Ransom Center Hosts Variety of Programs in May

Event: The Harry Ransom Center hosts public programs.

When: Various dates throughout May.

Where: Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, 21st and Guadalupe streets; Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall at The University of Texas at Austin, 21st and Whitis streets.

Background: Events are free and open to the public. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Poetry on the Plaza: "Singers and Songwriters"
Wednesday, May 4, noon, Ransom Center
The Ransom Center presents the Poetry on the Plaza event "Singers and Songwriters." Performers include Austin musicians Jonathan Meiburg, Amy Annelle and Brian Beattie. Meiburg is the lead singer and songwriter of Shearwater and is a former member of Okkervil River. Annelle is a singer-songwriter whose most recent album, "The Cimarron Banks," was released in 2010. Beattie, who recorded with Annelle on that album, is also a member of the band Glass Eye and has produced records by the Dead Milkmen, Daniel Johnston, Shearwater and Okkervil River. Refreshments will be served.

"Postcards from America"
Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall
As part of their "Postcards from America" tour, five Magnum photographers discuss photography and ways to picture. In the first of a series of trips around America, five Magnum photographers and one writer will be traveling from San Antonio to Oakland, Calif., between May 12 and May 26. Meet photographers Christopher Anderson, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Alec Soth, Mikhael Subotzky and writer Ginger Strand on the plaza in front of the Ransom Center from 5 to 6 p.m. before their discussion. The Magnum Photos archive resides at the Ransom Center. This program will be webcast live.

High-resolution press images are available for both events.