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July 2007


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(Detail) Postage stamp from New Atlantis.
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"Teaching the American 20s" website.
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This original Norman Bel Geddes drawing of a dancing couple became interior decoration for the New York City nightclub, Palais Royal Cabaret.
ca. 1923. Courtesy of Bel Geddes Estate.
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(Detail) "Gone, Gone, Gone" by George Gershwin, DuBose Dorothy Heyword, and Ira Gershwin.
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Flag from the Republic of New Atlantis.


Teaching the American TwentiesTeacher workshops offered at the Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center and Region XIII Education Service Center announce a series of four workshops for teachers interested in learning more about the United States in the 1920s. The workshops take place July 23 and 24 and are presented in conjunction with the Ransom Center’s exhibition The American Twenties and the web-based teacher resource "Teaching the American 20s." LEARN MORE.


Ransom Center receives design awards

Several Ransom Center publications have earned design awards this year. Ransom Edition, the Center’s print newsletter, won the grand gold medal from the national Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The Center’s 50th anniversary timeline brochure and Ransom Edition also received honors from the American Association of Museums. VIEW a list of recent awards.


New images in photo gallery

The Harry Ransom Center celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala on April 27. Authors Don DeLillo, Norman Mailer, and James Salter joined more than 400 guests in an evening of music and performance celebrating the Ransom Center and inspired by the American 1920s. Funds raised from the event will be used to support future programs and acquisitions. VIEW PHOTOS.


International James Joyce Conference includes events at the Ransom Center

The Department of English, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin hosted the International James Joyce Conference from June 13 to 17. The conference also honored the lifetime achievement of Thomas F. Staley, Director of the Ransom Center and a distinguished Joyce scholar. VIEW PHOTOS from the conference.


Ransom Center participates in peer review program

The Harry Ransom Center was selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), administered by the American Association of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  VIEW PHOTOS from a recent community dialog held as part of the assessment.

Drawing of dancers by Norman Bel Geddes

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The American Twenties

Visit the exhibition The American Twenties before it closes on Sunday, July 29. The American Twenties explores the decade's profound cultural and social changes, ambiguities, and contradictions, and the ideologies that were born or came to fruition in the 1920s. Docent-led tours are offered every Saturday at 2 p.m. Enjoy performances of the museum theater project Voices of the American Twenties on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


(Detail) of THURSDAY, JULY 12, 7:30 P.M.
CONCERT The Austin Chamber Music Center presents “Gershwin, Copland, and the Roaring Twenties” as part of the city-wide Austin Chamber Music Festival.


PERFORMANCE/LECTURE Jack Judson, owner of the Magic Lantern Castle in San Antonio, brings alive the world of the magic lantern, a form of animated optical projection used to educate and delight audiences for centuries.


SILENT SILVER SCREEN SERIES King Vidor’s The Big Parade (1925) with live music by Graham Reynolds and friends.


PERFORMANCE The Violet Crown Radio Players produce Dorothy Parker’s Big Blonde, in a live recreation of a 1920s radio broadcast.


Flag of New Atlantis

Contents of a Country

Leicester C. Hemingway, only brother to the great American novelist Ernest Hemingway, was a writer, world traveler, and avid outdoorsman. It is not as widely known that he was also the founder of a new island republic off the coast of Jamaica, declared New Atlantis, on July 4, 1964. Built in the ocean from a depth of fifty feet, the 8 x 30 ft. "country" was constructed with iron pipes, stones, bamboo, and stainless steel. The Ransom Center has a collection of clippings, ephemera, and letters related to the country. LEARN MORE.


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