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April 2014

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

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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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Martha Hanna LECTURE TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 4 P.M.

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Professor Martha Hanna, University of Colorado, Bolder, presents "'Somewhere in Belgium or France it don't matter which': What Can the Canadian Expeditionary Force Tell Us about Consent and Coercion in the Great War?." This talk will examine Canadian soldiers' perceptions of France and how those perceptions shaped their attitude toward the Great War. Sponsored by the Center for European Studies/European Union Center of Excellence, the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Houston, the Department of History, the Institute for Historical Studies, the France-UT Institute, the Harry Ransom Center, and the French Embassy in Washington D.C.


May 2014

James Shapiro LECTURE THURSDAY, MAY 1, 7 P.M.

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From the time of the American Revolution, Shakespeare has figured prominently in American literary and political culture. James Shapiro, Columbia University professor and noted Shakespearian, considers the alternative history of our nation contained in poems, speeches, parodies, essays, reviews, stories, and letters that respond to Shakespeare's work in a lecture on Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. A book signing and reception follow.

Shapiro is Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985. His books include 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010). In 2012 he co-authored and presented a 3-part BBC documentary, Shakespeare: The King's Man. He is currently at work on Shakespeare in 1606: The Year of Lear.

The Ransom Center holds three copies of the Shakespeare First Folio and several quarto editions of the plays, along with prompt books, costume designs, and many other materials relating to productions of the plays from the eighteenth century to the modern era.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees may enter to win copies of James Shapiro's 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and From Gutenberg to Gone With The Wind: Treasures of the Ransom Center.


Grand Illusion (1937) WWI FILM SERIES MONDAY, MAY 5, 7 P.M.

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STATESIDE AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 719 CONGRESS AVENUE

Two French aviators are shot down in German territory and placed in a POW camp in this French masterpiece about class and prejudice during wartime, directed by and starring a pair of Jeans (Renoir and Gabin, respectively).

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


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

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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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Shoulder Arms (1918) WWI FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 8, 7 P.M.

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The Harry Ransom Center kicks off the World War I Film Series with Shoulder Arms (1918) on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

Charlie Chaplin directs and stars in the film, the story of a soldier who dreams of being a hero. The film's runtime is 45 minutes.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of The Essential Charlie Chaplin collection DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) WWI FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 15, 7 P.M.

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The World War I Film Series continues at the Harry Ransom Center with All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m.

Directed  by Lewis Milestone, the film is an adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's landmark World War I novel. The film's runtime is 136 minutes.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


A Farewell to Arms (1932) WWI FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 22, 7 P.M.

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The World War I Film Series continues at the Harry Ransom Center with A Farewell to Arms (1932) on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m.

This film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel stars Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes. The film's runtime is 80 minutes.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Geoff Dyer's The Missing of the Somme, Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, and a set of exhibition postcards.


Sergeant York (1941) WWI FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 29, 7 P.M.

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The World War I Film Series continues at the Harry Ransom Center with Sergeant York (1941) on Thursday, May 29, at 7 p.m.

Starring Gary Cooper and directed by Howard Hawks, the film tells the true story of one of World War I's most decorated soldiers, Alvin York. The film's runtime is 134 minutes.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


June 2014

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) WWI FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 7:30 P.M.

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AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY AT THE MARCHESA, 6226 MIDDLE FISKVILLE ROAD

Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (called Colonel Blimp behind his back) has fought for Britain in the Boer War, World War I, and now World War II, but ideas about the proper conduct of war have dramatically changed during his career. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


Paths of Glory (1957) WWI FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 7:30 P.M.

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AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY AT THE MARCHESA, 6226 MIDDLE FISKVILLE ROAD

In Stanley Kubrick's relentlessly anti-war film, American officers are determined to make examples of their rebellious soldiers finally refusing to sacrifice themselves in senseless attacks.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


Jules and Jim (1962) WWI FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 7:30 P.M.

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AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY AT THE MARCHESA, 6226 MIDDLE FISKVILLE ROAD

A pre-war romance and friendship between two men and a woman gets turned upside down by World War I and its aftermath. Directed by Francois Truffaut.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


J'accuse (1919) WWI FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 7:30 P.M.

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AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY AT THE MARCHESA, 6226 MIDDLE FISKVILLE ROAD

Initially eager to fight the German army, two men soon discover the horrors, destruction, and loss brought by war and forge a close friendship, despite their earlier jealousies back home in France. Directed by Abel Gance.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


July 2014

The African Queen (1951) WWI FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JULY 10, 7 P.M.

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THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 713 CONGRESS AVENUE

Humphrey Bogart is once again conflicted about getting involved in a world war, this time in East Africa during WWI. It's up to Katharine Hepburn's determined missionary to convince Bogie to sail the titular riverboat into the fray in one of legendary director John Huston's best films.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


Gallipoli (1981) WWI FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JULY 10, 9 P.M.

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THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 713 CONGRESS AVENUE

Two young Australian sprinters join the army and find themselves embroiled in the bloody and ultimately tragic Gallipoli Campaign, which robbed the soldiers, and the country, of their innocence. An early highpoint in the careers of director Peter Weir and star Mel Gibson.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


The Big Parade (1925) WWI FILM SERIES FRIDAY, JULY 11, 7 P.M.

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STATESIDE AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 719 CONGRESS AVENUE

King Vidor's poignant and humanizing silent film follows the spoiled, lazy son of a wealthy family as he joins the army during WWI and proceeds to make a few friends and fall in love amidst the hardships of war. In other words, he finally grows up.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


Lawrence of Arabia (1962) WWI FILM SERIES SATURDAY, JULY 12, 7 P.M.

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THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 713 CONGRESS AVENUE

Peter O'Toole portrays historical figure T.E. Lawrence, who struggled with deeply felt, often opposing allegiances to both his homeland of Great Britain and the Arabian tribes who befriend him during WWI. O'Toole wrote himself into the history books with one of the most riveting performances ever to grace the screen.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


Lawrence of Arabia (1962) WWI FILM SERIES SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2 P.M.

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THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 713 CONGRESS AVENUE

Peter O'Toole portrays historical figure T.E. Lawrence, who struggled with deeply felt, often opposing allegiances to both his homeland of Great Britain and the Arabian tribes who befriend him during WWI. O'Toole wrote himself into the history books with one of the most riveting performances ever to grace the screen.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


Lawrence of Arabia (1962) WWI FILM SERIES SUNDAY, JULY 13, 7 P.M.

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THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 713 CONGRESS AVENUE

Peter O'Toole portrays historical figure T.E. Lawrence, who struggled with deeply felt, often opposing allegiances to both his homeland of Great Britain and the Arabian tribes who befriend him during WWI. O'Toole wrote himself into the history books with one of the most riveting performances ever to grace the screen.

Held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the series is hosted by the Ransom Center, Paramount Theatre, and Austin Film Society. Screenings take place at multiple locations in April, May, June, and July and feature 12 World War I films, including All Quiet on the Western Front, Lawrence of Arabia, and Paths of Glory.

Learn more about the film series

The screening 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.

Attendees may enter to win a Lawrence of Arabia DVD, the book World War One British Poets, and a set of exhibition postcards.


Curators' Tour of The World at War, 1914–1918 TOUR THURSDAY, JULY 24, 7 P.M.

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Join exhibition co-curators Jean M. Cannon and Elizabeth L. Garver for a tour of The World at War, 1914–1918 on Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m.

This exhibition marks the centenary of the start of World War I, a war that lasted four long years and killed ten million servicemen. The geo-political causes, the war's global expansion, and the outcomes of the war are well documented. The collective personal and national trauma inflicted on all who experienced the war, however, remains relevant for a contemporary world still embroiled in conflict.

Drawing on the Ransom Center's extensive collections, this exhibition illuminates the experience of the war from the point of view of its participants and observers, preserved through letters, drafts, and diaries; memoirs and novels; and photographs and propaganda posters. Visitors will have the opportunity to better understand the history of the war through the archives of those who witnessed it first-hand. The exhibition is on view through August 3, and the exhibition catalog and exhibition postcards will be on sale at the tour.

The tour is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. If you cannot attend the curator's tour, docent-led tours of the exhibition are offered Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win a signed copy of Geoff Dyer's The Missing of the Somme, a copy of Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, and a set of exhibition postcards.


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