The Tale of Genji

Classics at Cour Regard

What exactly is a classic? How does a text become a classic? And why do we deem it necessary and good to return to works of classic literature time after time?
This Fall we embark on an artistically diverse engagement with the classics as we reconsider what grants certain works of literature entrance into the canon. Part performance part scholarly exploration, Classics at Cour Regard will offer a 21st century perspective and a new appreciation for our civilization’s …


Republic of Spin

Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency

White House photo by Paul Morse

With Presidential Historian and 2008 Hiett Prize in the Humanities Recipient Dr. David Greenberg

Shortly prior to the date of this event, the American people will have chosen a new president, whose election will have been almost assuredly due in large measure to “spin,” what Rutgers Professor of History David Greenberg calls “a dizzying, cacophonous whirl of claims and counterclaims.” In a new book …



The 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium

Presented by:

TO HONOR Dr. King’s Achievement and Legacy
TO EXTEND the Conversation on Civil Rights
TO PROMOTE Change and Progress In Our City

Monday, January 16, 7-8:45 pm, at the City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District.

Nearly fifty years after his assassination in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to exert a powerful influence on the way we think and act in matters of civil rights in America. For …

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Remembering Louise Cowan

Remembering Our Teacher, Dr. Louise S. Cowan

The Louise S. Cowan Memorial Fund

In response to gifts received honoring Dr. Louise Cowan, who passed away on November 16th, the Dallas Institute has established the Louise S. Cowan Memorial Fund.
We are deeply grateful to those who have made contributions and invite others who would like to do so to contact us at 214-871-2440 or jkalin@dallasinstitute.org. Or you may make your gift directly by clicking here.


A memorial mass was held Monday, November 23, at …

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