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  • Living to learn

    Living to learn

    By Mason Jones
    Published: May 2, 2011

    In this video, Harry Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley reflects on the ways literature is vital to teaching us how to be alive.

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      mary sherwood said on June 6, 2011 at 10:43 a.m.
      Dear Tom, Now, more than ever, it seems we need your articulate enthusiasm for the joys of living. Your example of the drawing power for all ages of noon poetry readings is exactly what is necessary, and has always been necessary, to express the eternal relevance of art and literature. Thank you. Mary Sherwood
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      Josh McGrath said on May 11, 2011 at 2:08 p.m.
      Thank you Dr. Staley and the Ransom Center for your wonderful, ongoing support of the humanities. The humanities have always been one of the greatest gifts people impart from generation to generation. When we cut funding to libraries and art programs across our country, we are diminishing our culture. We are poorer in spirit and our understanding and tolerance of other people is damaged.