BREAKFAST: SEPTEMBER 11, OCTOBER 9, NOVEMBER 13, DECEMBER 11, 7:15 – 8:45 AM
LUNCH: SEPTEMBER 19, OCTOBER 17, NOVEMBER 14, DECEMBER 19, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Instructor: Dr. J. Larry Allums
Many writers and readers stand stalwart against our digital age’s obsession with buzzwords and “takeaways.” A notably eloquent voice on the subject is that of Prof. Daniel Taylor in Tell Me a Story: the Life-Shaping Power of our Stories. “Facts and reason alone,” he argues, “do not stand a chance against a story because both depend on story for their power. It is naïve to think one has arrived at one’s views and values solely through unbiased consideration of objective data. Data are never objective because they are always gathered by story-breathing human subjects.” If you’d like to experience the “life-shaping power” of contemporary novels, try one of our book groups.
Sept 11 and Sept 19 – Warlight, Michael Ondaatje
Oct 9 and Oct 17 – The House of Broken Angels, Luis Urrea
Nov 13 and Nov 14 – Transcription, Kate Atkinson
Dec 11 and Dec 19 – Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver
Semester: $225, $200 Members, $90 Educator Members
Per session: $60, 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.