A SOARING VISION

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.

DALLAS

“THE WORLD NEEDS DALLAS.

I can see Dallas–just at the moment
when one senses the loss of American greatness—
giving form to an American renaissance…”

-Louise Cowan, “Without Utopianism or Nostalgia,” Imagining Dallas. Dallas Institute Press. 1982

INSTITUTE

“INSTITUTE” derives from the Latin stare: “to stand, to remain, to live [in a place]”

The word suggests both a HEARTH and BULWARK that both nurtures and defends the precious things under its charge.

INSTITUTE

HUMANITIES

What the HUMANITIES do —

• distinguish human intelligence from artificial/mechanistic intelligence
• dignify interiority and reflection
• deepen our public encounters and conversations
• elevate us above brute nature
• (and thus) make CULTURE possible

CULTURE

“CULTURE . . . refers to the well-being of society as a whole”

-Robert Sardello, “Introduction,” Stirrings of Culture (Essays from the Dallas Institute). 1986