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The James Hillman Symposium – October 28-29
Inaugurated and supported by friends of James Hillman and by scholars of his founding work in archetypal psychology, the James Hillman Symposium is the leading forum for an ongoing discussion of the Uniform Edition, a 10-volume collection of his writings.
The Hiett Prize in the Humanities – November …

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The Historians

The Historians

This semester we’re launching a new monthly group, The Historians, which during its first year will explore the intersection of politics, war, and leadership in history books recognized by historians as the best in their discipline.  Under the expert guidance of Dr. Donna McBride, who has taught history for almost forty years at both the secondary and university levels, The Historians will be reading and discussing one book per month. If history is your passion, your interest, …

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The Ben Franklin Circle

The Ben Franklin Circle at the Dallas Institute

The Ben Franklin Circles are a fun, innovative way to build and strengthen community in an increasingly disconnected and digital world. They are about asking two simple questions:
How Can I improve Myself? How Can I improve the World?
Close to 300 years ago, Benjamin Franklin started what he called a “club for mutual improvement.” He gathered a group of his peers and fellow Philadelphia tradesmen to discuss 13 core virtues and explore how …

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Democracy in America

Democracy in America

Dr. Thomas Lindsay [bio]
During this election year, the U.S. is caught up in one of the most dramatic political crises in its history. Given the polarizing impact of campaign rhetoric, it seems a good—even necessary—time to reflect by placing presidential politics into the context that the office is meant to serve: our representative democracy. During this series of presentations and discussions grounded in Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic Democracy in America, Dr. Thomas Lindsay will lead us …

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What Makes a City: Nature and Public Space

The Center for the City: What Makes a City?

The Trinity: Nature and Public Space

Miles of pathways and waterways, elevated green space, and people places – this is the future of Dallas’ Trinity River Corridor.
And it all began last year with a question from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings: “Is it possible to have a park in a floodplain?” Utilizing funds made available by The Trinity Trust Foundation, a team of environmental planners worked with hydrologists and landscape architects to answer this …

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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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