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November 2006

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NEWS

 

FlairLast Chance: Flair Symposium Registration

Registration for the Flair Symposium, “The Sense of Our Time: Norman Mailer and America in Conflict,” closes soon. Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Morris Dickstein, David Oshinsky, and Sam Tanenhaus are among the featured speakers. Student discount available by contacting Robert Fulton. Register now for the November 9-11 event.


Now accepting fellowship applications

The Ransom Center announces its 2007-2008 research fellowship program, which awards approximately 50 fellowships annually to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities. Priority will be given to proposals that concentrate on the Center's collections and that require substantial on-site use of them. This year's special topic is “In Times of War,” but proposals do not have to relate to this topic to be eligible. The application deadline is February 1, 2007. Learn about the application process.


The Mellon Summer Institute in Vernacular Spanish Paleography

Applications are available online for the paleography workshop to be held at the Ransom Center, June 11-29, 2007. Professor Carla Rahn Phillips of the University of Minnesota will lead the program. Participants will acquire intensive practical training in reading late medieval and early modern scripts of Spain and Latin America. Applications are due by March 1, 2007.

EXHIBITIONS

Feliks Topolski: Portraits of Britain's
Twentieth-Century Literary Greats

View portraits from the exhibition, including one that
the sister-in-law of Aldous Huxley said hastened the writer’s death.

 

Norman Mailer Takes On America

View items from the exhibition, which explores Mailer’s writings, his personality, and how he blurs the lines between author, public figure, and celebrity.

NOVEMBER PROGRAMS

Norman Mailer at the Village Voice

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Greenwich Village Voices

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 7 P.M. ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE DOWNTOWN*
MAILER VS. HOLLYWOOD FILM SERIES 
Norman Mailer’s Maidstone (1970) takes on American politics when a pornographic film director aims to become president of the United States.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 5 P.M.
TOUR Curators Peter Mears and Larry Carver lead a gallery tour of Feliks Topolski: Portraits of Britain's Twentieth-Century Literary Greats.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9-SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
SYMPOSIUM The Flair Symposium examines the cultural conflicts of post-WWII America, using Mailer’s work as a starting point. Pre-registration required. 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 3:30 P.M. JESSEN AUDITORIUM
PANEL The Ransom Center presents “A Conversation with Norman Mailer,” featuring Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, and Lawrence Schiller, and moderated by Steven Isenberg. READ MORE.

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 7 P.M. ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE DOWNTOWN*
MAILER VS. HOLLYWOOD FILM SERIES 
Mailer’s Tough Guys Don’t Dance (1986) stars Ryan O’Neal and Isabella Rossellini.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 7 P.M.
LECTURE Mark Holzbach, co-founder of Austin’s Zebra Imaging, explores 2-D and 3-D imaging technologies, both real and imagined, in “The Quest for a Mirror with a Memory.”

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 7 P.M.
PANEL William Powers, President of The University of Texas at Austin, Nobel Laureate in Physics Steven Weinberg, and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Paul Woodruff converse about the “Two Cultures” of the humanities and sciences for the C. P. Snow Endowed Lecture.

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 7 P.M.
SCREENING D A Pennebaker’s Town Bloody Hall (1979) records a raucous 1971 women’s liberation debate in New York City between Norman Mailer, Germaine Greer, Diana Trilling, and Jill Johnston.

*Tickets required and may be purchased at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown or their website.
 
INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE
 

Fathoms From AnywhereOnline Exhibition Celebrates Samuel Beckett Centennial

The Ransom Center presents Fathoms From Anywhere: A Samuel Beckett Centenary Exhibition to celebrate the centennial of the birth of the Nobel Prize-winning writer. The web exhibition traces Beckett's (1906-1989) career, using materials from the Ransom Center's collection. Exhibition highlights include a textual and pictorial overview of Beckett's career, brief biographies of contemporaries and friends, and the opportunity for web visitors to share their views on Beckett and his works.

 
 
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