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 Established

January 1, 1980

The Dallas Institute is Established

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is established 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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Center for the City Created

January 1, 1981

Center for the City Created

Director Gail Thomas creates The Center for the City, a yearly Conference to bring citizens and experts together for enlightened discourse on the future of Dallas.

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The Dallas Institute Publications Established

January 1, 1982

The Dallas Institute Publications Established

Dr. Joanne Stroud establishes Dallas Institute Publications and creates the Forum Luncheon Series as a benefit for major supporters.

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Teacher’s Academy Established

January 1, 1983

Teacher’s Academy Established

Drs. Donald and Louise Cowan establish the Teachers Academy, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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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 DISD principals had participated in this program.

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2719 Routh Street Renovation Completed

January 1, 1995

2719 Routh Street Renovation Completed

Renovation is completed on the original historic structure with funding from the Constantine Foundation; the Hillcrest Foundation, Founded by Mrs. W. W. Caruth, Sr., The McDermott Foundation, the Meadows Foundation, and others.

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Dr. Larry Allums Named Executive Director

January 1, 1997

Dr. Larry Allums Named Executive Director

Dr. Larry Allums is named Executive Director of the Institute, after having served as Dean at the University of Mobile and taught in the Teachers Academy for several years.

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Nancy Cain Marcus Conference Center Donated

January 1, 1998

Nancy Cain Marcus Conference Center Donated

Nancy Cain and Jeffrey Marcus donate the building adjacent to the Institute for use as a Conference Center, doubling the physical size of the Institute and its audience.

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“What Does the River Want to Be?” Presented

January 1, 2001

“What Does the River Want to Be?” Presented

Dr. Gail Thomas presents “What Does the River Want To Be?” – A conference focusing attention on the Trinity River that will prove to be highly influential.  

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The Hiett Prize is Established

January 1, 2003

The Hiett Prize is Established

In collaboration with the Institute, Philanthropist Kim Jordan establishes the Hiett Prize, a $50,000 annual award for outstanding work in the humanities; first awarded in 2005.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Established

January 1, 2006

Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Established

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

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Festival of Ideas Conducted

January 1, 2008

Festival of Ideas Conducted

The first City of Dallas Festival of Ideas is conducted.

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Environmental Forum Established

January 1, 2009

Environmental Forum Established

The Dallas Institute’s Environmental Forum is established and conducts its first program.

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Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education Established.

January 1, 2010

Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education Established.

The Louise and Donald Cowan Center for Education is established.

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The Dallas Institute Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

January 1, 2011

The Dallas Institute Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

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

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James Hillman Symposium Established

January 1, 2012

James Hillman Symposium Established

Inaugural James Hillman Conference is conducted as an annual event.

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Festival of Ideas Becomes Two-Day Event

January 1, 2015

Festival of Ideas Becomes Two-Day Event

The revitalized Dallas Festival of Ideas is launched as a two-day festival with an Action phase.

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2723 Routh Street becomes the Stroud House and Cour Regard

January 1, 2015

2723 Routh Street becomes the Stroud House and Cour Regard

The house at 2723 Routh is purchased and named the Stroud House and Cour Regard.

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