Les Fleurs du Mal

A view from the Harry Ransom Center Pictured high in both Ransom Center Atrias, the image of Charles Baudelaire’s scandalous flower from his 1857 poetry collection, Les fleurs du mal stands tall. As part of the Ransom Center’s French Literature Collection, this rare first edition of Les fleurs du mal features the namesake Flower ofContinue reading “Les Fleurs du Mal”

New York: Take 2

I had the amazing opportunity to return to the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) conference in New York City this year, and as a soon-to-be college graduate, I jumped at the chance. Where last year my goal was to develop a holistic understanding of the performing arts, this year I attended with a focusContinue reading “New York: Take 2”

Splish Splash: A Tradition of Leisure

During high school I was lucky enough to become a staple part of the Theatre Department, a place that would eventually lead me to where I professionally am today. During my time in the department I formed a group of friends and we fostered a strong relationship that survived graduation and the inevitable parting ofContinue reading “Splish Splash: A Tradition of Leisure”

A Haunting We Will Go

The Galvez Hotel Opened in 1911 as a way to attract tourists back to the island after the Storm of 1900, the Galvez is known as the “Playground of the Southwest” due to the number of socialites that have stayed there throughout the ages (Frank Sinatra, FDR, LBJ, Eisenhower, General Douglas MacArthur, Jimmy Stewart, andContinue reading “A Haunting We Will Go”

Adventures in Reading Goldman

William Goldman’s Adventures in the Screen Trade promised a look into the secret inner workings of the film and screenwriting industry. This Hollywood exposé, published in April of 1984, is subdivided into four parts, with the latter two sections dedicated to the act of screenwriting. Unfortunately, Goldman’s simplistic and conceited tone left me feeling underwhelmedContinue reading “Adventures in Reading Goldman”

New York

My trip to the Big Apple In early January New York City is known as the “city that never sleeps”, and during the APAP conference, neither did I. I flew in early so that I could see the city before the conference began, and the first challenge of the trip was finding Manhattan; I hadContinue reading “New York”

Living Earnestly

“I don’t play accurately–any one can play accurately–but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.” – Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest I don’t consider The Importance of Being Earnest to be a mirror of my life in any way,Continue reading “Living Earnestly”

Bring Your Voices, Bring Your Pain

  Young Israeli and Palestinian Leaders on Modeling Difficult Dialogues Each semester, the Humanities Institute hosts a Public Forum as part of our Difficult Dialogues program, designed to foster dialogue-based learning on campus. On February 13th in the Texas Union, the HI hosted a panel discussion with Creativity for Peace, a non-profit organization that trainsContinue reading “Bring Your Voices, Bring Your Pain”