Oliver Franklin is New Curator of Public Programs
As the tempest approaches in the form of the building reopening, the current of public programs at the Ransom Center has remained at a steady flow. Executive Curator for Academic Programs Kurt Heinzelman has made his presence known by generating a bevy of talks on a broad range of subjects including Modernism, archives and copyright, and French literature.
Longtime friend of the Center and University of Alberta professor Ted Bishop spoke about the difficulties of categorizing Modernism and the future of archives in a talk in the Tom Lea Room on October 21, 2002. John McIntyre of Trent University in Toronto took the podium a day later to discuss the ways in which research libraries such as the Ransom Center have institutionalized the notion of Modernism. Heinzelman and his colleague Thomas Whitbread, both poets and faculty of The University of Texas English Department, provided readings from their work in the Tom Lea Room on October 29. The first event in a new series at the Center, "Writings on the Wall: New Archives at the Ransom Center," took place on November 6, featuring a panel discussion on the recent acquisition of the archive of South African writer Stephen Gray. The panel was moderated by Kurt Heinzelman, and included Bernth Lindfors, editor of Research in African Literatures; Michael Green, author and professor at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa; and Neville Hoad, a native of South Africa and assistant professor at The University of Texas.
A new year presented new opportunities for public programs as well. On January 29, 2003, Bob Dawson of the Department of French and Italian at UT offered a lecture on the taboo in eighteenth-century French literature. Eminent British bookseller Colin Franklin provided insight into the life of a bookseller in a talk delivered on January 30, and presented a lecture the following day on his sister, Rosalind Franklin, whose work with X-ray diffraction techniques paved the way for understanding the double-helix structure of DNA. Several new copyright statutes went into effect on January 1, 2003, and the Center was grateful to have University of Texas Law Professor R. Anthony Reese explain the issues to a group that included Center staff, law students, and librarians on February 5. All events took place in the Tom Lea Room.
Although the building reopening will dominate the upcoming calendar, additional events will take place in the coming months. "Fridays in Photography" will continue its run on February 28 ("Helmut Gernsheim and the Photography Collection" featuring U.T. Professor of Photojournalism J.B. Colson and Roy Flukinger), March 24 ("Preview Tour of the Photographic Exhibition" with Photography curators Roy Flukinger, David Coleman, and Linda Briscoe Myers), and May 16 ("The First Team: D.O. Hill & Robert Adamson" with David Coleman). The Ransom Center will once again take part in the university's open house, Explore UT, on March 1. On April 22, the Center hosts the Seventh Annual Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Lecture featuring author and University College London faculty John Sutherland. This spring, staff will be participating in a series of lectures presented to the members of Learning Activities for Mature People (LAMP) with talks provided by departmental representatives of the Center on Tuesdays beginning March 25 and finishing with a tour of the Ransom Galleries on May 6.
Finally, the doors of the Ransom Center will swing wide on May 12 with the public opening and reception for the first exhibition in the new space, "In A New Light," which will feature some of the best of the collections. The following day, the Center assumes regular exhibition hours in the galleries and "In A New Light" officially begins its run through September 13, 2003.
For more information on these and other upcoming events, call 512.471.8944.