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Harry Ransom Center

21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States

July 2015

A Conversation with Robert Mark Kamen

July 12, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States

Join us as we welcome Robert Mark Kamen (writer The Fifth Element, Lethal Weapon 3, and The Karate Kid, Taken, and Transporter films) for a conversation on writing action, establishing worlds, and conquering “continuation stories”. Kamen will explore his long-time working relationship with Luc Besson and how he manages to avoid the action-writer’s major struggle: writing in a director’s voice. This conversation will take us through the art of description, violence, and character development, and how to use these elements…

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A Conversation with Robert Mark Kamen

July 12, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 2:49 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States

Join us as we welcome Robert Mark Kamen (writer The Fifth Element, Lethal Weapon 3, and The Karate Kid, Taken, and Transporter films) for a conversation on writing action, establishing worlds, and conquering “continuation stories”. Kamen will explore his long-time working relationship with Luc Besson and how he manages to avoid the action-writer’s major struggle: writing in a director’s voice. This conversation will take us through the art of description, violence, and character development, and how to use these elements…

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December 2015

Shakespeare in Print and Performance

December 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until May 29, 2016

Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
Free

See some incredible works from the original OG, William Shakespeare, at the Harry Ransom Center at UT. On Thursdays, it's even open late!

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February 2017

On Story: A Conversation with Alan Yang

February 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Join Austin Film Festival on Saturday, February 18th at the Harry Ransom Center for a conversation with Emmy Award Winner, Alan Yang, co-creator and executive producer of Netflix’s Master of None. Yang will discuss writing naturalistic comedy culled from personal experience, crafting cultural commentary, and the importance of representation in media. Formerly, Yang was a writer and co-executive producer of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Tickets: $12 - Available Now! This event brought to you in partnership with the Austin Asian…

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On Story: A Conversation with Alan Yang

February 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Join Austin Film Festival on Saturday, February 18th at the Harry Ransom Center for a conversation with Emmy Award Winner, Alan Yang, co-creator and executive producer of Netflix’s Master of None. Yang will discuss writing naturalistic comedy culled from personal experience, crafting cultural commentary, and the importance of representation in media. Formerly, Yang was a writer and co-executive producer of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Tickets: $12 - Available Now! This event brought to you in partnership with the Austin Asian…

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January 2018

Vaudeville! Exhibition

January 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Until July 15
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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This exhibition reveals the story of where American entertainment all began. Discover classic vaudeville performances that included comic sketches, magic, acrobatics, animal tricks, celebrity appearances and more. See documents, photographs, artifacts and manuscripts related to some of Vaudeville’s best-known performers—Harry Houdini, Mae West, W. C. Fields, Bert Williams, George M. Cohan, Burns & Allen, Tony Pastor, the Nicholas Brothers, Barbette, and others. Free admission and daily tours!

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April 2018

Lecture by Nate DiMeo, Creator of The Memory Palace Podcast

April 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Nate DiMeo, creator of the historical story-telling podcast The Memory Palace and 2016-2017 Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discusses his methods of research, the production of his podcast, and the role of public scholarship in the American media landscape. Organized by the Department of American Studies. For more information please visit http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/events/

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The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017)

April 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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A screening of the documentary "The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee" (2017), followed by a conversation with Leonard Downie Jr., who served as managing editor of The Washington Post under Bradlee and later succeeded him as executive editor. The conversation will be moderated by R.B. Brenner, Director, School of Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin. Ben Bradlee's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Film runtime: 90 minutes; discussion to follow. Co-sponsored by the School of Journalism.…

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Discussion of visual representations of race and ethnicity

April 17, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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In conjunction with the exhibition "Vaudeville!," Chair of the American Studies Department and Ransom Center Faculty Curator Steven Hoelscher leads a conversation about visual representations of race and ethnicity from the late nineteenth century to the present. Panelists include Jacqueline Jones, Professor and Chair, Department of History; Leonard N. Moore, Professor, Department of History and Vice President of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (Interim); and Shirley E. Thompson, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies and Department of African…

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An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story (2017)

April 24, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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"An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story" explores the life and influence of Niebuhr (1892–1971), a theologian, writer, political activist, and one of the most influential public intellectuals of the twentieth century. Presidents from Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter have credited his impact on their thinking, as did Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who cited Niebuhr in his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." The screening will be followed by a discussion of Niebuhr's ongoing relevance with filmmaker Martin Doblmeier. Co-presented…

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September 2018

An Evening With Ed Ruscha

September 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Enjoy a rare opportunity to spend an evening with one of America's most influential artists – Ed Ruscha. The artist joins Dr. Jessica S. McDonald, the Harry Ransom Center's Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, for a discussion of the works featured in Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance, the first major exhibition drawn from the Center's Edward Ruscha Papers and Art Collection. Come early to see works by Ruscha, including photographs and sketches related to his landmark artist’s books,…

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October 2018

Screening: The Films of Ed Ruscha

October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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A rare opportunity to see a trio of iconic artist Ed Ruscha's classic films. Salad meets seduction in Premium (1971, 24 minutes), starring artist Larry Bell and model Léon Bing; an auto mechanic spends a very strange day working on a Ford Mustang in Miracle (1975, 28 minutes), with artist Jim Ganzer and actress Michelle Phillips; and musician Mason Williams reads artist's books by Ed Ruscha in the deadpan film The Books of Ed Ruscha (1969; 2012, 38 minutes). Line forms upon arrival of the first…

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“Round Midnight” Screening and Book Signing

October 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Maxine Gordon introduces the film "Round Midnight” (1986), starring her late husband, jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon, who received an Oscar nomination for his performance. Gordon plays Dale Turner, a tenor saxophone player who leaves the U.S. for Paris in the 1950s. Directed by Bertrand Tavernier (runtime: 131 min., Rated R). Maxine Gordon will sign copies of her book, “Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon.”

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November 2018

Bloomsbury Publishing: A Literary Vision with Founder Nigel Newton

November 15, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Bloomsbury Publishing: A Literary Vision with Founder Nigel Newton Founder Nigel Newton will reveal how one of the world's leading publishing companies brought the works of Michael Ondaatje, J.K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini, Margaret Atwood, and other major authors to a global audience. Discover how the company makes a social impact through its books, e-books and online resources as they search relentlessly for the great authors of the future.

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December 2018

Measure for Measure

December 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Austin Shakespeare, in collaboration with the Harry Ransom Center, presents a staged reading of a new verse translation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, which was commissioned by the Play On! Series of Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Presented for one night only at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, this Measure for Measure was translated into modern English by Aditi Kapil. It is one of 39 plays in the Play On! Series, which invited diverse voices to translate Shakespeare’s works into contemporary language.…

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February 2019

The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America

February 9, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Until July 14
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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  Extraordinary drawings, sketches, photographs, art objects, and handcrafted furniture offer a new and detailed look at the history of the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain and America. Discover how this innovative design movement transformed the homes and lives of ordinary people and how it continues to influence modern design. Open daily with tours every day at noon. Free admission. Dates: February 9 through July 14, 2019 Time: Gallery hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.…

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Poetry on the Plaza: Black History Month

February 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Join us for a poetry reading to commemorate Black History Month. A special case of related archival materials will be on view in our second-floor lobby. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Read about the display case at https://ransom.center/fugitive-findings

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Nursery Crimes: Edward Gorey’s Morbid Nonsense

February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Critics never quite knew what to make of Edward Gorey (1925-2000), the author and illustrator whose darkly droll tales have influenced TimBurton, Lemony Snicket, Alison Bechdel, and Guillermo del Toro. In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery, author of Little, Brown and Company's "Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey," explores the obscure influences haunting Gorey’s work. Learn about some of Dery's research on Gorey: https://ransom.center/mark-dery Discover the seminal role he played, along…

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Collated and Perfect

February 28, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Join us for an engaging panel discussing the changing standards that collectors—and institutions—have used to describe and evaluate early printed books, revealing why these books take the often surprising forms they do today. Learn more: https://ransom.center/candp Panelists include Megan Heffernan, assistant professor of English at DePaul University, Kathryn James, curator of Early Modern and Osborn Collections at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Aaron T. Pratt, the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at…

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March 2019

Curator Tour of The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts

March 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Discover the origins of the Arts and Crafts design movement with curator Chris Long, Professor of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. Visitors will be guided through "The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America," describing how the Arts and Crafts aesthetic evolved and how cross-cultural connections developed across the Atlantic. Free and open to the public.

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Arctic Passage Artist Installation and Conversation

March 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Louie Palu will install a series of large format photographs frozen in large ice blocks. The blocks will melt over the course of the day, gradually revealing photographs Palu made in the high Arctic while on assignment for National Geographic. The project explores the evolving situation related to the geopolitics of the Polar region, the history of the Arctic, and climate change. Join us for a conversation with the artist at 4 p.m. about his experience…

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Poetry and War: A Reading and Conversation

March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Commemorate World Poetry Day with a reading and conversation between two award-winning poets whose lives and writings have been impacted by war. Dunya Mikhail was forced to flee Iraq in the wake of the first Gulf War. She is the author of "The Iraqi Nights" (2014), "The War Works Hard" (2005), and "The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq" (2018), which was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for Literature in Translation. Brian Turner served in the US Army…

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What can a woman do? Women in the Arts and Crafts Movement

March 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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What was the role of women designers in the Anglo/American Arts and Crafts movement? Wendy Kaplan, curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will focus on women's leadership in social and economic reform, as well as the restrictions on full participation. While we consider education and career choices to be fundamental rights for women just over a hundred years ago, these were mostly utopian dreams. Discover how social reformers, advocates of women's…

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April 2019

Rachel Cusk

April 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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The publication of "Kudos" in 2018 completed Rachel Cusk's critically acclaimed literary trilogy that began with "Outline" (2014) and "Transit" (2016). Cusk will be reading from "Kudos," a book The New Yorker called "a breathtaking success." Free and open to the public. Please be aware that the Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater seats 125. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

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May 2019

Composite Landscapes: Early Film Special Effects

May 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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Film historian Leslie DeLassus examines early film special effects innovator Norman O. Dawn and his groundbreaking work, including the pioneering "glass shot." His productions of one-reel travel films starting in 1907 featuring exotic and scenic elements of remote locations were reworked using glass-shot and matte-shot processes, and appeared in 85 feature-length films for which Dawn produced effects. Learn more about his techniques during the lecture, and visit the Stories to Tellexhibition during gallery hours to see a display of collages Dawn…

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September 2019

Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection

September 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, repeating until January 5, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until January 5, 2020

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until January 5, 2020

Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, TX 78712 United States
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A rare opportunity to see letters, books, artifacts, and manuscripts by Modernist writers who defined a literary revolution – Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad, and others – from the private collection of Annette Campbell-White, a pioneering venture capitalist and rare book collector. Free docent tours every day at noon.

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