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The Swarming City

The Swarming City

Dr. Joan Arbery

In the biblical tradition, Cain’s curse leads to the building of the first city, often resulting in an understanding of the urban world as infernal. But is the city as dark and dangerous as we imagine? However much it causes harms–alienation, anomie, and diseases, among them–the city is equally a space for healing. Looking at Baudelaire’s Paris, Joyce’s Dublin, T.S. Eliot and Elizabeth Bowen’s London, and Borges’ Buenos Aires, we will re-envision their cities …

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100 Years of Solitude

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 …

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The Equitable City: The 2017 Dallas Festival of Ideas

Save the Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dallas City Hall & Plaza
The Dallas Festival of Ideas shapes the city of the future by igniting, uniting and energizing the diverse people of Dallas through the power of ideas. The Festival is co-presented by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and The Dallas Morning News, produced by CrowdSource and made possible by title sponsor Bank of America. The Festival reflects the partners’ desire …

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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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