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Spring 2014

Trois soldats allemands (2001) WWI FILM SERIES SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 3 P.M.

Directed in 2001 by François Caillat, Trois soldats allemands is a documentary that explores the identity of the Lorraine region through the destiny of both civilians and soldiers living in Sarrebourg at the time of the three Franco-German wars. Starting from Le Haut-G'hor estate where the corpse of a German soldier was exhumed in 1951, Trois soldats allemands traces the link between characters who were tied to the house and whose lives were torn between France and Germany. Introduced by University of Texas Assistant Instructor of French, Clemence Ozel. Runtime 75 minutes. 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 French and Italian, and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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.

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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.


Denis Johnson READING THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 7:30 P.M.

AVAYA AUDITORIUM IN THE ACES BUILDING

The Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin hosts a reading by National Book Award–winner Denis Johnson, author of Jesus' Son and Tree of Smoke. Johnson's archive resides at the Ransom Center.


"World War I: An Inconsistent Memory?" LECTURE TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 7 P.M.

Pulitzer Prize–winning art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott presents "World War I: An Inconsistent Memory?" for the Amon Carter Lecture on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

The aesthetics, purpose, and politics of memorialization has changed radically since the First World War, when Americans deployed a wild diversity of monuments small and large to honor the more than 100,000 dead. From mass-produced statues to the reconfiguration of whole urban districts, the aftermath of the First World War introduced the basic conflicts that still dog the designers of memorials today, conflicts between representation and abstraction, individual memory and collective loss, and fundamental disagreements about the necessity and desirability of memorials in a fluid, democratic culture. This talk examines how those conflicts played out on the nation's most symbolically contested landscape, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where today the First World War is almost an afterthought, lost in the grandiose clutter of other wars, and other strategies for preserving memory.

Kennicott is the art and architecture critic for The Washington Post. He is also a contributing editor at The New Republic, a reviewer for Gramophone, and a regular contributor to Opera News.

The lecture is organized in conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, on view through August 3.

The program 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.

Guild and Director's Circle members are invited to a private wine reception with Kennicott prior to the lecture. Invitation-only: RSVP required. Join or upgrade your membership.

Attendees may enter to win a signed copy of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a DVD of the documentary WWI: The War to End All Wars, and a set of exhibition postcards.

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Concert Crawl, Austin's Cultural Campus PERFORMANCE SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 1-4 P.M.

The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and Austin's Cultural Campus present a Cultural Campus Concert Crawl. On April 6, students from the Butler School of Music perform short, informal chamber music concerts at the Ransom Center, Blanton Museum of Art, Bullock Texas State History Museum, and Mark di Suvero's "Clock Knot," part of the Landmarks public art collection. Each mini-concert features a variety of music masterworks specifically chosen to respond to the art and collections exhibited at the museums. Concerts begin at 1 p.m. and repeat continuously with the last performance starting at 3 p.m. Travel to each location to hear all four music programs and enjoy an inspiring afternoon of music, history, and art. Free and open to the public; museum admission is free for all three museums on this day.   Learn more


J'Accuse (1919) WWI FILM SERIES SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 3 P.M.

At once a denunciation of the Great War and a monument to those who fought in it, Abel Gance's 1919 epic J'accuse explores the cataclysmic changes brought about by this conflict—from the age-old traditions of life before the war, to the unifying patriotism experienced at its outbreak, and finally to the immeasurable scope of its destruction. Combing a fictional narrative with authentic footage from the front, Gance's silent masterpiece remains as troubling today as it did almost 100 years ago. Introduced by University of Texas Assistant Professor Herve Picherit. Runtime 166 minutes. 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 French and Italian, and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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.


Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters READING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, NOON

The Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Singers and Songwriters on Wednesday, April 2, at noon.

Performers include guitar and harmonica musician Jane Gillman, guitarist Mike Hall, keyboardist Paula Maya, and vocalist Natalie Zoe. These Austin-based singer-songwriters will perform and discuss the creative processes of their songwriting.


Julia Alvarez HARRY RANSOM LECTURE MONDAY, MARCH 31, 7 P.M.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

Acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez speaks about her life and work with University of Texas at Austin professor Jennifer M. Wilks in a Harry Ransom Lecture on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium at Homer Rainey Hall. A book signing and reception follow at the Ransom Center.

Alvarez was born in New York City but raised in the Dominican Republic until she was 10. In 1960 her family was forced to flee the Dominican Republic when it was discovered that her father was involved in a plot to overthrow dictator Rafael Trujillo. Much of Alvarez's work is considered semi-autobiographical, drawing on her experiences as an immigrant and her bicultural identity. Alvarez's unique experiences have shaped and infused her writing—from such award-winning novels as How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies to her poetry. Alvarez's archive resides at the Ransom Center.

Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry. 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.

This lecture is presented by the University Co-op and co-sponsored by the 2013–2014 Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) Symposia: Reading Race in Literature and Film.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win signed copies of T. C. Boyle's Tortilla Curtain and Russell Banks's Continental Drift, and Jayne Anne Phillips's Lark & Termite. The archives of Boyle, Banks, and Phillips reside at the Ransom Center.

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Reception for New Members MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 7 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this reception for new members. This exclusive evening features behind-the-scenes presentations from curators, welcoming remarks by Ransom Center Director Stephen Enniss, and light bites and wine.

Archivist Amy Armstrong shares a sneak peek at materials from the archive of McSweeney's publishing house, one of the Ransom Center's newest acquisitions. Heather Hamilton, Head of Paper Conservation, discusses the conservation of World War I posters currently on display in the spring 2014 exhibition, The World at War, 1914–1918. Members will have the opportunity to view recent acquisitions to the photography collection, and Dr. Enniss holds a meet and greet in his office where members can join the conversation about the Ransom Center's future plans.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, March 21 to 512-232-3666 or rsvp@hrc.utexas.edu. Space is limited. This event is open to new and upgraded members.

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Curators' Tour of The World at War, 1914–1918 Tour THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 7 P.M.

Join exhibition co-curators Jean M. Cannon and Elizabeth L. Garver for a tour of The World at War, 1914–1918 on Thursday, March 20, 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 may enter to win a signed copy of Sebastian Barry's A Long Long Way, the DVD documentary the Last Voices of WWI: A Generation Lost, and a set of World War I exhibition postcards.


Poetry on the Plaza: Poetry of World War I READING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, NOON

In conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, the March Poetry on the Plaza event highlights the Poetry of World War I on Wednesday, March 5, at noon.

Readers include exhibition co-curator Jean Cannon, Senior Lecturer Steve Isenberg, French Professor Emeritus Jean-Pierre Cauvin, and writers Don Graham and Steve Harrigan. They will share poems such as John McCrae's "In Flanders Field," one of the best remembered and most often-quoted poems of the First World War.

The exhibition runs through August 3. Join us for the next Poetry on the Plaza event Singers and Songwriters on Wednesday, April 2 at noon.

This event is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted.


Cooking Demonstration COOKING CLASS SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 11 A.M.

Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Enjoy a brunch-themed cooking demonstrations inspired by the World War I era and Downton Abbey on Sunday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at Central Market at 4001 North Lamar, in conjunction with the exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918.

The menu includes figs in port wine reduction atop mixed field greens, baked oysters with champagne mignonette, poached salmon topped with poached egg & potato hash, and raspberry meringue pudding. Representatives from the Ransom Center will be on hand to discuss the exhibition as you enjoy the cooking class.

After the class, enjoy a docent-led public tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

Pre-payment and registration required online or by calling 512-206-1051. The cost of the class is $50, and Ransom Center members receive a 10 percent discount.

We recommend that you register early as the class size is limited. Attendees may enter to win a signed copy of James and Kay Salter's Life is Meals: A Food Lover's Book of Days, a copy of From Gutenberg to Gone With The Wind: Treasures of the Ransom Center, and a set of exhibition postcards.

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"Secularizing Sacrifice in the Prose Fiction of the First World War" LECTURE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 7 P.M.

Vincent Sherry, editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the First World War and a Ransom Center fellow, speaks about the trench experience and its impact on social and political thought during World War I on Thursday, February 27, at 7 p.m.

Sherry addresses the figure of soldier sacrifice—variously as hero and victim—in the literature of the First World War.  While the official work of the war effort sought to consecrate the massive deaths in battle with the ethos of sacrifice, the record left in the prose fiction of the war provides a searching interrogation of this practice. Not simply an objection to the government's efforts, the novels of the war tell the more profound story of the value of sacrifice in everyday life, as framed by customary attitudes and practices in prewar Europe and show how this received understanding is so catastrophically altered in the experience of mass war.

The program is held in conjunction with the current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918, on display through August 3.

The program 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 signed copy of Tim O'Brien's If I Die in a Combat Zone, a copy of the exhibition catalog for The World at War, 1914–1918, and a set of exhibition postcards.


Views and Brews: First World War DISCUSSION TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 6 P.M.

Cactus Café, Texas Union Building

The Harry Ransom Center and KUT 90.5 present a "Views and Brews" event. In conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition, The World at War, 1914–1918, KUT producer Rebecca McInroy, Jean Cannon, Ransom Center Literary Collections Research Associate, and Elizabeth Garver, French Collections Research Associate, delve into the stories and history of the First World War.


"Love and War" OPENING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 7 P.M.

Join us for "Love and War," the opening reception for the exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918.

Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members.

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Poetry on the Plaza: Love READING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, NOON

Poetry on the Plaza: Love


"The Case that Must be Made: Research Libraries, Historical Literacy, and the Future of Brown America" LECTURE TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 7 P.M.

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, presents "The Case that Must be Made: Research Libraries, Historical Literacy, and the Future of Brown America" for the annual Pforzheimer Lecture.


Tiffany Stern LECTURE THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 4 P.M.

Distinguished Oxford theater professor Tiffany Stern will be giving the English Department's 2014 Thomas Cranfill Lecture at the Ransom Center. She will be discussing Der Bestrafte Brudermord, a German adaptation of Hamlet that is being staged as a puppet show by director Beth Burns at the Hidden Room in Austin. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Ransom Center and is open to the public.


FALL 2013

Magnum Photographers Discussion DISCUSSION THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 7 P.M.

Austin Center for Photography and the Harry Ransom Center co-host a panel discussion with Magnum photographers David Alan Harvey, Constantine Manos, and Eli Reed, moderated by David Coleman, Director of The Witliff Collections. The event is free and open to the public.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center and Austin Center for Photography receive 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.

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© David Alan Harvey / Magnum Photos


Alec Soth and Brad Zellar POP-UP EXHIBITION FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 7 P.M.

After an excursion around Texas, exploring the state's faces, voices, places, and stories, Magnum photographer Alec Soth and writer Brad Zellar share the results of their wanderings in a one-night-only pop-up exhibition and provide a preview of the Texas installment of their limited edition newspaper The LBM Dispatch. Presented with support from the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.

© Alec Soth / Magnum Photos


"Westering America: Frontier Thinking and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art" LECTURE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 7 P.M.

Andrew J. Walker, Director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, presents "Westering America: Frontier Thinking and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art" for the 2013 Amon Carter Lecture. The lecture takes place Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

The concept of "westering" originated from the first director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as an innovative approach that has strongly influenced the institution's process of collecting since its inception. Borrowed from Frederick Jackson Turner's famous 1893 declaration that the West had been won, the idea suggests that there was always a "west," a frontier, from the very early days of America's establishment. "Settlement," whether in New England or Cincinnati or the west as it exists today, has been a thread that, 50 years later, reveals a subtle historical point of continuity that has guided the growth of the museum's collection.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win a copy of Elliott Erwitt's Museum Watching.


Poetry on the Plaza: Childhood Favorites READING WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, NOON

Poetry on the Plaza: Childhood Favorites


Personal Journeys MAGNUM FILM SERIES SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2 P.M.

In these alternately hilarious, cynical, and tender films, two photographers in very different locales point their cameras at their own communities. Featuring Martin Parr's Think of England (1999; 50 minutes) and Gideon Gold's Misery Loves Company: The Life and Death of Bruce Gilden (2006; 60 minutes).


Aftermath and Return MAGNUM FILM SERIES SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2 P.M.

Years after their groundbreaking images of human catastrophe were first distributed throughout the world, the photographers in these two films reflect on the meaning of their work. Featuring Philip Jones Griffiths's Cambodian Odyssey (1996; 40 minutes) and Susan Meiselas's Pictures from a Revolution (1991; 88 minutes).


Reception for Members MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7 P.M.

Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required.

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Conflict and Revolution MAGNUM FILM SERIES SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2 P.M.

Two films and two short videos investigate the personal and professional complexities of documenting war: Henri Cartier-Bresson's Le Retour (1945), Magnum in Motion videos Wars—Part I (2008) with Philip Jones Griffiths and, in response, Wars—Part II (2008) with Christopher Anderson, and Underway: Werner Bischof Photographer (1987; 50 minutes) by filmmakers Marco Bischof and René Baumann.


Behind the Scenes Tour MEMBER EVENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 11 A.M.

Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions, and James Stroud, Associate Director for Conservation and Building Management, lead an exclusive tour of the Ransom Center, including collection storage and the cataloging, technology, and conservation departments. Open to Guild-level members and above; limited capacity; RSVP required.

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James Salter HARRY RANSOM LECTURE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center presents a Harry Ransom Lecture with writer James Salter on Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m.

Salter, author of A Sport and a Pastime and the acclaimed new novel All That Is, will discuss his life and work with Professor Thomas F. Staley. A book signing of All That Is follows. Salter's archive resides at the Ransom Center.

Salter is also the author of the novels Solo Faces, Light Years, The Arm of Flesh (revised as Cassada), and The Hunters; the memoirs Gods of Tin and Burning the Days; and the collection, Dusk and Other Stories, which won the 1989 PEN/Faulkner Award. Salter has also received the 2012 PEN/Malamud Award, which honors excellence in the art of the short story.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win a signed copy of a James Salter book and From Gutenberg to Gone With The Wind: Treasures from the Ransom Center.

Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry at this event. 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 entry; 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.

Honoring former University of Texas Chancellor Harry Huntt Ransom, the Harry Ransom Lectures bring internationally renowned writers, artists, and scholars to Austin for public events and conversations with university students. Presented by the Ransom Center and sponsored by the University Co-op.

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Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage READING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, NOON

Poetry on the Plaza: Actors from the London Stage


Beginnings MAGNUM FILM SERIES SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2 P.M.

This double-header highlights the famous founders of Magnum Photos, featuring The Decisive Moment (1973; 18 minutes), a film narrated by Henri Cartier-Bresson and directed by Cornell Capa, and Robert Capa in Love and War (2002; 90 minutes), written and directed by Anne Makepeace.


Magnum Photos into the Digital Age SYMPOSIUM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25–SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

AT&T EXECUTIVE EDUCATION AND CONFERENCE CENTER

"Magnum Photos into the Digital Age" brings together Magnum photographers and scholars to discuss the ways in which the Magnum Photos agency has continually reinvented itself from its founding through the digital age.

Paid registration required; limited seating.

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Jim Goldberg LECTURE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 6:30 P.M.

ART BUILDING AUDITORIUM 1.102

Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg's approach has always been eclectic, evolving, and utilizing other mediums, including text. Goldberg has been exhibiting internationally for over 30 years and is the recipient of prestigious international awards and grants. This event is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History with the support of the Harry Ransom Center.

The Goldstines, 1981, from the series Rich & Poor
© Jim Goldberg / Pace MacGill / Magnum Photos


"Alec Soth: From Here To There" LECTURE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 7 P.M.

BELO CENTER FOR NEW MEDIA AUDITORIUM

Magnum photographer Alec Soth presents a visual lecture on his most recent work exploring community life in its uniquely American varieties on Wednesday, October 23, at 7 p.m. in the Belo Center for New Media Auditorium at The University of Texas at Austin.

Alec Soth was born and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. In 2008, a large survey exhibition of Soth's work was exhibited at Jeu de Paume in Paris and Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. In 2010, the Walker Art produced a large survey exhibition of Soth's work entitled From Here To There. Alec Soth's first monograph, Sleeping by the Mississippi, was published by Steidl in 2004 to critical acclaim. Since then Soth has published NIAGARA (2006), Fashion Magazine (2007) Dog Days, Bogotá (2007) The Last Days of W (2008), and Broken Manual (2010). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth started his own publishing company, Little Brown Mushroom.

The Magnum Photos collection is housed at the Harry Ransom Center, and some of Soth's work is displayed in the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age, on view through January 5. Soth is also participating in the Ransom Center's symposium "Magnum Photos into the Digital Age" on October 25–27.

Soth's work will also be featured in a one-night-only pop-up exhibition at the Ransom Center on Friday, December 6, at 7 p.m. After an excursion around Texas, exploring the state's faces, voices, places, and stories, Soth and writer Brad Zellar share the results of their wanderings and provide a preview of the Texas installment of their limited edition newspaper The LBM Dispatch.

Soth's lecture is sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School with the support of the Ransom Center, School of Journalism, and College of Liberal Arts.

Attendees may enter to win "The Little Brown Mushroom Coloring Book" and a Trent Parke poster.

© Alec Soth / Magnum Photos


Mayor's Book Club: Ben Fountain READING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2 P.M.

JOHN HENRY FAULK CENTRAL LIBRARY

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation's Mayor's Book Club and the Harry Ransom Center present writer Ben Fountain as he reads from his novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and converses with fellow writer Sarah Bird on Saturday, October 19 at 2 p.m. at the John Henry Faulk Central Library. A book signing follows.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq. The book explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. The novel won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Fountain is also the author of the short story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which received the PEN/Hemingway Award in 2007.

Attendees will have the opportunity to win a copy of Denis Johnson's Tree of Smoke, Tim O'Brien's Things They Carried, and From Gutenberg to Gone With The Wind: Treasures from the Ransom Center


"Exeunt Libri: Will Libraries of the Future Preserve Cultural Heritage?" LECTURE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 7 P.M.

Michele V. Cloonan, Professor at Simmons College and Editor-in-Chief of Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, presents "Exeunt Libri: Will Libraries of the Future Preserve Cultural Heritage?" for the 2013 Donald G. Davis, Jr. Lecture on Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m.

In her talk, Cloonan explores the changing relationship between libraries and preservation. Although the role of preservation was implied when library access was restricted, preservation activities needed to become explicit beginning in the nineteenth century because when libraries introduced open stacks. The increased circulation of books, coupled with their progressively poorer manufacture and environmental conditions, made preservation activities necessary.

Today, library materials are increasingly published online, so the emphasis on preservation is diminishing because not only are there are fewer physical objects to preserve, but libraries do not own all the digital materials in their care. Many libraries are increasing their outreach services to users and decreasing their emphasis on collection building. At the same time, many academic libraries are moving their physical collections into off-site warehouse facilities—pushing physical materials out of their buildings and looking more to digital resources.

Yet moving collections to storage enhances their preservation, and the digital materials that libraries own are receiving more consideration in terms of their own preservation.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Attendees may enter to win a copy of Collecting the Imagination: The First Fifty Years of the Ransom Center, From Gutenberg to Gone with the Wind: Treasures from the Ransom Center book, and a set of Ransom Center postcards.


Poetry on the Plaza: Ghosts READING WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, NOON

Poetry on the Plaza: Ghosts


Curators' Tour TOUR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 7 P.M.

Exhibition co-curators Jessica S. McDonald and Roy L. Flukinger lead a tour of Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age on Tuesday, October 1 at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

Magnum Photos photographers have produced some of the most memorable images of the last century, shaping history and revolutionizing photography's influence on modern culture. Founded in 1947, it was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers, thus insuring unprecedented creative, editorial, and economic independence. Its founders, including renowned photographers Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David "Chim" Seymour, and George Rodger, united in their pursuit of creative freedom and their commitment to sharing their images with the world. Membership in this collective empowered photographers to document conflict and liberation, revolution and reform, while preserving their own powerfully distinct points of view.

Established during the post-war golden age of the picture magazine, Magnum has flourished despite the impact of radical technological, economic, and cultural transformations on publishing and media. When television began to take over as the dominant form of mass communication in the 1950s, Magnum photographers explored motion picture and book formats. As the editorial market continued to shrink, photographers found new audiences in museums and galleries. Over the last decade, new technologies have dramatically changed the way photographic imagery is captured, distributed, and consumed. In this new environment, Magnum photographers have kept pace, experimenting with a variety of multimedia platforms to publish their work.

This exhibition investigates the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, revealing a global cooperative in continual flux, persistently exploring new relationships between photographers, their subjects, and their viewers.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a Magnum-inspired prize package.


Open House TOUR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, NOON–5 P.M.

Enjoy a day of photography at this Harry Ransom Center open house.

Activities include docent-led "jet-setter" tours of the exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age, gallery activities, and mini-tours of the photography conservation lab.

On the plaza, enjoy the music of the 1950s and 1960s with GirlFriend. Beat the heat with complimentary Maine Root sodas and KIND bars. Commemorate your visit by posing in a photo booth inspired by the golden age of travel. Food trailers including mmmpanadas will have snacks and treats available for purchase.

The first 100 guests will receive a complimentary gift bag, and attendees will have the opportunity to win a prize package including signed books.

Special thanks to these sponsors and participants: Texas Olive Ranch, Dr. Kracker, Tommy's Salsa, Austinuts, KIND bars, and Maine Root Soda.

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Donna DeCesare: Unsettled/Desasosiego LECTURE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 7 P.M.

Award-winning photojournalist and University of Texas at Austin professor Donna DeCesare speaks about her new book Unsettled/Desasosiego (UT Press) on Thursday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

After 30 years of photographing gang members and their families and collecting images that have been featured in Aperture, Mother Jones, and other publications, DeCesare uncovers the effects of decades of war and gang violence on the lives of youths in Central America and in refugee communities in the United States in this bilingual publication.

A book signing follows.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Attendees may enter to win two photography books from The University of Texas Press: Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq and Inside the Wire: Photographs from Texas and Arkansas Prisons.


Junot Díaz READING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 7 P.M.

BLANTON AUDITORIUM

The Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) and the Harry Ransom Center present Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Junot Díaz as he reads from his work and answers audience questions on Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m. in the Blanton Auditorium. A reception follows.

Díaz's fiction illuminates the identities, relationships, and ambitions of the Dominican and Dominican American characters at the center of his stories.

Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

This event is part of the 2013–2014 TILTS Symposia: Reading Race in Literature and Film, which brings together scholars, artists, filmmakers, and writers for conversations about the ways we experience race and ethnicity.


Austin Museum Day TOUR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, NOON–5 P.M.

Visit the Ransom Center's exhibition during Austin Museum Day. Docent-led tours begin at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.


"Boundless" OPENING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 7 P.M.

Join us for "Boundless" to celebrate the fall exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age.

Get a first look at the exhibition and enjoy a champagne cocktail and hors d'oeuvres. Pose in a photo booth and watch film clips and commercials inspired by the golden age of travel. Guests will also have the opportunity to enter to win an exclusive prize package that includes a dinner for two at Uchi, a two-night stay at Hotel San Jose, a handcrafted vintage suitcase, and more. DeeJay jLa will be playing records from the '50s and '60s, the era of Magnum Photo’s founding, on the plaza.

Become a member now to receive complimentary admission and valet parking at this event. If you are not yet a member, tickets are available for $20 (valet parking not included).

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SPRING 2013

Curator's tour of Literature and Sport TOUR WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 7 P.M.

Megan Barnard, Assistant Director for Acquisitions and Administration, leads a tour of Literature and Sport.


Harry Ransom Lecture: Don DeLillo LECTURE THURSDAY, JULY 25, 7 P.M.

JESSEN AUDITORIUM IN HOMER RAINEY HALL

In conjunction with the Literature and Sport exhibition, Don DeLillo, author of Underworld, Pafko at the Wall, and End Zone, reads from his work. DeLillo's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Presented by the University Co-op.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center 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.

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Stop by the Ransom Center's visitor desk and sign up for eNews between 5 and 6:30 p.m.* on Thursday, July 25 to receive a copy of Don DeLillo's novel Underworld. Don DeLillo's reading follows at 7 p.m at Jessen Auditorium.

Materials from the novel are highlighted in the exhibition Literature and Sport, on view through August 4.

*While supplies last, one book per person.


Gallery talk with Lakes Were Rivers GALLERY TALK THURSDAY, JULY 18, 7 P.M.

The artists of Lakes Were Rivers discuss their work in the exhibition Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive.


Sport Film Series: When We Were Kings SPORT FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 7 P.M.

In conjunction with the exhibition Literature and Sport, the Sport Film Series continues at the Harry Ransom Center with When We Were Kings (1996) on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m.

The documentary film tells the story of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman's legendary "Rumble in the Jungle." View a trailer for the film.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Film run time is 89 minutes.


Sport Film Series: Raging Bull SPORT FILM SERIES TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 7 P.M.

In conjunction with the exhibition Literature and Sport, the Sport Film Series continues at the Harry Ransom Center with Raging Bull (1980), directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m.

Italian-American middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta (De Niro) wields uncontrollable rage as a champion in the ring while destroying his relationship with his wife and family. View a trailer for the film.

De Niro's archive resides at the Ransom Center.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Film run time is 129 minutes.


Sport Film Series: The Natural SPORT FILM SERIES THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 7 P.M.

In conjunction with the exhibition Literature and Sport, the Sport Film Series continues at the Harry Ransom Center with The Natural (1984) on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m.

Starring Robert Redford, Kim Basinger, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall, the film captures the success and struggles of gifted baseball player Roy Hobbs (Redford). View a trailer for the film.

The film is based on the novel of the same name by Bernard Malamud. The Ransom Center is home to an important archive of Malamud's work.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Film run time is 134 minutes.


Sport Film Series: Bang the Drum Slowly SPORT FILM SERIES TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 7 P.M.

In conjunction with the exhibition Literature and Sport, the Harry Ransom Center kicks off the Sport Film Series with Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), starring Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty, on Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m.

Star pitcher Henry (Moriarty) and slow-witted catcher Bruce (De Niro) develop an unlikely friendship as they cope with Bruce's terminal illness. View a trailer for the film.

De Niro's archive resides at the Ransom Center.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Film run time is 96 minutes.


"All-Star Evening" OPENING FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 7 P.M.

Join us for an "All-Star Evening," the opening celebration for the summer exhibitions Literature and Sport and Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive.

Get a first look at the exhibitions and enjoy ballpark-inspired snacks. Sip on a refreshing summertime cocktail from Dripping Springs Vodka, sangria from the Austin Wine Merchant, or locally brewed beer from the new Austin Beer Garden and Brewery. Guests will also have the opportunity to win a sports-inspired prize package and to pose as their favorite baseball player in our baseball card photo booth.

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Bike Tour of Austin's Cultural Campus TOUR SATURDAY, MAY 11, 9:30 A.M.

Meet at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop (400 Nueces)

Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. Total distance is about 6 miles.

On this route, we'll visit museums that are part of Austin's Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, the LBJ Presidential Library, and the Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights.

Information: Ride size is limited, so please RSVP to julie@mellowjohnnys.com. Helmets and signed waiver are required. Ride may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; please check mellowjohnnys.com for updated information. We will not ride if the temperature is below 50 degrees at ride time.


Curator's tour of Arnold Newman: Masterclass TOUR THURSDAY, MAY 9, 7 P.M.

Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator of Photography, leads a tour of Arnold Newman: Masterclass on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m.

This exhibition explores the career of photographer Arnold Newman (1918–2006), who created iconic portraits of some of the most influential innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures of the twentieth century. Newman's archive resides at the Ransom Center.

A bold modernist with a superb sense of compositional geometry, Newman is known for a crisp, spare style that situates his subjects in their personal surroundings rather than in a photographer's studio. Marlene Dietrich, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Arthur Miller, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso are only a few of his celebrated sitters. Featuring more than 200 of these well-known masterworks, Arnold Newman: Masterclass also includes rarely seen work prints and contact sheets.

The first major exhibition of the photographer's work since his death, Arnold Newman: Masterclass showcases the entire range of Newman's photography, featuring many prints for the first time.

Two books are available in conjunction with the exhibition, both of which will be available for sale after the tour. Masterclass: Arnold Newman is a fully-illustrated catalogue published by Thames & Hudson Inc., New York. Arnold Newman: At Work (University of Texas Press and Harry Ransom Center) by Ransom Center Senior Research Curator of Photography Roy Flukinger provides a contextual overview of the Ransom Center's Newman archive, revealing unprecedented insights into Newman's process and creativity.

The event is free, 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.


Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters READING WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, NOON

Poetry on the Plaza: Singers and Songwriters


Harry Ransom Lecture with Kevin Powers LECTURE TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 7 P.M.

Amphitheater, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

Kevin Powers, author of the critically acclaimed war novel The Yellow Birds, discusses his work. A book signing follows. Presented by the University Co-op.

Guild-level members and above are invited to a reception with Kevin Powers prior to the lecture. RSVP required.

Members of the Harry Ransom Center 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.

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"Toying with the Truth" LECTURE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 7 P.M.

Photographer David Levinthal presents "Toying with the Truth" on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the Harry Ransom Center.

VIEW A LIVE WEBCAST of this event starting at approximately 7 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 24.

Levinthal finds toys and other objects that he uses in his artwork to be reflections of both the period and the culture that they have come from. He incorporates the objects of the social landscape—from Barbie to toy soldiers—into his work. In his talk, Levinthal will present examples from his body of work from the last 40 years.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.


"America's Best Magazine?: Commentary in the 1960s" LECTURE THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 7 P.M.

Author Morris Dickstein presents the lecture "America's Best Magazine?: Commentary in the 1960s" on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m.

The Commentary archive resides at the Ransom Center and includes correspondence with Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, James Baldwin, and Elie Wiesel.

Founded in 1945 as a monthly journal of general interest from within the Jewish community, Commentary went through a dramatic shift in 1960 under its new editor, Norman Podhoretz, who applied more rigorous critical standards and made greater use of strong-minded New York intellectuals such as Irving Howe, Alfred Kazin, and Mailer. The magazine responded to all the major controversies of the decade, from the Eichmann trial and the civil rights movement to the Vietnam War and the Columbia student uprising.

Morris Dickstein is Distinguished Professor of English and Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center. His most recent book, Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression, received the Ambassador Book Award in American Studies in 2010.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

This program is co-sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation made a generous donation to support this program and the cataloging of the Commentary magazine archive.


Ransom Center Series: Arnold Newman Portraits DEMONSTRATION SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 11 A.M.–1:30 P.M.

Central Market, 4001 North Lamar

Inspired by Arnold Newman's portraits, Central Market Cooking School Chef Louis Ortiz created this menu drawn from some of the fine dining establishments popular in the 1950s and 1960s and the luminaries (such as Woody Allen, Marilyn Monroe, and Salvador Dalí) who frequented them. Representatives from the Ransom Center will be on hand to discuss the exhibition, as you enjoy this cooking class and demonstration. The menu includes Russian Tea Room Salad; Romanoff's Crab-stuffed Tomato; Louie's Poached Egg Tribute to Salvador Dalí; Russian Tea Room Beef Stroganoff; and Strawberries Romanoff.

Pre-payment and registration required.

The cost of the class is $50. Ransom Center members receive 10% discount off of registration; members, please call 512-232-3669 for the discount code. We recommend that you register early, as the class size is limited. The class takes place at the Central Market Cooking School, located at 4001 North Lamar Boulevard.

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Photographer Larry Towell PERFORMANCE THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 7 P.M.

AUDITORIUM, THE BELO CENTER FOR NEW MEDIA

Magnum photographer, poet, and folk musician Larry Towell presents an evening of photography and music, with accompaniment by musician Mike Stevens, on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m., in the Belo Center for New Media Auditorium at The University of Texas at Austin.

Towell presents a selection of his work in a multimedia performance incorporating still images, video, poetry, and song. He will be accompanied by harmonica virtuoso Stevens.

Towell is the author of 12 books, and his exhibitions have toured North America and Europe. Stevens is best known for his groundbreaking work in bluegrass music and is a member of The Grand Ole Opry.

The Magnum Photos archive resides at the Ransom Center.


Concert Crawl, Austin's Cultural Campus PERFORMANCE SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 1-4 P.M.

The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and Austin's Cultural Campus present a Cultural Campus Concert Crawl. On April 6, students from the Butler School of Music perform short, informal chamber music concerts in five museums from Austin's Cultural Campus. Each mini-concert features a variety of music masterworks, specifically chosen to respond to the art and collections exhibited at the museums. Concerts begin at 1 p.m. repeat continuously until 4 p.m. Travel from museum to museum and enjoy an inspiring afternoon of music, history, art, and fun.

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Geometries of the Book: Preservers, Transformers, Academics LECTURE THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 7 P.M.

Michael F. Suarez, S.J., Director of Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, delivers the annual Carl H. and Lily Pforzheimer lecture. A reception follows. Co-sponsored by the TILTS Symposia 2012–13: The Fate of the Book.


Poetry on the Plaza: Poetry of Sport READING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, NOON

The Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Poetry of Sport on Wednesday, April 3, at noon.

As the Ransom Center looks ahead to the summer 2013 exhibition Literature and Sport, join us on the plaza as readers from the world of sport recite poetry devoted to sport in all its forms.

Mark your calendar for the final Poetry on the Plaza of the season, Singers and Songwriters, on May 1.


"Pastel: Materials, Techniques and Genres" LECTURE TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 3 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center presents conservator Thea Burns discussing "Pastel: Materials, Techniques, and Genres," on Tuesday, April 2, at 3 p.m. at the Ransom Center.

Pastel has unique qualities—it is used directly and dry, it is readily portable, and it is inherently fragile and vulnerable to vibration and rubbing. How have these characteristics attracted artists historically to adopt pastel for particular subjects? Burns reviews selected works by professional and amateur artists of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries who have found pastel appropriate for portraiture, natural science records, impressionist subjects, social commentary, and landscape imagery.

Burns received her Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute, University of London, M.A.C; from the Art Conservation Program, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario; and B.A. from McGill University, Montreal. She received a certificate in paper conservation from the Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, now Straus Center, Harvard University Art Museums. She served as Helen H. Glaser Senior Paper Conservator for Special Collections in the Harvard College Library; Associate Professor in the Art Conservation Program, Queen's University; and as a conservator in private practice.

She is the author of The Invention of Pastel Painting (Archetype, 2007) and The Luminous Trace: Drawing and Writing in Metalpoint (Archetype, 2012).


Classical Reinvention and Dance Action PERFORMANCE FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 7 P.M.

Classical Reinvention, a University of Texas at Austin student organization, performs classical music paired with dance and images from the Harry Ransom Center's photography collection as part of the Cohen New Works Festival on Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

As part of the Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op, student organizations Dance Action and Classical Reinvention join forces for Synthesis, an original work that unifies movement, live music, and photography. Collaborating choreographers, dancers, and musicians step beyond the boundaries of the traditional theater to bring their invention into the Ransom Center.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited.


Arnold Newman's Life and Work LECTURE THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 7 P.M.

Marianne Fulton, writer, teacher, and former chief curator of the George Eastman House, discusses the work of photographer Arnold Newman on Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m.

The program is in conjunction with the exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass, which runs through May 12. The exhibition explores the career of Newman (1918–2006), who created iconic portraits of some of the most influential innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures of the twentieth century. Newman's archive resides at the Ransom Center.

Fulton wrote the introduction for Arnold Newman: At Work (2013), published by the University of Texas Press and Ransom Center. Fulton has worked in the field of photography as a curator, editor, archivist, and writer for over 30 years. From 1975 to 2002, Fulton served in a variety of positions, including chief curator, acting director, and senior scholar, at the George Eastman House.

The book will be available for purchase at the event.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.


Classical Reinvention and Dance Action PERFORMANCE TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 7 P.M.

Classical Reinvention, a University of Texas at Austin student organization, performs classical music paired with dance and images from the Harry Ransom Center's photography collection on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. They will repeat the performance on Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

As part of the Cohen New Works Festival presented by the University Co-op, student organizations Dance Action and Classical Reinvention join forces for Synthesis, an original work that unifies movement, live music, and photography. Collaborating choreographers, dancers, and musicians step beyond the boundaries of the traditional theater to bring their invention into the Ransom Center.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. Seating is limited.


Reading by T. C. Boyle READING THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 7:30 P.M.

AVAYA AUDITORIUM IN THE ACES BUILDING

The Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin hosts a reading by author T. C. Boyle. Boyle's archive resides at the Ransom Center.


Behind-the-Scenes Tour and Reception MEMBER EVENT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 7 P.M.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Ransom Center at this curators' reception with tours, collection materials on display especially for members, and light bites. Open to new members. Invitation-only; RSVP required.

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Curator's tour of Arnold Newman: Masterclass TOUR THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 7 P.M.

Roy Flukinger, Senior Research Curator of Photography, leads a tour of Arnold Newman: Masterclass on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

This exhibition explores the career of photographer Arnold Newman (1918–2006), who created iconic portraits of some of the most influential innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures of the twentieth century. Newman's archive resides at the Ransom Center.

A bold modernist with a superb sense of compositional geometry, Newman is known for a crisp, spare style that situates his subjects in their personal surroundings rather than in a photographer's studio. Marlene Dietrich, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Arthur Miller, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso are only a few of his celebrated sitters. Featuring more than 200 of these well-known masterworks, Arnold Newman: Masterclass also includes rarely seen work prints and contact sheets.

The first major exhibition of the photographer's work since his death, Arnold Newman: Masterclass showcases the entire range of Newman's photography, featuring many prints for the first time.

Two books are available in conjunction with the exhibition, both of which will be available for sale after the tour. Masterclass: Arnold Newman is a fully-illustrated catalogue published by Thames & Hudson Inc., New York. Arnold Newman: At Work (University of Texas Press and Harry Ransom Center) by Ransom Center Senior Research Curator of Photography Roy Flukinger provides a contextual overview of the Ransom Center's Newman archive, revealing unprecedented insights into Newman's process and creativity.

The event is free, 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.


Poetry on the Plaza: Portraits READING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, NOON

The Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Portraits on Wednesday, March 6, at noon. For centuries poets have relied on language to create vivid portraits of luminaries, lovers, and friends.

This event is inspired by the current exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass, which explores the career of Arnold Newman, one of the finest portrait photographers of the twentieth century.

Join us for the next Poetry on the Plaza event Poetry of Sport on Wednesday, April 3.


Explore UT TOUR SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 11 A.M.–5 P.M.

Visit the Ransom Center for family-friendly activities during this campus-wide celebration.


TILTS: Academic Publishing DISCUSSION THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 7 P.M.

William Chace, former president of Wesleyan University and Emory University; Elaine Treharne, professor of English at Stanford University; and Eric Rasmussen, rare book collector and editor of the RSC Shakespeare editions, discuss the status of the academic monograph and published research. This event is part of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) Symposia 2012–13: The Fate of the Book.


"Face to Face" OPENING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 7 P.M.

Join us for "Face to Face," the opening reception for the exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass. Free for Ransom Center members; $20 for non-members.

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Views and Brews: Arnold Newman DISCUSSION TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 5:30 P.M.

CACTUS CAFE, TEXAS UNION BUILDING

The Harry Ransom Center and KUT 90.5 present a "Views and Brews" event exploring the work of photographer Arnold Newman on Tuesday, February 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Cactus Café in the Texas Union Building.

In conjunction with the Ransom Center's current exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass, KUT producer Rebecca McInroy and Roy Flukinger, Ransom Center Senior Research Curator of Photography, delve into the career of Newman, one of the finest portrait photographers of the twentieth century.

Newman's archive resides at the Ransom Center. The exhibition runs through May 12.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.


Magicians and Charlatans DISCUSSION THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 7 P.M.

The Harry Ransom Center hosts Jed Perl, Art Critic for The New Republic, for a discussion about the state of the art world and the future of fine publishing with Peter Kayafas, director of the Eakins Press Foundation, on Thursday, February 7, at 7 p.m.

Perl's new book, Magicians and Charlatans: Essays on Art and Culture, is the latest publication of Eakins Press, which since 1966 has been producing legendary art and photography books, including Lee Friedlander's The American Monument, Walker Evans's Message from the Interior, and Lincoln Kirstein's Elie Nadelman. In Magicians and Charlatans, Perl writes about the art scene of the past decade, exploring new museums and galleries and offering controversial critiques of the painter Gerhard Richter, the art dealer Leo Castelli, and the Museum of Modern Art. Perl and Kayafas will be discussing the growing need for independent voices—both in the art and publishing worlds.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

A book signing follows.


Poetry on the Plaza: Harlem Renaissance READING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, NOON

In commemoration of African American History Month, the Harry Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event Harlem Renaissance on Wednesday, February 6, at noon.

Invited speakers will read poetry from the Harlem Renaissance, a flourishing of African American arts and culture between the two world wars.

Mark your calendar for the remaining Poetry on the Plaza events this season: Portraits on March 6, Poetry of Sport on April 3, and Singers and Songwriters on May 1.



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