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The west facade of United States Supreme Court Building. Photo by Joe Ravi, Creative Commons (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

UT/TT Poll: Texas Will Likely Remain a Red State Despite Clinton’s Rising Support

Thu, Oct 27, 2016

Exactly who will nominate the next Supreme Court justice is proving to be a leading factor for Texas voters as they make their choices in the upcoming presidential election, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune statewide poll.

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Affirmative Action in Brazil May Have Lessened Non-White Disadvantages in College Entrance at the Cost of Fewer High School Graduates

Wed, Oct 26, 2016

Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court voted to uphold affirmative action in The University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policies, allowing all universities to continue race-conscious programs to promote a more diverse student body.

(Left) Kelly Rader, the Department of Government. (Right) Jeffry Clemens, the Department of Economics.

College Welcomes New Harrington Fellows

Mon, Oct 24, 2016

Kelly Rader, an assistant professor of political science at Yale University, and Jeffrey Clemens, assistant professor of economics at the University of California San Diego, were recently welcomed as 2016-17 Harrington Fellows at The University of Texas at Austin.

From left: Daisy Morales-Campos, Laura Esparza, Marisol McDaniel and Deborah Parra-Medina

Latino Research Initiative Garners $7.6 Million to Study Latino Health Issues

Tue, Oct 18, 2016

With leadership in place and $7.6 million in grants acquired for research on health issues that disproportionately affect Latino communities, the 1-year-old Latino Research Initiative is hitting the ground running at The University of Texas at Austin.

Kamran Asdar Ali's book (left) and Madeline Hsu's book (right)

Liberal Arts Faculty Among Winners, Finalists for University Co-op awards

Fri, Oct 14, 2016

An anthropologist, a historian and two Latino studies researchers made up the four finalists from the College of Liberal Arts for this year’s University Co-op Hamilton Book Awards, one of the highest honors of literary achievement given to authors at The University of Texas at Austin.

Scott Spivey and Zoya Zia

Bright Futures: Q&A with the 2016-17 Larry Temple Scholars

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Each year, the Larry Temple Scholarship recognizes two students in the College of Liberal Arts with superior academic merit.

The LLILAS Benson collection is located in Sid Richardson Hall

Latin American Collections Now Available in Digital Repository

Thu, Oct 6, 2016

More than 500,000 books from the stacks of the Benson Latin American Collection, a trove of treasures related to Latin America, have been digitized and are now accessible online. The project is an extension of the University of Texas Libraries partnership with Google to digitize books and other literature to create a massive digital repository.

From left: Hina Azam, Department of Middle Eastern Studies; and Ann Twinam, Department of History.

Faculty to Receive National Honors for Historic Literary Work

Wed, Oct 5, 2016

Two College of Liberal Arts faculty members recently received top national honors from the American Historical Association.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Mon, Oct 3, 2016

From discussions on immigration policy and law to the influence of Latinos in the 2016 election, three events will recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in shaping the past, present and future of the United States.

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$20 Million Gift: an Investment in the Liberal Arts

Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Bobby Patton Jr. enjoyed matching wits with some of the university’s top professors when he was a Plan II Honors student back in the early 1980s, but after two years in the program he switched his major to business administration, perhaps thinking he needed a more career-oriented education.

Professor and civil rights icon Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address at 5 p.m., Sept. 30.

Black Studies Conference Brings Notable Activists, Scholars to Explore Role of Activism

Tue, Sep 27, 2016

From the Black Lives Matter movement to the role of the arts, public education and policy, notable scholars and activists will shed light on topics involving the black diasporas at “Black Matters: The Future of Black Scholarship and Activism,” the first international black studies conference to be held at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Rita Charon is a professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Photo by Erica Lansner

Physician and Literary Scholar Charon to Help Launch Year-long Medical Humanities Program

Wed, Sep 7, 2016

Rita Charon, the founder and director of a noted program at Columbia University that incorporates storytelling into patient care, will be in residence at UT Austin September 19-23 to help launch a year-long program that will examine the intersections of health and the humanities.

Kappelman with 3D printouts of Lucy’s skeleton illustrating the compressive fractures in her right humerus. Photo by Marsha Miller.

UT Study Cracks Coldest Case: How the Most Famous Human Ancestor Died

Mon, Aug 29, 2016

Lucy, the most famous fossil of a human ancestor, probably died after falling from a tree, according to a study appearing in Nature led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

John Morán González, taken by Alberto Gonzalez

Center for Mexican American Studies Announces John Morán González as New Director

Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Dr. John Morán González has been appointed Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), a unit of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

(up) rooted by Annalee Davis. Photo by Ronnie Carrington.

Warfield Center IDEA LAB Exhibit to Tell the Story of Life on a Plantation

Fri, Aug 26, 2016

“This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands” by Annalee Davis, a Barbadian artist who unpacks the legacy of plantation life through family and historical archives, will be the featured fall exhibit in the Warfield Center IDEA LAB at The University of Texas at Austin.

(March 21st, 2010) Roughly 200,000 immigrants, SEIU members, union members and activists rallied on the National Mall to demand Congress pass immigration reform. Photo by Lloyd Wolf

9/11 Merged U.S. Immigration and Terrorism Efforts at Latinos’ Expense, Study Finds

Mon, Aug 22, 2016

After September 11, issues of immigration and terrorism merged, heightening surveillance and racializing Latino immigrants as a threat to national security, according to sociologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by American Institutes for Research.

Greater Academic Achievement in High School Increases Likelihood of Moving Away, Study Finds

Mon, Aug 22, 2016

High school students who completed higher levels of math, performed better academically, and had a greater sense of control of their future were more likely to migrate and work in labor markets with larger shares of college-educated workers, according to a new study by sociologists at The University of Texas at Austin.

The College of Liberal Arts Building.

New Undergraduate Degrees Focus on Sustainability, Organizational Dynamics

Wed, Aug 17, 2016

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has created two new undergraduate degrees that focus on the environment and on the human and social aspects of organizations.

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PRC Research Brief: Cohabitating Couples With Lower Education Levels Marry Less

Wed, Aug 17, 2016

A new PRC research brief by Kelly Raley, based on the study “Diverging Patterns of Union Transition Among Cohabitators by Race-Ethnicity and Education: Trends and Marital Intentions” appearing in the journal Demography, addresses the decline in marriage among co-habitating couples by examining marriage intention and structural barriers.

Donna Kornhaber

English Professor Named 2016 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Fri, Aug 12, 2016

UT Austin Assistant Professor of English Donna Kornhaber has been named a 2016 Academy Film Scholar for her research on women writers who shaped the American film industry during the silent era.