DECEMBER 14, 6:30-8:00 PM; Reception 6:00 PM


MARCH 8, MAY 10, 6:30-8:00 PM; Reception 6:00 PM
Moderated by Dr. J. Larry Allums

The Institute’s Friday Night Salon has been meeting continuously for over twenty years, and it is the only purely democratic salon we know of (we invite contradictions). As poet, scholar, and Institute Fellow Frederick Turner wrote in 2005, “a salon is a civic ritual; at the very impressive and intellectual Dallas Institute open house on Fridays, discussion topics are placed in a basket and selected at random, and the procedure has more than a practical function. It ritually gathers people’s ideas together.” During these troubled times, it is by now a common lament that genuine conversation seems to be a vanishing species of public life. If you hanker for open eyes and ears, goodwill, and a desire for truth–not to mention good food and beverage–you should come to Routh Street on the second Fridays of March and May.

Registration: $35 Nonmembers, $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.