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SPRING 2019

Poetry and War: A Reading and Conversation DEAN F. ECHENBERG WAR POETRY READING SERIES THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 7 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER PROTHRO THEATER

Commemorate World Poetry Day with a reading and conversation between two award-winning contemporary poets whose lives and writings have been impacted by war.

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Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq in 1965 and was forced to flee in the wake of the first Gulf War when her writings attracted the attention of the Iraqi authorities. She came to the United States in 1996, and is the author of two poetry collections, The Iraqi Nights (2014), and The War Works Hard (2005). Her most recent book, The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq (2018), was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Literature in Translation.

Brian Turner served seven years in the US Army, including deployments in Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In his poetry and prose, Turner conveys both elegant and devastating portraits of what it means to be a soldier and a human being. Turner's work has been published in Harper's Magazine, National Geographic, the New York Times, and other journals. He is the author of two poetry collections, Here, Bullet (2005), and Phantom Noise (2010). His memoir, My Life and a Foreign Country was published in 2014.

Photos: Robert Akrawi / Kim Buchheit


Edwidge Danticat LECTURE THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 6:30 P.M.

AT&T CONFERENCE CENTER

Edwidge Danticat presents the opening keynote address at the second biennial Black Studies conference, Black Studies @ 50: 1968/1969. Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah's Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and the novel-in-stories, The Dew Breaker. She is the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2, and Best American Essays 2011. She has written six books for young adults and children, Anacaona, Golden Flower, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama's Nightingale, and Untwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel. Her memoir, Brother, I'm Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Danticat's essays, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story was published by Graywolf Press in July 2017 and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism 2017. Her collection of short stories, Everything Inside, is forthcoming from Knopf in August 2019 and her children's book My Mommy Medicine will be published by Roaring Brook Press in February 2019. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow and winner of the 2018 Neustadt Prize for Literature.
A book signing with Danticat follows at 8:45 P.M.

This event is free, but registration is required. For more information about the conference and to register, visit: blackstudiesutconference.org


Conversation with Artist Louie Palu CONVERSATION TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 4 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER PROTHRO THEATER

Join us for a conversation with Louie Palu delving into the context of his installation, Arctic Passage, and his experience photographing in the Arctic. The Harry Ransom Center's Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography Jessica S. McDonald will discuss the aesthetic, conceptual, and editorial impacts of the work with artist Louie Palu, and Sadie Quarrier, Senior Photo Editor at National Geographic.


Arctic Passage ARTIST INSTALLATION TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 10 A.M.–6 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER PLAZA

Award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Louie Palu will install a series of photographs frozen in large ice blocks on the Ransom Center's plaza. The photographs were made in the high Arctic over the course of three years while Palu was on assignment for National Geographic.

The project explores the evolving situation related to the geopolitics of the Polar region, the history of the Arctic, its connection to the Franklin Expedition, and climate change. Many of the photographs seen in this project are from the some of the most inaccessible locations on the planet. The blocks will melt over the course of the day, gradually revealing the photographs. A related conversation at 4 p.m. examines the installation and our understanding of the Arctic through photography.

Palu's work in the Arctic was supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Geographic and Pulitzer Center.

The installation Arctic Passage and related talk are being supported by the Harry Ransom Center, Joan Morgenstern and SXSW.

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Photo: Canadian Airman, Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada, 2017 © Louie Palu & National Geographic


Curator Tour of The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America TOUR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 7 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER GALLERIES

Discover the origins of the Arts and Crafts design movement with curator Chris Long, Professor of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. Visitors will be guided through The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America, describing how the Arts and Crafts aesthetic evolved and how cross-cultural connections developed across the Atlantic.

This program is offered in association with the exhibition, The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Britain & America, sponsored by Lucifer Lighting Company and Dr. Ray ad Leah Greenberg.


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

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

The Ransom Center joins the "biggest open house in Texas." Learn about the revolutionary impact of The Gutenberg Bible on the history of printing and literacy. Docents will give brief presentations at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Visit our vintage printing press and take home a piece of history by creating your own print (ongoing, 11 A.M–5 P.M.). Stop by our Preservation and Conservation table from 11 A.M–1 P.M. to learn how to handle rare and delicate photographs, books, and manuscripts.


Collated and Perfect PFORZHEIMER LECTURE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 4:30 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER PROTHRO THEATER

Join us for an engaging panel discussing the changing standards that collectors—and institutions—have used to describe and evaluate early printed books, revealing why these books take the often surprising forms they do today. Panelists include Megan Heffernan, assistant professor of English at DePaul University, Kathryn James, curator of Early Modern and Osborn Collections at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Aaron T. Pratt, the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center. Following the discussion, attendees are invited to view the Collated and Perfect display in the Stories to Tell exhibition and enjoy a reception.

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Nursery Crimes: Edward Gorey's Morbid Nonsense LECTURE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 7 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER PROTHRO THEATER

Critics never quite knew what to make of Edward Gorey (1925-2000), the author and illustrator whose darkly droll tales have influenced Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, Alison Bechdel, and Guillermo Del Toro. In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery, author of Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey, explores the obscure influences haunting Gorey's work. Discover the seminal role he played, along with authors like Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss, in the popularization of a deeper, darker children's literature capable of addressing what Gorey called "the miseries of childhood."

Dery shares his fascination with Edward Gorey


Poetry on the Plaza: Black History Month READING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, NOON.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER PLAZA

Join us for a poetry reading to commemorate Black History Month. A special case of related archival materials will be on view in our second-floor lobby. Light refreshments will be served.

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Member Exclusive: Exhibition Preview MEMBER EVENT FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 6–9 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Discover the history of the Arts and Crafts movement and its lasting influence with an exclusive first look at the latest exhibition, The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America. Guests will enjoy exclusive access before the exhibition opens to the public. Members receive free admission and tickets will not be sold for this event. The RSVP deadline for this event has passed.

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Ransom Readers Book Club:
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez BOOK CLUB FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 AND SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Four sisters, two cultures, and an intimate story of home told through the lens of immigration. Read the first novel from award-winning writer Julia Alvarez in one of the most unique book clubs in Austin. Enjoy a facilitated discussion of the book and exclusive access to archival materials related to the novel from the Alvarez collection. Refreshments, and parking at the Dobie Mall Garage are included. Registration is required and capacity is limited.

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