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Michaela Lavelle. Photo by Phil Butler.

Us, But Better: Q&A with Liberal Arts Council President Michaela Lavelle

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

She is president of the 2018–19 Liberal Arts Council, an organization nearing its 40th year as the official student voice and governing body for the college.


Austin Playhouse presents Monroe by Lisa B. Thompson, pictured: Kriston Woodreaux and Deja Morgan. Photo courtesy of Austin Playhouse.

Professor’s Play "Monroe" Reveals the Ripple Effect of Racial Violence

Tue, Sep 18, 2018

If every action produces a series of consequences, imagine life if slavery or Jim Crow had never existed. Now, consider what has happened because they’ve existed.


Richard N. Adams

Richard N. Adams, 1924–2018

Wed, Sep 12, 2018

Richard N. Adams, anthropologist, scholar, and university professor, passed away in his sleep on September 11, 2018. He was 94.


Three artisans work together on a painting. Photo courtesy of Madhubani Art Center, Director Manisha Jha, New Delhi.

To Paint is to Write: The Study of Mithila Folk Art

Tue, Sep 11, 2018

In English, writing is very different than painting. But in Hindi, and specifically in the landscape of Mithila folk art, “to paint” is “to write.” The distinction could be a phenomenon of grammar, or it may have to do with the fact that the tools of this trade are more like pens than brushes.


Genetics explains more than 60 percent of individual differences in school achievement.

Genes Are Key to Academic Success, Study Shows

Wed, Sep 5, 2018

Parents always worry about whether their children will do well in school, but their kids probably were born with much of what they will need to succeed.


Kirk’s father and Austin-based artist Randwulph produced his own rendering of what the species might have looked like.

Three Previously Unknown Ancient Primates Identified

Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Biological anthropologists from The University of Texas at Austin have described three new species of fossil primates that were previously unknown to science. All of the new primates were residents of San Diego County at a time when southern California was filled with lush tropical forests.


Students from the 2018 Maymester in Rome. Image by Sydney Arceneaux.

Video: What I didn't expect from my Maymester in Rome

Tue, Aug 28, 2018

Although I anticipated a month filled with hard work and eating lots of gelato, I could not have imagined the incredible lessons, both academic and personal, that I would bring back to Texas.


The PhD program begins this fall.

UT Austin Offers the South’s First Doctorate in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

A new doctoral degree at The University of Texas at Austin will go beyond most ethnic studies programs in the region, training students to become experts on the generational, ethnic, racial, class and religious diversity amongst Mexican Americans and Latina/os in the United States.


Vintage Romance Novels, photo by Stephen Coles, flickr

Decoding the Language of Love

Mon, Aug 20, 2018

The secret to romance is out, though it doesn’t seem like such a secret. After all, people have been writing and reading about it centuries.


The book was published by Hanover Square Press, June 2018.

A Shoemaker's Dilemma: Q&A with Spencer Wise

Tue, Aug 14, 2018

Set in contemporary South China, The Emperor of Shoes is about a young Jewish Bostonian preparing to take over his family’s shoe business. But he ends up falling in love with a factory worker who may or may not be using him as a pawn to start a pro-democratic revolution in the factory.


Photo Courtesy of Milla Lubis

Pursuing a Passion for Service and Justice

Thu, Aug 2, 2018

Milla Lubis, a psychology and social work double major from Allen, Texas, has been awarded the 2018 Randy Diehl Prize in Liberal Arts.


This mini documentary was funded by the Humanities Media Project.

Watch the Mini Documentary: "Fight Like a Girl"

Fri, Jul 27, 2018

Most of the narratives about the women’s liberation movement focus on the Northeast, the Midwest or the West Coast, not the South and certainly not Austin, Texas. This omission inspired Laurie Green, an associate professor of history at The University of Texas at Austin, to create a women’s activism memoir project.


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Four Reasons Everyone Should Study History

Mon, Jul 23, 2018

In the past, STEM and the arts and humanities have largely been taught as unconnected disciplines, but there is more overlap between fields than many realize.


Sixty-eight percent of students experience a decline in GPA during their first 12 weeks of high school.

How Students View Intelligence May Affect How They Internalize Academic Stress, Study Finds

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

As students transition into high school, many see their grades drop. And while some students are resilient in the midst of this challenge, others succumb to the pressure. How they think about themselves and their abilities could make the difference, according to adolescent psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Rochester.


David Buss in La Ciudad de las Ideas 2011

David Buss: The “Darwin” of Evolutionary Psychology

Tue, Jul 17, 2018

In laying the foundation for evolutionary biology in his classic 1859 book, “On the Origin of Species,” Charles Darwin also prophesied a rise of new scholars that would seek to understand the ancestry of the whole human: body and mind.


Picture taken at the site of the discovery of ancient tools in China. Photo by Prof. Zhaoyu Zhu.

When and Why Did Our Human Ancestors First Leave Africa?

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

John Kappelman explains how a new discovery in China may help bridge the gap between where humans began and where they are today.


Image by surdumihail, pixabay

How women define their sexual histories affects how they are influenced by them, study

Mon, Jul 9, 2018

While it’s estimated that more than a third of women have had nonconsensual sexual experiences in their lifetime, the way they define those experiences may influence their sexual wellbeing, according to psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.


Erika Bsumek

Historian Named Regents' Outstanding Teacher

Fri, Jul 6, 2018

Erika Bsumek, associate professor of history, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, a system-wide award that recognizes innovative teaching and commitment to student success.


Texas State Representative Mary E. Gonzalez delivers the keynote address.

The Future is Female: Young Women Inspired to take on NEW Leadership™ Roles

Thu, Jul 5, 2018

With more running for political office than ever before, women have moved beyond breaking ceilings and on to breaking records.


The Texas Capitol

Family Separations, Guns and Elections: How Do Texas Voters Really Feel?

Thu, Jun 28, 2018

In the latest edition of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, Texas voters weigh in on some of the nation’s most contentious issues — border detention centers, school shootings, NAFTA — and offer insight into the upcoming November elections.