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May 12, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

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One event on April 14, 2020 at 9:00 am

One event on May 12, 2020 at 9:00 am

Presented by Dr. J. Larry Allums

The Dallas Institute’s book groups have a long history and a long list of contemporary novels read since 1998 that is climbing steadily toward 200 titles. Some, of course, have been more memorable than others, some have made surprising impacts on us, and a small few are perhaps best forgotten. Throughout our many discussions over the years, we have learned much—about cultures and characters depicted by authors from around the world, and also about reading itself. During our sessions, we discover anew why we read and learn how to be better readers. True, reading is a solitary activity, but coming together in community is to participate in the joy of sharing ourselves in an atmosphere of civility and generosity. It’s a good place to be.


April 14 (Breakfast)
The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa

May 12 (Breakfast)
The Topeka School, Ben Lerner

Breakfast: Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:00 am

Available via Zoom



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.


May 12, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am


TX United States