Ransom Center Hosts Variety of Programs in September

Aug. 24, 2010

Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim CollectionEVENT: The Harry Ransom Center hosts public programs.

WHEN: Various dates throughout September.

WHERE: The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, 21st and Guadalupe streets and Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall at The University of Texas at Austin, 21st and Whitis streets.

BACKGROUND: Events are free and open to the public. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of events.

Consider the Archive: An Evening of David Foster Wallace
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall

The Harry Ransom Center commemorates the opening of the David Foster Wallace archive with readings of Wallace's work by writers and actors. Readers, including Elizabeth Crane, Doug Dorst, Owen Egerton, Chris Gibson and Jake Silverstein, share selections of Wallace's fiction, essays and correspondence. Wallace's archive is housed at the Ransom Center. This event will be webcast live at www.hrc.utexas.edu/webcast. A reception and small display of materials from the Wallace archive follow at the Ransom Center. Co-sponsored by American Short Fiction and Salvage Vanguard Theater. 

Curator's Tour of "Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection"
Thursday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m.
Harry Ransom Center

David Coleman, the Ransom Center's curator of photography, leads a free gallery tour of "Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection." Drawn from the peerless collection of Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, the exhibition features masterpieces from photography's first 150 years, alongside other images that, while lesser known, are integral to the medium's history. Highlights include the first photograph (on permanent display at the Ransom Center), works by 19th-century masters such as Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron and Henry Peach Robinson, and iconic images by modern photographers such as Man Ray, Robert Capa, Edward Weston and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Poetry on the Plaza: "Actors from the London Stage: Greece is the Word"
Wednesday, Sept. 29, noon

To kick off the 2010-11 Poetry on the Plaza season, the Harry Ransom Center presents the event "Greece is the Word." Paul O'Mahony, touring with Actors from the London Stage, reads excerpts from the great poets of the ancient world. Encompassing the epic of Homer and the toilet humor of Aristophanes, the program offers a fresh and exciting look at the enduring influence of Greece in our world today.

Refreshments will be served at this free event. 

High-resolution press images relating to all events are available.

For more information, contact: Jennifer Tisdale, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512 471 8949;  Alicia Dietrich, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512-232-3667.