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SPRING 2018

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.

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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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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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.

Friday, February 23, 11 A.M. session at capacity
Saturday, February 24, 11 A.M. session at capacity
Saturday, February 24, 2 P.M. session at capacity

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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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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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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