Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Pegasus Foundation Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture

  • Dallas, TX
  • www.dallasinstitute.org

Mission Statement

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is a nonprofit educational organization whose purpose is to enrich and deepen the practical life of the city with the wisdom and imagination of the humanities.

The Dallas Institute accomplishes its purpose through programs for school teachers and principals, general courses of study, public and professional seminars, publications, conferences, and civic involvement.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. The Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers
  3. The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium
  4. Festival of Ideas
Service Areas

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Texas

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

ruling year

1980

Principal Officer since 1997

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Dr. J. Larry Allums

Co Principal Officer since 2004

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Dr. Claudia Allums

Keywords

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humanities, classics, literature, education, city planning, urban issues, psychology, politics

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EIN

75-1721049

 Number

2296744589

Also Known As

The Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

THE TEACHERS ACADEMY has transformed the careers of hundreds of middle and high school teachers and principals through intensive encounters with classic texts. Critical thinking abilities and citizenship skills of thousands of students have been enhanced in turn. Professional development credits and academic credits toward the Masters Degree are awarded. THE CENTER FOR THE CITY has played a key role in the shaping of Dallas, sponsoring annual "What Makes a City?" conferences, bringing community leaders together to address pressing urban issues. THE CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP STUDIES uses humanities texts for specific professional groups. Law and Imagination seminars provide CEU credits for attorneys as they study classic texts from the perspective of the law profession. SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY courses in the Jungian tradition are offered for psychologists, counselors, and the general public. CEU credits are available. GENERAL STUDIES encompasses literature courses for the general public, book clubs and special events such as Shakespeare's Birthday Party. A special class is designed for residents of a halfway house for recovering substance abusers. DALLAS INSTITUTE PUBLICATIONS has a catalog of 20 titles, such as translations of the works of French philosopher Gaston Bachelard and, most recently, a study of the works of W.B. Yeats by English author Kathleen Raine.

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Program 2

The Sue Rose Summer Institute for Teachers

The Teachers Academy of the Dallas Institute was conceived in 1983 with the "Summer Institute"--a literature class for high school English teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and that called the class a "model for the nation."

 

The Summer Institute convenes each July for fifteen weekday classes, from 8:45 am - 4:00 pm. Mornings are given over to a lecture on the reading material for the day and a two-hour seminar exploring the work in detail, trying out ideas and approaches. Afternoon schedules vary to include guest lectures, films and discussions, panels, and writing. Journal writings and a weekly in-class essay are expected of every participant; for those seeking graduate credit, a longer, carefully written essay submitted one week after the course concludes is required.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$300,000.00

Program 3

The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium

The MLK, Jr. Symposium, held on MLK Day since 2006, aims at providing an annual event for the city of Dallas that explores the historical achievement of Martin Luther King, Jr., considers the impact of Dr. King's legacy, promotes the ongoing study of Dr. King's speeches and writing and spotlights seminal aspects of the American Civil Rights Movement.

 

Each year, a symposium is held on MLK Day that brings in a keynote speaker that has experience with civil rights, MLK's legacy, or racial equality. Last year, a new Teen Symposium was held the day of the symposium. High school students from the area had a chance to meet with the keynote speaker for questions and a short lecture. Also, there are pre- and post- events each year that focus on the theme. In 2011, the theme is "Just and Unjust Laws."

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$100,000.00

Program 4

Festival of Ideas

The keystone event of 2011 is a project whose main feature is a multi-format, all-day Saturday program during which crucial issues are discussed with increasing focus as the day goes on. The rationale for the Festival is America’s desperate need for occasions of civil discourse about big questions that will bring together rather than further divide our already polarized populace. With its combination of experienced speakers and high level of audience discussion, the Festival is designed to be neither mere entertainment nor pure speculation; it will seek to engender conversation throughout the day that will continue beyond the day.
 

We will bring several high-profile figures to Dallas and match them each with some of the best Dallas people in their fields to present ideas and then to generate an abundance of conversation and dialogue, both with Dallas' best and also audiences. We want an apolitical atmosphere—neither set speeches, argument, nor debate. We want this to mean something important, pragmatic, and consequential for Dallas and, by extension, other cities. The Festival will have great potential for spin-off as we explore the day's theme: "The Future of American Culture."

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$150,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

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PEGASUS FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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Principal Officer

Dr. J. Larry Allums

Co Principal Officer

Dr. Claudia Allums

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Russell Bellamy

Goldman Sachs

Term: Oct 2009 -

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