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. During his tenure, he has directed the creation of several new Institute programs, including the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium, and The Dallas Festival of Ideas in partnership with The Dallas Morning News.
Dr. Claudia MacMillan is Founding Director of the Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education at the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. She is editor of and contributor to What is a Teacher? Remembering the Soul of Education Through Classic Literature and has published on such topics as William Faulkner’s comic novels and the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance. She began teaching in 1981 and has served in the high school classroom and administrative offices—as a teacher, department chair, and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction—and also in the university—as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, and Associate Dean of both the Braniff Graduate School and the Constantin Undergraduate College at the University of Dallas. She holds the Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Dallas and is an alumna of the 1989-1990 Summer Institutes for Teachers at the Dallas Institute.