High Noon Talk: Meaning Behind the Mystery

Onsite & Online Program

January 5, 2022 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Hear about the significance of secrecy in fraternal societies.

Event Details

Join Dr. Joshua Gunn for a talk on the use of symbols and the importance of secrecy for the Freemasons. In conjunction with the exhibition Mystery and Benevolence, which features folk art from fraternal organizations like the Masons and Odd Fellows, this program explores the reasons for the use of codes, costumes, and ceremonies and the meaning behind the mystery for these organizations.

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High Noon Talks highlight interesting and often untold topics through a casual lunch-time lecture.

Program is FREE to the public and will be held onsite and online.

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About the Presenter

Dr. Joshua Gunn is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Prof. Gunn's research and teaching program focuses on the category of the ineffable, and in particular, how people use and abuse signs and symbols to negotiate ineffability.

About Public Programs

The exhibition is supported in part by Joyce Berger Cowin, Kendra and Allan Daniel, the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions, the Ford Foundation, and the Leir Charitable Foundations.

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, performances, and scholarship guests are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

Zoom Information

This online program has automated closed captioning.

You will be prompted to download the Zoom application for mobile or desktop if it is not already installed. You do not need a Zoom account to join this livestream. You will be asked to register upon connecting to the webinar. Advanced registration is not required. 

For security and privacy purposes, attendees will not have video or audio capabilities. Questions will be moderated by Museum staff. Participants will not be allowed to send private messages or media in the livestream.

Mystery and Benevolence is supported in part by Joyce Berger Cowin, Kendra and Allan Daniel, the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions, the Ford Foundation, and the Leir Charitable Foundations.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Lectures, Talks, and Discussions