The Story of the Dallas Institute
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. The humanities, as we treat them, are the written things and the spoken stories that help us define ourselves as human beings – literature, history, philosophy, politics, psychology, and mythology, among other fields.
Our campus on Routh Street in Uptown has grown over the years from one to three buildings: two historic houses built in 1886 and 1906 and a conference center that was once a thrift shop owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. It is within these structures that most Dallas Institute programs are conducted. Some of our larger events take place in public venues around the city.
Mission Statement of the Dallas Institute
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is a nonprofit educational organization whose purpose is to enrich and deepen the practical life of the city with the wisdom and imagination of the humanities.
The Dallas Institute accomplishes its mission through events, conferences, and general courses of study for our community, through professional programs for educators, and through publications.
Vision Statement of the Dallas Institute
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture exists to care for the actual things of the urban world. In some instances, these things are visible—education, architecture, medicine, art, technology, money. Equally important are the invisible forms within which life takes place and has meaning—friendship, the soul, taste, imagination, community, intellectual life, ritual, leadership. Through its courses of study, public seminars, publications, conferences, and civic involvement, The Dallas Institute brings thought, imagination, language, and sensibility to bear on the convergence between the visible shaping of the world and the permanent values necessary for the crafting of culture.