Watch webcast of 2008 Flair Symposium
The 2008 Flair Symposium, Creating a Usable Past: Writers, Archives, and Institutions will be webcast live. Symposium registration is closed, but the opening program with Lee Blessing, Denis Johnson, Tim O’Brien, and Amy Tan on Thursday, November 13, at 7 p.m. is free and open to the public and takes place at the AT&T Conference Center Ballroom. LEARN MORE about this year’s symposium and the webcast.
Follow the Flair Symposium with online blog
Three Ransom Center undergraduate interns will be reporting about the Flair Symposium on the blog A Flair for Archives. Posts will share the highlights of each panel discussion, acquaint readers with the featured speakers, and elaborate on the history and evolution of the Flair Symposium. READ and bookmark the blog.
The '68 National Conventions through the eyes of Norman Mailer
In the tumultuous socio-political climate of 1968, Harper's magazine sent Norman Mailer to cover the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. VIEW ITEMS from the Mailer archive that document his work at these conventions. His chronicles were ultimately published as the book Miami and the Siege of Chicago.
Respond to Facebook discussion for chance to win
Post a response to the new question about digital vs. original manuscript materials on the discussion board on the Ransom Center’s Facebook page for the chance to win a set of books by writers speaking at Flair, including Amy Tan, Denis Johnson, Tim O’Brien, and Lee Blessing. RESPOND NOW.
Through January 4
A Cabinet of Drawings
This survey or “cabinet” of more than 100 drawings from the Ransom Center’s diverse collections features book illustrations, designs, illustrated letters, landscapes, and portraiture by such internationally recognized figures as William Blake, Jean Cocteau, Miguel Covarrubias, E. E. Cummings, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Miller, Pablo Picasso, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. LEARN MORE.
The Mystique of the Archive
Drawing from the Harry Ransom Center’s extensive modern literature collections—including the archives of Julian Barnes, Don DeLillo, Anne Sexton, and many others—the exhibition describes what constitutes an archive, documents the evolution of creative works, and maps an archive’s journey from the writer’s home to the scholar’s desk. LEARN MORE.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Winners and Losers
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 7 P.M.
LECTURE For the 2008 Amon G. Carter Lecture, Bernice Rose, Chief Curator of the Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center in Houston, presents “Artists’ Drawing as a Special Case: Picasso, Braque.” LIVE WEBCAST.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 7 P.M.
LECTURE Bill Prosser of the University of Reading explores Samuel Beckett’s doodles and discusses doodling as an under-appreciated art form. LIVE WEBCAST.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7 P.M. AT&T CONFERENCE CENTER BALLROOM
1900 University Avenue
PANEL To open the 2008 Flair Symposium, writers Lee Blessing, Denis Johnson, Tim O’Brien, and Amy Tan discuss their work and the future of reading with Jim Magnuson, Director of the Michener Center for Writers. LIVE WEBCAST.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13-SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15*
SYMPOSIUM The 2008 Flair Symposium, Creating a Usable Past: Writers, Archives, and Institutions, brings together leading writers, archivists, agents, publishers, library directors, and scholars to examine the ways in which they are engaged in creating a literary and personal past for future generations to study. Symposium registration is full, but panels will be webcast live.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 7 P.M. JESSEN AUDITORIUM
PERFORMANCE Music from the Collections: Pianist Richard Dowling performs and discusses the music of Maurice Ravel. Co-sponsored by the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. LIVE WEBCAST.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 7 P.M.
DISCUSSION Author Jay Neugeboren, whose archive is housed at the Ransom Center, talks about his latest book, 1940. A book signing follows. LIVE WEBCAST.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 7 P.M.
ARCHIVES FILM SERIES Martin Gabel’s The Lost Moment (1947), starring Robert Cummings and Susan Hayward. Adapted from Henry James’s The Aspern Papers.
Fleur Cowles: A Woman with Flair
Fleur Cowles, whose ideals and landmark Flair magazine are honored through the Ransom Center’s biennial Fleur Cowles Flair Symposium, has been a part of the Ransom Center’s history for the past 16 years. LEARN MORE about Cowles in two videos, one that showcases her work on Flair magazine and the other containing footage of Cowles describing the inspiration behind her artwork.
IN THIS ISSUE
- :: 2008 Flair Symposium
- :: A Cabinet of Drawings
- :: Music From the Collections
- :: Fleur Cowles
(Detail) Photograph of Norman Mailer at the Grant Park rally during the 1969 Democratic National Convention.
Flair Symposium poster.
A Cabinet of Drawings exhibition identity image
November Programs image:
Photo of voting machine from 1932 election. Journal American collection.
Insider's Perspective image:
Photo of Fleur Cowles by Andrew Cake.