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Marco Breuer on the photograph as object

By Isabel Dunn

A photograph is commonly understood to act as a window, crystallizing a subject or moment in time. Artist Marco Breuer, however, subverts this traditional understanding of the medium, exploring the inherent limitations of photographic materials rather than using them to record the world outside. His work employs radical techniques that do not rely on the use of a camera, aperture, or film, and investigates the potential of the photograph as an object unto itself, beyond its ability to represent notions of external reality. Read more

Austin Symphony director talks Shakespeare and music

By Kathleen Telling

Peter Bay is the Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. His resume includes appearances with more than 75 orchestras, several summer music festivals around the nation, multiple positions as Music Director, and past experiences as Conductor at several orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Richmond Symphony in Virginia. Read more

Accessing David Foster Wallace’s “other selves” through the archive

By Heather Houser

To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the publication of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, Heather Houser, an Associate Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, will be one of the readers sharing their favorite passages from the novel on Wednesday, February 3, at noon. Undergraduates Dylan Davidson, Kendall DeBoer, Michael Esparza, and Deborah Lin will also be reading at the free event, Prose on the Plaza.

Past seminars Houser has taught on David Foster Wallace’s work have included class visits to the Ransom Center to view materials from the archive.

 

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Author T. C. Boyle on campus for a night of literature and discussion

By Kathleen Telling

The Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin presents acclaimed author T. C. Boyle at the University’s Avaya Auditorium on Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. The event is held in conjunction with The Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS) public forum, exploring the placement of environmentalism within the humanities. Boyle will be reading a fictional work rooted in the environmentalist themes presented by the TILTS symposium. Read more

“Sis and Jock’s Hot as Hell West Texas Tour!”: Docent takes a 1,318 mile road trip in Frank Reaugh’s footsteps

By Isabel Dunn

Harry Ransom Center docents are volunteer guides that lead free daily tours of the Center’s exhibitions. In the months leading up to exhibition openings, docents work closely with curators to gain a more complete understanding of exhibition items and content. The docent training process involves readings, discussion, and intense familiarization with the exhibition.  Read more