Online Live Event Featuring Dr. Gail Thomas, Ben Sandifer, Dr. Jaina Sanga, and Janette Monear; discussion facilitated by Dr. Larry Allums

In the twenty-year history of the Dallas Institute’s venerable Breakfast and Lunch Book Groups, no single book has generated the intense, sustained interest of Richard Powers’ 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Overstory, a majestic, 500-page narrative about trees in America. Members of the Book Groups have shared their copies, purchased new ones for friends and family, and continued the conversation in small, informal groups here and there. It is indeed a compelling “overstory,” along with just as compelling an “understory,” depicting the beauty, irreplaceable value (unsuspected by humans), and brilliance (yes, brilliance) of trees. The continued discussion of this important novel is open to everyone, with a few special guests possessing uncommon knowledge of trees joining us on the stage. If you’ve read The Overstory ten times or are about to start it for the first time, you’ll enjoy this conversation.

Thursday, October 8: 6:30 – 8:00pm

Suggested admission: $25; please donate as much as you can or as little as you can spare.




JANETTE MONEAR is President/CEO of the Texas Trees Foundation, devoted to creating resilient communities through the use of trees, green infrastructure, and sustainable design.
BEN SANDIFER is an author, photographer, environmental advocate for the Great Trinity Forest and White Rock Lake, and an Honorary Lifetime North Texas Master Naturalist.
DR. JAINA SANGA writes fiction and has published a novel, two novellas, and a volume of her selected short stories. She is an Institute Fellow and an Institute Board member.
DR. GAIL THOMAS is a Founding Fellow of the Dallas Institute, its Founding Executive Director, and author of Healing Pandora: the Restoration of Hope and Abundance.


DR. J. LARRY ALLUMS is Executive Director Emeritus 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.