Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

email signup
Search Collections

Harry Ransom Lectures
2009-2010

Presented by the University Co-op

The Harry Ransom Lectures honor former University of Texas Chancellor Harry Ransom and highlight the Ransom Center's vital role in the University's intellectual and cultural life. The program brings internationally renowned writers, artists, and scholars to Austin for a public event and conversations with University students. The lectures are made possible by the generous support of the University Co-op.


Alan Furst

Alan Furst
Photo by Shonna Valeska

ALAN FURST
THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 7 P.M.
PROTHRO THEATER, HARRY RANSOM CENTER

The University Co-op presents a Harry Ransom Lectures event with writer Alan Furst, whose archive is housed at the Ransom Center. Furst reads from his work and answers audience questions. A book signing follows.

VIEW A LIVE WEBCAST of this event starting at approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 8.

Heir to the tradition of Graham Greene and Eric Ambler, writer Alan Furst has received critical and popular acclaim for his novels of historical espionage. Furst was born and raised in Manhattan. He lived in the South of France as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at the Faculte des Lettres at the University of Montpellier, then in Seattle, where he worked for the City of Seattle Arts Commission. He wrote for magazines, including travel pieces and book reviews for Esquire, and wrote and published four novels. Returning to France, Furst lived in Paris, wrote a weekly column for The International Herald Tribune, and wrote his first historical espionage novel, Night Soldiers (1988). This was followed by Dark Star (1991), The Polish Officer (1995), The World at Night (1996), Red Gold (1999), Kingdom of Shadows (2000), Blood of Victory (2002), Dark Voyage (2004), The Foreign Correspondent (2006), and The Spies of Warsaw (2008).


James Fenton

James Fenton
Photo by Gerrit Serné

JAMES FENTON
THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 7 P.M.
PROTHRO THEATER, HARRY RANSOM CENTER

The University Co-op presents a Harry Ransom Lectures event with poet and critic James Fenton, as he discusses “Life-Writing,” new approaches to autobiography, biography, and memoir. A book signing follows.

VIEW A LIVE WEBCAST of this event starting at approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 12.

James Fenton is one of England’s most prominent poets and critics. Fenton was born in Lincoln, England, in 1949 and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford where he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry. He has worked as a political journalist, drama critic, book reviewer, war correspondent, foreign correspondent, and columnist. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1994 to 1999. In 2007, Fenton was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Fenton’s Selected Poems was published in 2006. He is the editor of The New Faber Book of Love Poems (2008) and D. H. Lawrence’s Selected Poems (2009).


Sarah Greenough

Sarah Greenough
Courtesy of National Gallery
of Art, Washington, D.C.

SARAH GREENOUGH
THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 7 P.M.
PROTHRO THEATER, HARRY RANSOM CENTER

The University Co-op presents a Harry Ransom Lectures event with Sarah Greenough, senior curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, as she presents “Transforming Destiny into Awareness: Robert Frank’s The Americans, 1959.”

VIEW A LIVE WEBCAST of this event starting at approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 25.

Sarah Greenough is the senior curator of photographs at the National Gallery of Art where she was also the founding curator of the department of photographs in 1990. Since that time she has organized numerous exhibitions at the National Gallery that have traveled to museums around the world, including Paul Strand: An American Vision, 1990; Walker Evans: Subway and Streets, 1991; Harry Callahan, 1996; Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries, 2001; Roger Fenton, 2004; and Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, 2005. She has written several award-winning publications, including Alfred Stieglitz: Photographs and Writings, 1983; On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: 150 Years of the Art of Photography, 1989; Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set, 2002; André Kertész, 2005; and The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888–1978, 2007. She most recently organized Looking In: Robert Frank’s “The Americans.” The catalog won the Association of Art Museum Curator’s award for outstanding exhibition catalog of 2008.

Event Calendar

View the full schedule
of programs presented by the Ransom Center, including lectures, Poetry on the Plaza readings, films, and curator-led tours.

Exhibitions

The fall 2009 exhibitions, From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe, Other Worlds: Rare Astronomical Works, and Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, are on display in the Ransom Center Galleries through January 3, 2010.

The spring exhibitions, Making Movies and Mexico’s Independence, are on display in the Ransom Center Galleries from February 2 through August 1, 2010.

The First Photograph and the Gutenberg Bible are on permanent display.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

View upcoming exhibitions

eNews

Stay up to date with the Ransom Center's latest news and events with eNews, the Center's free monthly electronic newsletter.

Subscribe to eNews

View Past Issues

Connect with the
Harry Ransom Center
Flickr YouTube RSS Tumblr Facebook Twitter
Harry Ransom Lectures 2009-2010

All lectures are free and open to the public. Doors open 30 minutes before the program begins. No reservations required, but seating is limited.


Lecture Series Brochure

Printable PDF (6.3 MB)

Sponsor

University Co-operative Society