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An 1803 record of the French manual alphabet. The study confirmed the influence of French Sign Language on deaf education and signing communities in the Americas.

Traces of the European Enlightenment Found in the DNA of Western Sign Languages

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Sign languages throughout North and South America and Europe have centuries-long roots in five European locations, a finding that gives new insight into the influence of the European Enlightenment on many of the world's signing communities and the evolution of their languages.


The $700,000 Mellon grant will fund the project “Cultivating a Latin American Post-Custodial Archival Community.

LLILAS Benson Is Awarded $700,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help Latin American researchers protect, preserve and provide access to invaluable archives that can improve teaching, research and social justice initiatives of The University of Texas at Austin and its global partners.


University Offering Title IX Training Opportunities

University Offering Title IX Training Opportunities

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

As of January 1, 2020, Senate Bill 212 (SB 212) is in full effect.



The Hong Kong people protest against the extradition bill, August 18 2019. Photo by Studio Incendo.

Continued Resistance: A Q&A on the Hong Kong Protests

Tue, Jan 14, 2020

When the Chinese government took back Hong Kong after more than 150 years of British rule in 1997, it was a significant point of pride. For China, it marked the ending of an era of imperialism and foreign aggression; but for the people of Hong Kong, it was the just beginning of their fight to protect their way of life.


To make sense of seemingly inexplicable events, abstract thinking seeks out underlying meaning or overarching themes.

Abstract Thinking Helps Make Sense of the World with Some Setbacks, Researchers Find

Mon, Jan 13, 2020

In the aftermath of a mass shooting, people scramble for answers, drawing on commonalities from earlier tragedies to make sense of things. While this may help simplify complex issues and relieve psychological tensions, it may create a false sense of understanding and further polarize individuals’ viewpoints, according to psychology researchers.


Austen in Austin section of the Stories to Tell gallery at the Harry Ransom Center. Photo by Allison Nguyen.

Why are some books collected and others merely read?

Mon, Dec 16, 2019

Tatty and common Austen volumes produced in heaps by nineteenth-century publishers have disappeared, leaving only the authoritative and elegant editions granted a scholarly seal of approval.


Margaret Siu, photo courtesy of the Texas Leadership Society.

Plan II Student Awarded British Marshall Scholarship

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

Margaret Siu, a Plan II honors senior at The University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of a 2020 British Marshall Scholarship.


Edmund W. Gordon (B. 1921)

Educational Psychology Pioneer Joins UT as Visiting Scholar

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

A pioneer in educational psychology and former mentee of W.E.B. Du Bois, Edmund W. Gordon, has been appointed as the 2019-2020 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Black Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.


Christine Williams holds the Elsie and Stanley E. (Skinny) Adams, Sr. Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts

Solving Problems with Sociology

Wed, Nov 27, 2019

Sociology is an academic discipline devoted to documenting and analyzing social oppression. This primary focus, Christine Williams says, is what drew her to the field.


Lawrence teaches a class at the Library. Photo by Jay Goodwin, LBJ Library.

New LBJ Library Director to Show LBJ History Through Modern Lens

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

History professor Mark Lawrence’s favorite story about former President Lynden B. Johnson took place right here on The University of Texas at Austin campus and changed the university’s social climate just as his presidency shifted the entire nation’s.


Teresa Lozano Long with her husband Joe R. Long

Teresa Lozano Long to Receive National Humanities Medal in White House Ceremony

Wed, Nov 20, 2019

University of Texas Distinguished Alumna Teresa Lozano Long will be honored with the National Humanities Medal by President Donald Trump during a White House ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 21.


Itzik Gottesman is a senior lecturer in the Department of Germanic Studies

Yiddish on the Rise

Mon, Nov 18, 2019


Mercedes Holmes (left) and Isaac James (right)

Rising Stars: Q&A with the 2019 Larry Temple Scholars

Fri, Nov 8, 2019

Starting the semester with an extra $11,000 in the bank is an experience that two liberal arts sophomores have every fall, thanks to the Larry Temple Scholarship Endowment.



When asked whom they want as the Democratic nominee, the majority (23%) of likely Texas Democratic presidential primary voters chose Joe Biden. (Photo by Tommy Gilligan/USMA Public Affairs)

UT/TT Poll: Texas Voters Prefer Trump in 2020, With Some Reservations

Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Although a slight majority of Texas voters say they would rather vote for someone else than reelect President Donald Trump in 2020, none of the leading Democratic candidates currently has enough support to turn the Lone Star State blue in the presidential election, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.



Secretary Johnson looks out over Levi’s Stadium during security preparations for Super Bowl 50. Photo by Jetta Disco, DHS Office of Public Affairs.

Research Debunks Myth of Super Bowl Sex Trafficking, Improves Media Narrative

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

For years news outlets have tied major sporting events to an increase in sex trafficking, but researchers have now revealed that assumption is a myth and that misleading news stories foster distorted views and misguided interventions that do not reduce harm or protect victims.