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2018 LLILAS Conference Unveils the Secret Lives of Artifacts

Fri, Feb 9, 2018

The 2018 Lozano Long Conference, “Create, Consume, Collect: Past and Modern Lives of Spanish American Artifacts,” invites scholars from across the Western Hemisphere to explore three centuries of Latin America’s colonial past through its silent but powerful witnesses: artifacts.

Words such as “great” and “love” were commonly used to describe food, indicating that people generally associate positive emotions with food.

Where People Live Shapes How They Talk About Food, Study Shows

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

Food has been a topic of conversation for centuries, and now new research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that how we specifically talk about food plays a role in our health.

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Women’s Magic Hour: A Q&A Starring Donna Kornhaber

Thu, Feb 8, 2018

Since its humble beginnings at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in 1929, when a seat cost a mere $5 (equivalent to roughly $72 today), the Academy Awards have celebrated the creative pursuits of some of history’s most notable characters.

Megan Nater hiking to Mt. Fitz Roy in Patagonia, Argentina.

Small But Powerful Moments: An IRG Senior’s Experience Abroad

Fri, Feb 2, 2018

Experiential learning is an essential part of a liberal arts education, and Austin native Megan Nater's time studying abroad has served her well.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Sugar/Bittersweet, 2010. Artwork © María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Image Courtesy of the Smith Museum of Art.

“Notes on Sugar: The Work of María Magdalena Campos-Pons," a new exhibit at the Christian-Green Gallery 

Wed, Jan 31, 2018

On display this week at the University of Texas at Austin Christian-Green Gallery, “Notes on Sugar: The Work of María Magdalena Campos-Pons” uses installation, video, photography and printmaking, to explore the history of the sugar industry in Cuba, as it relates to the transatlantic slave trade.

Trump meets with Texas officials in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

UT Pollsters Gauge Trump's Standing in Texas Ahead of the State of the Union Address

Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Donald Trump will give his first official State of the Union Address tonight at 8 PM central time (his first speech to Congress upon being elected in 2017 isn't technically a State of the Union Address). Here are five quick observations about Donald Trump's standing in Texas to provide some context for tonight's address – to wit, he has been consistently popular among Texas Republicans, just as consistently intensely unpopular among Texas Democrats, and remains in better standing with his GOP base in Texas than the collective members of Congress he'll be addressing tonight.

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NEH Grant Kick-starts Better Healthcare Initiative at UT Austin

Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities will help develop a project, led by the Humanities Insitute at The University of Texas at Austin, to identify and overcome health disparities and advocate for better healthcare in Central Texas.

Tom Palaima's grandparents house in the east side of Cleveland.

Tis the Season to Learn About Our Loved Ones

Sun, Dec 24, 2017

During the two big traditional family holidays in the United States from late November through late December, we celebrate with the family and friends who can gather around us.

Orr stands amongst Histria ruins in Romania.

Learning is Living: A B.A. in Classics at 80

Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Terry Orr jokes that pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in classical archeology in his late 70’s was all a ploy to avoid retirement.

Sara Zaman

Barton Creek, Compromise and a Whole Lot of Elephants

Tue, Dec 19, 2017

After more than a decade of germination, the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies in UT Austin’s College of Liberal Arts has its first graduates.

A group of lemurs in Kirindy Mitea National Park in Madagascar.

Gut Microbiome Influenced Heavily by Social Circles in Lemurs, UT Study Says

Wed, Dec 6, 2017

Social group membership is the most important factor in structuring gut microbiome composition, even when considering shared diet, environment and kinship, according to research on lemurs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Shantanu Banerjee shows a Hook 'Em in front of the Great Wall of China.

UT Austin Alumnus Named Schwarzman Scholar Hopes to Shape U.S. Economic Policy

Mon, Dec 4, 2017

As a recipient of the Schwarzman Scholarship, Shantanu Banerjee, an economics and government alumnus (‘16) from The University of Texas at Austin, sees his studies in Beijing as a stepping stone to a career informing United States foreign economic policy.

Geoffrey Smith (left) and Brent Landau take a closer look at an original copy of the First Apocalypse of James.

UT Austin Professors Find Greek Manuscript of Apocryphal Revelations to Jesus' Brother

Thu, Nov 30, 2017

The first-known original Greek copy of a heretical Christian writing describing Jesus’ secret teachings to his brother James has been discovered at Oxford University by biblical scholars at The University of Texas at Austin.

Rueben Gonzales

Psychology Professor Named Fellow by AAAS

Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Four University of Texas at Austin faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society.