Members of The Dallas 40 believe it is imperative to learn more about important community issues by “drilling down” into a subject … listening to, learning from and interacting with those who are leading the way. Our speakers, all prominent in their own spheres of influence, address our meetings to educate our members on these issues and to enable them to influence the direction of our community based upon informed choice. By providing entree to circles of business, professional and community leaders, The Dallas 40 affords its members and invited guests the opportunity to engage the community’s best and brightest in a dialogue that makes a difference. The Dallas 40 is a nonpartisan organization, with membership open to men and women of all ages.

Next Meeting:

Monday, January 14th | RSVP

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Embassy Suites
The Garden Room
3880 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas 75220
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Cash Bar
6:00 p.m. Program

Do you love new ideas and becoming more connected with our community?

Of course you do, because you are a member of The Dallas 40! And the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture is an organization that is right up our alley.

For more than 30 years, the Dallas Institute has hosted events, programs, and classes designed to enrich the life of our city and its citizens with “with the wisdom and imagination of the humanities.” These offerings are held at various times throughout the year, and touch on a wide range of subjects. For example, the Institute offers a symposium on racial issues, cinema programs, a class on “Paradise Lost,” and book groups that meet regularly.

In 2015 the Dallas Institute launched the Dallas Festival of Ideas, which each year brings together speakers to address different aspects of our city and community. Last year’s Festival focused on how Dallas can become a more connected city – economically, educationally, culturally, and digitally. The 2019 Festival – renamed the Festival of Books and Ideas – will include programs on the Physical City, the Welcoming City, the Literary City, and Science in the City.

Kick off 2019 by joining us for our January 14 program on the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and bring a friend!

Our Speaker

Dr. J. Larry Allums

Dr. Larry Allums is Executive Director 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. During his tenure, he has directed the creation of several new Institute programs, including the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Symposium, and The Dallas Festival of Ideas in partnership with The Dallas Morning News.

REMINDER: It is time to pay your membership dues for 2019. They remain just $100 per year! If you bring a friend who decides to join us, the $15 guest fee can be applied toward his or her dues. You can pay on line, bring cash or a check to a meeting, or mail your check to our Treasurer, Brent Berryman (see address at the bottom of this page). Please RSVP Here
Embassy Suites


Embassy Suites
The Garden Room
3880 W. Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75220

Appetizers and Cash Bar