OCTOBER 12 and DECEMBER 14, 6:30-8:00 PM; Reception 6:00 PM
Moderated by Dr. J. Larry Allums

The salon has a long history, dating back to the 17th century in Europe. There was nothing “official” about these social gatherings in which conversation was the focus—exchanges that ranged from light to heavy, current events to philosophy. The main objective was not to solve the world’s problems but to engage in conversation as an art, a civil back-and-forth in which respect was the guiding principle. Listening was as important as speaking; what one heard was received with the assumption that it might modify or even change what one was planning to say. The qualities that marked the best salons of the early years are the qualities that we most lack, and most need, today. Join us for the kind of civil discourse that is as rare and satisfying as it is enlightening.

$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.