BREAKFAST: FEBRUARY 12, MARCH 12, APRIL 16, MAY 14,  7:15 – 8:45 AM
LUNCH: FEBRUARY 20, MARCH 20, APRIL 17, MAY 15, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Instructor: Dr. J. Larry Allums

Why read the good stuff? What you read isn’t as important as that you read, we often hear these days. But is just any poem or story capable of the kind of impact Eudora Welty, in her graceful memoir One Writer’s Beginnings, relates as a friend’s experience: “And I happened to discover Yeats, reading through some of the stacks in the library. I read the early and then the later poems all in the same one afternoon, standing up, by the window…. I read ‘Sailing to Byzantium,’ standing up in the stacks, read it by the light of falling snow. It seemed to me that if I could stir, if I could move to take the next step, I could go out into the poem the way I could go out into that snow.” The good–the best–writing is capable of changing one’s life forever.

February: An American Marriage, Tayari Jones     

March: A Terrible Country, Keith Gessen       

April: There There, Tommy Orange

May: Daughter of the Daughter of a Queen, Sarah Bird         

Semester: $225 Nonmembers, $200 Members, $90 Educator Members
Per session: $60 Nonmembers, Members $51, $24 Educator Members 

*Includes Book and Meal



DR. J. LARRY ALLUMS is Executive Director of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He earned his M.A. in Literature and his Ph.D. in Literature and Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas’ Institute of Philosophic Studies. He came to the Dallas Institute in 1998 from the University of Mobile, where he was Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He has edited a volume of essays on epic poetry, The Epic Cosmos, and published articles on ancient Greek and Roman literature, Dante, and writers of the American Southern renascence, including William Faulkner, Allen Tate, Robert Penn Warren, and Caroline Gordon. Under his leadership, the Dallas Institute continues to emphasize its commitment to urban issues and its longstanding work with pre-K through 12th grade elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, and superintendents.