The 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium

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

The Twelfth Annual MLK Symposium: MLK’s Legacy: issues of social justice in the twenty-first century

Featuring keynote presentations from Jelani Cobb and Alicia Garza

Over the past few years, as thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the continued violence in communities both here in the United States and around the world, …


Anna Badkhen

Compassion, Storytelling, and Slowing Down

An evening with Author Anna Badkhen

Ours is the century of dislocation: one in seven people on the planet are on the move. But the dislocation that is not merely physical. It is also a dislocation of empathy, of dignity, of compassion. In these hyperinformed times, when everything is numbingly accessible, for all of our new digital interconnectedness we know each other’s stories no better than before.
The dominant narrative of the Other is …


Absalom, Absalom!

Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

Dr. Larry Allums

In 1966, literary critic Cleanth Brooks called Absalom, Absalom! the greatest but least understood of Faulkner’s novels. “The property of a great work,” he wrote, “as T.S. Eliot remarked long ago, is to communicate before it is understood; and Absalom, Absalom! passes this test triumphantly.” Recently, novelist Toni Morrison called us back to Faulkner’s ninth novel as bearing invaluable insights into issues of race and class that continue to haunt us today. Faulkner understood these issues, …


The Count of Monte Cristo

Classics at Cour Regard: The Count of Monte Cristo

The story of Edmund Dantes, self-styled Count of Monte Cristo, is told with consummate skill. The victim of a miscarriage of justice, Dantes is fired by a desire for retribution and empowered by a stroke of providence. In his campaign of vengeance, he becomes an anonymous agent of fate. The sensational narrative of intrigue, betrayal, escape, and triumphant revenge moves at a cracking pace. Dumas’ novel presents a powerful conflict between good …

LC Tribute by

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 Or you may make your gift directly by clicking here.


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

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