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Happy 75th Birthday Plan II Honors! The Diamond Jubilee was Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26.

Fri, March 25, 2011
Happy 75th Birthday Plan II Honors!  The Diamond Jubilee was Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26.
The Plan II Honors Program, the College of Liberal Arts and The University of Texas at Austin (Photography: Matt Valentine, March 25, 2011)

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Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 25th

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Check-in, Meet & Greet: Alumni Center

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Professor’s Box Lunch: Alumni Center

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Campus Tours (leaving from Alumni Center)

Harry Ransom Center
Blanton Museum
LBJ Library
Benson Latin American Collection
Architecture Tour with Jim Nicar

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 25th

Joynes Literary Readings- Alumni Center, Connally Ballroom

Robert Schenkkan, class of '75, playwright

Schenkkan won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for The Kentucky Cycle. In 2010 he was nominated for two Emmys for his screenwriting for the HBO miniseries The Pacific.

Robert Draper, class of '79, journalist and novelist

Draper has authored two nonfiction books, Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush, and Rolling Stone Magazine: The Uncensored History. He has also published one novel, Hadrian's Walls. Recently, he wrote a cover story on Sarah Palin for the New York Times Sunday Magazine and appeared as a guest on the NBC program Meet the Press.

Joanna Fuhrman, class of '96, poet

Fuhrman is author of four books of poetry, most recently Pageant, published in 2009 by Alice James Books. She teaches at Rutgers University and in public schools and libraries through Poets House and Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

Betty Sue Flowers, class of '69, poet and scholar

Flowers is not only a graduate of the Plan II Program, but is also a former Plan II Professor, Plan II Director, and Plan II parent. She was director of the LBJ library from 2002-2009. She has published three books of poetry as well as several scholarly texts on Rosetti and Browning.

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Dinner and Social Time: Scholz Garten

Saturday, March 26th

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast: Texas Union

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. “Voltaire’s Coffee” Reading Groups: Union

Carole MacKay: "Writing a (Wo)man's Life"
David Oshinsky: "Justice Delayed: Tracking the killers of Civil Rights Martyrs Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman"
Tom Palaima: "The History of War Songs"
John Silber: "Obedience to the Unenforceable"
Steven Weinberg: "The Dark Side of the Universe"

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Model Classes, First Year: World Literature: Union

Douglas Biow:"Petrarch's Mountain"
Larry Carver: "Voyaging to Ithaka, Revisiting Tertan"
George Christian: "'The Trial" and Tribulations: Kafka and the Debilitated Self"
Elizabeth Cullingford: "The Afterlife of a Poem in Popular Culture"
Alan Friedman: "A Midsummer's Night Dream"
Kurt Heinzelman: "How Does Poetry Speak To Us?"
Charles Rossman: "E 603 Readings: Homer to Joyce"
Marjorie Woods: "Boys being Women: The Long and the Short of Composition Exercises in Premodern Schools"

11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Model Classes, Second Year: Philosophy, Biology, Math and Economics: Union

Robert Kane (Philosophy): "Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom"
Paul Woodruff (Philosophy): "Eros Philosophos"
Ruth Buskirk & Moon Draper (Biology): "Land Use Issues in Rainforest Conservation"
Michael Starbird (Math): "Flatland, the Fourth Dimension"
James Vick (Math): "The Mathematics of Apportionment"
David Kendrick (Economics): "Monday Morning and Economic Policy for the 2008-2010 Downturn"

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Plan II Student Association Presentations: Union Lobby

Global: Study Abroad
Rome and Costa Rica Maymesters
Ligon-Lansam Travel Fund
Rowe-Koehl Travel Grant

Local: Civic Engagement
KIPP Education Partnership
Praxis Curriculum Initiative

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Luncheon for all Plan II Alumni, Honoring Former Directors: Union Ballroom Speaker: Paul Woodruff


Vartan Gregorian
Warwick Wadlington
Alan Friedman
Charles Rossman
Betty Sue Flowers
Ira Iscoe
Paul Woodruff

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Meeting of the Minds: National Security Discussion: Union Ballroom

Bobby Inman
Hans Mark
H.W. Brands
Sanford Levinson

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Extra Stuff

Physics Circus with Austin Gleeson
Flatland (film) with producers Seth Caplan ('99) and Dano Johnson ('01): Union Theater

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Campus Tours (leaving from Union)

Harry Ransom Center
LBJ Library
Architecture Tour with Larry Speck

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m Farewell to Friends and the Cookie Jar: Union


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