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APRIL 2018

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story (2017) FILM/DISCUSSION TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 6:30 PM

An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story explores the life and influence of Niebuhr (1892–1971), a theologian, writer, political activist, and one of the most influential public intellectuals of the twentieth century. Presidents from Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter have credited his impact on their thinking, as did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who cited Niebuhr in his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." The screening will be followed by a discussion of Niebuhr's ongoing relevance with filmmaker Martin Doblmeier; Eric McDaniel, Associate Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin; Cynthia L. Rigby, The W.C. Brown Professor of Theology, Austin Seminary; Asante Todd, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, Austin Seminary; and moderated by Rev. Lana Russell, Trustee, Austin Seminary. Co-presented by Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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Member Book Club: David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 11 A.M. AND SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 11 A.M. & 2 P.M.

All sessions are full.

Open to Ransom Center members only. Individual members may purchase one ticket; Dual members and above may purchase two tickets. Limited capacity. If the event is at capacity and you would like to join the waitlist, please email membership@hrc.utexas.edu.

We are not able to offer refunds.

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MAY 2018

She Done Him Wrong (1933) VAUDEVILLE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 3, 7 PM

The film features Mae West in her early stage persona of Diamond Lil. Alongside Cary Grant, West's performance captures the environment of a late nineteenth-century Bowery theatre. Eric Colleary, the Ransom Center's Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts, will introduce the film. Runtime: 66 minutes.

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Director's Reception & Member Open House MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 6 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to Ransom Center collections at this Director's Reception and Member Open House. Invitation only; RSVP required.

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Lime Kiln Club Field Day (1913) and The Natural Born Gambler (1916) VAUDEVILLE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 10, 7 PM

Starring vaudeville sensation Bert Williams, these rare silent films are believed to be among the earliest to feature African American actors. Eric Colleary, the Ransom Center's Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts, will introduce the films. Lime Kiln Club Field Day was preserved by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The Lillian Gish Trust for Film Preservation. Combined runtime: 87 minutes.

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The Cocoanuts (1929) VAUDEVILLE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 17, 7 PM

The Marx Brothers' early vaudeville acts were pieced together and expanded to create elaborate stage and screen musical comedies like The Cocoanuts. Eric Colleary, the Ransom Center's Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts, will introduce the film. Runtime: 96 minutes.

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Curator's Tour for Members MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 7 P.M.

Eric Colleary, Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts, discusses the curatorial process during a gallery tour of Vaudeville! for Alliance-level members and above. Invitation only; RSVP required.

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The Great Ziegfeld (1936) VAUDEVILLE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 24, 7 PM

William Powell and Myrna Loy star in the biographical musical of legendary impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. Eric Colleary, the Ransom Center's Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts, will introduce the film. Runtime: 176 minutes.

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JUNE 2018

Member Book Club: Doris Lessing, Alfred and Emily MEMBER EVENT JUNE TBD

Information on how to register will be available soon.

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