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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.

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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.

History professor Leonard Moore

Leonard Moore Named Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Professor of History Leonard N. Moore has been named vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Moore, who served as interim vice president this year, was selected after a national search to fill the position.

Williams participates in the 2017 March for Science.

UT Austin Sociologist Aims to “Improve People’s Lives” as New ASA President

Thu, Jun 7, 2018

Sociologist Christine Williams was elected as the president of the American Sociological Association (ASA). She is the first from The University of Texas at Austin to be chosen for the position.

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Teaching Awards, Fellowships Recognize Liberal Arts Faculty

Fri, May 25, 2018

The College of Liberal Arts has recognized 10 professors for excellence in teaching with the following awards and fellowships:

Image by Frits Ahlefeldt, Flickr

The Healing Power of Storytelling

Fri, May 25, 2018

Stories occupy a variety of roles in our lives. They can be everything from a feel-good childhood memory to a potent force that reflects a culture and drives social change. They should also be a tool in healthcare, according to Dr. Annie Brewster, the head of the Health Story Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that uses the healing power of storytelling to promote health.

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How Language Reveals Relationships with the Natural World

Thu, May 24, 2018

Much like a Georgia peach can be defined as either a fruit or a sweet southern belle, the ancient Romans identities and culture, too, were tied to their interactions with landscapes, agriculture and food.

Dean's Distinguished Graduates Sana Saboowala and Sam Karnes

Forged in the Fires of My Liberal Arts Classes: Dean’s Distinguished Graduates Q&A’s

Fri, May 18, 2018

Every spring, the College of Liberal Arts recognizes 12 outstanding seniors as Dean’s Distinguished Graduates; students who have dedicated themselves to scholarship, leadership and service to the college and university community.

The Economics Peer Mentoring Program helps students create a sense of community on the Forty Acres.

Peer Mentorship Cultivates Community Among Economic Students

Tue, May 15, 2018

Arriving at college for the first time can be daunting, especially on a campus as large as The University of Texas at Austin. It sometimes can be hard to know where to start or who to turn to. With that in mind, Jinane Sounny-Slitine, a senior academic advisor for the economics department, started the Economics Peer Mentoring Program (EPMP) in 2011.

More than half of the world's languages could disappear in the next century.

NEH Grant to Help Preserve Languages Before They Are Lost

Mon, May 7, 2018

University of Texas at Austin researchers Patience Epps and Susan Kung have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize more than a dozen languages falling out of use across Latin America.

Tarana Burke

“Victim to Survivor to Thriver,” #MeToo Founder to Speak at UT Symposium

Thu, May 3, 2018

Founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, will deliver the keynote address at the Black Women in the Age of #MeToo symposium at The University of Texas at Austin, sparking community-wide dialogue on mental health, social justice and interpersonal violence prevention.

Photos by Matt Wright-Steel.

The Texas Ten 2018

Wed, May 2, 2018

Since 2011, the Alcalde has honored UT professors with the Texas 10 awards.

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Government Professor Joins Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Honoring excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level, The University of Texas at Austin announced the 2018 inductees into its prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Government associate professor H.W. Perry was one of four inductees nominated by their respective deans and selected through a rigorous evaluation process.

The Friar Society surprised professor Perry with the award during his Constitutional Interpretations class.

H.W. Perry Receives Largest Award for Undergraduate Teaching at UT

Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Dozens of faculty and students gathered outside professor H.W. Perry’s Constitutional Interpretations classroom earlier this month, ready to barge in and surprise him with news that he had been selected for this year’s Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship at The University of Texas at Austin.

Photo by Michelle Chiou

Watch Your Step: How Vision Leads Locomotion

Mon, Apr 23, 2018

Using new technologies to track how vision guides foot placement, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin come one step closer in determining what is going on in the brain while we walk.

Student researcher Ariana Azimi explains her project to Dean Randy Diehl.

Information Quest: Undergraduate Research Week 2018

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

On April 19, a group of hand-picked liberal arts students who have conducted exceptional research projects presented them at the Dean’s Research Reception.

History professor Ann Twinam was named among the Academy's 2018 cohort.

History Professor to Join American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Wed, Apr 18, 2018

University of Texas at Austin history professor Ann Twinam will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies for independent policy research.

The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute will feature four distinguished lecturers in the fields of medicine, psychology and sociology.

Health Meets Humanities in Pop-Up Institute

Fri, Apr 13, 2018

The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute (PUI) will convene scholars affiliated with the Humanities Institute and the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin to explore the impact of humanistic approaches to medicine on patients, healthcare professionals, and the public.

The study of literature, history, philosophy and other areas of the humanities plays a central role in the development of great leaders.

UT Alum Arms West Point Cadets with Liberal Arts Education

Wed, Apr 11, 2018

Of all the legends about Alexander the Great, there is a favorite among bibliophiles: the famous conqueror fell asleep with an annotated copy of The Iliad tucked under his pillow, dreaming of Achilles. When he led his armies into Persia, the Homer epic and the notes of his tutor, Aristotle, were thrumming in his mind, shaping his vision of great leadership. A story, not just a spear, made him a soldier to remember.

Dean Randy Diehl

2018 Dean's Distinguished Graduates Announced

Wed, Apr 4, 2018

Twelve graduating liberal arts seniors have been named Dean’s Distinguished Graduates.

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Health and Society Majors Attack World’s Most Pressing Problems From All Sides

Mon, Apr 2, 2018

The University of Texas at Austin’s health and society major began as a tiny program asking big questions about healthcare, which the World Economic Forum calls one of the most pressing problems facing the globe. But what started with only fourteen students in 2014, has skyrocketed to more than 500 students rising to the challenge of solving some of the world’s toughest and most urgent problems.

41 percent of the women surveyed reported they did not have a usual source of care for reproductive health services.

Women in Texas community colleges cite cost as a deterrent from accessing more-effective birth control

Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Women in Texas community colleges cite cost and lack of insurance as top reasons for not using a more effective form of birth control, according to a new study from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP). Sixty-nine percent of students reported they wanted to use a more-effective method and would use it if they could afford it or had access to insurance that covered it, but only 30 percent were actually using one.

Joanne Sanchez

Psychology Junior Interns with Renowned Mental Illness Advocacy Organization

Wed, Mar 14, 2018

One in 5 Americans lives with a mental health condition, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Joanne Sanchez, a UT Austin psychology junior, is interning with the Texas chapter of the NAMI, the largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness in the country.

The researchers found correlations between higher levels of anxiety and fear in a region and both the Brexit and Trump votes.

Regional levels of Fear Associated with Trump and Brexit Votes, Psychology Study Shows

Thu, Mar 8, 2018

Unlike previous elections, fear and worry played a heavy hand in both the 2016 Donald Trump and “Brexit” elections, changing the script on how personality shapes political behavior, according to an international psychological study on voting behavior.

Long-term Residents of East Austin Report Loss of Community Amid Gentrification

Wed, Mar 7, 2018

Those who have withstood the test of gentrification to East Austin’s historically black neighborhoods hold overall negative views of the changes they believe disrupted the area’s sense of community, according to urban policy researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

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UT Austin-Mexico Summit Fuses Health Research Projects Across Borders

Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Researchers from leading health institutions in Mexico and The University of Texas at Austin gathered this week for a first-of-its-kind summit in Austin to develop concrete and actionable research projects to improve health.

Texas gubernatorial candidates Gov. Greg Abbott (left) and Lupe Valdez (right)

UT/TT Poll: Top Republicans Enjoy Comfortable Leads in Primary Races While Democrats Deliberate on Their Choice for Governor

Mon, Feb 19, 2018

With early voting set to begin Tuesday in the 2018 primary elections, the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll finds the state’s top Republican incumbents largely unchallenged in their party’s nominating contests. For the Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination, signs point to a more competitive race.

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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.

Photo by flickr user lincolnblues.

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.