Humanities Institute


Dr. Pauline Strong, Director of the Humanities Institute

Directors Note: August 2017

Director Pauline Strong recounts HI's 2016-2017 Academic Year

Tue, Aug 1, 2017

Director Pauline Strong recounts HI's 2016-2017 Academic Year


2018 Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute

Announcing the Humanities Institute "Health and Humanities" Pop-Up Institute

Fri, Jul 14, 2017

The Humanities Institute is excited to announce that it has been granted matching funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research in support of our 2018 Pop-Up Institute "Health and Humanities: Narrative Medicine, Equity and Diversity, and Community Practice."


Controversy & Conversation Screenings, June-November 2017

Announcing New Lineup for the Controversy & Conversation Documentary Film Screening Series

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

The Humanities Institute is excited to announce that we have selected, in cooperation with the Austin Public Library, a series of new titles to screen at our Controversy & Conversation documentary film screening series!


Sera Bonds and Cameron Allen, 2017 Community Sabbatical Grant Recipients

Humanities Institute Announces 2017 Community Sabbatical Recipients; Program Provides Flexible Leave Time and Mentorship for Professionals at Central Texas Non-Profits

Wed, Apr 19, 2017

The Humanities Institute at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the 2017 recipients of the Community Sabbatical program, which provides paid flexible leave time, faculty collaborators, and access to library resources to selected staff members of non-profit organizations (501(c)3’s) in central Texas.


Austin's New Central Public Library

HI Community Sabbatical Grant Helps Shape Austin's New Central Public Library

Mon, Apr 17, 2017

What is the role of central public libraries in the 21st century? Executive Director of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and former recipient of a 2009-2011 Humanities Institute Community Sabbatical Research Grant, Tim Staley, used his sabbatical term with the Humanities Institute to investigate the resurgence of the new central public library in the United States. Over the last roughly 10-15 years, several new central libraries have been built throughout the country, and Austin’s own new Central Library is expected to open downtown this fall. As Executive Director of the Library Foundation, Mr. Staley has led the fundraising efforts and helped plan for Austin’s new central library.


Dr. Joseph Gone, Professor of Psychology and American Culture, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

The Native American Post-Colonization Health Crisis: Indigenous Healing and the Research of Joseph Gone

Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Conventional methods of assistance for individuals with psychological discomfort and impairment do not adequately serve the Native American community, argues Dr. Joseph Gone, psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. A citizen of the Gros Ventre tribal nation of Montana, Dr. Gone examines the cultural influences that affect mental health, and the convergence in mental health services of of cultural competency and evidence-based practices. His research explores the cultural psychology of identity and social relationships, especially therapeutic interventions like psychotherapy and traditional healing, within indigenous communities.




Dr. Max Rayneard

Dr. Max Rayneard, Former HI Community Sabbatical Grantee, Reevaluates the Relationship Between Telling a Story and Healing

Wed, Feb 8, 2017

The Telling Project records and transcribes interviews with veterans and related populations—military families, interpreters, and refugees of war, for example. Together, they then shape the interviews into a performance script, weaving together multiple voices. After collaborative editing of the scripts, The Telling Project provides performance training and rehearsal. Then, veterans and related populations step onto stages to tell their stories directly to the communities where they live.


Sylvia Gale

Dr. Sylvia Gale Brings Her Training at the Humanities Institute to the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement to Partner with Local Communities

Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Sylvia Gale, a former Program Coordinator at the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, is today the Director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at University Richmond. The Bonner Center aims to connect students and faculty at the University with the surrounding community. Dr. Gale says that the Center’s mission is to build connections that are not only meaningful academically but rooted in the ethic of reciprocity. “That’s easy to say, but harder to carry out,” says Dr. Gale. “My job is to help us stay true to that ethic.”


University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol. 85 (No. 4), Fall 2016

University of Toronto Quarterly's Latest Issue Contributes to the Public Humanities

Mon, Dec 19, 2016

The University of Toronto Quarterly's latest issue features articles on the public humanities, including an essay co-written by Doris Sommer and the Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, Pauline Strong, titled "Theory Follows from Practice: Lessons from the Field."


Maggie Smith stars in the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, the first Spring 2017 screening in Bullock's film series highlighting women in cinema.

Bullock's New Femme Film Series Program Enters Its Second Semester

Fri, Dec 16, 2016

This September, the Bullock Museum launched a new film series called Femme Film Fridays, designed to highlight the cinematic works of women, both behind and in front of the camera.


O N E E V E R Y O N E - Robert Westminster

UT Austin to Feature New Work by Ann Hamilton in January 2017

Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Landmarks, UT’s public art program, expands its collection by adding the largest iteration of Hamilton’s O N E E V E R Y O N E portrait series.


Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen, Professor of Journalism, Publishes New Book on Patriarchy and Feminism

Fri, Dec 9, 2016

We are excited to announce that Robert Jensen, Professor in the School of Journalism, is coming out with a new book, The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men in January 2017 with Spinifex Press.


Charlie Lockwood

Charlie Lockwood, Community Sabbatical Grantee, Discusses His Work at Texas Folklife

Thu, Dec 1, 2016

Charlie Lockwood is the Executive Director at Texas Folklife, an Austin non-profit dedicated to preserving the culture of Texas. He was also a Community Sabbatical grantee with the Humanities Institute in 2015. Mr. Lockwood recently shared with us the critical steps the Community Sabbatical Award allow him to take on an important project for his organization.


The San Antonio Four

Controversy & Conversation: San Antonio Four Exonerated

Tue, Nov 29, 2016

After 22 years of fighting to clean their names, Elizabeth Ramirez, Anna Vasquez, Kristie Mayhugh, and Cassandra Rivera were officially exonerated on November 23, 2016.


Anne De Mare

Filmmaker Anne De Mare Speaks at Free (Thinking) Lunch

Fri, Jul 31, 2015

De Mare's film, "The Homestretch" will screen on August 6 as part of the Austin Public Library and Difficult Dialogues "Controversy and Conversation" film series.