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Harry Ransom Center eNews June 2011 eNews
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  NEWS

2011-2012 Fellowships

Ransom Center awards more than 65 research fellowships for 2011–12

The fellowships support research projects in the humanities that require substantial use of the Center’s collections of manuscripts, rare books, film, photography, art, and performing arts materials. The scholars, almost half of whom will be coming from abroad, will use Ransom Center materials to support projects with such titles as "Cold War Publishing and the Book in the Developing World, 1950–1968," "Albert Camus and His Publishers," "Raging Bull: Prizefighter and the Boxing Film," "Postmodern Warfare, in Images: The Aesthetics of War Photography in the Late 1970s and 1980s," and "Langston Hughes, Cosmopolitanism, and Black Atlantic Literature." LEARN MORE.

 

Video stresses importance of the humanities

Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley reflects on the ways literature, art, and the humanities are vital to teaching us how to be intellectually alive. VIEW VIDEO.

 

  CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Culture Unbound
Through July 31, 2011

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.

 

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.

 

  JUNE PROGRAMS

Tennessee Williams Film Series

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 7 P.M.
WILLIAMS FILM SERIES Elia Kazan directs Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 7 P.M.
WILLIAMS FILM SERIES Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman star in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), directed by Richard Brooks.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 9 A.M.
MELLOW JOHNNY'S, 400 NUECES ST.
TOUR Explore Austin’s Cultural Campus, including the Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, and the LBJ Library and Museum, while enjoying a casual bike ride. Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for the cyclist new to riding, returning to the bike, or just looking for a casual ride. Meet at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces. REGISTER for the free tour.

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, NOON
TOUR Explore "War in Contemporary Literature: Conflict and the Human Condition" in this thematic docent-led tour of the current exhibitions Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, NOON–5 P.M.
MEMBER EVENT
We’ll be distributing free books by authors featured in the Ransom Center's current exhibition “Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century” to Ransom Center members. Join or present your membership card to receive your complimentary book. (One book per person/membership card; must be present to claim your book; while supplies last).

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2 P.M.
TOUR Explore "War in Contemporary Literature: Conflict and the Human Condition" in this thematic docent-led tour of the current exhibitions Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2 P.M.
TOUR Explore "War in Contemporary Literature: Conflict and the Human Condition" in this thematic docent-led tour of the current exhibitions Becoming Tennessee Williams and Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.


INSIDER'S PERSPECTIVE

Tony Kushner. Photo by Pete Smith.

Q&A: Playwright Tony Kushner speaks to the Ransom Center about influence of Tennessee Williams

In light of the Ransom Center’s current exhibition Becoming Tennessee Williams, Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner talks about Tennessee Williams’s legacy. Read an the interview with Kushner, in which he discusses how Williams has influenced him, his first encounter with Williams’s works, Williams’s courage, and more. READ the interview.

 

 
June 2011

IN THIS ISSUE

IMAGE CREDITS
Masthead image:
Photo by Anthony Maddaloni.
News image:
Research fellowships poster.
Exhibitions image:
Graphic identity for exhibition Culture Unbound: Collecting in the Twenty-First Century.
Public Programs image:
Film still from A Streetcar Named Desire.
Insider's Perspective image:
Photo of Tony Kushner by Pete Smith.

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