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FALL 2018

Every Act of Life with Terrence McNally SCREENING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2 P.M.

TEXAS UNION THEATER & HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Join us for a special screening of the film Every Act of Life followed by a conversation with playwright Terrence McNally (Ragtime and Love! Valor! Compassion!), held in partnership with ZACH Theatre for A Weekend With Legendary Playwright Terrence McNally.

Spotlighting the life and career of the four-time Tony award-winning playwright and LGBT activist, this documentary premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Visit the Ransom Center after for a free reception and to see selections from McNally's archive on view in the Stories to Tell exhibition.

This event is free, but tickets are required.   PLEASE NOTE: RESERVATIONS HAVE FILLED BUT A "STANDBY" LINE WILL FORM. UNCLAIMED SEATS WILL BECOME AVAILABLE TO THOSE ON STANDBY AT 1:55 P.M. OVERFLOW SEATING WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE IN PROTHRO THEATER.

Please note: A ticket confirmation does not guarantee a seat. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. Attendees must present printed or electronic confirmation for entrance. Seats not claimed by 1:50 pm may be released.


Member Exclusive: Member Open House TOUR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 6:30–8:30 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

New and recently upgraded members are invited to enjoy an evening of special access to the Ransom Center. Invitation only; RSVP required.

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Round Midnight (1986) SCREENING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 6 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER - PROTHRO THEATER

Maxine Gordon introduces the film Round Midnight (1986), starring her late husband, jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance. Gordon plays Dale Turner, a tenor saxophone player who leaves the U.S. for Paris in the 1950s. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Runtime 131 minutes. Rated R. A book signing of Maxine Gordon's Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon will immediately follow the film. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.


Selections from Warlight with Michael Ondaatje READING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 6 P.M.

HOMER RAINEY HALL - JESSEN AUDITORIUM

Don't miss this chance to hear award-winning author Michael Ondaatje read selections from his latest novel, Warlight, which tells the dramatic story of two teenagers whose lives are changed when they are left in the care of a mysterious figure named "The Moth." Ondaatje, who received the Golden Man Booker prize this year for his 1992 novel The English Patient, placed his archive at the Ransom Center in 2017. Containing more than 90 boxes, the archive documents his working methods and offers insight into his writing process from the 1960s to the present. Co-sponsored by the Michener Center for Writers. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Photo: ©Rolex-Bart Michiels


Member Exclusive: Curator Tour TOUR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 6–8 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER - GALLERIES

Alliance-level members and above enjoy a private tour of the exhibition Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance. Jessica S. McDonald, Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, leads the tour.

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Austin Museum Day TOUR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, NOON–5 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER - GALLERIES

Enjoy the exhibition Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance and view the Gutenberg Bible, Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, and the Niépce Heliograph. Free docent-led tours of the exhibition begin at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.


Poetry on the Plaza: Actors From The London Stage READING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, Noon

HARRY RANSOM CENTER - PLAZA

Join us for an annual tradition, Poetry on the Plaza, with a visiting actor from the touring company Actors From The London Stage.


Member Exclusive: Exhibition Party MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 6–8:30 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER - PLAZA

Celebrate the exhibition Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance at our California cocktail party. Enjoy after-hours access to view works by one of today's most influential artists. To attend, join or renew today.

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An Evening with Ed Ruscha DISCUSSION THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 6 P.M.

HOMER RAINEY HALL - JESSEN AUDITORIUM

Enjoy an evening with one of America's most influential artists – Ed Ruscha. The artist joins Jessica S. McDonald, the Ransom Center's Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, for a discussion of the works featured in Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance, the first major exhibition drawn from the Center's Edward Ruscha Papers and Art Collection. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Photo: Sten M. Rosenlund. Courtesy of Ed Ruscha and Gagosian.


SPRING 2018

Member Book Club: Doris Lessing, Alfred and Emily MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 11 A.M. AND SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 11 A.M. & 2 P.M.

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.

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John Wilkes Booth's Richard III PERFORMANCE JUNE 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30

Scottish Rite Theater

The Hidden Room presents Richard III, a performance based on John Wilkes Booth's promptbook which resides in the Ransom Center's collection. A team of award-winning actors, scholars, and designers resuscitate the ghost of this infamous production by way of painstaking research into playing practices of the day, appropriate costumes, props, set, and music. Tickets are required and available for purchase.

Friday and Saturday performances at 8PM.
Sunday performances at 5PM.


The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) FILM SCREENING THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 7PM

To mark the 40th anniversary of the stage production, the Center will screen The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds. The Ransom Center holds the papers of actress Carlin Glynn, who originated the role of Mona Stangley, and Peter Masterson, who co-wrote and co-directed the original production. See materials from their collection on display in the exhibition Stories to Tell. Eric Colleary, the Ransom Center's Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts, will introduce the film. Runtime: 114 minutes.


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.


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 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. Steve Wilson, the Ransom Center's Curator of Film, will introduce the film. Runtime: 96 minutes.


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.


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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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.


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.

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.

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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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Read our interview with the filmmaker


Visual Representations of Race and Ethnicity DISCUSSION TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 4:30 PM

In conjunction with the exhibition Vaudeville!, Chair of the American Studies Department and Ransom Center Faculty Curator Steven Hoelscher leads a conversation about visual representations of race and ethnicity from the late nineteenth century to the present. Panelists include Jacqueline Jones, Professor and Chair, Department of History; Leonard N. Moore, Professor, Department of History and Vice President of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (Interim); and Shirley E. Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies and Department of African and African Diaspora Studies.


The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017) FILM/DISCUSSION MONDAY, APRIL 16, 6 PM

A screening of the documentary The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017), followed by a conversation with Leonard Downie Jr., who served as managing editor of The Washington Post under Bradlee and later succeeded him as executive editor. The conversation will be moderated by R.B. Brenner, Director, School of Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin. Ben Bradlee's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Film runtime: 90 minutes; discussion to follow. Co-sponsored by the School of Journalism.

The discussion between Downie and Brenner will be live streamed via Facebook at approximately 7:30 pm CST on Monday, April 16.

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Poetry on the Plaza: University of Texas Poets READING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, NOON

Poetry on the Plaza celebrates National Poetry month and the work of poets from the University of Texas faculty including Roger Reeves and Lisa Olstein. Light refreshments will be served.


Nate DiMeo, Creator of The Memory Palace Podcast LECTURE TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 6 PM

Nate DiMeo, creator of the historical story-telling podcast The Memory Palace and 2016-2017 Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses his methods of research, the production of his podcast, and the role of public scholarship in the American media landscape. Organized by the Department of American Studies.


Vaudeville! Exhibition Tour TOUR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 7 PM

Join the Ransom Center's Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts Eric Colleary for an inside look at the exhibition Vaudeville!


"Vaudeville: Immigrants Get the Job Done" LECTURE/PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 7 PM

Professors Charlotte Canning and Andrew Carlson present, "Vaudeville: Immigrants Get the Job Done," an examination of the vaudeville stage as a site for the development of American cultural and social norms through performances both by and about the country's immigrant populations. The program looks closely at a few of the genre's popular stars and routines in order to explain how, when it came to early twentieth-century vaudeville, immigrants were working hard to "get the job done"—both onstage and off. The evening brings the archive to life through live performance of iconic vaudevillian sketches and routines to supplement an engaging discussion led by Dr. Canning.


Explore UT: Harry Ransom Center Open House TOUR SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 11 AM–5 PM

The Ransom Center joins the "biggest open house in Texas." See the Gutenberg Bible, on permanent display in the lobby, watch live printing demonstrations, and learn about the origins of printing. Tour the exhibition Vaudeville! with docent-led tours at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.


Member Book Club: Ian McEwan, Amsterdam MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Dive into the collections with our member book club! Join us for refreshments and a lively discussion of Ian McEwan's Amsterdam. McEwan's archive resides at the Ransom Center. View collection materials that provide insight into the author's writing process.

Advance registration and payment are required. Refreshments and parking are included. The book club will take place at the Ransom Center.

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.

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Early Digital Facsimiles PFORZHEIMER LECTURE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 4:30 PM

Increasingly, libraries provide access to their special collections beyond the physical walls of reading rooms in the form of photographic facsimiles hosted online. There are clear benefits to this kind of expanded access, but digitization can never be perfectly neutral: photographs and scans can only ever serve as partial representations of physical objects, and decisions have to be made about what gets digitized in the first place. In her lecture, "Early Digital Facsimiles," Sarah Werner will discuss the rise of digitization and its impact on the study of early modern books. Werner, who previously served as Digital Media Strategist at the Folger Shakespeare Library, is the author of the forthcoming Studying Early Printed Books, 1450–1800: A Practical Guide.

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Read a Q&A with Sarah Werner


Vaudeville! SPRING EXHIBITION EVENT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 7 P.M.

Step right up and join the Harry Ransom Center for our members-only exhibition reception for Vaudeville! Enjoy an exclusive look at the exhibition, bites and drinks, and live entertainment. Members receive free admission; no tickets will be sold for this event. Capacity is limited.

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