations to private exhibition and collection tours; complimentary parking at select events; and the latest news of acquisitions, programs, and more. Join today to experience all that the Ransom Center has to offer.


Member Tour of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 6 P.M.

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Join exhibition curator Danielle Brune Sigler for an exclusive member tour of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Open to current members at the Alliance level and above.

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MARCH 2015

Brunch inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland COOKING CLASS SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 11 A.M.

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Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Down the rabbit hole for a tasty journey! Enjoy brunch inspired the Harry Ransom Center's exhibition Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on Sunday, March 1 at 11 a.m. at Central Market at 4001 North Lamar. During the class, Central Market Chef Louis Ortiz demonstrates how to create these dishes which evoke the spirit of the book and Lewis Carroll's era.

The menu includes deviled eggs with chicken parmesan caesar salad sandwiches; roasted cornish game hen with dried cranberry cream sauce; mushroom medley rice pilaf; brussel sprouts with sundried tomatoes, pecans, and bacon; and Queen of Hearts linzer cookies with mixed berry jam.

Representatives from the Ransom Center will be on hand to discuss the exhibition as you enjoy the cooking class. After the class, join a docent-led public tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

Registration for the class opens February 1; class size is limited. Pre-payment and registration is required online or by calling 512-206-1051. The cost of the class is $50. Ransom Center members receive a 10% discount; phone registration is required for discount.

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Poetry on the Plaza: Poetry of Lewis Carroll READING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, NOON

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Poetry on the Plaza: Poetry of Lewis Carroll


Explore UT TOUR SATURDAY, MARCH 7, NOON–5 P.M.

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The Ransom Center joins the "biggest open house in Texas." Tour the exhibition, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and participate in Alice-inspired activities.
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The Photography of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson LECTURE TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 4 P.M.

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Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator of Photography, speaks about the photography of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known to the world as Lewis Carroll) and the photographs in the Ransom Center's Lewis Carroll collections.


Abelardo Morell AMON CARTER LECTURE THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 7 P.M.

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Photographer Abelardo Morell, whose work is featured in the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland exhibition, delivers the Amon Carter lecture. Morell's work has been collected and shown at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.


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. Ondaatje is the Booker Prize–winning author of The English Patient. A reception and book signing follow. Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry.

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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 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. She 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.


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.


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. 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.


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.


JUNE 2015

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

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Disney's film Alice in Wonderland (1951), which combines elements of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, has become one of the most popular representations of the Alice stories. 75 minutes, rated G.


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

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The stop-motion animated film James and the Giant Peach (1996) was adapted from Roald Dahl's classic 1961 book. It follows James on his journey in a giant peach with a group of insect friends. 80 minutes, rated PG.


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

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Henry Selick wrote and directed Coraline (2009) based on Neil Gaiman's award-winning novella. Coraline, wishing for more perfect parents, finds an alternate world where she discovers that all that she wished for is not, in fact, what she wanted. 101 minutes, rated PG.


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

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Spike Jonze directed Where the Wild Things Are (2009), Maurice Sendak's childhood tale. Max sails to the island of the Wild Things and becomes their king. 101 minutes, rated PG.


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