LEGACY

Since 1980, the Dallas Institute has conducted public programs aimed at discovering what the humanities have to offer to the cultural life of the city. Take a look at the rich history that brings us to where we are today.

The Dallas Institute is Founded

January 1, 1980

The Dallas Institute is Founded

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is founded in November 1980 by Drs. Donald Cowan, Louise Cowan, Gail Thomas, James Hillman, Robert Sardello, and Joanne Stroud, former colleagues at the University of Dallas.

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The Center for the City is Established

January 1, 1981

The Center for the City is Established

The Center for the City is established under the direction of Dr. Thomas to bring citizens and experts together for enlightened discourse on the future of the city.

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The Dallas Institute Publications Commences

January 1, 1982

The Dallas Institute Publications Commences

Dallas Institute Publications, under the stewardship of Dr. Joanne Stroud, commences.

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Teacher’s Academy Created

January 1, 1983

Teacher’s Academy Created

Drs. Donald and Louise Cowan create the Teachers Academy to support public and private school teachers primarily in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Summer Institute for Principals Conducted

January 1, 1989

Summer Institute for Principals Conducted

The first of three consecutive Summer Institutes for Principals is conducted. By 1991, approximately 95% of Dallas ISD principals will have been full-time participants.

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Pegasus Plaza is Completed

January 1, 1992

Pegasus Plaza is Completed

The Institute completes the construction of Pegasus Plaza in Downtown Dallas featuring the work of sculptor Brad Goldberg.

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2719 Routh Street Renovation Completed

January 1, 1995

2719 Routh Street Renovation Completed

Major renovation is completed on the original historic structure at 2719 Routh Street.

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Dr. J. Larry Allums Named Executive Director

January 1, 1998

Dr. J. Larry Allums Named Executive Director

Dr. Larry Allums is named second Executive Director of the Institute.

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Dr. Nancy Cain Marcus Conference Center Donated

January 1, 1998

Dr. Nancy Cain Marcus Conference Center Donated

Nancy Cain and Jeffrey Marcus purchase the building adjacent to the Institute and donate it for use as the Institute’s Conference Center.

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Dr. Glenn Arbery Appointed Director of Teachers Academy

January 1, 1998

Dr. Glenn Arbery Appointed Director of Teachers Academy

Dr. Glenn Arbery is appointed second Director of the Teachers Academy.

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Dr. Gail Thomas Presents “What Does the River Want to Be?”

January 1, 2001

Dr. Gail Thomas Presents “What Does the River Want to Be?”

Dr. Gail Thomas presents “What Does the River Want to Be?” a conference that will prove to focus sustained attention on the potential of the Trinity River.

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Kim Jordan Endows The Hiett Prize in the Humanities

January 1, 2003

Kim Jordan Endows The Hiett Prize in the Humanities

Kim Jordan donates $1 million to create and endow the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, a $50,000 annual award presented to a young person in the humanities.

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Dr. Claudia MacMillan Named Director of Teachers Academy

January 1, 2004

Dr. Claudia MacMillan Named Director of Teachers Academy

Dr. Claudia MacMillan, an alumna of the Summer Institutes for Teachers, is named Associate Director and Director of the Teachers Academy.

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Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Established

January 1, 2005

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Established

The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium is established.

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Inaugural Dallas Festival of Ideas Conducted

January 1, 2008

Inaugural Dallas Festival of Ideas Conducted

The inaugural Dallas Institute Festival of Ideas is conducted in the Dallas Arts District.

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Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education™ Established

January 1, 2010

Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education™  Established

The Dallas Institute’s Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education™ is established.

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The Dallas Institute Celebrates 30 Years

January 1, 2011

The Dallas Institute Celebrates 30 Years

The Dallas Institute celebrates its 30th year of conducting programs for North Texas.

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Dr. Joanne Stroud Establishes Annual James Hillman Symposium

January 1, 2012

Dr. Joanne Stroud Establishes Annual James Hillman Symposium

The Annual James Hillman Symposium is established by Dr. Joanne Stroud.

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2723 Routh Street Becomes Stroud House and Cour Regard

January 1, 2014

2723 Routh Street Becomes Stroud House and Cour Regard

The house and former bookstore at 2723 Routh are purchased and named the Stroud House and Cour Regard.

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The Dallas Festival of Ideas Expands

January 1, 2015

The Dallas Festival of Ideas Expands

The Institute enters into a partnership with The Dallas Morning News to conduct an expanded and renamed Annual Dallas Festival of Ideas.

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Capital Campaign for Campus Renovation Begins

January 1, 2017

Capital Campaign for Campus Renovation Begins

A Capital Campaign is begun by the Institute Board of Directors for the purpose of accomplishing a major renovation of the Institute’s three properties.

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Dr. Nancy Cain Marcus Establishes “What Makes a Citizen” and Political Philosophy

January 1, 2018

Dr. Nancy Cain Marcus Establishes “What Makes a Citizen” and Political Philosophy

Dr. Nancy Cain Marcus initiates a news annual program “What Makes a Citizen” and revival from 2001-2 of a two-year Summer Institute for Teachers in Political Philosophy.

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