October 11, December 13, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Moderated by Dr. J. Larry Allums
In his influential work Ars Poetica, or The Art of Poetry (19 BCE), the Roman poet Horace advised his fellow poets to blend sweetness and usefulness (dulce et utile), in order both to delight and to instruct the reader. Horace’s famous formula might also apply to the Institute’s Friday Night Salon, during which we come together in a circle for civil discourse about important and interesting topics, whether from art, history, philosophy, literature, or the daily news. We are delighted to learn from each other in a generous exchange of knowledge and informed opinion–listening to, questioning, agreeing or disagreeing with our fellow “salonistas,” as one member described the group. If you yearn for open eyes and ears, goodwill, and insight–not to mention good food and beverage–you should join us on the second Fridays of October and December.
$35, $30 Members, $14 Educator Members
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.