Harry Ransom Center
The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum. Its extensive holdings provide a unique record of the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Thousands of scholars, students, and cultural enthusiasts from around the world study materials from the collections each year. These collections also inspire original exhibitions and programs that offer visitors opportunity for enrichment, discovery, and delight. The Ransom Center advances the study of the arts and humanities and fosters an environment where culture thrives.
21st and Guadalupe streets (View map)
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
10 a.m.–7 p.m. Thursday
Noon–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
2 p.m. Saturday
2 p.m. Sunday
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Admission is free. Your donation supports the Ransom Center’s exhibitions and public programs.
Phone: (512) 471-8944
March 20, 2014 | 7:00 P.M.
Curators’ Tour of “The World at War, 1914-1918″
Join exhibition co-curators Jean M. Cannon and Elizabeth L. Garver for a tour of The World at War, 1914-1918.
March 31, 2014 | 7:00 P.M.
Harry Ransom Lecture: Julia Alvarez
Acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez speaks about her life and work with University of Texas at Austin professor Jennifer M. Wilks. A book signing follows. Alvarez's archive resides at the Ransom Center. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking priority entry. Presented by the University Co-op and co-sponsored by the 2013-2014 Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) Symposia: Reading Race in Literature and Film.
April 2, 2014 | Noon
Reading: Poetry on the Plaza
Singers and Songwriters
April 8, 2014 | 7:00 P.M.
Lecture: Philip Kennicott
Pulitzer Prize–winning art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott presents "World War I: An Inconsistent Memory?" for the Amon Carter Lecture.
April 24, 2014 | 7:00 P.M.
Harry Ransom Lecture: Matthew Hollis
Award-winning poet, biographer, and poetry editor Matthew Hollis speaks about the friendship between poets Robert Frost and Edward Thomas and its fatal consequences in the midst of the Great War. Ransom Center members receive complimentary parking and priority entry. Presented by the University Co-op.
May 1, 2014 | 7:00 P.M.
Lecture: James Shapiro
From the time of the American Revolution, Shakespeare has figured prominently in American literary and political culture. James Shapiro, Columbia University professor and noted Shakespearian, considers the alternative history of our nation contained in poems, speeches, parodies, essays, reviews, stories, and letters that respond to Shakespeare's work.
May 8, 2014 | 7:00 P.M.
WWI Film Series: “Shoulder Arms” (1918)
Charlie Chaplin directs and stars in Shoulder Arms (1918), the story of a soldier who dreams of being a hero. 45 minutes.
May 15, 2014 | 7:00 P.M.
WWI Film Series: “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930)
Lewis Milestone directs, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), the film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's landmark World War I novel. 136 minutes.
May 22, 2014 | 7:00 P.M.
WWI Film Series: “A Farewell to Arms” (1932)
Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes star in A Farewell to Arms (1932), the film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel. 80 minutes.
May 29, 2014 | 7:00 P.M.
WWI Film Series: “Sergeant York” (1941)
Starring Gary Cooper, Sergeant York (1941) is the true story of one of World War I's most decorated soldiers, Alvin York. Directed by Howard Hawks. 134 minutes.