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Harry Ransom Center eNews March 2014 eNews
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  NEWS

Love & War

View photos from “Love & War” opening celebration

We welcomed a record crowd at last month’s “Love & War” exhibition opening celebration on February 14. Party pictures, including images of the hand-cranked phonographs, propaganda poster-inspired photo booth, and outdoor “Doughnuts for Doughboys” hut are online. Support the Ransom Center and its mission by becoming a member. As a thank you, members receive invitations to events year-round, including exhibition opening celebrations. JOIN and view photos from the PHOTO BOOTH and the PARTY.

 

Letters detail adventures, boredom of real-life Monuments Men

The letters of Lincoln Kirstein, one of the real-life Monuments Men of World War II, document both the excitement and boredom of recovering stolen art in Nazi Germany. The film adaptation of Robert Edsel’s book directed by George Clooney and starring Clooney, Matt Damon, and Bill Murray is in theaters now. LEARN MORE.

 

Reserve now: Flying Longhorns hosts First World War-themed trip to Europe

To help understand and explore the long-lasting social and historical implications of the First World War, The University of Texas at Austin has organized an extensive visit to England, Belgium, and France, complementing the Ransom Center's centenary exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918. With the exhibition curators and qualified historians as personal guides, the tour will provide insight into the causes and consequences of the first modern war and into what life was like for the soldiers in the trenches. Participants will also enjoy other cultural experiences, "insider" visits, fabulous meals, champagne tastings, and free time. Trip registration closes in mid-March. BOOK NOW.

 

Join or upgrade to attend upcoming Director’s Reception and Open House

We invite you to become a member or upgrade your membership to attend a Director’s Reception and Open House on Wednesday, March 26. Along with wine from the Austin Wine Merchant and light bites, guests will have the opportunity to visit with Stephen Enniss, the new Director of the Ransom Center, in the Director’s suite. Curators and staff will showcase materials from the collection and upcoming exhibitions. Items from the collection will be on view especially for members. JOIN or UPGRADE.

 

Ransom Center staff to contribute to new Texas-themed UT Press book series

University of Texas Press recently announced the undertaking of a publishing project The Texas Bookshelf, a series of 16 books, with an accompanying website, focusing on all things Texan. Two contributors are affiliated with the Ransom Center. LEARN MORE.

 

  CURRENT EXHIBITION

The World at War, 19141918
Through August 3

The World at War, 1914–1918

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.

 

Generous support for this exhibition and its companion publication has been provided by the Cain Foundation.

 

Free docent-led tours are offered on Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. For groups larger than 10 people, please CONTACT the Ransom Center to make arrangements for a PRIVATE GROUP TOUR.

 

  MARCH PROGRAMS

Poetry on the Plaza: World War I

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

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 7 P.M.
CURATOR TOUR Join exhibition co-curators Jean M. Cannon and Elizabeth L. Garver for a tour of The World at War, 1914–1918.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 7 P.M.
MEMBER EVENT Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this reception for new and upgraded members. Invitation-only; RSVP required. JOIN or UPGRADE.

 

MONDAY, MARCH 31, 7 P.M. JESSEN AUDITORIUM
HARRY RANSOM LECTURE Acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez speaks about her life and work with University of Texas at Austin professor Jennifer M. Wilks. A book signing and reception follow. Alvarez’s archive resides at the Ransom Center. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry. 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.


INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE

Propoganda poster

Posters portray food as evil in a starving nation

World War I-era propaganda posters from Russia show how food was personified as evil during a food shortage in a country ill-equipped both to fight a war and feed its citizens. LEARN MORE about these posters and view them in the current exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918.
 

 
March 2014

IN THIS ISSUE

IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
(Detail) The British Parliamentary Recruiting Committee. "Step into your place," 1915. Lithograph.
News image:
Photo from exhibition opening celebration by Lindsay Hutchens.
Exhibition image:
Graphic identity for the exhibition The World at War, 1914–1918.
Public Programs image:
"Flanders Field" poster.
Insider's Perspective image:
"Evropeiskaya kyxnya" Russian Propoganda poster.

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