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  NEWS

Woodward, Bernstein, Redford, and Hoffman on cover of PARADE

Tickets for Watergate events to be distributed on Monday, April 4

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the release of the film All the President's Men (1976), the Ransom Center and the Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Presidential Library host a series of Watergate-related events. Two events on April 21 require free tickets. In the first panel at 2 p.m., prominent journalists and commentators explore the question "Could the media break a story like Watergate today?" Panelists include Peter Baker, Dana Priest, Mark Miller, Glenn Frankel, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein. In the second panel at 6 p.m., Woodward, Bernstein, and Robert Redford discuss the film All the President's Men and its legacy. LEARN MORE about how to obtain tickets.

 

Tennessee Williams, the College Years on display at Fine Arts Library

The exhibition Tennessee Williams, the College Years is on display at the Fine Arts Library at The University of Texas at Austin through July 31.  All the materials on display are drawn from the Tennessee Williams collection at the Ransom Center and complement the larger Ransom Center exhibition, Becoming Tennessee Williams. Williams attended three universities—the University of Missouri, Columbia (1929–1932), Washington University, St. Louis (1935–1937), and the University of Iowa (1937–1938)—over a ten-year period before completing his Bachelor of Arts degree. The exhibition draws connections between the common activities, struggles, and emotions of a college student nearly 80 years ago and those of a twenty-first-century university student. VIEW MAP of the Fine Arts Building.

 

Bust documents creative process for sculpture of W. E. B. DuBois

A plaster maquette of a bust of W. E. B. DuBois has been donated to the Ransom Center. The bust, which was sculpted by Walker Hancock (1901-1998), documents a step in the creative process for the final marble sculpture, which resides in Memorial Hall at Harvard University. LEARN MORE.

 

The Things They Carried selected as Mayor's Book Club pick

Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried has been selected by the City of Austin Mayor's Book Club. The Ransom Center holds O'Brien's archive, and materials related to the novel are on display in the current exhibition, Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century. LEARN MORE.

 

Membership: Experience the Harry Ransom Center's treasures

Members of the Ransom Center enjoy exhibition openings, events with the Director, complimentary parking at select events, private exhibition and collection tours, and the latest news of acquisitions, programs, and more. Our members receive a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the cultural wonders we keep secure for the future. VIEW VIDEO of members discussing what they enjoy most about their involvement with the Ransom Center.

 

  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Becoming Tennessee Williams
Through July 31, 2011

Becoming Tennessee Williams

With his plays The Glass Menagerie (1945) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), the American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911–1983) reinvented the theater. Drawing on the Ransom Center’s extensive collection of Tennessee Williams manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and artwork, this centenary exhibition explores the idea, act, and process of artistic creation, illuminating how Thomas Lanier Williams became Tennessee Williams. Williams asserted that most of his plays dealt with the “wild at heart kept in cages,” a description, perhaps, of his own life. Throughout the exhibition, Williams’s personal biography is compared and contrasted with the dramatic structure of his plays. LEARN MORE or VIEW VIDEO PREVIEW.

 

Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century

This exhibition commemorates the Ransom Center's tireless hunt for archives that will capture the imagination, invigorate scholarly research, and deepen our understanding of culture. Highlighting major acquisitions in this new century, the exhibition demonstrates how the Center builds a collection of interrelated archives that strengthen and give context to one another. The exhibition showcases materials from both major and lesser-known figures, from writers David Mamet, David Foster Wallace, and Don DeLillo to Brian Moore and Jayne Anne Phillips, from journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to acting teacher Stella Adler. The exhibition explains how archives come to the Ransom Center and how they contribute to our cultural history. LEARN MORE or VIEW VIDEO PREVIEW.

 

  APRIL PROGRAMS

Cesare Bassano, Spring.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, NOON
READING Poetry on the Plaza: Spring into Spring

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 6 P.M.
MEMBER EVENT Enjoy a night of special access to the Ransom Center at this insiders’ open house and reception for new members. Invitation-only; RSVP or become a member today.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 7 P.M.
PERFORMANCE Austin Shakespeare presents “Tennessee Transforming: Endings for Summer and Smoke,” portraying Williams’s struggles to revise the play he ultimately re-titled The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Materials from the Ransom Center’s Williams archive form the basis of this performance with Ann Ciccolella as director and Christina Gutierrez as dramaturge.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2 P.M.
PERFORMANCE Actors from Austin Shakespeare perform selections of Tennessee Williams’s work. A docent-led tour of Becoming Tennessee Williams follows.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 7 P.M., JESSEN AUDITORIUM
READING Celebrate the release of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King. Join the Ransom Center for readings from the novel, followed by a reception and book sale. Wallace’s archive resides at the Ransom Center. This event is held in conjunction with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation's New Fiction Confab and BookPeople.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2 P.M., LBJ LIBRARY AUDITORIUM
SCREENING All the President’s Men (1976) starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, directed by Alan J. Pakula. The Woodward and Bernstein Watergate papers reside at the Ransom Center. More information may be found at www.lbjlibrary.org and www.hrc.utexas.edu/watergate.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2 P.M., LBJ LIBRARY AUDITORIUM
DISCUSSION Prominent journalists and commentators ask “Could the media break a story like Watergate today?” Seating is limited, and free tickets are required for entry. Ticket information may be found at www.lbjlibrary.org and www.hrc.utexas.edu/watergate.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 6 P.M., LBJ LIBRARY AUDITORIUM
DISCUSSION Robert Redford, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein discuss the film All the President’s Men (1976) and its legacy in celebration of the 35th anniversary of its release. Seating is limited, and free tickets are required for entry. Ticket information may be found at www.lbjlibrary.org and www.hrc.utexas.edu/watergate.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 7 P.M.
HARRY RANSOM LECTURE In celebration of National Poetry Month, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet, essayist, translator, and current United States Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin reads from his work. A book signing follows. Presented by the University Co-op. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry. VIEW DETAILS.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 7 P.M.
MEMBER EVENT After a curator-led tour of the exhibition Becoming Tennessee Williams, enjoy demonstrations of how to make some of the iconic cocktails from the era and works of Tennessee Williams. Local mixologists David Alan of Tipsy Texan, Bill Norris of Haddington's, and Adam Bryan will share insights and recipes during the event. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration and $20-per-person payment is required for this members-only event. To register, please call Amy Martin at 512-232-3669. Co-sponsored by The Austin Wine Merchant.


INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE

Undated photo of John Fowles at this desk

What's in your desk?

In honor of writer John Fowles's 85th birthday, the Ransom Center has displayed his desk in the reading room, with drawers open to reveal a selection of its fascinating contents. LEARN MORE about the desk, view a slideshow, and read an inventory of the desk's contents, including brass knuckles, pipes, and more.

 

 
April 2011

IN THIS ISSUE

IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
(Detail) Cover of The Pale King by David Foster Wallace.
News image:
Cover of Parade Magazine with Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein, April 18, 1976.
Exhibitions image:
Exhibition identity graphic for Becoming Tennessee Williams.
Public Programs image:
Cesare Bassano, 1584-1648. [Spring; first of a set of 4 engravings]. 1607.
Insider's Perspective image:
Undated photo of John Fowles at his desk.

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